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Feds To Justify Withholding Bin Laden Photos By September 26

The Pentagon and the CIA have agreed to explain by Sept. 26 their legal basis for not disclosing photos and video of the U.S. raid that killed Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, according to a new court filing.

The Justice Department and Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that filed Freedom of Information Requests for the raid imagery, proposed a schedule Thursday for resolving a lawsuit over the unfulfilled FOIA requests. President Barack Obama said soon after the raid that he had decided not to release any of the images. He said doing so could incite further violence or serve as a recruitment tool for terrorists.

The schedule submitted to U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg to calls for the government to file its key motion against the suit by September 26. That usually means the government will provide a formal response to the requests by that day.

However, Judicial Watch President Thomas Fitton said he doubts his group will see any of the bin Laden materials without a court ordering their disclosure.


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