Spiking the other team’s football apparently not a problem.

(LA Times) — U.S. soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq have returned from the battlefield via Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. As their flag-draped caskets came off the plane, no news photographers were allowed to witness the scene, no reporters were allowed to interview families, no public record was made about the personal toll exacted by Washington’s policies on individual soldiers and their families.

The policy was initiated by the first President Bush during the first Gulf War, and it was continued by the second President Bush, who always said the ban on cameras was designed to protect the privacy of military families. Critics responded that the policy was a public relations ploy to avoid personalizing a far-off war.