In a vaguely related story, photos of caskets of U.S. troops killed in Iraq have been released. It took a court action to get the Pentagon to release the photos, and after 350 such photos appeared online (though I haven’t been able to load the site), the Pentagon has had an “information crackdown.”
In a related story, a cargo worker was fired after her photos of U.S coffins appeared in the Seattle Times.
Apparently there’s been a long standing policy of not giving the press access to Dover Air Force base where the bodies of slain soldiers return. Part of it is out of respect for the dead, but the many protesters claim it’s a way to keep the casualty reports out of the news and out of the public mind. Caskets on the 6 o’clock news is not the best way to gain support for a war. At the same time, those caskets remind us of the cost of such an action. Right now the U.S. is at war, but we pay no personal cost, save for billions in debt and those in military service. The rest of us are detached and uninvolved in a war that’s claimed 700 U.S. lives (not to mention the thousands of Iraqis killed).
While I can see the difficulties on both sides of this debate, it’s another issue of press censorship by the government. And it’s incredibly eerie to see this story right next to North Korea’s media blackout.