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Feb. 26, 2009 4:50pm

Press Can Shoot War Dead Pictures

Rare image taken in 2004 of arriving caskets of U.S. military.

(CBS/AP) News organizations will be allowed to photograph the homecomings of America's war dead under a new Pentagon policy, defense and congressional officials said Thursday.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to allow photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., if the families of the fallen troops agree, the officials told The Associated Press.

Gates planned to announce his decision later Thursday, they said. The current ban was put in place in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.

At least two Democratic senators have called on President Barack Obama to let news photographers attend ceremonies at the air base and other military facilities when military remains are returned to the United States. The Dover base is where casualties are brought before they are transferred on to the hometowns of their families.

The most recent CBS News/New York Times poll found that a majority of Americans - 69 percent - think the public should be allowed to see images of the caskets of fallen soldiers. That's higher than the percentage (63 percent) who thought so five years ago. Democrats (69 percent), Republicans (68 percent), and independents (70 percent) agree on the issue.

Gates told reporters earlier this month that he was reviewing the policy and that if the needs of the families could be met, and the privacy concerns could be addressed, he favored honoring fallen troops as much as possible.

Gates said he initially asked for the ban to be reviewed a year ago, and was advised then that family members might feel uncomfortable with opening the ceremonies to media for privacy reasons or that the relatives might feel pressure to attend the services despite financial stresses.

Shortly after Mr. Obama took office, Democratic Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey also asked the White House to roll back the 1991 ban.

Over the years, some exceptions to the policy were made, allowing the media to photograph coffins in some cases, until the administration of President George W. Bush and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A leading military families group has said that the policy, enforced without exception during George W. Bush's presidency, should be changed so that survivors of the dead can decide whether photographers can record their return.


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The American people need to see the coffins and not the actual bodies. The armchair, military propaganda, pro invasion, fucking assholes need to be reminded of their laziness, fear mongering, and ignorant cruelty.
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It is about Time. You can't hide forever the Horror of War.
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No-matter your veiw, these are our fallen brothers and sisters, and they should be honored as such, may our prayers go out to their families....


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