Remember where you were when you heard bin Laden was dead? Most of us do. It was the night of May 2, 2011. Scores of Americans celebrated that night President Obama announced it live on all the networks. It was a unifying moment for the country.
Where are the photos of the raid, his body and the burial at sea?
The photos taken have been tightly kept under wraps citing national security and, if released, a clear and present danger to Americans home and abroad.
Government records indicate there are 52 images of bin Laden taken just after his death and when his body was aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
Now a conservative legal group, Judicial Watch, is demanding that these photos be released to the public. They contend that The Freedom of Information Act requires the government to release the pictures or better explain why the release of specific images would damage national security.
The government believes there are serious sensitivities concerning the death of bin Laden and that releasing the pictures could lead to violence against Americans.
With the airing of first anniversary TV specials on the raid and now the release of a major motion picture (Zero Dark Thirty), the public is more aware of what went on and wanting to see more.
A federal judge ruled in April 2012 that there were legitimate national security interests to deny disclosure.
The U.S. Court of Appeals is now considering this new request but mentioned the legitimate concern since there were previous incidents that led to violence in the Arab world and provided terrorists with fuel for propaganda (as did the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Americans desecrating Qurans).
It was rumored by a member of Judicial Watch that President Obama is asking the courts to rewrite the Freedom of Information Act to allow his administration to withhold documents simply because their disclosure may cause controversy.
These photos would fall under that Act.
The killing of Osama is probably one of the reason Obama was re-elected.