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Larrry

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he could never respect the military with the class of GW...but he tried...and failed

..WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House photographer 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.

News media coverage of the ceremony had been banned by the Pentagon over the objections of several news organizations.

Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.

President Barack Obama attended the ceremony, called a "dignified transfer," for those killed in the worst single loss of the nearly 10-year war. An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also 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.

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.

The Associated Press did not transmit the White House photo to its customers, in accordance with its policy of refusing government handout images of events it believes the media should have access to.

When asked about the photo Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the picture was carefully taken so that it did not show the cases containing remains.

"The White House routinely releases photos taken by the White House photographers in specific circumstances where it would be inappropriate to include members of the media," Carney said. "In this case, the White House released the photo, in the interests of transparency, so that the American people could have as much insight as possible into this historic and sobering event."

Under a Pentagon policy set in 2009, media coverage at the Dover base is allowed only when family members of the war dead approve. In the case of multiple sets of remains returning as a group, photographers take pictures of those approved caskets only and are ushered away before the remains of any troops whose families declined coverage are brought out of the plane.

The Pentagon said that in this case no family could give permission because any given case could contain the remains of troops whose families did not want coverage. The Pentagon said that during initial notification of next of kin, 19 of the 30 families said they did not want media coverage.

The AP and other media organizations argued that images could be taken of the tarmac, plane or dignitaries that would depict the occasion without showing a casket.

The base in Delaware serves as the entry point for all remains of U.S. troops killed overseas.

The Pentagon has said it expects to identify all 38 people who died, 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans, and will return their remains to families for burial. The Pentagon planned to release the names of all Americans who died on Thursday, after an internal debate over whether doing so might endanger families of the SEAL Team 6 troops. Other members of that same elite special operations team killed Osama bin Laden in May.

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."

The AP has covered every ceremony in which a family has agreed to coverage since the Pentagon lifted a total ban on media coverage at Dover in 2009, a total of 68 ceremonies this year at Dover through June 30.

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Totally CLASSLESS :roll: This proves it, everything has to be about HIM, forget the wishes of the fallen heros families, when he wants a photo op, cameras are clicking. :roll: The guy is sick and needs to be taken out behind the wood shed and taught how to show respect to others. :x

BTW I'm sure if you ask Obama, he didn't know the picture was taken or widely distributed and heads will roll when he finds somebody to blame for the minor misunderstanding. :x
 

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Tam said:
Totally CLASSLESS :roll: This proves it, everything has to be about HIM, forget the wishes of the fallen heros families, when he wants a photo op, cameras are clicking. :roll: The guy is sick and needs to be taken out behind the wood shed and taught how to show respect to others. :x

BTW I'm sure if you ask Obama, he didn't know the picture was taken or widely distributed and heads will roll when he finds somebody to blame for the minor misunderstanding. :x


Yes, and he had nothing to do with that AF1 flyover, of NYC :lol: :lol:
 

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"In this case, the White House released the photo, in the interests of transparency, so that the American people could have as much insight as possible into this historic and sobering event."


.... ?
 

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Steve said:
"In this case, the White House released the photo, in the interests of transparency, so that the American people could have as much insight as possible into this historic and sobering event."


.... ?

In the interest of transparency Bull :x that inconsiderate idiot picks a great time to show his concerns about transparency. :roll: Personally I'm more interested in pictures of him buying off Democrat Senators and Congressmen so we all know who was bought off in all those secret backroom deals. BTW Where are the White House camera when Mr. Transparency's "FRIENDS" are visiting him at the Oval Office?
 

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BTW Where are the White House camera when Mr. Transparency's "FRIENDS" are visiting him at the Oval Office?

Obama now meets his "friends" across the street in an office build so they do not have to sign the visitors logs..

(Newser) – Apparently Barack Obama’s opposition to lobbyist influence isn’t as strident as advertised. Obama’s aides still consult with lobbyists, Politico reports—they just do it across the street from the White House. These chats, held in meeting rooms just off the White House campus, aren’t recorded in the visitor logs

“Our driving principle here is that lobbyists should have the same access to the White House as non-lobbyists,” says a spokesman.

not quite the change or transparency you had hoped for?
 

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When do you think the koolaid drinkers are going to hear, read and see enough to realize they were sold a bill of good to a lieing sack of crap that is void of common sense even of a spoiled child has. :roll:
 
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