House GOP seeks detailed report on bin Laden raid

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, September 1, 2011 13:01 EDT
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are hoping to require the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense to submit a detailed report on how terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden was found and eventually killed, mandating agencies turn over the classified information in exchange for their 2012 funding.

In section 415 of the Intelligence Authorization Act (PDF), Republicans introduce their plan to create a “public record” of the raid that killed bin Laden.

“[It] is vitally important that the United States memorialize all the events that led to the raid so that future generations will have an official record of the events that transpired before, during, and as a result of the operation,” they wrote. “[And] preserving this history now will allow the United States to have an accurate account of the events while those that participated in the events are still serving in the Government.”

If passed, the bill would require a classified report be generated within one year. It would also force the CIA director to preserve all records used to compile the report.

In the raid’s wake, President Barack Obama said that he approved the operation based purely on circumstantial evidence, and worried that bin Laden would not be found inside the house in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

After the terrorist leader was killed, U.S. officials claimed they buried his body at sea in accordance with Muslim tradition. A photo of the corpse was never released.

(H/T: The Hill)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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