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Obama Won’t Release bin Laden Photos

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Posted on May 4, 2011
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White House press secretary Jay Carney.

President Obama said Wednesday that he will not share pictures of Osama bin Laden’s dead body, citing concerns about inciting extremist violence against Americans. In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Obama said he is certain the al-Qaida leader is dead and that graphic images would only stir up anti-American sentiment among bin Laden sympathizers. Obama was quoted by White House press secretary Jay Carney as saying, “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” and “We don’t need to spike the football.” —KDG

ABC News:

Officials said the photos show a bearded bin Laden, 54, after being shot above the left eye and in the chest during a 40-minute raid by elite Navy SEALs Sunday. The two shots killed the al Qaeda leader and terrorism mastermind who ordered the attacks on the twin towers.

The Obama administration had debated releasing the gruesome photo, which reveals exposed brains and blood. Sources told ABC News that the president was increasingly skeptical about the need to show photographic proof of bin Laden’s death.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised the president that releasing a picture could prompt a backlash against the United States for killing bin Laden.

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By Web Design, May 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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Enhanced interrogat¬ion can work, but is very
unreliable because, as mm3264 stated, people will say
whatever you want them to, to stop the torture. Many
suspects have been tried and convicted on false
confessions attained through enhanced interrogation
from the police, and this is why they are no longer
allowed to use these methods to obtain information.
Thank God it led to our troops finding Bin Laden, but I
wouldn’t trust the information in most cases.

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By katsteevns, May 5, 2011 at 2:00 am Link to this comment

By Gmonst,

”  However, I do now believe the official story, if for no other reason than its easier than trying to keep up a conspiracy theory.”

The official story IS a conspiracy theory.

By Rogelio,

“Justice was served, whether we like it or not. The SEALS did their job,”

Justice would have been served better with a trial.
Assassination is the justice of terrorists, not civilized people. If it really took place, which I doubt, this was a revenge killing pure and simple.

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By TDoff, May 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment

All that has been said is that the White House will not release photos of bin Laden’s assassinated corpse.
This does not mean that those photos will not be released, and if you have the opportunity, bet your bottom dollar that they will, and that right now, they are being passed around among the ‘leaders’ of this society, both in and out of government.

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By Rogelio, May 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment

More importantly, by not releasing a photo, it prevents the fanaticals from having an image to use as a symbol. I really do not care to see t-shirts, banners, or posters of bin Laden.

Justice was served, whether we like it or not. The SEALS did their job, and, unlike the prior adminstration, President Obama got the job done.

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By Gmonst, May 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

Not releasing the photos ought to keep the conspiracies flowing for many years to come.  I actually thought that he had died long ago.  However, I do now believe the official story, if for no other reason than its easier than trying to keep up a conspiracy theory.  Either way he’s dead and gone.  A gruesome picture would prove nothing either, as those who wish not to believe would not believe it.  It will probably be leaked out at some point anyway.

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By AnnaCatherine, May 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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I thought Obama made the right decision on the photographs. There are too many ways to alter pictures and putting them out there would create opportunities for too much “creativity”.

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By katsteevns, May 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

By Rogelio,

” Moreover, a released photo of bin Laden would have been nothing more than more fodder for the fanaticals that see him as a martyr.”

....to say nothing of the effect of shooting him down like a dog in the street. Funny how they weren’t worried about the “fanatical fodder” just then.

Yes, let us move forward…
Investigate the Clintons?
NO, MOVE FORWARD!!!
Re-investigate 911?
NO, MOVE FORWARD !!!
Indict Bush and Cheney?
NO, MOVE FORWARD!!!
Put some Wall Street crooks in jail??
NO, MOVE FORWARD !!!

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By rico, suave, May 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

kats:

How do you bring a man who’s been dead for nine years to trial?

Look up “non sequitur”. Hint- you won’t find it in the official “Logic for Truthdiggers” handbook.

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By Rogelio, May 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Our government made the right decision in not releasing a photo of bin Laden. I am glad that the SEALS did their job by killing bin Laden because I would have hated to see a costly and lengthy trial that would have served no purpose. Moreover, a released photo of bin Laden would have been nothing more than more fodder for the fanaticals that see him as a martyr.

Therefore, good riddance to him, and it is now time for our nation to move forward in this endless battle against extremist.

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By katsteevns, May 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

Oh and when is the ticker tape parade honoring the “hero” who risked his life to shot him down ? Pfffft!!

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By katsteevns, May 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

You spiked the football by not bringing him to trial. Depriving us of the truth(again) behind 911. Dead men tell no tails. Shooting an unarmed man who could have been easily captured. Get a nice boost in ratings today ,Mr. President?

On a side note, it is pretty clear that Osama has been dead since 2002 from Marfan Syndrome.

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By Nate Jeezy, May 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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Obama, you shady. America is a blood-thirsty nation (just look at the movies we watch!). You really think we can’t handle some assassination photos? The country didn’t stop when we saw Saddam’s execution. 

This story has so many holes in it… so why is it that anyone who raises any questions is labeled as a conspiracy nut? Reminds me of ‘03 when anyone who questioned the logic of the Iraq invasion was “anti-American”. I guess I was naive to think that acting with impunity and then hiding behind national security was a Bush/Cheney tactic.

Lastly, I was so bummed to see that Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow drank the Kool-Aid on the May 3rd Daily Show. They equated those who question the Osama details with the birthers. For shame. Guess it’s time to reread Manufacturing Consent.

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