Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part III
Hidden In Plain Sight
April 26, 2006
On Wednesday evening, April 26th, the Eyes Wide Open series continued with the showing of the film, “Hidden In Plain Sight.” The film gives an account of the School of the Americas (SOA) now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation(WHINSEC) in Fort Benning, Georgia. The documentary contains actual footage and several interviews with people from the U.S. military, U.S. Congress, writers, professors, a Catholic priest and nun, a widow and torture victims speaking/telling their stories from both sides of the debate about this controversial training center.
Discussion following the film touched on the following points:
How does one argue against the point that: “one cannot prove that the SOA is where these Latin American military personnel learned how to kill?”
How do we continue to point out the “doublespeak” of our government/military; when they call labor organizers, students, clergy…”enemies of the state?”
Who is going to prosecute the perpetrators of these human rights abuses/torture?
Why do the same “bad apples” continue to play an active role in current day politics, like John Negroponte and Major John LeMoyne?
We concluded by noting that the following three campaigns/efforts are working diligently to close SOA/WHINSEC down:
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