After Fallujah Video, Congressman Questions Embed Program

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By: E&P Staff

The videotaped shooting of an injured Fallujah insurgent by a U.S. Marine has not only provoked strong emotions in the Arab world — it’s also causing fallout on Capitol Hill. While some charge that embedded reporters are often too protective of the military, Sylvestre Reyes (D-Texas) feels they are dangerous loose cannons, and says it’s time to consider revoking their privileges.

During a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Reyes compared the conflict it to a football game, saying, “We don’t want to know everything that’s going on on the field.” Reyes says this is not censorship. In his words, “We should not be providing the Al-Jazeera the kind of propaganda they’ve had the last couple of three days.”

Marine Corps commandant General Michael Hagee disagrees, saying embedded reporters have actually worked very well and inform the American public about “what these great young Americans are doing over there.”

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