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May 07, 2009

Michelle Malkin: Obama Releases Photos of Servicemen's Coffins, But Declares Pictures of His Scare Force One Fiasco "Classified"

A family's right to mourn their lost loved one in private? Not important.

Obama's right to protect himself against political embarrassment? Critically important to this nation's security.

The Obama White House rushed to reverse an 18-year ban photographing the flag-draped coffins of troops arriving back on American soil. And at the behest of the American Civil Liberties Union, his administration is set to release at least 21 classified photographs by May 28 showing detainee abuse in prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. Openness in government is fine if it hurts America's reputation, but not if it harms Obama's.

And she's filing FOIA demands:

Specifically, I requested all public records related to and including the flight manifests and related to the origin of the request for the mission. The second filing requests any and all photos taken during the planned federal aerial mission approved by the White House Military Office.

What rationale could they possibly use to stifle public disclosure? National security? These were glamour shots to enhance the Air Force One photo portfolio. That's no secret. The White House 'fessed up on that. Withholding the photos serves only one purpose: protecting the backsides of those involved in this botched PR mission.

How many members of the liberal media do you imagine filed FOIA requests?

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