WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled last Tuesday that the U.S. government had properly classified top secret images of dead al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, reports Reuters news agency.
A conservative nonprofit watchdog group, Judicial Watch, sued the U.S. government to have them release the images of the dead terrorist leader, but the three judges’ unanimous decision upheld the top secret nature of the photos.
The photos refer to the U.S. special forces raid that killed bin Laden in his hideout in Pakistan in May 2011. It took the U.S. over ten years to find and terminate the terrorist mastermind.
The mysterious statements about the bin Laden raid have irked conservatives and others because of the Obama administration’s showmanship-type persona.
The judges, which represent the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, dismissed Judicial Watch’s case based on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), where it guarantees public access to some government documents. The court said that the release of these photos would stir controversy and riots that would put Americans in foreign places at risk, agreeing with the Obama administration.