NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1. Saramago, All the Names, 4–5.
INTRODUCTION
1. The National Police (pn) was disbanded under the Peace Accords and replaced
with the National Civil Police (pnc).
2. Interview, prahpn024, 5 December 2007.
3. The archives contain an estimated seventy- five to eighty million pages. See
Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos (pdh), “Informe Archivo Histórico de la Policía
Nacional—por el derecho a la verdad” (2 March 2006).
4. Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico (ceh), Guatemala: Memoria del silencio.
5. “Discurso del Profesor Julio Alberto Martí,” in Ministerio de Gobernación, Boletín
del Archivo General de la Nación (1967).
6. As of this writing, the cases of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are paramount
in the public eye, but there have been others, and there will be many more.
7. Thompson, The Poverty of Theory, 11.
8. Trouillot, Silencing the Past, 150.
9. On the war, see Proyecto Interdiocesano de Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica
(remhi), Guatemala: Nunca Más!; Rosada Granados, Soldados en el poder; McAllister,
The Good Road; Simon, Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny; Falla, Masacres en la selva and
Quiché Rebelde; Jonas, The Battle for Guatemala; Flores, Los compañeros; Ramírez, La
guerra de los 36 años; Schirmer, The Guatemalan Military Project; Grandin, The Last Colo-
nial Massacre; Payeras, Los días de la selva; Manz, Refugees of a Hidden War; Bastos and
Camus, Sombras de una batalla; Moller and Menchú Tum, Our Culture Is Our Resistance;
Filóchofo, La otra historia; Gallardo Flores, La utopia de la rosa; Centro de Investigación y
Documentación Centroamericana (cidc), Violencia y contraviolencia; Sánchez del Valle,
ed., Por el delito de pensar; Sichar Moreno, Guatemala; García, El genocidio de Guatemala.
10. Tomuschat, “Clarification Commission in Guatemala,” 233–58. Investigators for
the ceh were allowed into the Center for Military Studies to hand- transcribe four key
military action plans; no access was provided to pn documents.
11. Alberti, “Archives of Pain.”
12. Jelin, State Repression, 27.
13. For example, the 1968 poster “Red Wall” displayed the photographs of fifteen
accused guerrillas along with these words: “People of Guatemala! Here are your vende-
patria [sellout] enemies, Communists from the pgt and the far, who with their crimes
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