U.S.: Bin Laden photos still too dangerous for release


Twenty months after U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, the United States told a court on Thursday it is not ready to release images taken after the al Qaeda leader's death because they still might lead to violence.
A federal appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit over whether the government must release the images under the Freedom of Information Act, a 1966 law that guarantees public access to some government records.
President Barack Obama's administration points to an exception in the law that covers documents classified in the interest of national defense.
"They'll be used to inflame tensions. They'll be used to inspire retaliatory attacks," Justice Department lawyer Robert Loeb told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Riots or other forms of violence could threaten American soldiers as well as civilians in Afghanistan, Loeb said.
The government has 52 photographs or videos - the medium has not been revealed - from the May 2011 raid in which U.S. special forces killed bin Laden after more than a decade of searching. The images show a dead bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the transportation of his body to a U.S. ship and his burial at sea, the government has said.
Some of the photographs were taken so the CIA could conduct facial recognition analysis to confirm the body's identity, according to court papers.
Two of the court's three judges, Merrick Garland and Judith Rogers, asked questions indicating they were inclined to defer to the judgment of officials in sworn court affidavits advising against release.
"They're telling us that could result in death - not just the release of secret information, but death," Garland said. "Is that not something we should defer to?"
Michael Bekesha, a lawyer for Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group suing for the images, said the government failed to show the danger of releasing the less-graphic burial images.
Judicial Watch also claims that CIA officials might not have followed procedures when they classified the images as secret.
A decision from the appeals court is likely in the next few months. A lower court judge sided with the government in April.
The case is Judicial Watch Inc v. Department of Defense, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, No. 12-5137.


  1. Fake Bin Laden death. What else have they done?
    9/11, US and Israel:

  2. Sounds like pure bullshit to me.
    I doubt whether they killed bin Laden -- who reportedly may have died from kidney failure in late 2001. But if they DID kill him, then it was murder. There's no evidence tying him to 911. He was just the scapegoat.
    The story coack-and-bull story stinks.


  3. It's too goddamned late for ID of whoever they killed. Way to go. ID the poor stiff after killing him. Problem is that Bin Laden died in december 2001 so we already know it wasn't him.


  4. "They'll be used to inflame tensions. They'll be used to inspire retaliatory attacks."

    Actually, none of the above. They'll be used to prove that no such event actually happened.

    They won't release the evidence because there isn't any!


  5. For anyone stupid enough to buy it, I've got a great deal on ocean front lots in sunny Arizona. Silly you say? Not near as silly as thinking anyone with a grain of common sense would fall for the fable that the US government has pictures of Obama being killed within the past 12 years.

  6. Lame excuse.

    Putting out the photos to further prove that the real Bin Ladin is the real one is more important that the threat of more violence. Such silly argument.

    What makes us doubt there real Bin ladin was killed...

    1. DNA test they conducted proved positive with a day when it normally needs a few days to confirm such DNA tests.
    2. Quickly buried in SEA !!! What kind of rubbish is this?
    3. Events happened to the squad taking part in the operations.

    Now ...this thing about photos which sure is nothing but will it stand global experts' scrutiny?

    Too doubtful of the whole event

    Many alternative news have been reporting Bin Ladin already dead decades ago.

  7. Too dangerous for release . . . because they're FAKE.

  8. "They'll be used to inflame tensions. They'll be used to inspire retaliatory attacks," Justice Department lawyer Robert Loeb told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    So, who is Robert Loeb and how is he connected to the Chicago political machine? When did he attend the Ida Crown Jewish Academy? Lester Crown is the military defense financier behind Barack Obama.

  9. so does this mean Khazar "Ashkenazim" Gog & Magog "yiddish speaking" JAPHETIC "Proselytes" to talmudic Judaism are really all 12 tribes
    listed in Genesis 49 & Deuteronomy 32 & Revelation 7 ?

    Does this mean the "Jewish" media that can only LIE about everything all day everyday
    is now telling the truth...?

    Does this mean the war on Common Sense is over..?

    and Murder is legal..


    John 8:44

  10. Just buying time and hoping people will forgt it all ...

  11. Welcome to the Jew World Order.


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