The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, announced a change in policy that will allow news organizations to photograph war dead arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware (seen here). The photography would be allowed only if family members of the dead allowed it.
The new rule reverses a policy set in 2001 by former president George W. Bush. Gates, who served as defense secretary late in Bush's administration has continued in the job under Barack Obama. The new policy seems to be a sensible approach, allowing news organizations to show the actual price of war but also protecting the feelings of the families of the dead. What do you think? The photo here is credited to AP/Department of Defense.--David Schonauer