Top Bolivian Plotters Trained by U.S. Military’s School of the Americas

Williams Kalliman, U.S-trained Bolivian general (Credit: CNN)

Some relevant history and data points (ie,. nuance) on Bolivia from The Grayzone

The late Philip Agee, a one-time CIA case officer who became the agency’s first whistleblower, explained in his 1975 tell-all book how US intelligence traditionally relied on the recruitment of foreign military and police officers, including embassy attachés, as critical assets in regime change and counter-insurgency operations. 

[Editor’s note: Agee worked for Win Scott, CIA station chief in Mexico City and subject of my biography, Our Man in Mexico.)

At least six of the key coup plotters are alumni of the infamous School of the Americas, while Kaliman and another figure served in the past as Bolivia’s military and police attachés in Washington. 

[Editor’s Note: Here’s what the non-profit National Security Archive uncovered about the School of the America’s notorious training courses. ]

The leader of the Bolivian armed forces who “requested” the resignation of President Evo Morales, is representative of Washington’s military education programs.

[Williams] Kaliman sat at the top of a military and police command structure that has been substantially cultivated by the US through WHINSEC, the military training school in Fort Benning, Georgia known in the past as the School of the Americas. Kaliman himself attended a course called “Comando y Estado Mayor” at the SOA in 2003. At least six of the key coup plotters are alumni of the infamous School of the Americas, while Kaliman and another figure served in the past as Bolivia’s military and police attachés in Wash 

Within the Bolivian police, top commanders who helped launch the coup have passed through the APALA police exchange program. Working out of Washington DC, APALA functions to build relations between U.S. authorities and police officials from Latin American states. Despite its influence, or perhaps because of it, the program maintains little public presence. Its staff was impossible for this researcher to reach by phone. 

Source: Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by US military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs | The Grayzone


6 Replies to “Top Bolivian Plotters Trained by U.S. Military’s School of the Americas”

  1. If the Deep State is truly a political faction and it is, we should realize, now

    that we do have proof of some CIA engagements and history that unless we as a

    nation forbid any further such activities “WE” should be held accountable as those

    who elect and empower such monsters.

    The CIA has for decades vowed they knew nothing did nothing and allowed nothing

    “. . to see here folks . .” bad to happens. We know differently now they did

    exactly the opposite. Because they did they need to be examined very closely and

    all rot cleared!

    More evidence here that the U.S. still overthrows duly elected governments. Just

    how much more evidence does the U.S. public need to see to convince some people we

    are told we represent one ideology when our over seas covert actions signal we

    take a totally different ideology down a bloody path and prosecute drives to

    empower blood thirsty dictators.

    Thanks Jeff

  2. so this leads me to wonder, why left-leaning figures like Morales, knowing what they do not purge the military and police of anyone who has trained at APALA? Seems that they should start a counter-prop campaign branding these people as Gringo boot lickers etc.

  3. Zan then the u?s? government would simply classify any individual involved in efforts to do the purge as terrorists. The fix is in.

    We need to shut down the damned school and get out if this is the best we can do in our effort to “build nations”! The effort here very much resembles the opposite!

    FYI! The newest version of this school is named Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation WHISC

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