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Close the US Torture Schools

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[Col. Recorded 5/28/04]

Greetings, and on a move to all the folks gathered at this convergence against torturers being trained at this school of assassins at Ft. Bening, Georgia. As fate would have it, I've just finished a remarkable book by former Colombian diplomat Carlo Nieto who tells the painful and shattering history of the long US campaign of torture by proxy throughout central and Latin America. In Masters of War put out by

SevenStories 2003, he teaches us much about the brutal cost of empire on our neighbor's to the South. For example, this school is but one of several where foreign soldiers and cops are trained in torture against their own people. There's the special warfare school at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, the special forces school at Ft. Gulich and the inter-American police academy at Ft. Davis, both in Panama. Tens of thousands of people were trained in the techniques of torture in theses places. And the maimed, the raped, the slaughtered, can barely be reckoned, since their graduates were unleashed since the early 1960's. As we have all seen from the photos and videos of Abu-gharib, Americans are quite adept at their own torture techniques.

And we find that the most vile, depraved experts of that dark art are prison guards; are cops in civilian life who have used their brutal expertise in prisons and police stations right here in the US. Indeed one of the most scandalous torturers and sexual sadist work right here as a guard in good standing at SCI Greene in Western Pennsylvania.
We must learn that when we oppose torture against others, we oppose it for ourselves, for the borders are closer than we think.

Remember Abner Loiuma, Rodney King, Delbert Africa, people beaten and brutalized right before your eyes?

Remember Arch Bishop Romero? The nuns raped and murdered in El Salvador by graduates of the SOA

Your tax dollars at work. We must close the torture schools, the coup schools, the institutes of imperialism, for they ultimately torture us all in body or soul. You- all of you, have forced them to change the name, it won't be long before you force their abolition. Close them all. On a MOVE, long live John Africa.

From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal


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