Mortuary Photos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Pentagon officials are defending their policy of restricting media coverage of soldiers killed in war.

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John Molino says that kind of attention is "unwarranted" and "undignified."

A Web site had published photos of American war dead arriving at the nation's largest military mortuary, prompting the Pentagon to order an information clampdown.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt says that U.S. military policy clearly states that the first people who should be able to see their dead loved ones are family.

The Pentagon clampdown also followed the firing of an American cargo worker based in Kuwait by a military contractor. Her photo of flag-draped coffins had been published earlier in The Seattle Times.

She says she agreed to the photo's publication so that family members of fallen troops can see that their remains are treated with respect.


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