Court: You Don't Get to See bin Laden Death Photos
Judges side with Obama administration
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
This undated file photo shows Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – It doesn't look like the CIA's photos of a dead Osama bin Laden will ever see the light of day. A federal appeals court today ruled that the Obama administration's argument that releasing them would incite riots and anti-US violence makes sense, reports Reuters. A conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, has been waging a legal battle to have the photos made public, and it's not clear whether today's ruling will be the end of it.

"It is undisputed that the government is withholding the images not to shield wrongdoing or avoid embarrassment, but rather to prevent the killing of Americans and violence against American interests," said the ruling from the US Court of Appeals in DC. (Images that turned up shortly after the raid in Pakistan turned out to be hoaxes, much to the embarrassment of some lawmakers.)

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 22, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
He's dead and gone. Who needs to see the photos othyer than what was published in the Globe and National Enquirer? Disposal of the body could have been more dramatic, like feeding it to a pen of hungry hogs.
JohnInLa
May 22, 2013 1:07 AM CDT
This is not over. America has a right to see that dead Rat and I don't give a flip who does not like it. Protocol during an execution allows victim relatives, press, etc. to witness. Since there are 3000 Americans murdered by bin laden then there should be a huge class action lawsuit to see photos of him dead. The ruling is a violation of free speech and I'll bet the pompous marxist Constitution hating sleazebag b. h. obama is calling the shots. The obama administration outright lied to America about a video being the cause of 4 dead Americans on 9-11 in Benghazi. So who is the ZERO CREDIBILITY obama administration to say photos of bin laden would cause riots, etc?
iq145
May 21, 2013 9:49 PM CDT
Obama 'n Biden. What does that sound like?