Pentagon Destroyed Bin Laden Death Photos to Avoid Releasing Them


I don’t subscribe to the Bin Laden conspiracy theories myself. Obama has been on record as saying that he wanted Bin Laden alive so he could give him a civilian trial. And that’s consistent.

Looking at this action, it’s consistent with the policy of being willing to do everything possible to avoid offending Muslims. As if the Muslims angry at Bin Laden’s death would become more of a threat if they could see his body.

Considering the amount of photoshopped Bin Laden death photos out there and the propensity of people in the Muslim world to create their own reality, it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

Judicial Watch announced Monday that it received documents through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit showing that Admiral William McRaven ordered the immediate destruction of any photos of Osama bin Laden’s death within hours of a Judicial Watch FOIA request.

According to the Pentagon documents, McRaven sent his email on “Friday, May 13, 2011 5:09 PM.”  The documents do not detail what documents, if any, were destroyed in response to the McRaven directive. The Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit seeking the documents was filed in the United States Court for the District of Columbia only hours earlier.

Defying a Freedom of Information lawsuit this blatantly seems more like the work of Obama Inc. than the Pentagon, so as with Benghazi, I suspect the military was just doing what it was told.


  • A Z

    There is the argument that they would become more angry. I do not think it would lead to an increased tempo of operations.

    There is also an argument that by showing the death photos it would discourage and demoralize them.

    Admiral William McRaven gave an order. He might have been under political pressure but he should have ignored it. He should fight.

    He should fight all enemies foreign and domestic. If that means recording an illegal order to destroy the Usama photos and presenting such evidence to a court, then so be it.

  • Robert Fanning

    Delta Force founding member, Command Sergeant Major Eric Haney told us a decade ago that Bin Laden was killed by a drone fired Hell Fire missile in December of 2001 as he fled Tora Bora. Try and find his statement doing an internet search. Completely scrubbed. For the following decade our Special Operators were denied Cross Border Authority to probe into places like Pashtun Waziristan or Pakistan to follow actionable intelligence. No DNA or photographs of Bin Laden’s “body” were saved and the burial at sea was witnessed by none of the crew on the ship that allegedly received the corpse. The entire “operation” was Kabuki theater orchestrated as an election stunt. You weren’t really expecting the truth from this administration were you?

  • Drakken

    I would bet a cool grand that the SEAL’s kept a few mementos and pictures of Bin Laden, I know that us Marines would have posed with that jihadist with a cigarette in his mouth. I just have to wonder how long it will take for those photos to come out.

    • truebearing

      A number of SEAL Team 6 members died in that highly suspicious helicopter crash. Maybe Obama was just making sure no photos surfaced.

      • Drakken

        No, what happened there was a complete operational clusterphuck where everybody and the goats knew they were coming. You never ever let the natives know what. where and when your going especially with no air support.


    Gaaa! I hope this is NOT true!

    Note that the US treated the carcass of osama bin laden with more respect than the Libyans treated Ghadaffi’s body or the Iraqis treated Sadaams carcass.

    I hope someone made digital copies of the trophy pix.

    Why should the US be more respectful of an islamofascist pig than Arabs are of their own???

  • CalOkie

    McRaven is a Navy SEAL, and JSOC. Ever see his full dress uniform with ribbons etc? Disturbing that he would act so politically cowardly…………don’t make the Mohammedans crazy! Maybe they’ll like us better!


      I’m sure that wasn’t his reasoning, but rather Barry-boy’s.

      • CalOkie

        yeah, I got it…..just following orders, etc………….

  • rxpc

    Regardless of the impact of the photos on the muslim world or anywhere else, if any organization or business decided to destroy records after they were subpoenaed that would be a criminal act. The principals would be charged and possibly serve jail time and the organization would be fined. I’m all for Obama serving time.

  • wileyvet

    Muslims have been angry and violent for nearly 1400 years. So what else is new? They have no shame in posting their victims all over the internet to inspire good Muslims to join the Koran sanctioned Jihad. Bin Laden was the vilest piece of human garbage and got off easy as far as I’m concerned. He deserved the bullet to the head, not a trial as Barrack Hussein Osama wanted.

  • CaoMoo

    SO kind of like how climategate I and II went down destroy the evidence!

  • BC

    On Dec 26, 2001 FOX News Channel reported the death of Bin Laden on the air. I remember watching this on TV in 2001 and wondering what excuse they would come up with to keep our troops in the middle east. About half a year later his last will was printed in Islamic newspapers.
    Check it out for yourself…

  • blert

    I fear that Barry has made OBL immortal.
    America had no troubles when Saddam’s boys were photographed.