Bin Laden Death Photos Won’t Be Released, Thanks To Court Ruling

    May 21, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled today that the U.S. government can keep death photos of Osama bin Laden secret. There are apparently over fifty of them.

Bin Laden was killed on May 2nd, 2011 and President Barack Obama revealed shortly thereafter that the death photos would not be released.

“The risks of release outweigh the benefits,” Obama said at the time. “Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”

“Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet,” he added. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy – he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated.”

In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in the case, which stems from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by the group Judicial Watch. The group appealed the decision of a U.S. District court, which ruled that the images could harm national security. The group had said in a brief:

Specifically, Defendants have failed to provide any evidence that all 52 images, including those depicting bin Laden’s burial at sea, pertain to “foreign activities of the United States.” Defendants also have failed to provide any evidence that images depicting the burial at sea actually pertain to “intelligence activities.” Nor have they demonstrated that the release of images of a somber, dignified burial at sea reasonably could be expected to cause identifiable or describable exceptionally grave damage to national security.

The U.S. Justice department said there were obvious “sensitivities” with the situation, and that releasing the images could lead to violence against Americans.

Reuters reports that the court ruled today that the risk of violence is indeed a justification to keep the images classified.

There are some fakes out there, however, easily found with a Google image search.

  • David


    leaked photos of bin Laden’s burial at sea.

  • your mother

    they won’t be released because they don’t exist.

  • Blake Campbell

    Geez Mr. President in case you didnt know. They did kill four American contractors in Fallujah and hang them from a bridge. Not to mention, burn and dismember the bodies. Plus decapitate journalist Daniel Pearl!! And you say that we cant see the pictures of the worlds most DEAD infamous terrorist leader?? How much did they pay you to hide the photos?? I am a former US Marine and did serve time overseas. AND fight in the war on terrorism. It put joy in my heart knowing that Osama Bin Laden was dead. And im sure it would put joy in the rest of the hearts of the American people. I’m 100% full-blooded American and the last thing i need is a Muslim telling me what to do.

    • Blake Campbell

      Tell me what i need to do to be President.

      • http://none JoAnne Martinson

        First, you need to grow up. Thousands of young people have fought in American wars without ever showing the stupidity level you show. I also served in the military and it showed me that the downright silliness of Americans who interpret their service time as an entitlement have lost the meaning. War is about preserving what you have, not seeking bits of praise (which sounds like you) because you could possibly handle an M-16 or 9mm. Write again when you become an adult.

  • http://eyeoncitrus.com eye on citrus

    What did you really expect, the whole story is a fabrication, so it would be very difficult to come up with anything that would amount to evidence.


    • http://charleslincoln3.com Charles Edward Lincoln, III

      Zero Dark Thirty was really bad science fiction and worse as “historical myth” and “re-enactment” of a made-up mythical event to try to confirm the people’s faith in our government. The whole Obama kills Osama business lacks even a single scintilla of credibility. IF Osama had died in May 2011, and IF it were really the result of a decade long investigation into terrorism, you can be sure that they would have published every gory detail right away. Our government, here in the United States, is a government of the liars, by the liars, and mostly and exclusively FOR THE LIARS. Barack Hussein Obama, II, should be questioned and doubted if he announced that the sky were blue. I doubt he would even say that except during a total eclipse where his veracity could not be verified or challenged. We are in TROUBLE, FOLKS. We have a government that lies and steals and makes up wars and victories. We are sick, for there is no truth in us. And it is the fault of the people who tolerate such a sickening government as much as it is the fault of the government. It’s time for a little “Spirit of 76” to shake things up around here….

  • http://Yahoo James Stockstill

    It was a scam a cover-up also an election ploy by the president. Ben Laden is too important to the Islamic movement to take over the world for a comrade to take him out.Jim

  • Tom

    We need autopsy photos of Bin Laden to ascertain whether or not he had a kidney transplant. If he did not have a transplant, he would’ve had to undergo dialysis if the US government’s claim that he had kidney failure we true. No dialysis machines we found in Abbottabad. Therefore, if he does not have scars from a kidney transplant, the US government lied to us to make him seem like less of a threat.

  • Steven Dusseau

    This whole Osama bin laden death was a BIG FAKE. The government is totally lieing. There is no proof they even killed him.