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Judicial Watch demands release of bin Laden death photographs

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Two years have passed since his death at the hands of Navy Seals, and the public has yet to see photographs and videos from the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Judicial Watch, a government transparency organization, has now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its lawsuit against the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The group argues that the case "is the poster child of the almost blind deference being provided to the Executive Branch" in cases involving the withholding of classified information.

The petition asks that the high court "reverse this disturbing reversal," and demand the courts "conduct meaningful review," or the federal Freedom of Information Act will "continue as less of a disclosure than a withholding statute."

Judicial Watch filed its original FOIA request with the CIA two days after the raid, and filed a similar request with the Pentagon a day later, "all photographs and/or video recordings of Osama (Usama) bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan on or about May 1, 2011." Neither agencies complied within the 20 days as required by law, and Judicial Watch sued soon after.

In April 2012, a U.S. District Court judge ruled the images could remain secret -- the decision was affirmed in May 2013 by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

However, both courts admitted that the public deserves "full disclosure" of the event.

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