The controversial American military institution, The Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation (WHISC) has been found to have trained 7 of the people involved in the recent assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.
WHISC, formerly known as “The School of the Americas” is a military training school run by the Pentagon located within the Fort Benning base, in Georgia, USA.
Since at least as far back as the 1950’s, the United States government has been openly training groups and individuals in the dark arts that might be useful when contemplating coups, assassinations and regime change. And funnily enough, these assassinations and regime changes often occur in America’s own backyard – Central and South America – which is probably why they renamed the organization to WHISC back in 1963, the same year President Kennedy was assassinated.
And it now seems, that even in modern day 2021 Haiti, this US military organization is still connected with assassinations of foreign leaders.
Current House of Representatives Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking as House Democratic Party Whip released the following press statement concerning the School of the Americas in 2002,
“In 1999, the U.S. Congress voted to close the School of the Americas, which has educated some of the most horrible violators of human rights in this hemisphere. Last year, the Pentagon changed the name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation , but did little to address the fundamental issues raised by Congress about the schools training methods, its lack of oversight, and its record of graduating human rights abusers.
We must not condone any of the atrocities that have been performed by people who are graduates of the School of the Americas, and I will continue to work with all of you to close this institution.”
The American government, in response to ongoing but ineffective criticism of their training of foreign agents, has usually taken the attitude something like,
“Well, yes, we do train people in techniques associated with coups, torture, assassinations and terrorism, but we can’t be held responsible for what our graduates do once they finish our training.”
Logically this is very sound. In reality it is a load of the type of excrement coming out of the rear end of a horse.
The institute itself explicitly denies accusations of teaching torture. Well it would wouldn’t it? After all, Americans don’t torture people right? They only subject people to “enhanced interrogation” which has been deemed entirely legal by…. themselves.
The American military’s “dictator” school has been the subject of many films and documentaries about it, such as the titles listed below. However, like many shocking things these days, although the “school” operates in broad daylight and is funded by American taxpayers, very few people still have any idea of its existance, or how their taxes are spent.
- School of the Americas Assassins, a 1994 short documentary film produced by Robert Richter. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short
- Hidden in Plain Sight, a 2003 feature-length documentary film produced by Andrés Thomas Conteris, Vivi Letsou, and John Smihula
- The War on Democracy, a 2007 documentary film produced by Youngheart Entertainment PTY Limited
- The Empire Files: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads, a 2015 documentary produced by Abby Martin and broadcast on teleSUR