White House opts against releasing bin Laden death photo, Obama preps for Ground Zero visit

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President Barack Obama announced this afternoon he will not release death photos of Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden's death dominated news headlines this week. — Photo by The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has decided not to release death photos of terrorist Osama bin Laden, he said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” amid concerns that the gruesome image could prove inflammatory.

Obama’s decision was reported on the CBS News Web site Wednesday after the president sat for an interview with the news magazine program.

Releasing graphic images of bin Laden’s corpse after his shooting in a U.S. raid on his compound could have dispelled doubts that bin Laden is indeed dead. The worry, though, was that it would feed anti-U.S. sentiment.

The president made his decision as the Navy SEALS involved in the daring raid in Pakistan arrived in the U.S. for debriefing, and U.S. officials began to comb through the intelligence trove of computer files, flash drives, DVDs and documents that the commandos hauled out of the terrorist’s hideaway.

Obama prepared to visit New York City on Thursday to lay a wreath at Ground Zero and visit with 9/11 families and first responders.


Organizations: CBS News

Geographic location: U.S., Ground Zero, WASHINGTON Pakistan New York City

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  • Abdul Saieed
    May 05, 2011 - 07:32

    Blood lust aside, if he was unarmed, why was he not arrested and tried in a court of law? It was done for Saddam, it likely would have been done for Hitler, so why was Osama shot, in contravention to international law?

  • nasty nate
    May 04, 2011 - 15:47

    Guess we will might be hearing from OBL again soon then, or they offered him a sweet retirement deal in the South Pacific. If it was ok for Obama and Hillary to watch it live, a simple still image is good enough for the rest of us peasants.

  • Jeremiah
    May 04, 2011 - 15:13

    Well done Mr. President. Good decision. "If you can keep your head when all about you is losing theirs and blaming it on you..."

    • Jack
      May 05, 2011 - 06:41

      Jeremiah, I don't think Barack Obama made a good decision in not releasing the photos of Osama bin Laden's death for two reasons. The first reason, he opens himself to more criticism from jealous Republicans like Donald Trump or Jesse "The Body" Ventura (Wrestler turned Politician). The second reason, not releasing the photos create perceptions that Barack Obama might be lying to the American people, especially 9/11 victims. General public wants proof of his death. Remember the old saying, evidence President Obama, evidence. Without the evidence, the public thinks he's lying.