“This is War”: How the CIA Justifies Torture
By Frank Smyth, December 12, 2014, The Progressive

A Defense Department spokesman, Marine Captain Jay C. Farrar, said it is “highly doubtful” that these courses of­fered instruction in abusive interrogation techniques. But according to U.S. Army Special Forces advisers formerly stationed in the region, small courses for selected Salvadoran soldiers regularly included training in “negative-incentive” methods.

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Will Justice Be Possible In Guatemala?
By Frank Smyth, May 23, 2013, The Nation

These three presidents have stories that are tightly interwoven. Much like the threads of an olive green military dress uniform, pulling too hard, now, at any one loose string, could start unraveling the fabric to eventually bare what lies beneath.

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Gun Control and Genocide
By Frank Smyth, March 23, 2013, The Progressive

Here’s why the NRA is dead wrong about gun control causing genocide. But at least they agree with human rights groups about the horrors of the military dictatorship in Guatemala. What does America’s gun lobby have to do with the question of genocide in Guatemala?

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Even Court-Approved Extraditions Have a Troubled, Bloody History in Guatemala
By Frank Smyth, July 5, 2012,

The last time Guatemala extradited one of its own drug lords was nearly 20 years ago. And the complications faced by US agencies back then have continued to plague US efforts through six administrations led by four…

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Guatemala’s Cycles of Crime
By Frank Smyth, January 13, 2012, World Policy Journal

For Guatemala and its majority Mayan population time is repeating itself. A former military commander and intelligence chief with a bloody past promises to bring law and order to the Central American nation. Worried about rising crime and the increasingly violent penetration by Mexican drug cartels, voters elected Otto Pérez Molina…

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Painting the Maya Red: Military Doctrine and Speech in Guatemala’s Genocidal Acts
By Frank Smyth, May 5, 2010, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The bloodshed woven through the fabric of Guatemalan society remains a rarely told story. One reason for the ongoing lack of attention is the impunity that has long…

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Bush’s Brush with Latin America’s Drug Lords
By Frank Smyth, March 9, 2007, The Nation

George W. Bush has embarked on the longest trip of his presidency to Latin America this week, a junket to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico that purports to advance social justice. His journey comes at a time when oil-rich Venezuela, under the radical populist…

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