Thursday, September 11, 2008

Memory Hole

As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.

--George Orwell

"Who controls the past controls the present," Orwell prophesied. The fulfillment of the prophecy was on display this morning at the White House, as reporters continued to dog administration spokeswoman Dana Perino about the regime's failure to capture Osama bin Laden.

It was then that Perino revised history and put bin Laden down the memory hole. Or tried to, anyway.

Repoter's Q: ...But Osama bin Laden is the one that — you keep talking about his lieutenants, and, yes, they are very important, but Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11 –

PERINO: No, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the mastermind of 9/11, and he’s sitting in jail right now.

Osama bin Laden doesn't exist. He's an unperson; he never did exist.

See video of this astonishing exchange.

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