Gates: Media Photos Of War Dead Need Families' OK

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says families will be allowed to decide whether news organizations can photograph the homecomings of America's war dead.

Overturning the ban placed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, Gates says he decided to allow photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., but only if the families of the deceased agree.

In a Pentagon press conference Thursday, Gates said the decision should be made by those people who are most directly affected.

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen agrees, saying the goal is to meet family needs in the most dignified way possible.

The White House says President Barack Obama supports Gates' decision.

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