“Bring ‘em on.” George W. Bush on July 3, 2003
Bush warns militants who attack U.S. troops in Iraq [CNN]
Due to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Memory Hole, the Air Force has released 361 photographs showing soldiers’ remains arriving home. These are the images that the Pentagon prevented the public from seeing.
Photos of Military Coffins (Casualties From Iraq) at Dover Air Force Base [The Memory Hole] (via Metafilter)
UPDATE (4/23): It looks like Dover mistakenly included photos of coffins of the Columbia space shuttle crew in it’s response to the FIOA request:
An initial review of the images featured on the Internet site www.thememoryhole.org shows that more than 18 rows of images from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware are actually photographs of honors rendered to Columbia’s seven astronauts.
NASA NOTE TO EDITORS [NASA.gov]
UPDATE (4/23): The Memory Hole has gone offline (probably due to the crazy amount of traffic they got). So here’s aof the gallery.
UPDATE (4/24): A bit of a tempest is brewing, The Memory Hole is still ofline due to excessive traffic, and some people are misinterpreting NASA’s statement as meaning that all the photos are of Columbia shuttle crew. Well, the fact is, it’s a confluence of misunderstandings: The FOIA request yielded “[...] all photographs showing caskets (or other devices) containing the remains of US military personnel at Dover AFB. This would include, but not be limited to, caskets arriving, caskets departing, and any funerary rites/rituals being performed”. Dover complied, and the first 73 of the 361 images is of NASA astronauts’ coffins (NASA is technically Air Force). Presumably, Russ Kick received a CD full of unlabeled images and he assumed they were all casualties from the Iraq war, forgetting that the Columbia disaster occured during the umbrella period of his request. But then SpaceRef gets it all wrong and thinks Dover is full of dumbasses who don’t know the difference between astronauts or the army. OY! Fact is, there’s a lot of confusion because there is no communication between Internet outlets that are flexing their muscles, and the media which is dumbfounded.
That wasn’t so hard to understand, now was it? But smart money says the right-wing pundits will use that leverage to bash the credibility of the other pictures, instead of questioning why there was a media blackout in the first place.