She's fired



Geraldine Sealey
April 22, 2004 9:41PM (UTC)

Earlier this week, we told you about the rare front-page photo in the Seattle Times showing the coffins of U.S. soldiers in Kuwait waiting to be shipped home for burial. The image was especially unique and powerful because the Pentagon has stiffened regulations banning the media from taking such pictures.

The photo was taken, and offered to the Times, by Tami Silicio, a Kuwait-based cargo worker. Maybe we should have seen this coming, but Silicio has lost her job.

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The Times says today: "Silicio was let go yesterday for violating U.S. government and company regulations, said William Silva, president of Maytag Aircraft, the contractor that employed Silicio at Kuwait International Airport. 'I feel like I was hit in the chest with a steel bar and got my wind knocked out. I have to admit I liked my job, and I liked what I did,' Silicio said."


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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