February 26, 2009
Flag Draped Coffins Now Available For Propaganda
News out today that reverses the Bush Administration’s policy of not allowing filming or photography of the Flag Draped Coffins of KIA military personnel.
Pentagon to allow pictures of flag-draped coffins
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will relax its ban on media coverage of returning U.S. war dead by allowing families to decide whether to allow photos and television footage of the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.
Gates ordered the change after reviewing a 1991 ban that prevents news organizations from recording images of war dead arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the Pentagon has its main mortuary.
"If the family of one of the fallen says that they do not want media coverage ... then that will be the decision. There will be no media decision. If they say that's OK with them, then it will be available," Gates told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.
…President Barack Obama asked for a policy review early this month and Gates said that drew a call for change from the U.S. Army, which represents the largest portion of war dead.
"My conclusion was that we should not presume to make the decision for the families," Gates said.
Here’s the problem… what is now the threat of violating the “Family’s” wishes? Will the “family” now have to sue AP, CNN, or MSNBC whereas previously there was threat of National enforcement. And who in the family has the authority? I’m sure Cindy Sheehan would have reveled in having her son’s flag draped coffin shown across the front page of the New York Times, whereas the father would have said absolutely NOT!
Here’s a Quote form the Liberal attention Sponge herself back in 2005…
"This war has been so sanitized to the public," said Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, whose son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq and who has become an outspoken critic of the war. "There are huge segments of the American public that don't even have to think about the war if they don't want to."
I’m pretty sure AP, Reuters, CNN would have PUBLISHED FIRST and ask for forgiveness later.
The ban was on photographing caskets while the military is transporting them home from combat. The family always had the authority to allow photography of the coffin in ceremonial circumstance. Two excellent, respectful, approved by the family examples are these:
The ban was in place to prevent the Press from using the image of mass caskets in a propagandist way only to advance an anti-war agenda, with no concern for the effect on other military personnel or the families who had suffered a loss but do not share the anti-Bush agenda.
As proof I submit that when Liberal P.O.S.’s couldn’t use the images of real soldiers who sacrificed their lives for a cause, they created their own! With the following statement:
Infuriating because insensitive turds like these were prevented use a soldier’s final image as leverage for their propaganda? What if the killed soldier, would have absolutely disagreed with the use of his coffin for such a vile cause?
This is absolutely perverted! And disrespectful! You tell me, why else would the press want to use an image of a fallen soldier? Not to support the cause, only to illustrate the cost of war. Well, most of us are WELL aware of the cost of war. But what is the price of Liberty? Protection? Human Freedom?
Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines volunteer for service, they are aware of the risks and look out for each other in combat and mourn the loss of every brother and sister in arms. To leverage the death of these in such a way is disgraceful. We bring those that served and paid the ultimate price home in a ceremonious, traditional, honorable, dignified, and respectful way… covered in the flag of their nation. This is done to illustrate our thanks as a nation. It should never be used to spit in the eye of the nation or an administration.
That’s just my opinion…
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Posted by: Philadelphia wedding photographer | Jun 11, 2012 10:20:54 PM
Liberal fascists need their propoganda. I hope some member of the media violates the policy and gets their face bashed in by some retired special ops family member.
Posted by: ken | Feb 26, 2009 9:54:18 PM