White House Refuses to Apologize For Taking Pictures at Dover Air Base Without Permission
He just couldn’t help it.
Barack Obama went to Dover Air Force Base on Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Before his visit the Obama Administration promised there would be no lasting images from his visit.
They lied. It was their Photo of the Day.
The liberal media respected the rule. The White House didn’t. They posted an image on the White House website. It was their photo of the day.
Today the White House refused to apologize for their Dover actions.
FOX News reported:
Under a Pentagon policy set in 2009, media coverage at the Dover base is allowed only when family members of the war dead approve. In the case of multiple sets of remains returning as a group, photographers take pictures of those approved caskets only and are ushered away before the remains of any troops whose families declined coverage are brought out of the plane.
The Pentagon said that in this case no family could give permission because any given case could contain the remains of troops whose families did not want coverage. The Pentagon said that during initial notification of next of kin, 19 of the 30 families said they did not want media coverage.
The AP and other media organizations argued that images could be taken of the tarmac, plane or dignitaries that would depict the occasion without showing a casket.
The base in Delaware serves as the entry point for all remains of U.S. troops killed overseas.
The Pentagon has said it expects to identify all 38 people who died, 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans, and will return their remains to families for burial. The Pentagon planned to release the names of all Americans who died on Thursday, after an internal debate over whether doing so might endanger families of the SEAL Team 6 troops. Other members of that same elite special operations team killed Osama bin Laden in May.