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Pentagon lifts Ban on Photographing Victims of War

The Pentagon is finally reversing their 18-year-old policy about allowing the press to photograph the coffins of the dead returning from the war in Iraq according to the New York Times. The policy was first instated by George H. W. Bush back in 1991. He claimed it was to protect the privacy and dignity of the families of the dead, but critics say it was just to keep the real outcomes of the war from reaching Americans. The policy was reinstated a year ago by the George W. Bush Administration. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama Administration is reversing that 18-year-old law and allowing for photographs of flag covered caskets being returned from Iraq. The new policy requires the permission from family members before caskets are photographed and released.