I interviewed a man in Atlanta who was with the Special Forces. (He requested anonymity.) He said he was sent to a country in Central America during the Reagan era. He was there to train rebel troops in “jungle warfare.” He, and other Americans, were also there to run support on military operations. At one point, he was sent to scout a rural village for possible insurgence. After three days of observing, he determined there was no suspicious activity in the village. “They were just farmers and their families,” he said. However he continued that counter to his report, his commanding officer ordered the troops into the village. This, he said, would have meant the killing of many innocent civilians. He refused. The commander held a gun to his head. He still bravely refused. Eventually the commander backed off, and the operation didn’t go forward. This retired Special Forces operative told me he believed, on one level, that the commander would have written up the raid as a valiant victory to further his military career. On yet another level, he said he wouldn’t have been surprised if, in a shadowy way behind the scenes, that this was also tied to a covert “land grab” by corporate farming concerns in the country… Today is the anniversary of the death of Bishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador. He was killed in 1990 by foreign troops trained at the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia… Our administration would work to close the School of the Americas, as it would work to avoid those ‘shadowy’ military operations in other countries to “protect of our interests.” Note: Today our family volunteered at a meal for the poor at an outreach in Atlanta. One of the guys I talked to is a ‘modern day hobo.’ Like in the days of old, he hops freight trains and takes them all over the country. Even though he romanticized the travel to a degree, reading between the lines (or between the tracks in this case), he seemed quite a restless soul.