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All major media have been turned away from New Orleans as the federal government doesn't want them show the bodies as they start the draining of the city. Some folks from Knight Ridder made it in. A photographer from Lexington got photos. Also a German newspaper turned up a disturbing but realistic photo. I've provided links to the photos. I picked up on this from DailyKos. I don't think this is necessarily a partisan issue and they have declared martial law in NOLA but, the people have a right to see what's going on. If that happens, perhaps the country will demand an appropriate reaction so it doesn't happen again.
Some of the photos are quite gruesome but that's what happens in situations like this. Right now, bloggers are one of the best news sources of the event. It's a little more difficult to regulate them because they don't drive the trucks. I hope they can continue to get out information. This story NEEDS to be told. But then again, it's not much but lies anyway in Bush's America.
posted by Stithmeister @ 10:47 PM
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It is of a piece with the ban on photos of Iraq War dead. America should be saluting them for their sacrifice and they are as good as smuggled back into the country for burial. Why? Lest we ask hard questions about their deaths.
Just so, the ban on information in the Mississippi delta. Americans are human beings. Give them a view of indisputable evidence that actions - or inactions - have consequences....let them see fellow humans dead.....and their "beautiful minds" will start asking questions and expecting changes.
It's why Jefferson extolled the virtues of the (now near-extinct) free press. Informed sheep start looking wolflike.
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Lets not forget the 2nd: The Right to Bear Arms
and Protection of Unlawful Imprisinment (They're very close to the edge on that one too)
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