I sa, on the ride back from the panel discussion, mentioning to our local DC director of TASSC that it di so pointless for Katherine Gallagher of the Center for Constitutional Rights to ontinue to pursue indictments against American officials in foreign courts.
Ortiz own investigation and interviews of Guatemalan and American officials, along with the work of her lawyers and the review of declassified documents was enough to tell her that there was some serious American support of torture and murder going on in Guatemala, and thi was continuing to go on when the book was published in 2002.
It as the same question that Ortiz struggled with, and he “ doing something about it ” was for a ong time her only motivation to continue living.As I was alking about the panel discussion with our director, it was irrelevan to me that the most effective action we could take begins from the ground up, not from the other direction as Gallagher was attempting.
Still, reading this book penne by someone like Dianna Ortiz, and listening to similar tearful accounts in my daily work at TASSC, puts a human face on all of the madness that our government practices in the world today.
hen we see our own humanity reflected in the aforementione, and realize, like Ortiz, that power doesn ’ t have to be all pervasive.