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April 28, 2005
Later That Same Night

Was John Bolton involved in an illegal arms sale to Haiti? If there is, in fact, a long-term embargo on sending arms to the country, and that embargo was enacted by the USofA government, then if they decide to make the shipment is it automatically legal again or...I'm so confused.

Compensation checks for some tsunami victims are finally arriving and they're...ludicrously, insultingly small. How is a man supposed to replace 500 full-grown trees for under a dollar?

A CBS News report tonight (video online) says that a USofA satellite proves the Toyota that the Italian journalist, Sgrena, was in was traveling in excess of 60 mph, not the 40 mph she has been saying. It also says that the entire incident took place in less than three seconds, making it much more understandable how it all happened. I've been pretty rude about the USofA's story on this event. It now seems that I was wrong.

When you're thinking over Bush's worthless proposals to "solve" our "energy problem" don't forget those new refineries he wants to build. Those won't, of course, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, but they will help to keep already astronomical oil company profits high.

I don't approve of the death penalty. I don't. Except...sometimes sort of wish I did.

I really do wonder...why are the faces of so many of the soldiers handling the coffins returning from Iraq blacked out in the FOIA-requested photos?

``Individual judgments were made to black out some faces and identifying information to protect privacy information,'' said James Turner, a Defense Department spokesman, offering no further explanation.

Not good enough.

Hey, what did I tell you? Heh. Looks like fans are already editing out the boring bits of movies.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:17 PM



Photographs of members of the armed forces and Department of Defense employees taken for official purposes usually may be disclosed when requested under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(2), unless the photograph depicts matters that, if disclosed to public view, would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6). Generally, award ceremony photographs, selection file photographs, chain of command photographs and similar photographs may be disclosed. Taking such photographs is not collection of information under 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3), so a Privacy Act advisory statement is not required.

I suspect they view the ceremony as falling under the unwarranted invasion section, especially if the servicemembers fear members of the media may seek them out off duty to ask questions about their work. Also, it's very somber and emotionally difficult duty and I think some servicemembers do not desire intrusions, even if well meaning, into their off-duty lives. Blackening out the faces is probably a good compromise between full disclosure and no disclosure of the photgraphs and avoids legal hassle over the applicability of "unwarranted."

Posted by: Col Steve at April 28, 2005 11:42 PM

Col. Steve, I should just start e-mailing you and asking you these questions, before I post. :) Thanks for the information, that explains the decision.

Posted by: Anne at April 29, 2005 09:26 PM