Federal Judge Blocks the Release of Bin Laden Death Photos

After the death of Osama bin Laden and the subsequent dumping of his body into the sea, a number of groups have called for the release of photographs captured during and after the raid — particularly the images showing his corpse. A year ago we reported that the Associated Press had taken legal action to obtain the images. Yesterday federal judge James Boasberg put an end to all the requests by ruling that there were legitimate national security interests at stake and that the photos would not be released. He writes,

A picture may be worth a thousand words. And perhaps moving pictures bear an even higher value. Yet, in this case, verbal descriptions of the death and burial of Osama bin Laden will have to suffice, for this court will not order the release of anything more.

Needless to say, this latest ruling will help the many conspiracy theories about bin Laden’s death live on.

(via CNN via Pixiq)

  • Douglas

    I don’t believe the government, I don’t believe the media, but I do believe the judge is getting paid to say not to release the photos. There are no photos, there was no dumping at sea. 

  • Cornell

    Those who have this knee-jerk reaction and claim that there is a conspiracy will have it regardless of whether the photos are released. If the photos were released, there is no doubt that they would claim that the photos are doctored to make it appear that Bin Laden is dead. This type of reaction stems from a severe distrust of government which overshadows everything, a severe distrust that goes way beyond a healthy skeptcism. Compared to them, a Doubting Thomas is a rank amateur.

  • Knur

    “Go back to bed, America, your
    government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed
    America, your government is in control. Here, here’s American
    Gladiators. Watch this, shut up, go back to bed America, here is
    American Gladiators, here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary
    retards bang their f*****g skulls together and congratulate you on the
    living in the land of freedom. Here you go America – you are free to do
    what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!” Bill Hicks

  • rtfe

    ignorance is bliss

  • rtfe

    uhhhh, yea, that originally came from Aldous Huxley via Brave New World. READ!!!!

  • koolaid

    whether this man is dead or alive literally means nothing to the united states and its security. this man was an asset to the cia. 
    what a slap in the face to the people of islam to say Osama was buried at sea for the sake of “Muslim practices” since when does the us care about Muslim practices? our military is out murdering women and children in the middle east but yet we care about their practices? makes no sense to me

  • Guest

    What is this pornographic obsession with violent imagery? Really.