Adm. McRaven ordered destruction of Osama bin Laden death photos

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The non-partisan citizen watchdog group, Judicial Watch, reports, Feb. 10, 2014, that mere days after it had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Obama administration’s Department of Defense, Admiral William McRaven ordered his underlings immediately to destroy whatever photos the Pentagon had on the assassination and death of Osama bin Laden.

That is not the behavior of righteous people, but of those who have something to hide.

Admiral William Harry McRaven, 58, is Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, since August 8, 2011. Georgetowner calls him “the  mastermind behind the raid to get Osama bin Laden.”

Under “Personal Life,” Wikipedia does not say that McRaven is married or has children, but gives only this rather non sequitur sentence: “McRaven attended the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner as the guest of his fifth grade classmate, Karen Tumulty.” Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post. However, an Oct. 28, 2013 article on Georgetowner has a picture of McRaven and “his wife Georgeann.”

Here’s the report from Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Uncovers Email Revealing Top Pentagon Leader Ordered Destruction of bin Laden Death Photos

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on January 31, 2014, it received documents from the Department of Defense (Pentagon) revealing that within hours of its filing a May 13, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking photos of the deceased Osama bin Laden, U.S. Special Operations Commander, Admiral William McRaven ordered his subordinates to “destroy” any photos they may have had “immediately.” Judicial Watch had filed a FOIA request for the photos 11 days earlier.

The McRaven email, addressed to “Gentlemen,” instructs:

One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs 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].

According to the Pentagon documents, McRaven sent his email on “Friday, May 13, 2011 5:09 PM.” The documents do not detail what documents, if any, were destroyed in response to the McRaven directive. The Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit seeking the documents was filed in the United States Court for the District of Columbia only hours earlier. Judicial Watch also announced the filing at a morning press conference.

On May 2, Judicial Watch had filed a FOIA request with the Defense Department seeking “all photographs and/or video recordings of Usama (Osama) Bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011.”  Federal law contains broad prohibitions against the “concealment, removal, or mutilation generally” of government records.

The records containing the McRaven “destroy them immediately” email were produced as a result of a June 7, 2013, FOIA request and a subsequent lawsuit against the Defense Department for records relating to reports of the 2011 McRaven purge directive. McRaven’s order was first mentioned at the end of a 2011 draft reportby the Pentagon’s inspector general (IG) examining whether the Obama administration gave special access to Hollywood executives planning the film “Zero Dark Thirty.”  According the draft report, “ADM McRaven also directed that the names and photographs associated with the raid not be released. This effort included purging the combatant command’s system of all records related to the operation and providing these records to another Government Agency.”  The reference to the document purge did not appear in the final IG report.

The move by McRaven to purge the photos appears to have come, at least in part, in response to aggressive efforts by Judicial Watch to obtain images of the deceased bin Laden that President Obama, in a rewrite of federal open records law, had refused to disclose. In addition to its May 2, 2011, FOIA request with the Pentagon Judicial Watch filed an identical request on May 3, 2011, with the CIA. When neither the Defense Department nor the CIA complied with the FOIA requests, Judicial Watch, in June 2011, filed FOIA lawsuits against both agencies.  In the course of the litigation, the Pentagon claimed that it had “no records responsive to plaintiff’s request.”

On April 26, 2012, District Court Judge James Boasberg accepted the Obama DOD and CIA arguments, ruling that the images could remain secret while conceding: “Indeed, it makes sense that the more significant an event is to our nation – and the end of bin Laden’s reign of terror certainly ranks high – the more need the public has for full disclosure.” On May 21, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the District Court decision while conceding that the documents may not have been properly classified. The Supreme Court of the United States subsequently denied Judicial Watch’s petition for a writ of certiorari seeking a review of the issue.

“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,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “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.”

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  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this incredible post. Logic and common sense dictates that if we were righteous in what was done, we would gather up every piece of evidence and preserve it for posterity. Instead, the king makes sure it is destroyed. There is something rotten in Denmark.

  4. Dr. Eowyn, you are 100% correct on this. Question, did they truly destroy the records, or is that the story they are peddling? Everytime Obama has accused or mention something, such as the only people that have something to hide, etc etc., he is already guilty of doing that very thing.
    A seal interviewed right after the attack on OBL, said he thought OBL looked younger and his hair looked blacker than expected. Then, the fact the neighbors seemed to be surprised he was there. I wonder if that seal was one of those who died in that Chinook crash in Afghanistan.
    Makes one wonder why isn’t there more being done to rescue the Dr. That supposedly was such a help.
    Then the fact that OBL had been on kidney dialysis for years and was still considered alive????? And not one piece of medical equipment or supplies was shown anywhere in the pictures. Where were all the supplies obtained from and yet, no one seemed aware?
    And the thought of destroying pictures that holds or supposedly holds such a record for history is very suspicious.
    I am with you on this, something is amiss.

  5. Can they file charges since it is illegal?

  6. Great catch, Dr. Eowyn!

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  8. Whatever raid happened, whatever pictures they had, were not what everyone thinks. Why did so many insiders (such as SEALs) have to be eliminated? Google without quotes the words: bin laden december 2001. Or click here if you trust the fact that I did it correctly:
    Peruse down the many pages and you will find evidence from MANY different outlets, even including MSNBC, that we Americans have been misled for 13 years. Yes, that means this farce started before King O. This will lead you down a new maddening rabbit hole, and for that I apologize. Ask yourself this: What one thing can King O take credit for? He personally would list a lot, but most say that he “got bin Laden.” Well, what if he didn’t? What if he has done nothing at all? How many more people will suffer to maintain the lies?

    • Gingercake, I tend to phrase it as “bin laden, been deaden, since 2001” Funny how the CIA can use an old operative (lest we forget “the base” was just another CIA outfit) for a boogeyman well after he’s expired, huh? Rather like how the music industry or hollywood won’t hesitate to use one of their celebs after they’re expired, lest we forget the creepy hologram of “tupac” etc.

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