Justice seeks to keep bin Laden pics secret…

The Wall Street Journal does a nice blog summary of a titanic struggle in FOIA circles:

Justice Department attorneys said the CIA has located 52 photographs and video recordings of bin Laden during the May raid that killed him, but the DOJ contends the images are classified and being withheld from the public to avoid inciting violence against Americans overseas and compromising secret systems and techniques used by the CIA and the military, according tothis AP report. (Here’s an earlier LB post on the hunt for the Osama photos.)

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group that had sued to force disclosure of the images, issued a statement accusing the Obama Administration of making a “political decision” to keep the bin Laden imagery secret, AP reports. “We shouldn’t throw out our transparency laws because complying with them might offend terrorists,” he said.

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