Thursday, April 21, 2005
On this day:

Pure Insanity

World Net Daily: FBI protecting Osama's rights -- Federal officials withholding information to prevent 'invasion of personal privacy'
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is preventing some information related to al-Qaida terror leader Osama bin Laden from being released, invoking a law that permits the feds to withhold data if it "would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." According to government watchdog group Judicial Watch, in a Sept. 24, 2003, declassified "secret" FBI report obtained by the organization through the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI invoked Exemption 6 under FOIA law on behalf of bin Laden. The law permits the government to withhold information in "personnel and medical files and similar files" if disclosure might jeopardize privacy rights. Judicial Watch did an analysis of publicly available news stories cited in the FBI report and determined that bin Laden's name was redacted from the document, including newspaper headlines in the footnoted citations. "It is dumbfounding that the United States government has placed a higher priority on the supposed privacy rights of Osama bin Laden than the public's right to know what happened in the days following the September 11 terrorist attacks," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "It is difficult for me to imagine a greater insult to the American people, especially those whose loved ones were murdered by bin Laden on that day."