May 4, 2011, - 4:33 pm
Is Barack Obama’s refusal to release the dead Osama Bin Laden photos a way to stretch the publicity over the kill until October or November 2012 and the Presidential election? Sure looks that way to me.
Hey, Where Are My 72 Re-Virginized?
I suspected Barack Obama would refuse to release the photos of the dead Bin Laden. He has far more respect for Muslims, Islam, and the 9/11 hijackers than he does for their thousands of victims on American soil and throughout the world. And for a guy he told us was “not a Muslim leader,” Obama is certainly according Osama Bin Laden major Muslim leader status and then some. But this isn’t about “arousing [Muslim] violence,” or we [CORRECTION: Pakistan] wouldn’t have released photos of the other dead Muslims our hot Navy SEALS killed at Bin Laden’s compound, above. Obama has even more respect for his own fame and glory, and that may be what this is about. See, there’s the inconvenient law, called the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Obama is not only more concerned about protecting Muslims, he’s simply a fool because it lends to more suspicions and conspiracy theories that he’s lying, as with his birth certificate.
And, while Barack Obama may try to use one of the outs in the law, I don’t see how he can get away with it. While there have been many restrictions put into place by the Bush and Obama administrations to limit FOIA, the limitations are not enough to keep any average American from forcing the release of the Bin Laden photos after they file a FOIA request, then a lawsuit. Some exceptions to FOIA are documents that are part of an ongoing investigation or which reveal personal information of a U.S. resident or citizen or which disclose decision-making processes or reasoning behind government processes and decisions. The Bin Laden photo doesn’t fall under any of these categories . . . unless you stretch it beyond the reasonable credulity of the federal judge applying the law.
It might be difficult to determine upon which agency to file the FOIA request, but it’s safe to say that FOIA requests on the Department of Defense and the White House would cover it. I guarantee you that a gazillion American publicity seekers and news agencies have already filed FIOA requests upon both and perhaps other sub-agencies, like the Department of the Navy.
Ultimately, Barack Obama will have to release the photos. But I believe his refusal is a selfish publicity stunt. He is trying to prolong his glory over the Bin Laden kill until right before the election. Such a FOIA suit–with delays and motions and obstructions–could last until right before November 2012.
By the way, Obama has a friend in a so-called “conservative” Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan. I’ve told you about Rogers before, as he pandered to the FBI’s political correctness to Muslims, while talking a phony tough game on terrorism and collecting campaign contributions from conservative Arab Christians and right-wing pro-Israel Jews. He’s a fraud.
Today, Rogers told a Detroit radio station that he supports Obama’s decision not to release the photos because he believes it will incite Muslims. Hmm . . . whose dead photo did we release on September 10, 2001? No one’s. They murder innocent people, photos or no photos. It’s BS to pander to them. Maybe we should outlaw Playboy and bikinis. Those make Muslims angry (though behind the scenes they are porn’s biggest consumers), too.
Rogers also said he believed the Pakistani government and military academy down the street didn’t know that Bin Laden was living openly in their midst for the last six years.
Yup, he chairs the House Intelligence Committee and ain’t too intelligent. Rogers is a former FBI agent. Now you know why I refer to the agency as Famous But Incompetent.
So, who wants to file the FIOA request for the photo and hire me to file the lawsuit?
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