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Bin Laden death photos might not see the light of day

Posted By admin On January 14, 2013 @ 6:35 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Michael Doyle
McClatchy Newspapers [1]
Jan 14, 2013

Skeptical-sounding federal judges on Thursday considered whether the public can see pictures of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, taken after he had been shot dead by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid on his hideout two years ago.

The 52 pictures, some described as “graphic” and “gruesome” by a top CIA official, highlight a Freedom of Information Act fight that climaxes just as Hollywood’s version of bin Laden’s death hits movie theaters. But while Hollywood’s depiction has attracted both critical acclaim and political heat, and was accomplished with the CIA’s help, the real world pictures snapped by elite commandos seem destined to remain secret.

“They’re telling us it’s a risk . . . that Americans will die if we release these documents,” Judge Merrick Garland said Thursday, adding that “when the government tells us this is likely to lead to death, shouldn’t we defer to that (even) more than when they say it will result in the release of secret information?”

Judge Judith Rogers, who like Garland was appointed by a Democratic president, further cited “the concern that these images could be used as propaganda.” Echoing arguments made by Obama administration officials, Rogers suggested that the propaganda concern is aggravated by the late bin Laden’s prominence as al Qaida’s leader.

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[1] McClatchy Newspapers: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/01/10/179536/bin-laden-death-photos-might-not.html

[2] Federal judge blocks release of bin Laden death photos: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-judge-blocks-release-of-bin-laden-death-photos.html

[3] The CIA Reveals It Has 52 Osama Bin Laden Death Photos And Videos: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-cia-reveals-it-has-52-osama-bin-laden-death-photos-and-videos.html

[4] Photos From Inside “Bin Laden Compound”: No Weapons, No Bin Laden (Warning – Graphic): http://www.prisonplanet.com/photos-from-inside-bin-laden-compound-no-weapons-no-bin-laden-warning-graphic.html

[5] Obama Says He Won’t Release Bin Laden Death Photo: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-says-he-won%e2%80%99t-release-bin-laden-death-photo.html

[6] Members Of Congress See Photos Of Osama Bin Laden’s Body: http://www.prisonplanet.com/members-of-congress-see-photos-of-osama-bin-ladens-body.html

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