Do Americans have a right to see bin Laden photos?
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 2:56
- Date Jan 9, 2013
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Here's a question where do Americans have the right to see that photographs of Osama bin Laden's dead body.
That question now in the hands of the judge the socket Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson junior Peter judicial watch what is going to see the pictures yes should see the pictures as an argument tomorrow -- -- the US circuit court of appeals for the DC circuit.
Based on -- federal court's ruling below.
Then judicial watch does not have a right to see those 52 images.
Of Osama bin Laden at the time of his.
Capture in and killing.
They're saying that these are gruesome that they will inflame the world that they -- top secret under the law.
That they're classified.
And that under CIA law the only -- can justify it.
It all they -- we know top secret.
Giving it to get judicial watch in the past he's done a lot of these lawsuits to bring sunshine on important public -- -- -- and get things brought out to the public -- know.
But it really is a good question I happened to side with the CIA.
On this one saying.
What do we gain right out of this and the CIA's put at 27 page affidavit by the man who's the head of clandestine.
Secret activities -- the CIA saying this should be terrible.
Sure America you gotta figure Peter and I haven't seen the movie yet but I've I've heard from people yet.
That when bin Laden was shot.
You and I got a feeling it was a little gruesome and I think that if those pictures were released.
It would just -- a lot of.
CIA says it's going to be used for propaganda against the United States it's going to be manipulated they also say.
Why should the world know about secret CIA techniques.
And military techniques.
In terms of location in terms the type of photography equipment they're using.
The types of folders that they were taking they tried to identify him on the scene and they -- to ensure that it was in fact as some of bin Laden.
And that the mission had been.
Achieved so in this case I understand open government I understand.
People's suspicions and stuff like that but what do we gain is the American people.
In this coming forward on this -- that the CIA is right that the CIA is going to win and the court is gonna say.
The CIA made the case it passes Muster as the court said below and we're not going to be seeing these photos if you want to see simulation.
And I guess you -- see this the movie there that and it seems -- disconnect because the White House.
Helped in that great but at the same time the White House is saying you can't have.
These particular photos of you wanna go shoot a video.
Go spend the fourteen bucks to see.
That movie so.
I understand -- of the complaints -- it.
On one hand you say no this is -- but the same time saying we're gonna help Hollywood.
Put out a political unit which -- is -- all right hitter we're gonna be watching to see what that's what happens thank you -- good to see it.