2009 February 26

Defense Department Lifts Ban on Coverage of Returning U.S. War Dead


Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense for President Barack Obama, on this day ended the prohibition of news media coverage of ceremonies for the return of U.S. war dead at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

The ban on news coverage had been instituted by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney on February 2, 1991, as part of the preparations for the first invasion of Iraq. Critics of the war argued that Cheney sought to shield the American public from the cost of the war in terms of American casualties.

Learn more: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20090226/

Learn more: Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (2006)

And more: Dexter Filkins, The Forever War (2008)

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