UPDATE: Judicial Watch has filed a FOIA request for the Osama raid photos and video. The Defense Department has 20 days to legally respond.
Last Sunday evening, Obama interrupted network TV’s prime time, including his nemesis Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” with a dramatic announcement. A week before, US Navy SEALs broke into a compound in Pakistan and killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Earlier today, three days after Obama’s prime time press appearance, he decided against releasing Osama’s death photos, citing the reason as not wanting to inflame Muslim passions and incite their violence. Hmm, how come that didn’t stop our government from releasing those awful prisoner abuse photos from Abu Ghraib and from Afghanistan and Iraq? Obama had authorized the release of the latter pics.
But an unnamed Pakistani security official who had entered Osama’s compound about an hour after the early morning raid, took photos, which he sold to Reuters. Here are excerpts from Reuters’ account:
The photos, taken by a Pakistani security official who entered the compound after the early morning raid on Monday, show two men dressed in traditional Pakistani garb and one in a t-shirt, with blood streaming from their ears, noses and mouths…. None of the men looked like bin Laden….
Based on the time-stamps on the pictures, the earliest one was dated May 2, 2:30 a.m., approximately an hour after the completion of the raid in which bin Laden was killed.
Other photos, taken hours later at between 5:21 a.m. and 6:43 a.m. show the outside of the trash-strewn compound and the wreckage of the helicopter the United States abandoned….
Reuters is confident of the authenticity of the purchased images because details in the photos appear to show a wrecked helicopter from the assault, matching details from photos taken independently on Monday. U.S. forces lost a helicopter in the raid due to a mechanical problem and later destroyed it. The pictures are also taken in sequence and are all the same size in pixels, indicating they have not been tampered with. The time and date in the photos as recorded in the digital file’s metadata match lighting conditions for the area as well as the time and date imprinted on the image itself.
Alas, the whole thing is a tease. On the Reuters page, it says “Warning: The following images contain graphic content.” BUT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS! Reuters must have pulled them — but not before Right Wing News Watch saw them and posted two of the pics on its site. Here they are. Neither is of Osama bin Laden.
You are forewarned about the graphic content!
Meanwhile, the Osama death photo that RINO Senator Scott Brown said he had obtained “from a reliable source” and which he “and a lot of other people (senators?)” saw turns out to be a fake.
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.
And how does Reuters know the above photos are not fake as well?
The joke is on all of us.