The Memory Hole

Congratulations are due to The Memory Hole. Due to their Freedom of Information Act request, they have almost single-handedly splashed the banned images of coffins returning home from Iraq across the front pages of dozens, if not hundreds of newspapers in the US. (See for example the NYTimes, Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.) Some people may not agree with the printing of the images for personal reasons (and I myself feel ambivalent about them), but I think it’s important to take the decision of whether or not to print them out of the hands of the government and put it in the hands of individuals.

I’ve been a fan of the Memory Hole for a long time, and think that it provides a valuable service. This example of their work has achieved a particularly high profile, but is just one of many important contributions to the record that they have made over the past few years.