“A White House photographer (the only photographer there) was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon’s claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.”
Under the Pentagon policy spelled out in March 2009, the option to allow media access is explained to family members when they are notified of their loved one’s death, and “primary next of kin will make the family decision regarding media access to dignified transfers at Dover.”
I have to ask the obvious question apparently. If the Pentagon respected the requests of the family members (19 out of the 30) that didn’t want the event photographed, why didn’t the White House respect those 19 family members’ requests? The photograph wasn’t of “caskets” but it was of the President and was posted on the White House website as the “Photo of the Day.” It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets, family members or anything that brought respect to those fallen. Was the White House photographer there to focus on the heroes killed in action and the event at hand or was this a staged event that was focused on the POTUS? The picture result (above) answers that one.
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.
Some may say “at least he didnt take a photo of the caskets.” Exactly, the photo was of the POTUS. So again I have to ask, “Why was the White House photographer there?” Why was this published as a “Photo of the Day? Seriously? The focus of the event isn’t the POTUS. A dignified transfer (I’ve worked several of them at Dover AFB) is for those in the caskets and their families and to pay respect for THEM as THEY have paid the ultimate price. Not any one else. Period.
Perhaps this footage will emerge in the Sony (Japanese owned company) Hosted Obama Fundraiser that is funding the releasing of the Bin Laden movie scheduled just before the next election.
I got a cold beer that bets the image of the POTUS saluting those that gave all will be in his pre election movie “Bin Laden”. However, I don’t need to go see such a movie that capitalizes on a War on Terror that I’ve assisted in or have had fellow brothers pay the ultimate price while defending America.
Sleep well America, there are steely eyed warriors and leaders doing great things for this country and they are in Afghanistan. Never, take away from those that deserve the attention. Especially when they gave all for this country. God Bless you warriors!
Time for a CGar!
This is who the dignified transfer is for: