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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The death of bin Laden

Some of the best commentary on the killing of Osama bin Laden is coming from the movement that RAW more or less belonged to, the libertarian movement.

In "Osama Won," Radley Balko, who is moving over to Huffington Post, argues that the U.S. reaction to 9/11 has been a disaster for civil liberties.

And Tim Cavanaugh posts some questions, including these:

Is any U.S. citizen not paid directly by the federal government going to review the video and audio records of the attack on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan? (I ask this as a realistic request – that some mainstream media trustee or other reliable person be allowed to view the footage under DoD supervision. In my America the unedited video would already be up at, but we don’t live in my America.)

If not, what are the reasons for continuing to keep this material classified, given that so many specifics (down to the claim that the special forces can say with confidence that bin Laden's wife was being used as a "human shield") have already been released?

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