SOA - Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
The SOA, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, is a US military training school based in Fort Benning, Georgia.
The school made headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution.
Despite this admission and hundreds of documented human rights abuses connected to soldiers trained at the school, no independent investigation into the facility has ever taken place.