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Tami Silicio
Tami Silicio

woman who took Iraqi coffin photos in April 2004

Below excerpted from Woman Who Took 'Coffin' Photo Hails Press Coverage by Charles Geraci (http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000497422):

NEW YORK Former contractor Tami Silicio, fired last week by Maytag Aircraft after her photograph of several flag-draped coffins of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq appeared in the press, believes newspapers have done an excellent job covering her story. "The newspapers have opened my eyes to what that picture meant for everyone in the nation," Silicio told E&P this week. "I didn't realize how censored the United States has been on what's going on in Iraq."

When Silicio gave The Seattle Times . . . permission to publish the photo, she knew it violated company policy but was not aware of the Pentagon ban instituted in 1991 on taking coffin photos. "I learned that afterwards," Silicio said.

She also revealed that when she was brought in to see her supervisor, after the photo appeared in the newspaper, she was verbally reprimanded and told: "This is a very serious situation. It has gone to the very top levels and the army is possibly going to file charges against you."

See Tami Silicio's website.