I don’t see the big deal with these pics. It’s on the Today show this morning and they are arguing about dignity etc. I see respect and dignity for the fallen in these pics. I don’t see anything disrespectful at all in them. It shows to me the great care and time the military takes to bring the fallen home.
Yes, Columbia was a tragedy.
If you don’t understand what this means, you should read a bit about some of those pictures.
Umm, these pictures aren’t about Columbia.
Um … yes, they are. Or so this indicates:
“Many news organizations across the country are mistakenly identifying the flag-draped caskets of the Space Shuttle Columbia’s crew as those of war casualties from Iraq.
“Editors are being asked to confirm that the images used in news reports are in fact those of American casualties and not those of the NASA astronauts who were killed Feb.1, 2003, in the Columbia tragedy.
“An initial review of the images featured on the Internet site http://www.thememoryhole.org shows that more than 18 rows of images from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware are actually photographs of honors rendered to Columbia’s seven astronauts.
“News organizations across the world have been publishing and distributing images featured on the web site.”
The Memory Hole site has segregated out now the pictures it’s confirmed are of the Columbia astronauts (73 of the total, leaving 288 it identifies as militarry remains, probably from Iraq).
The relevant page on Memory Hole (since a href statements are filtered here 🙂 ) is: http://www.thememoryhole.org/war/coffin_photos/dover/clarification.htm .