I’m shocked and saddened to see the picture of my friend, Bob Woodruff taken just before the explosion. His helmet and body armor is the kind of stuff that busy street cops wear in the United States. This is light duty gear and woefully inadequate for a combat zone where military operations are in progress. Street cops don't face bombs and rockets. Now I know why Woodruff and Vogt were so badly hurt.
ABC NEWS had a duty to provide and require acceptable protective wear for these journalists and failed to make it happen.
Update Febuary 4, 2006: I went to the Supply Sergeant surples store in Santa Monica this morning and found a real U.S military flack jacket size 42 (That would fit Woodruff just fine) and a genuine U.S. military Kevlar helmet. With tax it’s all out the door for $400.00. That’s a cheap price to pay considering what it would have prevented.
The bad news is they would not let me shoot video of the stuff. But there are lots other places to go where these can be obtained cheaper and you'll find a better selection. Catch a reasonable storeowner and video would never be a problem.