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4,000 U.S. Deaths, and Just a Handful of Public Images
From the New York Times
Published: July 26, 2008
BAGHDAD — The case of a freelance photographer in Iraq who was barred from covering the Marines after he posted photos on the Internet of several of them dead has underscored what some journalists say is a growing effort by the American military to control graphic images from the war.
Zoriah Miller, the photographer who took images of marines killed in a June 26 suicide attack and posted them on his Web site, was subsequently forbidden to work in Marine Corps-controlled areas of the country.
— the Iraq war may mark an opposite extreme: after five years and more than 4,000 American combat deaths, searches and interviews turned up fewer than a half-dozen graphic photographs of dead American soldiers. [So many dead bodies and so few pictures. What a shame.]It is a complex issue, [This is only a complex issue for the NYT and our antiwar leftist enemies. Its is actually a very simple issue: it is called Patriotism. Looking out for the interests of your own country first, and being certain that whatever you are doing is in no way aiding and abetting the enemy.] with competing claims often difficult to weigh in an age of instant communication around the globe via the Internet, in which such images can add to the immediate grief of families and the anger of comrades still in the field.
While the Bush administration faced criticism for overt political manipulation in not permitting photos of flag-draped coffins [“Overt political manipulation? How about simple decency, and an unwillingness to give our enemies a cause for celebration ? Two concepts utterly alien to the anti-Americanists at the NYT.]
the issue is more emotional on the battlefield: local military commanders worry about security in publishing images of the American dead as well as an affront to the dignity of fallen comrades. Most newspapers refuse to publish such pictures as a matter of policy.
But opponents of the war, civil liberties advocates and journalists [Note how neatly these avowedly leftist groups all fit together]
argue that the public portrayal of the war is being sanitized and that Americans who choose to do so have the right to see — in whatever medium — the human cost of a war that polls consistently show is unpopular with Americans.
Journalists say it is now harder, or harder than in the earlier years, to accompany troops in Iraq on combat missions. Even memorial services for killed soldiers, once routinely open, are increasingly off limits. Detainees were widely photographed in the early years of the war, but the Department of Defense, citing prisoners’ rights, has recently stopped that practice as well.
And while publishing photos of American dead is not barred under the “embed” rules in which journalists travel with military units, the Miller case underscores what is apparently one reality of the Iraq war: that doing so, even under the rules, can result in expulsion from covering the war with the military. [Thank God!]
“It is absolutely censorship,” Mr. Miller said. “I took pictures of something they didn’t like, and they removed me. Deciding what I can and cannot document, I don’t see a clearer definition of censorship.” [If this is absolute censorship, then we nee more of it. Ask yourselves — How would FDR have handled this problem?]
The Marine Corps denied it was trying to place limits on the news media and said Mr. Miller broke embed regulations. Security is the issue, officials said.
“Specifically, Mr. Miller provided our enemy with an after-action report on the effectiveness of their attack and on the response procedures of U.S. and Iraqi forces,” said Lt. Col. Chris Hughes, a Marine spokesman. [Excuse me, but isn’t this a pretty clear definition of treason? And if it is, shouldn’t our Mr. Miller be subject to some much harsher penalties than mere verbal censure and removal from embed status? ]
News organizations say that such restrictions are one factor in declining coverage of the war, [And our post-surge success on the ground would be the other] along with the danger, the high cost to financially ailing media outlets [Now I wonder if their overt anti-Americanism might just have something to do with this?] and diminished interest among Americans in following the war. By a recent count, only half a dozen Western photographers were covering a war in which 150,000 American troops are engaged.
In Mr. Miller’s case, a senior military official in Baghdad said that while his photographs were still under review, a preliminary assessment showed he had not violated ground rules established by the multinational force command. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, emphasized that Mr. Miller was still credentialed to work in Iraq, though several military officials acknowledged that no military unit would accept him. [Maybe there is some justice in this world after all]
Michael Kamber reported from Baghdad, and Tim Arango from New York [Thank you Mr. Kamber and Mr. Arango, your check from Mr. Soros is in the mail.]
If for some unimaginable reason anyone would want to read more of this treasonous filth click here:
A note from Radarsite: So then who is Zoriah Miller, this courageous warrior photojournalist? this fearless champion of the world’s downtrodden victims? What, I wonder, are his political motivations? What, I wonder, are his feelings about America, about America’s soldiers? Well, let’s see, he is after all a photographer; and they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Here is one of his riveting photos:
Now who do you suppose the bad guy is here? Who is this faceless military monster? And why is he intimidating this poor frightened little girl? What, I wonder, can the message here be?
Of course, our intrepid photographer is not without his supporters. Here are some comments from a few of them:
Your images work so well. One thing I would love you to photograph in an ideal world: The impeachment and sentencing of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, Paul Wolfowitz and team for international war crimes. Those pictures would make a fitting end to your middle east series. Keep doing your thing, you are making a difference.” Dan
“All Wars are very bad and nobody wins…your photographs are very impressive. Congratulations!” Engin
“A photograph is like a symbol for all the frightening aspects of a disastrous war that brings so much suffering to so many innocent people on both sides. Great, valuable, artful, high class photography that shows the true face of what is going on in Iraq after the “Holy Mission” was declared completed so long time ago. I bow in respect of your great work.” Helmut Schadt
Of course he has other supporters too, more organized and influential supporters, like Global Voices For Justice.org. And just who are Global Voices For Justice.org.? Read on:
GVFJ stands by Zoriah in his fight for a free press http://www.globalvoicesforjustice.org/content/view/111/117/
Mission /Vision: Our mission is to make the voices of today’s independent
thinkers widely accessible to contribute toward a more diverse social discourse. we strive to be a resource of information enabling average people to defend themselves against corporate and governmental powers that might otherwise exploit or ignore them. It is our belief that all human beings desire peace, and when given the tools will move in that direction. Laying the groundwork for meaningful dialogue promotes peaceful solutions to conflicts.To that end, GVFJ collaborates with other independent media organizations and journalists. We document current affairs and social issues as well as art, culture, and ideas that directly impact your life. Our topics include the current crisis in relations with Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars, media reform, racism, election issues, prison reform,
environmental issues, U.S. imperialism, and more.
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Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law (PoliPointPress, 2007)
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