Osama bin Laden Death Photos Not Being Released

By: Chris Crum - May 4, 2011

CBS News is reporting that President Obama told Steve Kroft, in an interview for the upcoming episode of 60 minutes, that he will not release death photos of Osama bin Laden.

According to the report, we won’t have to wait until Sunday to see this segment of the interview, as it is scheduled to air on CBS Evening News tonight. (coincidentally, 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley was just named as Katie Couric’s replacement on the program).

Obama is quoted as saying:

“The risks of release outweigh the benefits. Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”

“Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet. Osama bin Laden is not a trophy – he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated.”

According to a recent CNN poll, 56% want to see the photos released. Did the president make the right call?

Meanwhile, fake death photos continue to circulate.

Chris Crum

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  • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

    I’m fine with this. Photos can be doctored, so how would the release of the photograph really prove anything? Proof is in the DNA. I think a good percentage of those wanting them released are merely curious…

  • http://www.visionefx.net Rick Vidallon

    Shame on you WebProNews! Only reason I clicked the article was becuase of Tiffany’s picture. So if given the choice I would rather see Tiffany’s photo than Osama’s. lol ~ Just a little late day humor.

  • http://thyroidproblemssolved.com/thyroid-problems-and-diet-2.html Thyroid Problems and Diet

    Yeah I agree that not releasing the pictures is a good decision because releasing the pictures may create more controversies and problems.

  • http://docsheldon.com Doc Sheldon

    While I usually find very little of President Obama’s policies, statements or opinions to be similar to my own, in this instance, I think he has made the right call, for the right reasons. There is nothing to be served by showing any pictures of the man.

    I have no doubt, though, that there will soon be a group of “Deathers” claiming that he isn’t really dead, but is instead living in comfort at Camp David, under protective custody.

    Having worked with the Seals, however, I KNOW he didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting out of that palace alive. 😉

  • http://moshesharon.wordpress.com Moshe Sharon

    So here’s the deal: 1) The White House announced that a Navy Seal team raided Osama’s residence in Pakistan; 2) They allegedly conducted a DNA analysis and confirmed that the man shot in the head is Osama but never showed us the actual result or explained where they got the prior control sample to set up the profile for a match test; 3) They announced that they took the body to an aircraft carrier and dumped it overboard after a Muslim funeral; 4) They said they have pictures but are refusing to show them to the general public. I’m certain that if the Seals killed a decoy and Osama is still alive somewhere else, he won’t wait long before appearing on AL Jazeera Television to thumb his nose at the world (G-d forbid). So, unless Osama made a deal with Obama to trade information for witness protection, in the absence of any visible shred of corroborating forensic evidence, time will tell whether the dead chicken of the sea is really Osama Bin Laden or has Obama been Lying? More at http://moshesharon.wordpress.com

  • Mujahid

    If the u.s had the photo of usama’s body it would have been aired on every news chanel all the other alqaida leaders who have been killed were shown every where why not usama, i personaly don’t believe that usama was in that compound and if he was the so called navy seal wouldn’t have stood a chance since they are all cowards and want live a thousand years and usama motive was to die for the sake of allah.

  • true muslim

    i also don’t believe that osama bin laden was in that compound and is dead now.these are just fake stories to attack muslims.may god protect all muslims(aameen)

  • Faraz

    I agree with Mujahid comments. Osama might have been dead already. This seems a fake drama by US.

    The US army who has killed millions of innocent people including Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan etc have only planned to kill more. Their empty stomach will never be filled untill they killed the whole world. Most of the dangerous weapons they have but they dont want anyone else should have the same.
    If Osama has been killed because of killing lessthan 10000 of people what should the end for US who kills millions.

  • Someonewithbrains

    I’m amazed at the lack of intelligence on the part of some Muslims who contend Osama Bin Laden was not in the compound and is not dead when one of his wives, who was at the compound at the time of the Seal’s attack, has stated it was him! Second, you have one of Osama’s son’s killed in the compound! Furthermore, both this wife as well as some of their children are in custody of the Pakistani’s! Finally, there is DNA testing! Wake up and join reality! You wouldn’t believe the pics if they were published in the first place, claiming they were photoshopped! Then, if proven legitimate, you’d then start complaining that publishing the pics was somehow an attack on Islam…If Osama were still alive, he’d have already delivered a video to Aljazeera by now with him holding a newspaper so you could see the date to dispel the notion that he was dead, and that hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen because he’s dead! I just love the theory that some of you are floating that Obama died many years ago….that one is hilarious! How do you explain him referring to certain events in videos and audios that occurred after his supposed death years ago? Why build a house in Pakistan? Why would one of his wives say he was captured and then killed by the Seals? Do you have any common sense or logic? Some of you are so stupid it’s mindboggling! Osama Bin Laden is now Osama Bin Gotten!

  • http://kingofkingswebdesign.com Bernard Lomax

    The president and his team is right no picture. This is a wise choice.

  • http://hindisms.org Neha

    The U.S army has done its job pretty well,…even though they aren’t the immediate neighbours of pakistan.And whatever they have done is only for their country and this reflects their love towards their birth place.Even though they have done this to relieve thier grudge on him,(“the osama” the man who used his engg. for the waste,killed thousands of people they proved that if there is a will there is a way.And @#$% is THE INDIAN GOVT. doing,being the immediate neighbours of the terrorists??26/11 and ajmal? huh!!! just a waste of indian resourses,tme and most importantly waste of PAPERS.
    America is rejoicing,When will INDIA celebrate??? lets hope we celebrate soon!!!
    JAI HIND!!!