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Should Obama close down the School of the Americas?

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Should Obama close down the School of the Americas?


We have been subsidizing the training and promotion of assassins and dictators at Fort Benning in Georgia since the eighties, called the School of the Americas (now slyly re-named Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a la Blackwater.)
The Honduran "coup" has the SOA's ugly pawprints all over it.
Isn't it high time Obama issued a signing statement to close down this abomination?

Yes, Obama should issue a signing statement to close down the SOA immediately
       96% from 45 votes  
No, the SOA is necessary to protect our democracy, even if it trains dictators
       4% from 2 votes  
Not Sure (please explain)
       0% from 0 votes

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    Shut 'er down! Stop training torture... by william wooding on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 12:14:04 PM
- Half track meets under the aegis of the South Ba... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 12:47:15 PM
The School of the the Americas has been training t... by eric dynamic on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 2:00:55 PM
The SOA should definitely be closed.  We don'... by Joan Brown on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 9:04:39 PM
Maybe we could rattle Secretary Gates' cage.  ... by Margaret Bassett on Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 at 11:27:18 PM
Yes, Margaret...go figure why Gates is still there... by Bia Winter on Friday, Jul 3, 2009 at 10:40:31 AM
...what we think. See, we frame our dialogue as i... by Otay on Friday, Jul 3, 2009 at 3:42:10 PM
Hay el Embargo de Cuba.... by GL Rowsey on Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 at 8:53:06 AM
believes in simple decency it will immediately clo... by Archie on Sunday, Jul 5, 2009 at 5:09:26 PM
but it's 100%...!!!... by GL Rowsey on Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 at 8:40:29 AM
As soon as possible please. The School of the Amer... by Archie on Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 at 10:29:24 PM
The "School of the Americas" has been a dead issue... by ernest bruce on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 at 11:11:08 PM