June 11, 2001 — The day that an unprecedented 242 individuals watched Timothy McVeigh die by lethal injection. Ten viewed the execution live in Terre Haute, Indiana, and 232 viewed by remote closed-circuit broadcast in Oklahoma City.
That year, I was a graduate student, hungry for that engrossing yet elusive “change-the-world” research topic. I remember being horrified by the onslaught of media coverage of McVeigh’s execution. He was everywhere — a constant media presence. News pundit
Update: This artcle has been published on HuffingtonPost.com and can be found here: ”No Medium, No Message, No Closure?”
We now have the latest “final word” on whether photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse will ever be released to the public: a resounding no. So ruled U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Defense, et al., upholding the CIA’s decision to withhold these images from a Fr
America celebrated through the night after President Obama’s historic announcement that U.S. Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden. But other questions dawn in the morning light: Does bin Laden’s death provide “closure” for the victims of al Qaeda’s many attacks and their families? If so, why and under what circumstances? What exactly is meant by closure?
In popular culture, closure usually means a sense of absolute finality. The promise of closure overshadows certain cultural mom