Pentagon: no records of bin Laden's death

topic posted Tue, April 3, 2012 - 9:06 AM by  Abraxas
"Citing the [FOIA] law, The Associated Press asked for files about the raid in more than 20 separate requests, mostly submitted the day after bin Laden's death. The Pentagon told the AP this month it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden's body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden's body on the Navy aircraft carrier where the al-Qaida leader's body was taken.

"The Pentagon said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden's body if he were killed. It said it searched files at the Pentagon, U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., and the Navy command in San Diego that controls the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier used in the mission.

"The Defense Department told the AP in late February it could not find any emails about the bin Laden mission or his "Geronimo" code name that were sent or received in the year before the raid by William McRaven, the three-star admiral at the Joint Special Operations Command who organized and oversaw the mission. It also could not find any emails from other senior officers who would have been involved in the mission's planning. It found only three such emails written by or sent to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and these consisted of 12 pages sent to Gates summarizing news reports after the raid.

"Under the FOIA, even if a document contains secrets about national security, the government can censor those passages but must release anything else in the document that is "reasonably segregable."

"The information blackout means that the only public accounts of the mission come from U.S. officials who have described details of that night. In the hours and days after bin Laden's death, the White House provided conflicting versions of events, falsely saying that bin Laden was armed and even firing at the SEALs, misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was killed, and incorrectly saying bin Laden's wife died in the shootout. President Barack Obama's press secretary attributed the errors to the "fog of combat."

"Since then, no authoritative or contemporaneous records have been made available."

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Nothing to worry about, I'm sure. Just another innocent case of bungled federal record keeping. Happens all the time...

"It's quite astounding that documents as important as [OKC bombing surveillance tapes] went missing and the FBI says, 'Well, they're gone,'" U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said during a motion hearing [Mar 21, 2012].
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    Re: Pentagon: no records of bin Laden's death

    Tue, April 3, 2012 - 5:30 PM
    People work harder we are at war with the Red country no wait the Yellow country no wait the Green country - O hell, it doesn't matter, just keep doing more for less, dammit, and be sure to Vote for one of the two assholes we have provided for your Democratic Experience - it's your civic duty