Bin Laden burial pictures will stay secretSubmitted by DeMolay on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 15:22
Photos of American military personnel burying Osama bin Laden will remain classified, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with the government in finding that the release of postmortem images of the founder and leader of al-Qaeda could cause “exceptionally grave harm” to Americans.
The conservative-leaning group Judicial Watch had been pressing the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency to release at least a subset of 59 photos of bin Laden after he was killed in a May 2011 raid on his compound in Pakistan.
In a 14-page opinion, the three-judge panel wrote that it was persuaded by testimony submitted by national security officials who reviewed the photos and said in court papers that they were ‘“quite graphic” and “gruesome” pictures displaying the bullet wound that killed bin Laden.