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Genocide { March 31 1980 }

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The New York Times, March 31, 1980, p. 1
by Joseph B. Treaster
"At least 26 people were killed and about 200 injured today when explosions and gunfire set off a stampede during the funeral for Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was killed Monday as he celebrated mass in a small hospital chapel.

Archbishop Romero, who had criticized both the extreme right and the extreme left for widespread killing and torture in El Salvador, was one of the leading human rights advocates in Latin America."


Salvador Divided over Aid to Police
The New York Times, October 22, 1987, p. 11
by Lindsey Gruson
"The debate on police aid here - as in other Latin American countries traumatized by police violence - grows out of bitter divisions stemming from state-sponsored terrorism, which ravaged El Salvador in the early 1980's.

The aid package, they say, is destructive because it rewards unrepentent torturers and members of the right-wing death squads.

The aid has renewed a contraversy that began over a decades-old United States program to aid foriegn police forces that has been widely blamed for abedding state-sponsored terrorism in the third world. Begun in 1952, it financed the training of thousands of police officers in 77 countries, including some with Governments that became known for brutal treatment of dissidents, such as those of Uganda under President Idi Amin and Iran under Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi.

In El Salvador, American aid was used for police training in the 1950's and the 1960's and many officers in the three branches of the police later became leaders of the right-wing death squads that killed tens of thousands of people in the late 1970's and the early 1980's.

"We're gettng back in the business of helping governments crack down on their own people," said Holly Burkhalter, the Washington representative for Americas Watch.

She said the aid package would lead only to an increase in torture."

U.S. Advisers Saw 'Torture Class,' Salvadoran Says
The New York Times, January 11, 1982, p. 2
By Raymond Bonner
"A 21-year-old who asserts that he is a former Salvadoran soldier says that United States Military advisers were present at two "traning sessions" early last year when two suspected guerrillas were tortured by Salvadoran Army Instructors.

According to Mr. Gomez, many guerrillas were people suspected of being guerrilla sympathizers were dropped alive into the sea from helicopters. On other occasions, he said, bodies were discarded along roads after the faces had been slashed so they could not be identified.

Mr. Gomez said that his paratroop unit received training from two United States advisers."

Lawmakers Say U. S. is Misusing Aid to Salvador
by Joel Brinkley
The New York Times, February 12, 1985, p. 1
"A report issued by the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, a bipartisan group, says economic and military aid, which will total at least $557 million this year, is worsening El Salvador's problems and prolonging the civil war. One reason, the report says, is that most of the spending has been military, despite Administration claims that most has been for economic and social development.

The United States has provided $1.7 billion in aid to El Salvador since 1980.

As an example, the report says the Administration asked for an additional $93 million last year on the ground that an "emergency" existed in Salvadoran arms supplies."

Backyard terrorism- The US has been training terrorists at a camp in Georgia for years - and it's still at it
by George Monbiot
The Guardian, Tuesday October 30, 2001
"For the past 55 years it has been running a terrorist training camp, whose victims massively outnumber the people killed by the attack on New York, the embassy bombings and the other atrocities laid, rightly or wrongly, at al-Qaida's door. The camp is called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or Whisc. It is based in Fort Benning, Georgia, and it is funded by Mr Bush's government.

Until January this year, Whisc was called the "School of the Americas", or SOA. Since 1946, SOA has trained more than 60,000 Latin American soldiers and policemen. Among its graduates are many of the continent's most notorious torturers, mass murderers, dictators and state terrorists. As hundreds of pages of documentation compiled by the pressure group SOA Watch show, Latin America has been ripped apart by its alumni.

In 1993, the United Nations truth commission on El Salvador named the army officers who had committed the worst atrocities of the civil war. Two-thirds of them had been trained at the School of the Americas. Among them were Roberto D'Aubuisson, the leader of El Salvador's death squads; the men who killed Archbishop Oscar Romero; and 19 of the 26 soldiers who murdered the Jesuit priests in 1989. In Chile, the school's graduates ran both Augusto Pinochet's secret police and his three principal concentration camps. One of them helped to murder Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit in Washington DC in 1976. "

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