Judges Wary Of Release Of Bin Laden Photos

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2013)--Federal appeals court judges appear to be skeptical about a group's efforts to force the government to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which U.S. commandos killed the terrorist leader.

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, is seeking the images through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Central Intelligence Agency found 52 responsive records, but withheld all of them, citing exemptions for classified materials and information specifically exempted by other laws.

Judicial Watch argued before a federal appeals court panel Thursday that the government didn't provide a specific enough basis for denying the request, but Judge Merrick Garland said the government cited specific concerns that the images could be used by al Qaeda for propaganda and to incite anti-American sentiment.

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