... From: SOA Watch To: Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 12:10 PM Subject: Military PsyOps and Police Harassment against SOA
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, Nov 22, 2003
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From: "SOA Watch" <info@...>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 12:10 PM
Subject: Military PsyOps and Police Harassment against SOA Watch Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
Columbus, GA, 3:20PM - The U.S. Military is blasting anthems and marshal
music at high decibel levels from inside Ft. Benning, directed at our
peaceful, permitted demonstration outside of the gates of the base. The
military is attempting to drown out an annual vigil to close the School of
the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), the notorious combat-training school for Latin Americans.
The technique of blasting loud music as a "psychological operation" has
been used by militaries around the world. This method was used to drive
SOA-graduate Manuel Noriega out of sanctuary in Panama and by Israel
during the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity.
Meanwhile Columbus Police are using metal detectors to search every person
attending the demonstration. The City of Columbus has set up a perimeter
and demonstrators must enter and exit through access points. Last year
Columbus Police took an action that had until then been unprecedented in
the United States when they forced people to undergo searches as a
condition for their participation in a public demonstration. Late last
week, SOA Watch and the ACLU filed an emergency brief with the 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to get them to rule on the appeal
from the 2002 mass-searches, and to enjoin the police from searching
today. There has been no response from the Court.
"We will not allow these blatantly unconstitutional attempts to drown out
our voices," said Bill Quigley, a professor of law at Loyola Law School,
and lawyer for SOA Watch. "These childish actions by the federal, state
and local government only strengthen our resolve to stand up for our
rights and all the victims of the School of the Americas."
You can act now by calling the following base officials and asking them to turn off the music:
Ft. Benning Post After Duty: 706-545-2218
WHINSEC Public Affairs: 706-545-1923
General Ft. Benning Info: 706-545-2011
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