SHOWING THE BODY
The post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden are musthaves. News organizations, interest groups and now, one presidential hopeful, are pining to peek at the “grisly” fare in the name of public transparency. Politico, the Associated Press, Fox News, Judicial Watch and Citizens United are among those who have dutifully filed Freedom of Information Act requests with defense and intelligence agencies; by law, the agencies have 20 days to respond. Andy Martin, a conservative presidential hopeful known for his combative “birther” stance, has also filed a FOIA request with the U.S. Navy for the photographs, plus medical evidence and other documents. He’s added an aggressive political agenda, however.
“While I am overjoyed that we got bin Laden, I am afraid that due to President Obama’s hesitation and incompetence we may have squandered an even greater opportunity to strike a mortal blow at al Qaeda,” says Mr. Martin, whose campaign theme has segued from interests in Mr. Obama’s birthplace to a new motto: “Join the new Ronald Reagan revolution.”