Friday, February 26, 2010

Significant Moments: The Sigmund Freud Archives and the U.S. Department of Justice

At this moment . . .
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
. . . the chief advocate . . .
Bradley F. Smith, Reaching Judgment at Nuremberg.
. . . who had been for some time busily writing in his notebook,
called out “Silence!”, and read out from his book, “Rule Forty-two. . . . ”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
"Whosoever will have engaged in machinations or shared information with foreign powers . . . will be punished by death."
Jean-Denis Bredin, The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus.
. . . by death?
William Shakespeare, King Lear.
(I’m imagining this)
Don DeLillo, The Names.
It was as though I . . .
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams.
. . . was breaching national security by selling military secrets or something.
Joel Glenn Brenner, The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars.
I felt my heart pounding wildly, like that of a man facing a firing squad . . .
William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.

The Sigmund Freud Archives was founded in 1951 by Dr. K.R. Eissler and directed by him for decades. Dr. Eissler prevented many well-meaning scholars from seeing many Freud documents claiming confidentiality, even when their donors had not requested nor demanded that confidentiality, nor was anyone a potential victim of the revelation of those documents.

The U.S. Department of Justice had a conniption fit when it learned that I had published on this blog facts about a public official: facts that were readily accessible on the internet. Justice sent two law enforcement officers to my home on January 15, 2010 to interview me about my "great crime."

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