Open Caskets?


Yesterday the Pentagon agreed to continue releasing official photos of the stateside arrival of dead soldier’s coffins. The legal settlement comes more that a year after a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Memory Hole‘s Russ Kick resulted in the release of about three hundred such photos taken at Dover Air Force base, the country’s only military mortuary.

But the agreement still doesn’t allow the media to come onto the bases and film or photograph the arrival of coffins. So it seems that if the Army is still worried about passing the “Dover test“—the point at which the populations stomach for the war is over taken by the sight of flag-draped bodies—all it would have to do is stop taking its own pictures, right?

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