Links for May 13th

Published by Waldo Jaquith

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7 replies on “Links for May 13th”

  1. Why is the government obliged to release them under FOIA? It’s likely that the photos fall under the national defense / foreign policy exemption.

    This so-called government watchdog group is dangerously close to being lumped together with 9/11 conspiracy nuts and birthers. Their lawsuit claims that they are being irreparably harmed by the government’s failure to release the photos. Puh-lease.

  2. Re: Huckabee’s adviser

    That was mild compared to the other examples. I’m surprised an apocalyptic prophecy wasn’t thrown in. Maybe a reference to May 21st?

  3. Ratdke hangs out with the likes of Breitbart and the Daily Caller, a vile publication on the web. It’s “all about the Constitution” all the time. She cheers on the utter futility of the “Repeal Amendment”, which has exacly zero chance of going anywhere.

    If the “Repeal Amendment” WERE to pass somehow, it would be in the form of a Constitutional Amendment and would not be in force for years, if then.

    It effectively makes it possible for the citizens to override Congressional action by voting the law down.

    For someone who claims to be all about the Constitution, she doesn’t seem to have studied it or read it very much.

    Tea Party all the way baby!

  4. Micelle Bachman got to look at the pictures, she’s on the intelligence committee (passing up the easy joke here) and she said she’s confident we got the right guy. You’d think that would be enough for the right wing. Al Qaeda says we killed him, Bachman says we killed him.

  5. Steve, you do realize that it’s not just the “right wing” that wants the photos released, right?

    I think this issue more than any other recent issue has made strange bedfellows between right and left. Large portions of each (and “heavy-hitters” on each political side) have come down on both sides of the issue. It’s quite interesting who wants the photos released and who wants them to remain unreleased.

    And the reasons aren’t just to make sure “we got the right guy”. Some of them are the sheer newsworthiness of the photos (which is why AP among other have asked for their release). Other people have other reasons. (Yes, some of which are conspiracy theories… but there’s little you could do to ever satisfy those nutters.)

    I personally don’t think they should be released, and think we clearly got the right guy… and I’m very often right-wingy myself. Many others on my side of the aisle agree with me. Many others on your side of the aisle disagree with me as well. It’s an odd conglomeration.

  6. “The American people have a right to know, by law, basic information about the killing of Osama bin Laden,”

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Incredibly, the Obama administration told us that it has no plans to comply with the Freedom of Information law, so we must now go to court. President Obama’s not wanting to ‘spike the football’ is not a lawful basis for withholding government documents. This historic lawsuit should remind the Obama administration that it is not above the law.”

    Don’t you just love it when some “conservative legal watchdog group”, in the shadow of the SCOTUS appointment of Bush43, the Patriot Act, prison torture, and Citizens United stamps it feet and cries “illegal” when they can’t get the bin Laden snuff photos?

  7. I’m at the point where I no longer believe that the desire to see the OBL photos has anything to do with conspiracy theories or the latent doubt that the government could successfully do anything right. Some people simply need something tangible that they can hold in their hands and look at so they can feel like they’re the ultimate recipient in the chain of custody for the history of this man’s life and death. They want some way to make them feel like this event is their own.

    If the end product of any of the other pictures which were released in relation to the raid are any indication, “some way to make them feel like this event is their own” should here be interpreted to mean “photoshopping funny looking cats, pop cultural references, human genitalia or a score of other inappropriate images into a picture of a disfigured corpse.”

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