Will Truth Again Be The First Casualty?

In the wake of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the U.S. government is preparing for a new war. The Center for Public Integrity asks us to recall U.S. military actions of the 80s and 90s when the U.S. government imposed restrictions on news media. CPI examined the consequences of those impositions in a 1991 report, "Under Fire: U.S. Military Restrictions on the Media from Grenada to the Persian Gulf." The report concluded that "information about Defense Department activities . . . [was] restricted or manipulated not for national security purposes, but for political purposes -- to protect the image and priorities of the Defense Department and its civilian leaders, including the president."