At its 25th annual gathering in Georgia, SOA Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois announced the group was planning to change its focus from Ft. Benning to the U.S.-Mexican border.
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
Thirty-five years after the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and on the eve of his beatification, El Salvador appears to be a different country.
Former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales is one of 20 Salvadoran military men indicted in 2011 for the murder of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter.
Even though the crowd was smaller than in the past, the spirit remained powerful for the 2,000 people who came to the gathering.
We say: It is fascinating in this era of episcopal fixation on religious liberty to hear little objection to ongoing wars, drone campaigns and increasing militarism of U.S. culture.
The story of how the government has tried to silence the school's critics is also the story of how SOA-trained officers have silenced its victims forever.
Fr. Ismael Moreno, known as Padre Melo, was friends with the Jesuit priests slain by SOA graduates in El Salvador in 1989.
The new proposal would return the protest to its traditional site, but would still close half the street instead of the entire roadway.
The Columbus, Ga., police department told SOA Watch that the city will not close the street to traffic and that only 200 people would be allowed to attend the gathering.
Commentary: The right to protest is not the right to violently oust a democratic government, a distinction that policymakers in Washington don't always seem to grasp.