Feb 18, 2013 No Comments ›› littlebytes
President Obama has said that releasing photos could incite violence against the U.S.Additional images of Osama bin Laden taken shortly after his death in a daring Navy SEAL raid have been found by the CIA – but all of the photos will remain unseen by the public.The discovery was announced on Friday in a letter from the Justice Department.The new pictures would add to about 52 grusesome shots of the terror leader’s body after he was killed in May 2011 by members of SEAL Team Six as they raided his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Those photos were requested in a Freedom of Information filing by Michael Bekesha of Judicial Watch after the federal government ruled they must be kept classified for national security purposes.
In a letter to Mr Bekesha obtained by The Huffington Post, the Justice Department said that ‘the CIA recently located seven additional images of Osama Bin Laden’s body from the May 1, 2011 operation that resulted in his death.’
The letter went on: ‘These additional images were not located during the CIA’s search for responsive records in this case. However, these images of Bin Laden’s corpse are of the same nature as the
materials the CIA previously identified [as classified].’
A lower court has already upheld the government’s argument that the photos should remain secret in the interest of national security, according to WestWingReports.com.
But a federal appeals court is now considering whether the 52 pictures should be released to Judicial Watch, a conservative-leaning legal watchdog.
The group says it is not seeking any information about equipment or techniques used in the raid.
Viewing the raid: President Obama and his key staffers watch the Navy SEAL mission at Osama bin Laden’s compound in this White House photo
But President Obama has maintained that the photos’ release could endanger American citizens.
During a recent ’60 Minutes’ interview, Obama said it was important to ensure that ‘very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool.’
After bin Laden was killed, the Obama administration said his body was buried at sea off the USS Carl Vinson – in accordance with Islamic tradition.
I think the American people have the right to see photos of Osama Bin Laden to confirm he was killed and to avoid further speculation and conspiracy theories. Otherwise people will never be assured that he was killed that day. So far we have no DNA evidence, no photos from his death and no photos from his burial and only reports that nobody actually witnessed his body being dumped out to sea.
Others believe Osama died long ago shortly after Sept 11, 2001 due to untreated lung disease. There was an article posted on December 26, 2001 on Fox News, several months after, which said his body was found after he died of an apparent lung complication.
I think if this administration is ever going to be believed on this issue, considering they lack credibility on everything from Benghazi to Fast and Furious, they would do everyone a favor by proving without a doubt Osama was indeed killed on that day in May 2011. While I don’t doubt the accounts of the SEALs who took him out and attacked the compound that day, I think Americans deserve the right to know.