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Old 22 Jun 2004, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Senate backs Pentagon press restrictions
No media coverage of returning caskets

The Associated Press
Updated: 9:39 p.m. ET June 21, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Senate refused on Monday to change a Pentagon policy banning media coverage of America’s war dead as their remains arrive in flag-draped caskets.

“It’s an outrage,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who had sponsored legislation to restore coverage of homecoming ceremonies at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The New Jersey Democrat said the Pentagon directive that requires strict censorship, “issued just as the Iraq war began, ... prevents the American people from seeing the truth about what’s happening.”

The 54-39 Senate negative vote came as the American death toll in Iraq reached 837 Monday.

The vote defeated an amendment to the authorization bill for the Defense Department that would have required the Pentagon to produce a protocol in 60 days to regulate media coverage of the returning dead.

Banning press and public access to the arrival of casualties in Dover was started in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, during the term of President Bush’s father. The policy continued through President Clinton’s eight years in office, although it was not strictly enforced and there was no conflict on the scale of the either the Gulf War or the war in Iraq during Clinton’s tenure.

“During the Afghan war during this administration, flag-draped coffins were filmed (at Dover), and during the Kosovo conflict President Clinton was on the tarmac to receive the dead,” Lautenberg said.

Citing privacy questions on the eve of the war with Iraq a year ago, the Pentagon reiterated the ban and began enforcing it at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Photos often had been allowed at Ramstein before the current Bush administration.

Sen. John Warner, Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, argued the ban should continue to “to preserve the most important priority, and that’s the privacy of the families, ... and not open up this matter to greater scrutiny by the press.”

The debate over whether Americans should see coffins of the war dead flared in April after The Seattle Times published a front-page photograph of coffins in a cargo plane in Kuwait and a First Amendment activist posted on his Web site dozens of like images from Dover, home to the nation’s largest military mortuary.

A poll at that time found more than six in 10 Americans thought the homecomings should be covered.


Bush's Media bullshit keeps on growing. Since the pictures of the dead americans were showed on live TV two months ago the Pentagon and the Senate defeated a motion to allow press coverage when the flag drapped coffins arrive to the state. What the fuck are you afraid of Bush? You sure have a big sack of balls by shielding yourself on "Privacy Issues" when you clearly showed in your political campain pictures of dead american and their caskets. Is he saying that he can do shit like this for his political gain and the media can't do it? This is a huge act of hypocresy from the Bush administration and wich by the way I am seriously outraged by it.

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Old 22 Jun 2004, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't see this as being a Bush led item.....the Senate voted, and they voted against it.....I don't believe that was strictly a liberal vs conservative vote.....what is to be gained by seeing the caskets of returning soldiers?.....

can't side with you on this one, ST.....I think it is not a major issue.....
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I think it is. This has been up since Bush Sr. was in power when he started the way on the persian gulf. Are republicans this afraid of showing the nation what is the true cost of war? I mean if the caskets would say. "Here lies John Doe or Jane Doe" I would understood the Pentagon's conerns but this is just a bunch of caskets wrapped on flags. You can't see who's inside of them. The senate is dominated by republicans and since all this crap of the prisioner abuse scandals wich by the way they are getting annoying already they are been trying to seal so much information althou the media still manages to get a hold of them

This is rapping the first emmendment of the constitution..... Well come to think of it this administration has done plenty of that.
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there are 51 Republican seats.....48 Democratic and 1 independent.....
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This is rapping the first emmendment of the constitution..... Well come to think of it this administration has done plenty of that.
Yeah, and I knew someone who lost his job in 1998 for saying the "N-Word" in a bar, while drunk, 20 miles from his job.

Either side is gonna fuck us over. The Gov't is rarely a friend of the people... thats what I've learned. "R" or "D" is irrelevant.
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I agree, I think it is a rap on the 1st ammendment. Personally, I think seeing this would enrage people and hopefully, they'd realize the terrorists are the ones who caused these deaths. It would have been a bad move even without the 1st ammendment.
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Do not pay attention to him Joe. He's an idiot who postes senseless crap.
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