The Secret Ball's Other Policeman


A journalist acquaintance of mine in Hungary attended the annual U.S. Marine Ball in Budapest, slapped a post-write and some pictures up on his website, and the next morning,

some regional security type sees it, demands that I black out all the faces in the photos, and then insists that I remove all photographic evidence of the event from the site. Worst of all, the security [official] singles out the harmless joke I had sugar-coated the otherwise Orwellian redaction with.

The result is here. It is true, at least from my limited experience, that Embassy Marines very rarely get to mix with the population of their host countries, and of course are potential targets everywhere.