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AP: Show us the bin Laden Photos

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, May 10, 2011.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Not surprisingly, the AP has filed a FOIA request for the photos:



     
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Former DOJ official who was responsible for FOIA releases makes a pretty good case for why:

    http://gawker.com/5798497/ex+justice-department-official-obama-could-be-forced-to-release-the-osama-death-photos
     
  3. UNCGrad

    UNCGrad Member

    I don't remember exactly -- were the Dale Earnhardt photos released? Or do I remember the Orlando Sentinel got them, studied them, but didn't show them publicly?

    Can't remember.
     
  4. printdust

    printdust New Member

    Was there a compelling need for the world to view Dale Earnhardt's remains?
     
  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    So...Obama can label the photos as "classified" and still not have to turn them over, right? I'd imagine that's exactly what he'll do.
     
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Arguably, yes. As evidence of the need for HANS in NASCAR.
     
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Case went to court and Theresa Earnhardt said release would cause harm to the family. Judge agreed and they weren't released. In fact, I want to say the Florida Legislature passed a law specifically barring the release of the photos.
     
  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    YF, do you ever leave your computer?
     
  9. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    I think they ought to just release 'em.

    I'm not buying the argument that releasing them would inflame terrorists and cause a higher threat to national security. Do you think right now there are terrorists out there thinking: "It's OK that you guys killed bin Laden, but if you show pictuers of him, then we're going to get really mad!"

    I'm pretty sure that in the heirarchy of bad things you do someone, killing him ranks above showing pictures of his corpse.

    Honestly, it gets worse the longer they wait, because we're still in the immediate high-security watch just from killing the guy. If you wait months or a year, after we've dropped our guard, then you have to ramp up all over again.
     
  10. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Releasing them would make terrorists angry with us. Can't take the chance.
     
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    If they had shot bin Laden as he was sliding into second base to break up a first-inning double play at Wrigley Field, AP would already have the photos.
     
  12. printdust

    printdust New Member

    This warms my heart to think AP has some people who don't give a shit about the feelings of terrorists.
     
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