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Through his extraordinary life and daring actions we learn about Fr. Roy Bourgeois and his struggle to find and reveal the truth about the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) and growing efforts by grassroots activists and Congress to shut it down.
In the documentary Fr. Roy — a Vietnam War hero — meets three men, each from a different Latin American country, who link SOA to torture training. One, a victim of that training, found an SOA teaching manual on torture. The other two were taught torture techniques at SOA. The filmmaker was warned that he will be killed if he reveals the name or location of one of these two, who was afraid of his own death because of the CIA secrets he disclosed.
In 1996 the White House Intelligence Oversight Board confirmed the explosive charges we documented and the Secretary of Defense at the time declared this would never happen again. Guantanamo, Iraq, secret prisons and rendition reflect the different and troubling policies of the Bush era.
Under its new name of Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, SOA continues. So does the growing campaign to shut SOA that involves thousands of students and others from all around the U.S.
Narrator: Susan Sarandon.