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Obama administration still witholding bin Laden burial info

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Other information the AP said the Obama administration is hiding includes a death certificate for bin Laden, any autopsy reports or DNA identification tests, and any materials from before the raid that may show the government discussing how to dispose of bin Laden’s body before he was killed.

Judicial Watch argues that the new documents suggest the Obama administration had considered “preparations for receipt of bin Laden’s body” three days before the raid.

While the White House has admitted bin Laden was unarmed in his Abbottabad, Pakistan complex when U.S. Navy SEALs killed him, it has insisted that it considered taking bin Laden in alive. “If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn’t present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that,” White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said shortly after the raid.

The administration’s public accounts of what happened during the bin Laden raid changed frequently over the days following it. At the time, White House spokesman Jay Carney attributed the inconsistencies to the fog of war. “We provided a great deal of information with great haste in order to inform you, and through you, the American public, about the operation and how it transpired and the events that took place there in Pakistan,” Carney said. “And obviously some of the information came in piece by piece and is being reviewed and updated and elaborated on.”

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