OK, so a few blogs have quibbled at our claim to have been "banned for life" from the Smithsonian, although when it was actually happening, the DC police told us only that we'd be banned "for a very long time," and refused to give us copies of the papers we signed. When I read my document, I noted that there was no time limit given, so "for life" seemed like an accurate description to me.
TBD.com today obtained the documents and posted them on their site before I even had a chance to file a FOIA request (thanks TBD!). They confirm that I (Mike Blasenstein, the one with the iPad) am banned without any time limit given -- effectively, forever. Mike Iacovone, the one documenting the protest, was banned for 12 months.
Why the police gave us two different documents to sign, I don't know. But that's the story -- the statement we sent out was as accurate as possible given the information we had at the time. Just wanted to make everything clear.
Anyway, this isn't about what the police did or didn't do, because neither of us really cares. It's about the censorship of an artist who was hounded in life and continues to be hounded in death. That's the real story here, and that's what we're still focused on.