Media covers U.S. war dead’s return after 18-year ban

This was what the Bush administration fought tooth and nail to keep from the American public and which President Obama re-instated.

The administration of President Barack Obama relaxed a Pentagon ban on media coverage of returning U.S. war dead in February, giving grieving families the choice of whether to allow cameras at the solemn arrival ceremony.

Mon Apr 6, 2009 5:00am GMT
DOVER, Delaware (Reuters) – The media was permitted on Sunday to cover the arrival of a U.S. soldier’s coffin at the Pentagon’s main mortuary in Delaware late for the first time in 18 years.

A flag-draped coffin bearing the remains of Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers arrived at Dover Air Force Base. Myers, 30, of Hopewell, Virginia, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday by an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said.

Obviously the Bush administration did not want a repeat of the Vietnam Era scenario in which media coverage of the war was on TV nightly and the remains of returning dead were seen on a regular basis.
Even thought they are still not permitting film coverage of the current wars at least this is a step in the right direction in letting the American Public see the actual human costs of these senseless wars!

Maybe now our young men and women will see that this is no Video Game!!!


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