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DOD nixes fast review of bid for bin Laden photos
AP/Albany Times Union ^ | 5/14/11 | Richard Lardner

Posted on 05/14/2011 2:29:43 AM PDT by markomalley

The Defense Department is refusing to do a speedy review of a Freedom of Information Act request for graphic photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse, setting the stage for a protracted battle over access to the images.

In a letter to The Associated Press, the department said the AP did not demonstrate an urgent or compelling need for the photos or show that the information has a particular value that would be lost if not provided in an expedited manner. As a result, it is not clear when or if the photos will be provided.

The AP received the letter Friday, 11 days after it requested the photos and other material stemming from the May 2 raid by a team of Navy SEALs on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

President Barack Obama has promised to make his administration the most transparent in American history. The push by the AP and other news organizations to make the bin Laden photos public could put that commitment to a key test.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesunion.com ...


TOPICS: Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: associatedpress; binladen; dod; foia; osama; transparency
President Barack Obama has promised to make his administration the most transparent in American history. The push by the AP and other news organizations to make the bin Laden photos public could put that commitment to a key test.

Ironic that AP is making such a statement.

1 posted on 05/14/2011 2:29:46 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
In a letter to The Associated Press, the department said the AP did not demonstrate an urgent or compelling need for the photos or show that the information has a particular value that would be lost if not provided in an expedited manner. As a result, it is not clear when or if the photos will be provided.

No urgent or compelling need? That's rich! Everybody likes to read newspapers that are several days old NOT!

The AP would not be in business very long if it had the policy that there is no urgent or compelling need for its information.

2 posted on 05/14/2011 3:16:00 AM PDT by olezip
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Hell, they ain't got the birth certificate, passport, citizenship right yet .. and you want to burden them with a two week old event?

Cool your jets, skippy ... they ain't superpeople, y'know.

3 posted on 05/14/2011 3:19:33 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: markomalley
It could be that AP purposefully filed a request that did "not demonstrate an urgent or compelling need for the photos or show that the information has a particular value that would be lost if not provided in an expedited manner" in order to stall the photos from being shown.
4 posted on 05/14/2011 5:18:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama can't see something pure like the truth without wanting to abort it.)
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To: markomalley

Under FOIA, DoD has 20 days to respond to an initial request, and after that they are required to provide access to or quality reproductions of the requested documents in a timely fashion. That DoD is declaring that it will openly break the law will land Gates and company into federal court.


5 posted on 05/14/2011 6:10:24 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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Now they tell us that Bin Laden had a large porno collection. When will they release those pictures? Just sayin...


6 posted on 05/14/2011 9:38:06 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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