Osama Bin Laden Death Pictures Now in Freedom of Information Act Limbo

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Since President Barack Obama decided that the pictures of Osama Bin Laden were too gruesome to make public, lest they inflame violence or be used as anti-U.S. propaganda, it will be up to journalists to force transparency from the administration. (That, or Obama could have them leaked, thereby avoiding the complications that come with an officially sanctioned government release.) But assuming that won't happen, the Associated Press has already taken it upon themselves to file a Freedom of Information Act for a pile of Bin Laden dead body-related media being held by the government, which, if granted by the courts, could require the info to be made public. It probably won't work! But we still have more details about it in our daily media column Press Clips.

Blood Thirsty: Scott Hodes, a former Freedom of Information and Privacy Act attorney, tells the AP that the status of the photos is "uncertain" at best:

The White House is exempt from FOIA, so the law wouldn't apply if the images are controlled there. The CIA, which had operational control of the mission, and the Defense Department can use a series of exemptions from the act to block release of the images.

The Associated Press on Monday requested through the federal Freedom of Information Act photos of bin Laden's body as well as other materials, including video taken by military personnel during the raid and on the USS Carl Vinson, the ship that conducted bin Laden's burial in the North Arabian Sea. The government has 20 days to respond to a FOIA request.

As if to dare the administration, AP notes that the Obama White House "pledged to be the most transparent government in U.S. history and to comply much more closely with the Freedom of Information Act than the Bush administration did."

"I think that it's going to be a hard road," Hodes said. "It's not inconceivable that a court is going to say to release them. But I think the government will fight because it's made its decision."

A chorus of bipartisan voices have called for the release of the photos including a few journalists, along with Donald Rumsfeld and Sarah Palin, who tweeted that Obama should stop "pussy-footing around" because she wants attention. A few senators thought they saw a death picture, but they didn't. (Here are some fakes.) And then there's Jon Stewart, who also wants the photos out:

Diet Leaks: The Wall Street Journal launched SafeHouse today as a WikiLeaks-style place for anonymous leakers to give documents to the newspaper, who will make journalism out of them if they're super-good. Except, you might not be anonymous because, as the Guardian points out, the terms and conditions say that the Journal "reserve[s] the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process [...]." So just don't piss off the government, okay?

Daily Stats: News Corporation has spent $10 million so far on its "work in progress" iPad newspaper The Daily, the company's COO said yesterday on an earnings call. He said there have been 800,000 downloads, but declined to say how many of those are paid subscribers or from the free download period or one-time users or provide any other details. He became "mildly agitated" when asked for specifics, and said, "We're only a month into this."

Media Moves: Five people stopped working at the Washington Post this week, maybe because of the hipster invasion or articles like the hipster invasion one.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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Brutal Truth
Brutal Truth

UPI admits that neutral observers have noted glaring differences between the alleged "Osama bin Laden" videos: "Bin Laden was suffering from a kidney ailment and some experts say he died Dec. 13, four days after his escape from Tora Bora. Videos since then, neutral experts say, show bin Laden writing with his right hand but he is well known as left-handed. They also detected differences in the shape of the nose, skin color and speech."http://www.upi.com/Top_News/An..."Prof Codevilla pointed to inconsistencies in the videos and claimed there have been no reputable sightings of Bin Laden for years (for instance, all interceptions by the West of communications made by the Al Qaeda leader suddenly ceased in late 2001). Prof Codevilla asserted: 'The video and audio tapes alleged to be Osama's never convince the impartial observer,' he asserted. 'The guy just does not look like Osama. Some videos show him with a Semitic, aquiline nose, while others show him with a shorter, broader one. Next to that, differences between the colours and styles of his beard are small stuff.'"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new... "Bin Laden was suffering from a kidney ailment and some experts say he died Dec. 13, four days after his escape from Tora Bora. Videos since then, neutral experts say, show bin Laden writing with his right hand but he is well known as left-handed. They also detected differences in the shape of the nose, skin color and speech."http://www.upi.com/Top_News/An...

"Prof Codevilla pointed to inconsistencies in the videos and claimed there have been no reputable sightings of Bin Laden for years (for instance, all interceptions by the West of communications made by the Al Qaeda leader suddenly ceased in late 2001). Prof Codevilla asserted: 'The video and audio tapes alleged to be Osama's never convince the impartial observer,' he asserted. 'The guy just does not look like Osama. Some videos show him with a Semitic, aquiline nose, while others show him with a shorter, broader one. Next to that, differences between the colours and styles of his beard are small stuff.'"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...a very conservative American blog during the conservative Bush-Cheney administration says that the tapes are obviously fake and that bin Laden has been dead for yearshttp://newsbusters.org/bl...

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1078...tapes are fake, bin Laden has been dead for yearshttp://abclocal.go.com/wt...http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/st...bin Laden has been dead since December 2001, the tapes are all badly-done forgeries http://spectator.org/archives/...http://spectator.org/archives/...

on Point
on Point

You guys just hate when a Black man Exceeds the standards don't ya....But it was cool when that idiot Bush, when taken the courty down hill right

Judged a Racist
Judged a Racist

I just hate it that criticizing Obama is considered a racist act. I also hate it that Obama has not appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush family/ Bin Laden family business relationships. I also hate it that I'm broke in part because Obama has continued the policy of cooperate welfare for the banks that sunk the economy instead of prosecuting them. There it is I criticized Obama twice and used a racist code word (welfare). Send the politically correct thought police to seize my computer right now

ON point
ON point

Just think i went ot war so stupid ass raceist, like you could be free to make an assof themselves in a public forum...wow

Clip Job Rules
Clip Job Rules

I hope A.P. wins but photos are a diversion since they can be manipulated realistically by any 5th grader. We need DNA and facial recognition verified by multiple reliable non government and from outside the U.S. experts. But since body is in sea that may be enough. Long long long long shot but what is needed need some news org to pay a foreign intelligence agency to tell where the planes went after the raid and pay for whom ever or whatever is needed to physically get the body back. But let's be realistic, those of us who are who are not taking Obama's word for it constitute a fringe group. I have talked to numerous people in all walks of life and everyone I mean everyone believes we killed Obama sunday night no doubt at all. How can people that believe Obama is socialist mole implanted from Kenya believe you need to be fitted for a tin foil hat for suggesting Obama is be lying about this?.

Moshe Sharon
Moshe Sharon

It'sdifficult to believe that Obama would be stupid enough to take creditfor Osama's death unless he has absolute knowledge of Osama's demiseor he has total control over him in a secret place of detention.Nonetheless, it doesn't take a genius to realize that the whole thingwas a farce. Either Osama was already on a slab waiting to be pickedup by our guys, or he was really shot and killed in his bedroom, isactually irrelevant. The fact is that nine years ago Osama fledAfghanistan into Pakistan and has been hiding there successfully eversince. The Pakistani government and Osama's rival faction leadersgave him up. The DNA bubbamises is a feeble attempt to divertattention from the real story that Osama's people fingered him. ButObama needed the drama because his approval ratings have been in thetoilet. Getting rid of the body, claiming to have DNA verification,classified video footage and photographs and then refusing to showthis so-called evidence leads me to conclude that if they had Osama'sbody it was already decomposed to the extent that everyone could seethat Osama had been dead for much more than a couple of hours. Moreat http://moshesharon.wordpress.c...

Raleigh
Raleigh

One reason the administration did not release the photos: OSB must have been shot in the BACK of the head. Taking facts given by the WH: He was shot twice - once in the head and once in the chest. A single bullet entry would not blow both eyes out. The accounts of the damage suggest BOTH eyes are impacted. That could not have been by an entry shot.. it must have come from behind. So.. If he was shot from behind, he would not have been offering any resistance.

Mopowerdan
Mopowerdan

Really ironic that Obama had to cut into national television during his major pain in the neck's show to say we have public ememy number one but hey we buried him at sea so no one can confirm his death. Now he's the hero and his approval rating is rising but he still doesn't have a birth certificate, how the hell did he ever get into office???

Galleylaw
Galleylaw

People in the u.s are dumber than a bag of paper clips. Who cares about obama getting good ratings from this, justice has been served no matter who is or was in the office to claim his death. People again in the u.s focus on all of the wrong things and that's the very reason our country is going bankrupt!!! Let god do all of the judging in this world and worry about the little time we have left before god sounds his trumprets.

Chris
Chris

You realize the released his birth certificate a week or two ago, right?

wheninthecourse
wheninthecourse

a photoshopped copy of a copy. NOT REAL

wheninthecourse
wheninthecourse

thats what you think.after the bin laden death hoax is exposed and proven to be just that , a hoax., the BC will come back into focus.

BYE BYE BARRY BO

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ObamaIsFullOfShit
ObamaIsFullOfShit

You Mean the fake one that took so long to come up with ! LOL I can't wait to see the new Bin Laden Death photoshop Pic's That Obama eventually will release to the public. They might look as real as the Birth Certificate

Paultaffetani
Paultaffetani

no one could be more fulloshit than bush. obama did what bush was to stupid to do in a quater of the time. but bush was to busy trying to finish what his father was to stupid to finish. oh yah obama finished that one to

Bucky Turco
Bucky Turco

I really don't understand the president's reasoning. Wouldn't the actual act of killing an unarmed Osama bin Laden motivate terrorists and his supporters to do harm? This idea that they'll somehow back off their plans for catastrophic destruction because we didn't release the photos is unfounded. Imagine the convo: Hey man, take that bomb vest off. Sure they killed our hero, but at least they didn't release photos of him.

ObamaIsFullOfShit
ObamaIsFullOfShit

Maybe he's just doing what he was born to do, Setting this all up for the AntiChrist ! lol !!

wheninthecourse
wheninthecourse

OBL has been dead for at least 4 years, more likely 10. of kidney failure.

Moshe Sharon
Moshe Sharon

So here’s what we know: 1) The White House announced that a Navy Seal team raided Osama’s residence in Pakistan; 2) They allegedly conducted a DNA analysis and confirmed that the man shot in the head is Osama but never showed us the actual result or explained where they got the prior control sample to set up the profile for a match test; 3) They announced that they took the body to an aircraft carrier and dumped it overboard after a Muslim funeral; 4) They said they have pictures but are refusing to show them to the general public. Thus we don't know anything about Osama being dead or alive because Obama ordered the military to get rid of the body and he now refuses to show us any of the evidence that he claims the military has in its possession.

In view of the above, I’m certain that if the Seals unwittingly killed a look-alike decoy and Osama is still alive somewhere else, he won’t wait long before appearing on AL Jazeera Television to thumb his nose at the world (G-d forbid). So, unless Osama made a deal with Obama to trade information for witness protection, in the absence of any visible shred of corroborating forensic evidence, time will tell whether the dead chicken of the sea is really Osama Bin Laden or has Obama been Lying? More at http://moshesharon.wordpress.c...

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