Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates removed the ban on pictures of coffins of returning war dead. The article at CNN.com includes video of the announcement to the press and the video of the news conference where President George H.W. Bush is simultaneously broadcast with an inset footage of the first casualties being brought home from Panama. Unbeknownst to the first President Bush at that time, his light attitude while these images were displayed side by side was not taken well. This broadcast is thought to have lead to the government ban two years later in 1991 on photographs during the first Gulf War. Now the ban has been lifted provided the living family gives consent.
Glenn Ruga, founder of SocialDocumentary.net, commented on the lifting: