May 4, 2012, - 4:26 pm
As we all know, sunshine is the best disinfectant. And, yet, Barack Obama’s early life and a good deal of his Presidency is shrouded in secrecy. It’s not just that he won’t ask his friends to release video of himself applauding anti-Semitic, anti-Israel comments made by Rashid Khalidi in the presence of Obama, William Ayers, and several others (and a Milwaukee-based Muslim kids’ dance troupe that simulates beheadings of Americans and Jews). It’s not just that he won’t release transcripts from any of the colleges he attended or grad school. It’s that he won’t release the photos and videos of the killing of Osama Bin Laden and his subsequently dead body. But he might end up releasing those secreted materials as his re-election hopes narrow.
After the killing of Bin Laden just over a year ago, Barack Obama refused to release any visual evidence of Bin Laden’s dead body and how he ended up meeting his 72 re-virginized ugly chicks. And Judicial Watch, which does excellent work in seeking to disinfect America from partisan secrecy, filed suit against the CIA and the Department of Defense. A judge recently ruled against Judicial Watch in ridiculous reasoning not based on any American law, statute, or Constitutional provision. The judge held that it might offend other countries and hurt our relations with them, which is interesting because all of these countries pretend they are against Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, so how could they be offended? (Obama also insisted, in his speech after Bin Laden was killed, that Bin Laden “was not an Islamic leader.”) And, again, whether or not they are offended does not trump any American’s or American organization’s right to obtain photos and video via a Freedom of Information Act request, unless the items sought are the subject of an ongoing investigation or would compromise sources and/or methods–neither of which is the case here. The potential to harm international relations with the release of a photo is not a legitimate legal definition of “national security risk.” We aren’t talking confidential, classified information in a diplomatic cable, here.
But Tom Fitton, the mensch who heads Judicial Watch, told me the other day that the photos could be released soon. He said:
It would not surprise me in the least if Obama reversed course and released the bin Laden photos to help his reelection effort.
And I think he’s spot on. If Obama is losing to Mitt Romney–whether badly or in a tight race, come mid-to-late October–I believe that suddenly all of his statements about not wanting to “spike the football” will be thrown out the window.
He’ll do what it takes to win. And if it takes the Bin Laden photos and video, he’ll release them.
Yet another good reason to want Obama to lose . . . aside from the many very obvious ones.
So, what do you predict? Will Obama be desperate enough to contradict himself yet again, in order to secure a win in November?
I’ll bet that “Hail Mary” passes like the Bin Laden photos release are atop his playbook.
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