Incredible, but true
Judicial Watch is an American conservative organisation which claims
to fight government corruption. At the end of April it announced some
staggering news. It obtained a document through the Freedom of
Information Act which the FBI invoked privacy right protections on
behalf of Osama bin Laden. Yes, the leader of al Qaeda and America's
most wanted (and least mentioned) man. The declassified September
2003 FBI report obtained by Judicial Watch was subjected to Exemption
6 of the Freedom of Information Act on behalf of bin Laden. This
allows the government to withhold all information about U.S. persons
in "personnel and medical files and similar files" when the
disclosure of such information "would constitute a clearly
unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."
So the privacy of Osama bin Laden has a higher priority for the
Bush Junta than the public's right to know what happened after 911.
This, it should be stressed, follows the usual pattern of Bush and
enquiries into that atrocity. You could start to think they had
something to hide.
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