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Army Alters Photographs, Issues Them To AP

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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 09:45 AM
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Army Alters Photographs, Issues Them To AP


www.cjr.org

The Associated Press retracted two government-issued photographs last night after a photographer in Texas alerted the agency that the photos in question appeared to be doctored.

Bob Owen, chief photographer of the San Antonio Express-News, notified the AP that the photos of two deceased soldiers, who died in Iraq on Sept. 14, were nearly identical. Upon examining the photos, Owens noticed that everything except for the soldier’s face, name, and rank was the same.
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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 09:45 AM
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Strange. Why on earth would the US Army provide doctored photographs of deceased soldiers? This is not a mishap, this takes effort and time. Naturally no one is commenting from the military. Tip of the iceberg or just someones idea of a bad joke. Sucks for the families.

brill

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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 09:59 AM
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The families are seeking answers and instead they get doctored photos and buck-passing. Why? I can understand not releasing photos of what 'really' happened for obvious reasons but what possible reason and to what extent would the army go to rack up this PR mess. It's deplorable seeing how well troops & their respective families are treated when they have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

brill

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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 10:45 AM
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Perhaps sadly enough the soldiers body was not in a fit condition to take a real photo and give it to the family.
Maybe it had massive facial damage.
So they took a photo of another body and put the face on it.
I know it sounds crazy but it could be just trying not to upset the family more.



posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 11:13 AM
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If that is the case, why not just tell them that? Tell them that the person was very disfigured and that all they had to go by was the dog tags, or the name tag on the shirt. Why doctor a picture of someone else, and give it to them? I would much rather they be straight forward and tell me, and not lie about it. This would only make me question their motives for the lie.



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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 11:20 AM
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Originally posted by FiatLux
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If that is the case, why not just tell them that? Tell them that the person was very disfigured and that all they had to go by was the dog tags, or the name tag on the shirt. Why doctor a picture of someone else, and give it to them? I would much rather they be straight forward and tell me, and not lie about it. This would only make me question their motives for the lie.


Agreed. The argument that they are either too disfigured or unfit for viewing by their own families is weak. But why go to the extent of doing up some goofball photoshop images is still my question.

brill

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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 11:20 AM
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Originally posted by FiatLux
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If that is the case, why not just tell them that? Tell them that the person was very disfigured and that all they had to go by was the dog tags, or the name tag on the shirt. Why doctor a picture of someone else, and give it to them? I would much rather they be straight forward and tell me, and not lie about it.


Yeah I agree it seems a little crazy.
Wouldn't be something they would normally do.
Taking it upon themselves to withhold information about the persons death.
Unless they thought it was classified for some reason.
Who knows what goes through there heads from one minute to the next.
I cant think of any other reason for them doing it.
Other than the person in question possibly not actually even being dead and moving into some kind of spook position.



posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 11:23 AM
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but the pictures were obviously when the guys were still alive.
maybe they didn't have one of the guy in uniform so they placed his head and name tag on the same body.



posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 11:58 AM
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Originally posted by Fathom
but the pictures were obviously when the guys were still alive.
maybe they didn't have one of the guy in uniform so they placed his head and name tag on the same body.


Thats what I originally thought as well, but surely they must have proper photo ID of all troops. Even still what poor judgement and an insult to the dead to just assume you could pull a fast one.

brill

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posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 02:57 PM
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As always, if there's nothing to hide, there's nothing to lose in telling the truth. And the military ain't talking.



posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 03:05 PM
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Yeah if it was death photo's .. Umm the family gets the body .. Wouldn't you be a bit surprised to get a picture . Then have a body arrive with no face?



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