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Bin Laden Burial records

Bin Laden Burial records

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Date Created:November 19, 2012

Date Uploaded to the Library:February 20, 2014

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DEPARTMENT DEFENSE 
FREEDOM INFORMATION POUCY OFFICE 
1155 DEFENSE PENTAGON 
WASHINGTON, 20301-1155 

NOV ?012 
Re: 12-L-0732 
Paul Orfanedes/Chris Fedeli Judicial Watch, Inc. 
425 Third Street, 
Suite 800 
Washington, 20024 
Re: Judicial Watch, Inc. DoD, al, Case No. 12-cv-01182 (D.D.C.) 
Dear Messer's Orfanedes and Fedeli, 
Enclosed please find documents responsive part your March 20, 2012, FOIA request. These records were located result search conducted the Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC). 
The documents consist emails (31 pages) found the course the AIRP search. Those emails have been reviewed and detennined partially releasable. Certain information being withheld within the documents currently and properly classified pursuant Executive Order 13526, l.4(a) concerning military plans, weapons systems, operations; 1.4 (c) concerning intelligence activities (including covert action) and intelligence sources methods; and 1.4( concerning foreign relations foreign activities the United States, including confidential sources. Information also exempt statute establishing particular criteria for withholding; specifically .S.C.  130(b which permits the withholding information about personnel overseas routinely deployable and sensitive units. addition, some the withheld information exempt from release pursuant the deliberative process privilege. Some information withheld because its release would constitute clearly unwarranted invasion the personal privacy individuals. Consequently, must deny this information pursuant U.S.C.  552(bXl), (bX3), (b)(5), and (b)(6). 
Additionally, the COMNAV AIRPAC has informed this office that after careful search their records, they have found records responsive part your request. addition, the commanding officer the USS VINSON the time the burial sea confirmed that his knowledge, such records exist the possession control the VINSON, COMNAV AIR, the U.S. Navy. Since this request litigation, all apellate 

release info 
Cf) 

Thoughts? 
Thanks. 
(b)(6) 

oerrickFrost May (2) 
PAO, NOT respond. 
chief staff and the Admiral will respond any response required. 
Thanks 

Sir, 
Request for information from CSF (which not: have). 
very respect:fully, Erik Reynolds 
LCOR USN 
Public Affairs officer USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) CARRIER STRIKE GROUP ONE FPO 96629-2840 

Thanks. 
Vr, 
Amy 

FEDEX delivered the package. Both trucks are safely enroute home base. 
very respectfully, 
Sam 

sam 
Any news the package for us? 
V/R 
RDML Charles Gaouette USN 

Burial Fedex Delivered the Pkg Perez Gaouette May 
' 

CLASSIFICATION:
CAVEATS: NONE 

TERMS: NONE 
sir 
(b)(1),(b)(3).10USC130 (b),(b)(6) 
TO; (3).10 USC 130 

Sub)ec 
(b)(3):10 use 130 (b), 
Here's what have laid for you far: 

V/r, 
Sam 

CLASSIFICATION: iCR5r 
CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 
Sir 

DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 360-5 
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROI DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION; 
CAVEATS: NONE 

TERMS: NONE 
DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FRO DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: 
CAVEATS: NONE 

TERMS: NONE 
DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: 
CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 

CLASSIFICATION: SRE,..
CIWEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 
sir 

Buri (b)(l 
(ti (3po use 130(b ,(bJ(6l 

DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FRQM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: 
CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 
DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: 
CAVEATS: NONE TERMS: NONE need any special religioui/ceremonial preparations? 
V/r, 
Sam 
Samuel Perez 
To: Perez, Samuel RDML (CSG-1 NOO) Subject: RE: Daily Update (27 Apr 2011) 
CLASSIFICATION: 

CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 
Thank you sir. 

Got call from Boss few minutes ago! Thanks for getti the clear with chain command. staff reports that everything tracking smoothly our end. we'll ready for you when you show up. 
V/r, 
Sam 

"'(t'(j 'i:t'A' 'A' 'fr *fl 'ti 'A' 'ft**..:':-*-f.: 
RAOM Kurt '/. Tidd. USN
Vice Director for opera,ions, 

DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: 
CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 
DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: !tK0!i:l 
CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE ::JI:' '.::!. need any special reliaious/ceremonial oreoarationo? 

Goi: call from Boss few minutes ago! Thanks for getting i:he clear with 
TIV chnin rnmmnn 

v/r.
DERIVED FROM: MANUAL Obtained Judicial Watch, IncDECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 

.DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION:
CAVEATS: NONE 

TERMS: NONE 
DERIVED FROM: MANUAL 380-5 
DECLASSIFY ON: YEARS FROM DATE SOURCE DATE SOURCE: MAY 2006 
CLASSIFICATION: SlibtET'
CAVEATS: NONE 
TERMS: NONE 

very respectfully, Sam 

Sent: Monday, May 02, 2011 11:36 
To: Gaouette, Charles RDMl USN CUSNC Bahrain; Perez, Samuel ROML (CSG-1 N00) 
Subject: RE: Burial Sea Timeline 
Very well done, gents. VR, MRT 
From: Gaouette, Charles RDML USN CUSNC Bahrain Sent: Mon 5/2/2011 2:03 To: Samuel.Perez Cc: Fox, Mark VADM USN CUSNC Bahrain Subjec1:: Fl.J: Burial Sea Time line {5;'/liF) 
Sam, please protect. 
Thank you and your magnificent Strike Group for what you did for your country today. V/R Chuck 
V/R 
ROML Charles Gaouette, USN 
Deputy Commander USNAVCEtvr FIFTHFLT 

 

Thanks, Chuck. More follow they're missing something they need. 
Appreciate the fast response. 
John LtGen MIL Kevin Tidd, Kurt 
Classification: 
Chairman Mullen, 

Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed. The deceased's body was washed (ablution) then placed ihite sheet. The body was placed ;ieighted bag. military officer read prepared religious remarks, tJhich 14ere translated into Arabic native speaker. After the 1;ords were complete, the body was placed prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's 
body slid into the sea. 
(b)(1) 
The paucity documentary evidence our possession reflection the emphasis placed upon operational security during the execution this phase off'hr> nnor":lt-'i 
V/R 

Chuck 
R0.'1L Charles Gaouette, USN 
Deputy Commander USNAVCENT FIFTHFLT 
COM: 
DSN: 
VDSIP: 
MOB: 
RES: 
(bX8l 
SIPR: 
(bX6l 

Derived From: IAW CENTCON Classification Guide, CCR 380-141 Declassify On: 5/2/2036 
DERIVED FRO:'i: OPUAVINST 5513 
DECLASSIFY ON: Source Marked OAOR, Date Source: 
DERIVED FROM: OPNAVINST 5513. (enter instruction number and I.D. number SCG) DECLASSIFY ON: Source Marked OADR, Date Source: 

 
Burial sailors watched May (U) From: DerrickFrost, Arrry CDR USN CUSNC Bahrain 
sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:08
To: Reynolds, Erik LCOR (CVN70) 

cc: Martin, Frederick USN CUSNC Bahrain 
subject: RE: OSD Question REF OBL 

Erik, 
would like write brief statement about VIN involvement. Not lot ofspecifics, 
general terms what VIN role was statement coming from the co. have talked with about this and 
agree that 
something the can for later prudent. will course them 
others. concern iswhen you all get back and get bombarded media, you won't have something already approved and ready. 
Thanks. 
vr, 
COR 
From: Reynolds. Erik  LCDR CVN70) 
Sent: Tuesday, 
May 03, 2011 5:59 
cc: Martin,
To: DerrickFrost, CDR USN CUSNC Bahrain USN CUSNC Bahrain 

subject: RE: oso Question REF OBL 
No. 
very respectfully, 
Erik Reynolds 
LCDR USN 
Public Affairs Officer USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) CARRIER STRIKE GROUP ONE 
. 

To: oerrickFrost, COR USN CUSNC BahrainCc: Martin, USN CUSNC Bahrain' subject: RE: oso Question REF OBL (FOUO) 
COR, 
Only small group the leadership was informed -less than dozen total. 
very respectfully, Erik Reynolds 
LCOR USN 
Public Affairs officer USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) CARRIER STRIKE GROUP ONE FPO 96629-2840 

 

Erik, 
CETNCOM and oso are asking sailors knew what was occurring who the burial was for. An insights? know the few that knew anything were mainly your leadership and course you, but deck plates? 
Not looking for actual number, but 1110re qualitative response. 
Thanks. 
Vr, 
CDR