What Is Your Opinion Ladies?


Defense Secretary Robert Gates has lifted the ban on media coverage of the flag-draped caskets of war dead being returned to Dover Air Force Base, Del., reversing a policy in place since the 1991 Gulf War.

Coverage will now be decided on a case-by-case basis, with the families of the service members making the call on whether the return of their loved ones can be filmed or reported upon.

“After receiving input from a number of sources, including all the military services, and organizations representing military families, I have decided that the decision regarding media coverage of the dignified transfer process at Dover should be made by those most directly affected: on an individual basis by the families of the fallen,” Gates said at a Feb. 26 Pentagon news conference. “We ought not presume to make that decision in their place.”

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So personally, I think it's good that they are leaving the decision to the families, not just saying the coffins are fair game to photo now.

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1 Response Feb 27, 2009

yes, families decision is the best choice