". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Our Tax-Funded SWAT Teams at Work

Surveilling your residence, shooting your dogs, arresting you, never noticing they have the wrong address and that you are the mayor.

Horror show tale of this in the WaPo.

I hope these a$$holes and their higherups all go to prison for a very long time. If, as has happened over and over this SWAT team had mistaken a poor black family's home -- or anybody else's home instead of the mayor's, we'd never even have heard of what they'd done. They always get away with it, without penalty too. Who do they think they are? Blackwater?

Smart to run the story on superbowl Sunday. Nobody like Clarence Thomas will notice and get mad.


Molly The Dog said...

Oh wow! What an awful story!

Foxessa said...

And it's only one of so many.

Love, C.