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As the New York Times’s David Carr notes, the Pentagon seems to be taking a page from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. It has just issued
paragraph 11(a) of IAW Change 3, DoD Directive 5122.5:
“Names, video, identifiable written/oral descriptions or identifiable photographs of wounded service members will not be released without the service member’s prior written consent.”
This decision is designed to make it increasingly difficult for American news organizations to transmit images of wounded service personnel from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It dovetails with the existing Pentagon policy on photographs of coffins of the dead being returned to the United States.
I wish I could say this was motivated by respect for the wounded service personnel and their rights. In fact, it’s quite plain it’s not.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”