Guess Who’s Been Editing Their Wiki Page, Can You Say SOA/WHINSEC?

Oh yeah, I have to admit I did a trace myself but the traffic demands on the scanner stalled it. But fear not SOA Watch caught the Fort Benning pixies at their naughty work (from SOAW email bulletin)-

A new scanning program has revealed that Wikipedia entries on the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC) have been edited from an IP address from Fort Benning to omit all references to human rights abuses connected to the school.

The IP address used was 150.226.95.18. Any IP address that begins with 150.226 belongs to Fort Benning. That IP address has the name of doim1-358.benning.army.mil, which is via the Directorate of Information Management at Fort Benning.

The program also revealed that an entry about Fort Benning was altered to delete all mention of SOA Watch. Graduates of the School of the Americas have a documented track record of using the skills they were taught at the SOA/WHINSEC against union organizers, social justice activists, faith leaders and everyone who speaks out for social change and the rights of the poor. 

And in good news-

Chile’s Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence handed down to a former general for his part in the murder of 12 opponents of Augusto Pinochet.

Hugo Salas Wenzel, a graduate of the School of the Americas was the head of the National Information Center, the intelligence service, which carried out the killings. He is the first senior member of Augusto Pinochet’s military government to be given a life sentence for human rights abuses committed between 1973 and 1990.

The 1973 coup and its bloody aftermath were largely the work of SOA graduates. The Spanish lawyers who presented the charges that resulted in Pinochet’s 1998 arrest also requested the indictment of 30 other high-ranking officials of the Chilean dictatorship. Ten of those are SOA graduates. Although Pinochet himself was not an SOA graduate, his influence is clearly held in high esteem. In 1991, visitors could view a note from Pinochet, and a ceremonial sword donated by him, on display in the office of the SOA commandant. 

2 Responses to “Guess Who’s Been Editing Their Wiki Page, Can You Say SOA/WHINSEC?”

  1. Emily Says:

    SOA Watch can’t get it’s facts straight. I ran across a long angry debate on Wikipedia over the facts; I have emailed SOA Watch and received totally erroneous information–they don’t even know who the Board of Visitors is; and why would Fort Benning care about their list of “Notorious Graduates,” when only one listed attended the school after 2000! (and some of them were notorious for having attended classes in auto mechanics in the mid 1980s! WOW! What a path to sin!

    • RickB Says:

      Emily as the bulk of the debate is caused by Kent Svendsen Chaplain (Major) USAR and formerly a chaplain at Gitmo, I will await some more objective sources for his, and your accusations. Does not the thousands tortured to death by US backed regimes trouble you? Why should the US train military people of other nations? Quite apart from issues of sovereignty its history clearly shows no special expertise or adherence to human rights? It is an old tool of imperialism to train the officer class of client nations and it should be noted WHINSEC is a figurehead, the majority of training now goes on outside of the spotlight trained on the ex SOA. And none of schools are transparent as to attendees and their previous and subsequent records.


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