Tom Fitton, Head of Judicial Watch, Battling Obama Administration for Access to Photos of Usama Bin Laden's Body
The watchdog group Judicial Watch is battling the Obama administration in court for the release of 52 photos of the body of terrorist leader Usama bin Laden and his burial.
The Justice Department has argued making the photos public could inflame tensions in the Muslim world. At the time of bin Laden's killing in Pakistan, President Obama said he would not release the photos because he did not want the world to view it as "spiking the football." The body was ultimately buried at sea.
In denying this Freedom of Information Act request, the administration said the photos could harm national security or lead to attacks on Americans overseas. The case is
now in a federal appeals court.
The head of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, joined Bill Hemmer this morning, arguing that it is the American people's right to have the photos released.
"The law requires their release. President Obama almost immediately said 'we don't want to release the photos because we don't want to be seen as spiking the football.' Well our Freedom of Information Act doesn't have any exemptions for spiking the football. He may think these photos are politically controversial, but we don't not follow the law just because the president is uncomfortable with the results of following it," said Fitton.
Fitton went on to say that one of the judges at the hearing yesterday even stated that an anti-Islam video had led to the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, even though that has been proven false.
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