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Friday, April 23, 2004

More on Ms. Tami Silicio

Pentagon Ban on Pictures of Dead Troops Is Broken
Hundreds of photographs of flag-draped coffins at Dover Air Force Base were released on a Web site dedicated to combating government secrecy.

Executives at news organizations, many of whom have protested the policy, said last night that they had not known that the Defense Department itself was taking photographs of the coffins arriving home, a fact that came to light only when Russ Kick, the operator of The Memory Hole, filed his request.

"We were not aware at all that these photos were being taken," said Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times.

John Banner, the executive producer of ABC's "World News Tonight," said, "We did not file a F.O.I.A. request ourselves, because this was the first we had known that the military was shooting these pictures."

and because Russ Kick has much more class than the slack-jawed yokels who run the American Media machine:

The Memory Hole (, had filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year, seeking any pictures of coffins arriving from Iraq at the Dover base in Delaware, the destination for most of the bodies. The Pentagon yesterday labeled the Air Force Air Mobility Command's decision to grant the request a mistake, but news organizations quickly used a selection of the 361 images taken by Defense Department photographers.

The release of the photographs came one day after a contractor working for the Pentagon fired a woman who had taken photographs of coffins being loaded onto a transport plane in Kuwait. Her husband, a co-worker, was also fired after the pictures appeared in The Seattle Times on Sunday. The contractor, Maytag Aircraft, said the woman, Tami Silicio of Seattle, and her husband, David Landry, had "violated Department of Defense and company policies."

yes, even though Ms. Silicio is an American hero for forcing a dialogue re the true cost of war, she got fired.
. Ms. Silicio isn't making a dime from this photo, she apparently is donating any profits to charity.


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