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Bin Laden Death Images Release Mulled By Court
A US court is considering whether the public has the right to see images of Osama bin Laden's dead body.
The conservative-leaning watchdog Judicial Watch last year filed a Freedom of Information Act request for access to the 52 images of the former al Qaeda leader's remains
They were taken after he was killed in a US special forces raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.
Some of the images were taken so the CIA could conduct facial recognition analysis to confirm the body's identity, according to court papers.
The government has argued that the release of the photographs or videos could compromise national security.
"They'll be used to inflame tensions. They'll be used to inspire retaliatory attacks," Justice Department lawyer Robert Loeb told the US 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, Mr Loeb said.
President Barack Obama made the same case in an interview with CBS News.
"It's important for us to make sure 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," he said.
"That's not who we are. We don't trot out this stuff as trophies."
Last April, a lower court also chose not to challenge the CIA's assessment of the potential danger that showing the images - including bin Laden's burial at sea - could have for Americans.
Judicial Watch said ahead of Thursday's appeal that the government had not adequately proven there was a national security risk.
what do you think?
These should have been in the public domain at the time of the assassination. So much time has elapsed that most Jihadists dont believe that bin Laden is dead anyway.
Bin laden died 10years ago or so...everyone knws dat....he was on dialysis nd died of natural causes.....if usa did kill him dey would have releases the images straight away...remeber sadam nd his 2 sons....da images nd videos were all over the media....wen dey got killed
If they allow this to be seen by the British,they will decapitate all the politicians one by one.
Why stevie all thay are are pics of a man riddled with bullets
anyone with a brain knows that he died near on a decade ago- bring on the photoshopers tho, lets just hope they do a better job than they did with the apparent videos of him.
I think he's probably still alive and it's just a classic US cover up tbh.
bin ladens death was kept secret, to show the world the global banking cartel couldn't get him- they knew this so they cooked up a nice heroic story of good prevailing over evil and the bounty always gets his man! knowing it couldn't be disproved either way. that's what i reckon!
the most important man in modern history millions of Muslims killed because of his actions. and when they catch him they throw him in the sea within 24 hours, cause they care for his rights as a muslim lol GET REAL something real fishy going on in politics in the last 10 years regarding the middle east.