Thursday, May 23, 2013
The US Appeals Court for the DC Circuit has ruled per curiam that the CIA may refuse to release post mortem photographs of Osama bin Laden which the agency classified as top secret. A group called Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request to obtain copies of the photos. The CIA pled Exemption 1, a national security exemption, alleging that release of the pictures would cause harm to US citizens overseas and that the pictures were properly classified under that exemption. The court agreed. Here is a link to the ruling, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense.