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Watch dog group sues Navy over Bin Laden burial

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A government watch dog group announced Thursday that they were suing the United States Navy for failing to give information pertaining to the funeral ceremony, rite or ritual of Osama bin Laden prior to his burial at sea.

Judicial Watch issued a Freedom of Information Act request for "records detailing any funeral ceremony, rite or ritual" for Osama bin Laden prior to his burial at sea.

According to the Navy, bin Laden's body was dumped into the sea from the USS Carl Vinson within 24 hours of his death on May 2, 2011. Few other details, including whether specific Muslim burial phrases were recited, have been released.

"Barack Obama is playing politics with bin Laden's death and ignoring the rule of law - especially the transparency laws that his appointees violate with impunity," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch in a press release. "I suspect the Obama administration is embarrassed by the burial ceremony, which explains our having to go to court to get basic information about this important piece of history."

Judicial Watch has filed other lawsuits against the Obama administration. In 2011 the organization filed a FOIA request for pictures and videos of bin Laden's dead body. However, a a judge blocked access to the records on April 26, 2012.

The group was successful in obtaining information regarding communications between the administration, CIA and movie producer Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow and fellow producer Mark Boal received detailed information about the bin Laden raid for a film they are producing about the Navy Seal mission.

Sara A. Carter is The Washington Examiner's national security correspondent. She can be reached at scarter@washingtonexaminer.com.

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