TWA Flight 800, Gina Haspel’s record, MK-Ultra, Skripal, Libya, Aleppo, and John McCain’s inglorious career and life…the theme of tonight’s postings is memories perpetrators would rather flush down the memory hole. So tonight’s quote is the first paragraph of Wikipedia’s entry on the memory hole:
A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truthsystematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete.