The U.S. Navy has refused to hand over details of how Osama bin Laden was buried at sea. Information on rituals and rites for the terrorist have been requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). For the first time, I’m hearing that a Muslim seaman said an “appropriate prayer,” and washed and wrapped the killer in an “appropriate cloth.” Who knew the U.S. Navy would have such a cloth handy.
The al-Qaida leader’s carcass was reportedly dumped into the sea from the USS Carl Vinson within 24 hours of his May 2, 2011 death at the hands of a Navy SEALs team. In accordance with Muslim law and Navy regulations, the burial should have included a prayer requesting that Allah permit bin Laden to “enter paradise” and “save him from the trials of grave and the punishment of hell.”
Why is the U.S. Navy concerned about saving bin Laden from the punishment of hell?
Barack Obama is playing politics with bin Laden’s death and ignoring the rule of law – especially the transparency laws that his appointees violate with impunity,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “I suspect the Obama administration is embarrassed by the burial ceremony, which explains our having to go to court to get basic information about this important piece of history.”
The lawsuit against the Navy joins a list of other suits Judicial Watch has filed against the Obama administration. In 2011 the organization filed a FOIA request for pictures and videos of bin Laden’s dead body, but a judge blocked access to the records on April 26, 2012.
Judicial Watch also sued the administration and CIA for access to communications between movie producer Kathryn Bigelow and the White House. Judicial Watch did obtain the records, unveiling the administrations’ plans to provide Bigelow and fellow producer Mark Boal access to classified information about the bin Laden raid in preparation for a film about the operation.
The White House describes the disposal of bin Laden’s body:
“the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up and the deceased’s body was eased into the sea”.
Eased? That’s “eased” into the sea from the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier which, from mast tip to keel, is the height of a 24-storey building.
If the deck’s about 100ft above the sea, then the gangling frame of the world’s most wanted was “tipped”, maybe even “chucked”, overboard. But eased is the word, because even after blowing off half of bin Laden’s head, the US knows it needs to appear decent and respectful to Islam…
After breaking news today that the FBI believes there are at least a dozen, maybe many more, extremist Muslims inside the US Military, ready to commit jihad at any time, it’s disturbing that a “Muslim seaman” would know an “appropriate prayer” and how to wash and wrap a body. Doubly troubling is that the Navy took care to show respect for this evil man.
Update thought:The UK Telegraph may think the US needs to “be respectful to Islam,” but we are told bin Laden is not a moral representation of the great religion of peace, so he should have been sent to the deep in his soiled undershorts.