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White House won’t show bin Laden photo, do you agree?

May 4, 2011

President Barack Obama said in a television interview on Wednesday he decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body because it could incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

“There is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden,” President Obama told CBS’s “60 Minutes” program, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. “You will not see bin Laden walking on this Earth again.”

The Obama administration had been wrestling with whether to release photos of a dead bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S. raid on his Pakistani compound on Monday, and the president said he and his advisers agreed the images should not be made public.

Do you agree with President Obama's decision not to release photos of dead al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden?

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One other, a Presidential Finding to the CIA issued first by Clinton, renewed by both Busha and Obama said we were going to kill him. So we did what we said we’d do.

Think of the hostages that would be taken had we held him in custody. They would have grabbed any American they could have to try to get him released. It would have been a sorry, sorry circus with additional innocents killed.

We said we’d kill him and we did. Time to move on.

Posted by affableman | Report as abusive

I also think the news media should keep the stories simple, factual, and on topic. It would be easy to raise the level of hysteria and inadvertently rally his supporters.

Posted by SeaWa | Report as abusive

Before blindly accepting this event it would be wise to consider the facts; Bin Laden was reported as dying 10 years ago from Marfan disease-there are some highly credible critics of the “Raid” performance, and while they are all being depicted as ‘conspiracy whacko’s” I for one am not convinced-the timing of this event for a start is politically synchronistic, to say the least….

Posted by GalaxyHorse | Report as abusive

the fact is that no one can sure Bin is really dead without the photo.

Posted by iverson | Report as abusive

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