Wednesday, February 10, 2010

9/11 Pictures finally released after Media FOIAs after the election

Detroit Free Pres: New aerial NYPD photos of 9/11 attack released
Newly released aerial photos of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack show the towers coming down from a dramatic new angle.

The photos were obtained by ABC News, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the National Institute of Standards and Technology last year. The NIST collected the images as part of its investigation into the terrorist attack.

ABC said it was provided 2,779 pictures on nine CDs. Many of the photos, taken from police helicopters, have never been released before.

Twelve of the photos appear on ABC’s Web site. One photo shows a close-up of the upper floors of the burning towers. Others show the towers’ dramatic collapse in a thick plume of smoke and debris and sweeping views of billowing smoke clouds.

Is it just a coincidence that ABC News waited until after the election and Bush had left the presidential office to file a FOIA request for these pictures? Wouldn't want release these during the election and remind anyone of the attack, the consequences of downgrading a focus on or external enemies, right?. It wouldn't do to get Americans riled up about terrorism when their favored contender wants to be focusing on a domestic agenda and the triumph of diplomacy and talking over action now would they?

Go look at the 12 pictures that ABC posted of the 2,779 they were provided. I wonder what's in the pictures they did not release?

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