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Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's toll


Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's toll

Saturday, September 10, 2005 Posted: 0533 GMT (1333 HKT)

At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Texas Friday night blocked emergency officials in New Orleans from preventing the media from covering the recovery of bodies from Hurricane Katrina.

Attorneys for the network argued that the ban was an unconstitutional prior restraint on news gathering.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order against a "zero access" policy announced earlier Friday by Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who is overseeing the federal relief effort in the city, and Terry Ebbert, the city's homeland security director.

A hearing was scheduled for Saturday morning to determine if the order should be made permanent.

In explaining the ban, Ebbert said, "we don't think that's proper" to let media view the bodies.

In an e-mail to CNN staff, CNN News Group President Jim Walton said the network filed the the lawsuit to "prohibit any agency from restricting its ability to fully and fairly cover" the hurricane victim recovery process.

"As seen most recently from war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, from tsunami-ravaged South Asia and from Hurricane Katrina's landfall along the Gulf," Walton wrote, "CNN has shown that it is capable of balancing vigorous reporting with respect for private concerns."

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I want to see every square inch of Katrina and so do my fellow Americans.

Besides this footage is needed later for all the movies and documentaries.

There will be many movies made about Americas Hitler.
Besides other countries are working on it as we speak.

K

Good win for press freeedom, but so far today the overall game is a tie score: Freedom 1, BushCo 1.

It's good to see that the courts haven't completely caved in to dictatorial rule, but the higher courts seem more and more inclined to do so. Today, a US Federal Appeals Court upheld President George W Bush's authority to detain American citizens without charges as enemy combatants in the so-called war on terror, reversing a lower court's ruling.

"We conclude that the President does possess such authority pursuant to the authorisation for use of military force joint resolution enacted by Congress in the wake of the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001," the US Appeals Court for the fourth circuit ruled.

If congress keeps on signing anti-constitutional blank cheques for this imperial presdency, they might as well just pack up and go home.

This is truly bad news. Congress does not have the power to change the Constitution with a simple resolution. The fact that the court seems to not know this is distressing. The courts may be our last (or, at least, quickest) resort to getting our rights back. They are unpredictable and have been for decades seeming to resemble a religious exercise more than anything else.

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