and we'll use this as perspective, .... .shall we? (this is a ThinkProgress link, for those confused, or pretending it's being hidden) Military Kicks Out Embedded Blogger For Photographing Marine Killed In A Suicide Bombing In Iraq On June 26, a suicide bomber attacked a meeting of tribal sheikhs in Iraqâs Anbar province and killed 20 people, including three U.S. Marines. The episode was widely reported by U.S. media. Zoriah Miller, a photojournalist and blogger embedded with U.S. Marines in Iraq, took pictures of the attackâs grisly aftermath, including one of the fallen soldiers. The U.S. military, however, was incensed at Millerâs portrayal of the horrors of war and immediately âdisembeddedâ him from his Marine unit. IPS reports on the fall-out: âTuesday [Jul. 1] I awoke to a call in their combat operations centre, and the person on the phone told me they were a PAO (Public Affairs Officer) at Camp Fallujah, and he wanted me to take my blog down right away,â Miller told IPS. âI asked them why, and was told then called back after five minutes by a higher ranking PAO who claimed I had broken my contract by showing photos of dead Americans with U.S. uniforms and boots.â Miller said the PAO claimed he was not allowed, by the embed contract, to show dead or wounded U.S. citizens or soldiers in the field. âI never signed any contract for that,â Miller said. Miller also told the Ventura County Star that he believed he was within the rules because the victim was unidentifiable. Additionally, he waited to post the pictures until four days after the attack. Miller said that he received strong support from the lower-ranking Marines, who âwere on [his] side.â The military may have realized its case was weak. Two days later, on July 3, Miller received an official letter with a new reason for his dismissal: He had posted âdetailed information of the effectiveness of the attackâ and therefore âput all U.S. forces in Iraq at greater risk for harm.â Miller explains the militaryâs spinning: âThe bottom line is that the thing they cited as the reason for my dismissal was âinformation the enemy could use against youâ. They realised, probably from keeping track of my blog, that I was not showing identifiable features of a soldierâŠand they couldnât find a reason to kick me out. Because it was a high ranking person who got killed, they were all fired up.â Miller concluded, âUp to that point they said it was because I showed pictures of bodies with pieces of uniform and boots. The letter, though, doesnât mention that at all. I checked the document I had about ground rules for media embeds, and I followed them.â Miller now plans on returning to the United States and appealing the militaryâs decision. âYouâre a war photographer, but once you take a picture of what war is like then you get into trouble,â he said.