US tells court bin Laden photos must stay secret

September 27, 2011 - 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is arguing that public disclosure of graphic photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed in May by U.S. commandos would damage national security and lead to attacks on American property and personnel.

In a response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group seeking the imagery, Justice Department attorneys say the CIA has located 52 photographs and video recordings. But they argue the images of the deceased bin Laden are classified and are being withheld from release to avoid inciting violence against Americans overseas and compromising secret systems and techniques used by the CIA and the military.

The Justice Department has asked the court to dismiss Judicial Watch's lawsuit.