Posted by: Jim | June 1, 2007

Freedom of the Repressed

Here’s a quote from a columnist in the New York Times on May 28th:

If Joseph Heller were still around, he might appreciate the bureaucratic elegance of paragraph 11(a) of IAW Change 3, DoD Directive 5122.5:

“Names, video, identifiable written/oral descriptions or identifiable photographs of wounded service members will not be released without the service member’s prior written consent.”

That’s right, the press no longer has the right to photograph wounded soldiers. What is it about this war that caused us to have to change the rules?

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  1. This is totally unfair.

    Images of the wounded have every reason to be circulated. On Fox (and I am not picking on Fox here for any ideological reason, just that Fox was only cable news I always had access to in Guatemala), they ran stories that featured imagery of wounded soldiers, with new prosthetic limbs, etc, overcoming adversity, being heroes, etc, working that narrative.

    However, as is apparent when you look at Walter Reed scandal, the moment veterans who require care raise their voices, the Fighting Keyboardists dismiss them as ‘moaners’ and ‘whingers’.

    To me, this suppression of imagery is part of the same scandal as this war, it is part of the mindset of this WH, that if you stop the evidence of something surfacing, then it effectively doesn’t exist. How can we have an informed public debate on the costs of this war, financial, political, and human, if the evidence is being blocked?

    IMHO, such measures as this are not about giving the terrorists encouragement by diminishing the American people’s appetite for war, but more about protecting this WH from criticism for their disastrous policy in Iraq.

    Of course, there are those who don’t want to debate this war, that’s another debate..


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