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U.S. Journalist Photographs Grisly Aftermath of Attack in Iraq, Gets Booted by Military

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posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 10:41 AM
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U.S. Journalist Photographs Grisly Aftermath of Attack in Iraq, Gets Booted by Military


www.alternet.org

Miller explained to IPS that he meticulously showed his photos to the Marines he was with to make sure he was not going to show any photos that would upset the family members of the deceased Marines. "They were all okay with them, so then about 96 hours after the bombing I published the photos on my blog."

Then things got interesting.

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posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 10:41 AM
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"Tuesday [Jul. 1] I awoke to a call in their combat operations centre, and the person on the phone told me they were a PAO (Public Affairs Officer) at Camp Fallujah, and he wanted me to take my blog down right away," Miller told IPS. "I asked them why, and was then called back after five minutes by a higher ranking PAO who claimed I had broken my contract by showing photos of dead Americans with U.S. uniforms and boots."

Miller said the PAO claimed he was not allowed, by the embed contract, to show dead or wounded U.S. citizens or soldiers in the field. "I never signed any contract for that," Miller said.

He was called back after another five minutes and told his embed was terminated and they would send him back to Baghdad on the next flight. He was then taken back to Camp Fallujah where he said, "Everyone was extremely angry and fired up at me."

The letter he was given stated reasons for his dismissal as "you photographed the remains of U.S. soldiers", "you posted these images along with detailed commentary", and "by posting the images and your commentary you violated 14 H and O of the news media agreement you signed."

In addition, the letter, which Miller read to IPS, stated, "By providing detailed information of the effectiveness of the attack and the response of U.S. forces to it, you have put all U.S. forces in Iraq at greater risk for harm."


Iraq and the US Military's Information War Against US Citizens.

This is a perfect example of how manipulated this war has been. The Bush administration's policy of secrecy is undertaken to hide from the average citizen the COST of this war, life.

They hide the pictures of the dead in Iraq, they hide the dead bodies coming home, the hide EVERYTHING in order to keep this "operation US Extortion" going. Truly pathetic.

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[edit on 6-7-2008 by Animal]



posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 01:07 PM
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It is really sad that this kind of censorship won't even be discussed on any national "news" network. I really admire true journalists who actually try to get the truth and report on what actually happened. Wish there was more of this going around.



posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 01:22 PM
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Yep... when things go wrong the reporters are the enemies, when it goes right they are way up front showing the homeland how "awesome" it's soldiers are. War is ugly... in evey sense of it.



posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 01:48 PM
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Man...

I wish reporters werent alowd on the frontlines...


i wouldnt allow ANY reporters into combat zones... hell, if i could, i wouldn't let them into and Combat Theaters...


I think the rule about not video taping dead US soilders has been around for decades...

It seems simple to some people that sending dead images back home to the news, might be demoralizing to the country...


what am i saying... the news media is all about negativlity...

When is the last time you heard a body count for the enemy??? Never, you never hear it, all the news says is: "4000 americans dead", and the news goes near orgazmic over dead us soilders... its sick...

I have no idea what kind of mental illiness's the poeple that run the news have... probaly a bad case of IHateAmerica... IHA is a slow moving desiease, where it infects the body politic of a person, warping them from the inside out, so that they become the enemy within...

I dont know why our media loves to see dead GI's, its sick... thats part of the reason the newspapers are going out of buissness, they are run by sickos with last stage IHA...


My conclusion, lets keep the reporters aways from the action. We didnt have a live update from the battle of thermoplye, i think we can survie with getting battle reports from our soilders, or from thier own personal videos.



posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 01:18 PM
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So I take it you are the type that would use the media for staged events, say Iraqis pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein rather than showing the death and destruction caused by war. The only logic behind this is obvious ... Keep the people blind and rallying behind illusions ...



posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 01:28 PM
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Originally posted by TKainZero

When is the last time you heard a body count for the enemy??? Never, you never hear it, all the news says is: "4000 americans dead", and the news goes near orgazmic over dead us soilders... its sick...



What's sick is your thought process here. What about the body count for Iraqi civilians, which at this point far outnumbers the death toll of US soldiers.

Your twisted generalization of U.S. versus "enemy" is what is so wrong about this war. There are no clear cut enemies, no good versus evil. There is only death and destruction.



posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 01:45 PM
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I posted this around a week back in a thread about journalism . So its not really breaking news.

But . Its a good story . And should be read by all .
Thnx




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