By Andrew Steele
“Public disclosure of graphic photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed in May by U.S. commandos would damage national security and lead to attacks on American property and personnel, the Obama administration contends in a court documents.” reports the AP on the Obama administration’s latest bout of fear mongering in order to cover its tail and keep the myth of the fake bin Laden kill alive in the minds of America’s proud and bloodthirsty populace.
This was in response to a a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch demanding visual evidence of the hit.
The official story of bin Laden’s death, which like any fairy tale has often changed, claims that bin Laden was killed in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where he had been hiding out for years, having his groceries bought for him by the men who would end up getting shot (and photographed in gruesome pictures that were released to the public) by Seal Team 6 on May 1st, 2011. The U.S. military gave its most hated enemy a dignified burial at sea within hours, (though burial at sea is not a common Islamic burial rite), essentially telling the American public to take their word for it that the deed was done and to celebrate Obama’s opportune victory while not asking too many questions or demanding any proof. A video from the compound of an old man watching TV who looked nothing like bin Laden was then released to the public, with the corporate puppet media insisting to its viewers that it was the terrorist bogeyman. The old man was identified on the BBC by a neighbor as Akbar Khan, who was one of the owners of the compound.
The DOJ has asked that the FOI lawsuit be dismissed and insisted that the records Judicial Watch wants are “wholly exempt from disclosure”. Judicial Watch’s president Tom Fitton says the Obama administration is making a “political decision” by keeping the bin Laden death proof secret.
In the AP’s report on this story it mentioned that the AP itself has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for a number of materials, including videos and photographs of bin Laden’s body, contingency plans for bin Laden’s capture, reports on equipment performance during the raid, and records of the supposed DNA tests that were done to confirm that the dead body the U.S. is calling “Osama bin Laden” actually was Osama bin Laden.
From that report:
“The Obama administration refused AP’s request to quickly consider its request for the records. AP appealed the decision, arguing that unnecessary bureaucratic delays harm the public interest and allow anonymous U.S. officials to selectively leak details of the mission. Without expedited processing, requests for sensitive materials can be delayed for months and even years. The AP submitted its request to the Pentagon less than one day after bin Laden’s death.”