‘Destroy Immediately’: U.S. Ordered Osama Bin Laden Photos Purged

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Policemen and residents stand near while demolition work is carried out on the building where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in Abbottabad
Policemen and residents stand near while demolition work is carried out on the building where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in Abbottabad

‘Destroy immediately’: Top US commander ordered Bin Laden photos purge (RT, Feb 11, 2014):

Eleven days after the 2011 US elite forces raid that resulted in the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the head of US special operations ordered the destruction of all photos of the corpse or for them to be given to the CIA, new evidence shows.

The disclosure was revealed Monday in an email obtained and released by non-profit legal group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The heavily-redacted email was sent by Admiral William McRaven, head of US Special Operations Command, to subordinate officers on May 13, 2011, instructing them that any remaining photos of Bin Laden’s body must be destroyed or handed over to the CIA. Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by the special operations team commonly known as Seal Team Six during Operation Neptune Spear.

In the email, addressed to “Gentlemen,” McRaven wrote, “One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs [Usama Bin Laden, as US military referred to him] remains. At this point – all photos should have been turned over to the CIA; if you still have them destroy them immediately or get them to the [redacted].”

The order to purge the photos came 11 days after the conservative government transparency organization Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with the Defense Department seeking “all photographs and/or video recordings of Usama Bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011.”

Judicial Watch finally accessed the McRaven email as a result of a June 7, 2013 FOIA request and a subsequent lawsuit against the Defense Department that sought the materials.

The group notes that the first time McRaven’s order was mentioned came during a 2011 draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector general focusing on any special treatment afforded to filmmakers working on “Zero Dark Thirty,” the award-winning 2012 film about the hunt for bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 attacks. No mention of the order was made in the inspector general’s final report.

Judicial Watch eventually filed FOIA lawsuits against both the Defense Department and the CIA, arguing that federal law prohibits the “concealment, removal, or mutilation generally” of government records.

The group’s efforts to compel any photos or documents related to Bin Laden’s death failed in both a district court and an appeals court after the US government argued that the photos must remain secret. A subsequent request for review was denied by the Supreme Court. During the litigation, the Pentagon maintained it had “no records responsive to plaintiff’s request.”

The Pentagon’s office of general counsel responded to Judicial Watch’s request for the purge order records in a Jan.uary 31, 2014 letter, stating it was only able to locate one document, the heavily-blacked-out McRaven email.

“The McRaven ‘destroy them immediately’ email is a smoking gun, revealing both contempt for the rule of law and the American’s people right to know,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The Obama administration has tried to cover this scandal up – and our lawsuit exposed it. We demand further investigation of the effort to destroy documents about the bin Laden raid.”

The Associated Press notes that on May 3, 2011, one day after Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, it filed its own query with the Special Operations Command’s Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Division in search of “copies of all e-mails sent from and to the US government account or accounts” of McRaven referencing the Al-Qaeda leader. AP received a response the following day, noting its request had been assigned for processing. However, AP never received a copy of the email obtained by Judicial Watch.

More on Osama Bin Laden:

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Families Suspect SEAL Team 6 Crash Was An INSIDE JOB

U.S. Government’s Secret Move To Hide Files On The Osama Bin Laden Raid

 – Court: Osama Bin Laden Burial Pictures Will Stay Secret

Joe Biden Now Blamed In Navy SEAL Team Six Deaths

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: The Osama bin Laden Myth

No US Sailor Saw Osama Bin Laden’s Alleged Burial: Associated Press FOIA

Former CIA Agent: Osama Bin Laden Died Of Natural Causes In 2006

Benazir Bhutto Confirms that Osama Bin Laden is Dead

– Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh: Bhutto was killed on Cheney’s orders:

The US death unit killed Bhutto because she had told Al-Jazeera TV about the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, Hersh said.

Special Ops Con, Imaginary Warfare And Non-Existent Enemies (Veterans Today)

‘GLADIO, THE LIVING PROOF THERE IS NO AL-QAEDA, NO WAR ON TERROR’ – ‘GLADIO Is AL-QAEDA’ (Veterans Today)

All of this is a bad joke!

White House Refuses To Release Osama Bin Laden Death Photos

US Navy Seal Commander, Who Killed Osama Bin Laden, Commits ‘Apparent Suicide’ In Afghanistan

UNBELIEVABLE: ‘More Than 20 Navy SEALS From The Unit That Killed Osama Bin Laden’ Die In Helicopter Crash

Obama on 60 Minutes: ‘We Could Not Say Definitively That Bin Laden Was There’

Prof. Ramadan of Oxford University: Changing Osama Stories ‘Bizarre’ – Dropping Osama’s Body Into The Sea Is AGAINST All Islamic Rituals

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik: Osama Bin Laden Died In 2001, 9/11 A False Flag (Video)

It’s Getting Better: CIA Director Panetta Admits Complete Video Blackout During The Raid On ‘Bin Laden’ Compound

Burning The Evidence: New Footage Of Osama Bin Laden’s Compound On Fire (VIDEO)

President Obama Will Not Release Osama Bin Laden Death Photos

Clueless Teenagers Flood Search Engines To Ask: ‘Who Is Osama Bin Laden?’

– Webster Tarpley: Death of “Bin Laden” an Unproven Assertion by Obama Regime; Door Wide Open to New NATO False Flag Terror Provocations Disguised as Retaliation; US-UK Target Pakistan for China Ties, Self-Defense Pact with Saudi Arabia

Paul Craig Roberts: Osama Bin Laden’s Useful Death

Paul Craig Roberts: Osama bin Laden’s Second Death

White House Revises Account Of Bin Laden’s Final Moments: Gun Battle Never Happened

– MSM fail: Osama Bin Laden Corpse Photo Is FAKE – Absolute Proof!

Officials: Osama Bin Laden Body To Be ‘Buried At Sea’ (No Autopsy, No DNA Tests, No Forensics?)

Official: Bin Laden buried at sea (AP):

WASHINGTON – A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.

If you (still) believe the official story, I’ve got a bridge to sell to you.

1 thought on “‘Destroy Immediately’: U.S. Ordered Osama Bin Laden Photos Purged

  1. This WAS a political scam. OBL had kidney disease 15 years ago……..I have never seen anyone on those machines live another 13 years………
    No body, no evidence they killed him because they probably didn’t. Anything for a boost in the polls and assure re-election…….but it has created more questions than answers.
    Shoving all the transparency groups to the side, doing the will of one man isn’t a republic, it is a fascist dictatorship. That is what the US now suffers, and most of the fools don’t even know or care.
    Cannibals elect cannibal kings.

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