He was shot in the face. His body was riddled with bullets. The autopsy report was damning. Weeks later, Turkey gave it to the US embassy. It went to the Justice Department. It was done to decide if an investigation was warranted. Whitewash followed.
A State Department official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying:
HRC's "tone and conclusions (were) unbalanced. We urge that this report not be used for actions that could disrupt direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine that are now underway or actions that would make it not possible for Israel and Turkey to move beyond the recent strains in their traditional strong relationship."- Advertisement -
In mid-June, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Israel "should be allowed to undertake an investigation into events that involve its national security."- Advertisement -
Its military justice system "meets international standards and is capable of conducting a serious and credible investigation."
Official Israeli policy is coverup and denial. Whitewash followed. Justice was systematically denied.
On May 24, 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a FOIA lawsuit.
It sought "immediate release of documents that the United States government has refused to provide regarding its knowledge of and role in the deadly May 31, 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla."
Center for Constitutional Rights v. Department of Defense, et al was filed in the Southern District of New York. Initial FOIA requests were submitted nearly 11 months earlier. Only two federal agencies responded. Both were inadequate.