At the end of the day, is surveillance bad if no harm comes of it? Foucault understood this to be symptomatic of the much larger project of societal rule. To Foucault, prior to the physical and bodily aspects of control and manipulation, there are aspects that have to do with seeing, knowing, naming, and categorizing.
(See Drones, 1984, and Foucault's Panopticon)
(See Easter Victory: The Guantanamo Lawyers )
I don't think Alanna and I ever talked about what it must be like to be trying to escape a shower of sparks and hot ash. But she seemed to know that the sparks and hot ash are too important a part of the picture to be left out.
(See The Children Are Waiting )
(See Why Does Iran Arouse So Much Hostility?)
Perhaps most startling of all, the area affected by 3rd degree burns would extend far beyond the city limits to encompass towns as far north as Waukegan, as far west as St. Charles, and as far south as Crete, and as far east as Gary, IN.
(See What Would a Nuclear Weapon Do to Chicago? (Go ahead, guess . . . ) )
(See Boeing Has an Israel Problem . . . and Chicago Has a Boeing Problem)
A campaign exists to bring about a democratically-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) in Chicago. The campaign would involve the people in electing the watchers of the police, and put the ultimate control of (and responsibility for) the police in the hands of the citizens of Chicago.
(See Does a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) need to be part of a "new plan of Chicago"? )
(See 360 Degree Feedback in New York (2014 NPT Prepcom and How the World Views the United States))
In a way, you can hardly even say I "write" blog posts. Mostly I just post FJJ photos with a few words attached. And I know a lot of other beneficiaries of Frank's photos who feel the same way.
(See PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Frank James Johnson )
The interest of the government in organizing and occupying and disciplining every moment of our young people's lives is not benign.
(See "Ownlife" - A Notion Too Dangerous for the State to Tolerate? )
(See J'ACCUSE: The Beneficiaries of Permawar )
The biggest single eye-opener for me came this morning when I was trading emails with Washington Post reporter Peter Slevin. I expressed amazement at the 286 comments that people had appended to his piece on the use of the Thomson Correctional Center to house Guantanamo detainees. (That's a lotta comments!) Peter said, "Yeah, well, that one got picked up by the Huff Post . . . ."
(See The World Turned Upside Down - Huff Post, Wash Post, and Twitter )
My most prominent memory of my first viewing of the Guantanamo film, The Response, is of one of the stars of the film -- Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek fame -- participating in a panel after the screening. I was blown away when she said, "I did this because our civil liberties in our country have been gravely damaged and we all need to contribute to repairing them."
(See Understanding What Guantanamo Means)