Want to See Bin Laden's Autopsy Photos?

Court to Decide

The Situation Room during the raid (White House Photo)
Paul Brandus, Jan. 10. 2013

They have been classified since the May 2011 raid that killed him, but now the autopsy and burial photos of Osama bin Laden may be available for public viewing. A federal appeals court on Thursday heard arguments on whether the public has that right.

The court will consider a lawsuit filed by a conservative-leaning watchdog group,  Judicial Watch, that is seeking the release of the 52 photos that were taken following the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 

A lower court has already upheld the government's position, which is that the photos must be kept secret in the interest of national security. Some defense and intelligence officials think their release could spark violence against Americans.

In the wake of the raid, President Obama explained, on "60 Minutes," his decision to withhold the photos: 

“It’s important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” he said. “That’s not who we are. We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies.”

11 January 2013 05:45am
You mean that the constitution really does say budget, I told you Bidden now I have to go on Lettermans top 10! What are you going to tell them, where's that chair Clint was talking to? The price must be going up for stamps, no that's the food stamp line, alright show them the picture maybe the line will go down then!
11 January 2013 04:23am
Saddam Hussein's execution video went viral after his death, Quaddafi was seen getting dragged out of a sewer pipe and subsequently executed and OBL gets dumped in the sea at 2am when no one's around? Then they give us 'Zero Dark Thirty' as some sort of propagandist BS explanation instead of the truth.
11 January 2013 02:16am
Won't change a thing really.

10 January 2013 10:46pm
Sounds liek a plan to me dude.

10 January 2013 09:09pm
Yeah, just like the pictures of Saddam's kids were not trotted as trophies you mean?
10 January 2013 07:14pm
Wow, I cannot believe this! They need to release them!!!
10 January 2013 07:35pm
very compelling argument
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