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FOIA News: D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Bin Laden raid was correct but frustrating, opines Bloomberg writer

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Obama’s Secret Rationale for the Raid on Bin Laden

Nearly eight years later, the public still knows precious little about how and why the decision was made.

By Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg, Jan. 29, 2019

So it looks like those secret Osama bin Laden memos are going to stay secret a bit longer. These are the written opinions by lawyers at multiple U.S. intelligence agencies, drafted in 2011 at the request of President Barack Obama’s administration, on whether the U.S. had the legal right to capture or kill bin Laden at his hideout in Pakistan. The existence (but not the text) of these opinions came to light in 2015, and various groups have been chasing them ever since. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the government did not have to make them public.

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