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Teaching Human Rights Violations
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Date: Oct 1, 1996
Start Page: A.18
Section: OP/ED

The U.S. Army advocacy of terror methods reaches far beyond the question of whether or not the U.S. Army School of the Americas ought to be shut down {"Army Instructed Latins on Executions, Torture," front page, Sept. 21}. It has to do with U.S. complicity in human rights crimes.

As late as 1989, after the slaughter of six Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and her daughter, U.S. government spokesmen were insisting these killings by the Salvadoran Army were an aberration, not systemic. This attempt at damage control was proven false by the findings of Rep. Joe Moakley (D-Mass.), heading the Speaker's Special Task Force on El Salvador, and later, by the United Nations Truth Commission.

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