Just In: US Government May Be Forced to Release Bin Laden Photos Under Freedom of Information Act


osama_bin-ladenThe US government may be forced to release photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body after the Associated Press news agency lodged a request under the Freedom of Information Act asking to see them. The request, which was lodged on Monday, also asks for 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 Obama administration decided not to publish pictures of Bin Laden, with the president warning it could inflame tensions and the case could end up in court. The government has 20 days to respond to the request.

“I think it’s going to be a hard road,” said Scott Hodes, a former Freedom of Information and Privacy Act lawyer at the justice department.

“It’s not inconceivable a court is going to say to release them. But I think the government will fight because it’s made its decision.”

{The Guardian/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. A Federal District Court judge may order the materials to be released. However, I have a hard time believing that this will be upheld on appeal.

  2. sometimes ya just got to make a stand and do whats right. Its not going to get better by pandering to these peopel who want it their way because they have a different agenda

  3. I don’t see how they can sit on something as hot as these 2 items forever. They are sure to come out someday and thats just the way that it is.

  4. does it even matter if he is dead or not. would this even make a difference?

    terrorism doesn`t depend on one person but is the expression of a whole group . if he isn`t there anyomre there will be someone else. there is no real victory over terrorism and the so called free world will never be realy safe( just lookt at israel and those sick falestinim). the whole islamic world is a bunch of freaking terrorists . they just assume the role of the good cop and bad cop but in reality they all have got one common idea , the distruction of anyone that doesn`t believe in what they blieve.
    they and the christians (imach shemo wesichro) are one and the same . they represent gog and magog who will stand to fight against moshiach.
    they are all the same ,they just have different taktics to get to their purpose, the distruction of am israel.

  5. There will be exemptions. The video will not be released because the government will argue that it would reveal confidential information about their covert operations. The pictures will not be released for national security issues. Very few judges would go against the President on the request of a news agency.