SHOW­ING THE BODY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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