Monday, November 17, 2003


ABCNEWS.com : Pentagon Limits Media Coverage of Funerals
The Pentagon says it is merely trying to protect the privacy of the families of the fallen soldiers. But the new rules have some reporters wondering whether it is just the latest move by the Bush administration to limit coverage of casualties of the war in Iraq.

Images of soldiers' coffins impact the national psyche. Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Hugh Shelton refers to something he calls the "Dover test." This is how he described it in a 2000 speech at Harvard University: "Is the American public prepared for the sight of our most precious resource coming home in flag-draped caskets into Dover Air Force Base in Delaware?" If not, he cautioned, the war should probably not be fought.

I'm still not sure how this is legal. Wouldn't it be covered by the Freedom of Information Act? I would think that, if it's OK with the immediate family, we should have access. America needs to see these guys come home. We need to see what it is costing us, both physically and financially.