A Brief Genealogy of Disappearance and Murder

[published in CounterPunch, 23 November, 2015] The notion of disappearance has existed throughout time involving the absence of an individual or group of people and can be found throughout historical tales and literature.  Originally disappearance took place during the Roman Empire as a means of discursive disappearance:  damnatio memoriae (literally…

Islamophobia and the Aegis of Freedom of Speech

[published in CounterPunch, 12 May, 2015] In 2002, I would meet up with two friends, a couple, for frequent dinners in New York.  My friends had this theatrical side of their relationship where they would “critique” conservative ideologies employing the effect and tone of certain comedy…

Anti-Terrorist Surveillance and the Enemy Within

[published in CounterPunch, 27 February, 2015] Just over a year after September 11, 2001 the Metropolitan Transport Authority of New York City ran the series of ads, “If you see something, say something,” forewarning subway commuters of abandoned bags or rucksacks left under subway platform or…