Monday, July 30, 2012

CIA "overlooked" Osama bin Laden movie documents

Judging from recent news about NATO backed al Qaeda rebels fighting the Syrian government, it appears Osama bin Laden's alleged demise conveniently came just in time for the terrorist organization that he headed to "once again" ally with the United States.  The CIA has been busy helping with a propaganda film about the raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.   See story below. 

I would note, that to date there is no solid evidence that Osama bin Laden was even alive at the time of the raid other than government claims - and even they couldn't keep their story straight.  ~ B. B. 

CIA "overlooked" Osama bin Laden movie documents

By Adam Levine

The Central Intelligence Agency says it "inadvertently overlooked" documents related to its assistance to filmmakers creating a movie about the Osama bin Laden raid and failed to hand them over as part of a lawsuit against the CIA and the Department of Defense.

The oversight was revealed in a court document filed as part of the lawsuit by Judicial Watch, which is seeking information about how much the CIA and Pentagon disclosed about the raid by cooperating with filmmakers.

 

"The CIA discovered a 4- to 5-inch stack of records," according to the filing by the government's attorney, Marcia Berman. "From its initial review of the documents, the CIA has determined that the newly discovered documents are responsive to plaintiff's request but contain some duplicates of produced records."

 

The number of documents found is "approximately 30 new documents (primarily e-mails), with many documents containing multiple pages," according to the filing.

 

"These documents were supposed to be turned over to us two months ago under a federal court order," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. "This new 'discovery' and resulting delay stinks to high heaven - maybe an independent criminal leak investigation can look into this issue, too."

 

The government has asked the court for an extension until August 24 to properly review the documents but Judicial Watch is objecting to the request.

 

"They are suggesting that many are duplicative, so even less reason," not to turn them over sooner, he said.

The assistance to moviemakers has been roundly criticized by some Republican members of Congress. Rep. King Peter King of New York claimed that the White House gave the filmmakers access to top White House and Pentagon officials with knowledge of the bin Laden raid. An original release date just before the election was seen as a boon to the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. It has since been pushed to a later date.

 

Full Story: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/25/cia-overlooked-bin-laden-movie-documents/

 


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