From Counterspin: http://counterspin.blogspot.com/2004_04_18_counterspin_archive.html#108272596109753767
FREUDIAN SLIP? This is what the Pentagon said about the release of 350 photos showing flag draped coffins of our troops arriving at Dover airforce base:
"Quite frankly, we don't want the remains of our service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to be the subject of any kind of attention that is unwarranted or undignified," said John Molino, a deputy undersecretary of defense."
This is what they classify "unwarranted or undignified" attention:
Note...can you identify any of of the soldiers, airmen or marines who were killed? I can't.
And is it "undignified" to show the photo? In what way? It's politically damaging, perhaps. But "undiginified?"
It sure as hell isn't "unwarranted," given the number of troops we are losing in Iraq.
Incidentally, The Memoryhole (who posted the photos) is under a denial of service attack this morining. Gee...I wonder why?
And will assholes like Glenn Reynolds and Steven Den Beste denounce the scumbags who are doing it?
They did absolutely nothing wrong. They obtained the photos from the Pentagon via Freedom of Information Act request.
Something, as Atrios points out, that the Goddamn "liberal media" should have done a long time ago.
UPDATE: The New York Times runs some of the "undignified" photos.
Nominate Russ Kick of the Memoryhole for a Pulitzer Prize.
Send a letter nominating Russ to the members of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Mirror of Memory Hole: http://media.newsfrombabylon.com/war/coffin_photos/dover/