Following repeated suggestions that the photo would be released and numerous changes in the official story of the incident, President Obama has ruled out ever releasing photographs of a slain Osama bin Laden. ‘
Obama argued that releasing the photo would amount to “spiking the football,”: while the White House later insisted that the photos could be incendiary and used as a “propaganda tool” by militant factions.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the photos were “too gruesome” and that they showed bin Laden was shot in the face. The questions about the al-Qaeda leader’s killing have increased with official confirmation that he was unarmed when shot.
A number of US politicians say they were shown the photo, and they were split over whether or not to release it to the public. How many of these claims were actually authentic remains to be seen, as Sen. Scott Brown (R – MA) later conceded that the photo he saw was actually one of the photoshopped fakes floating around the Internet.
7 thoughts on “Obama Rules Out Releasing Photos of Slain Bin Laden”
Sure, but releasing photos of dead Goering and Himmler and Mussolini weren't cause for anyone to use as a propaganda tool? The argument just doesn't hold water.
The #1 primo Most Wanted Man / The Most Evil Man Since Hitler is executed by the US military and we're not going to advertise our wonderful accomplishment? Not one sailor, aviator, or Marine on board the USS Carl Vinson had a cell phone, or digital camera to take even ONE photo of the mysterious burial at sea and fire it out on email or facebook to Mom and Dad "LOOK WHAT WE DID TODAY!!"- not one 'trophy photo' was taken by any of the raid team members? Somehow I find it all very hard to believe.
You can't photograph a non-existent event or a body that simply isn't there. What I've found is that viewing anything on the major networks is an exercise in brain damage. You do so at your own risk.
Even kids (and adults)in the gamer community know that when you brag about something the rule is: SHOW THE SCREENSHOT OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
I have to wonder, though, if OBL died in '01 or '03 (or any time prior to now) why would NOW be chosen to implement the dog-and-pony show death? What could be so important as to warrant the blowing of a decade-old charade if he were already dead?
Also, if he ISN'T dead, why fake it, knowing that all it would take is one verifiable public appearance, video or audio of OBL after the fact to blow the whole thing out of the water.
End result: BHO has blown the best PR stunt he could have ever hoped to pull off; he and his cronies have squandered their opportunity to turn public opinion around in his favor. Instead, by the "I've got a secret" game they've managed to create a huge PR liability for themselves as well as create yet another cottage industry for conspiracy theorists.
Why pretend he's dead now? Quite simple really. He's served his purpose and now to make fresh ghosts out of the living. Having him dead earlier would have scotched the Empires goals. Can't have all those shiny surveilance toys if the bogey man is dead.
don't let the fact that just about every statement on this story has been a (very detailed, first hand) lie, make you doubt their next baseless assertion
and i for one support the keeping secret of the pictures after all Americans are very sensitive and absolutely hate violence of any kind and would be very disturbed by a picture with blood in it.
and as far as the muslim people in the world if we keep this picture a secret then they will have no proof that americans ever commit any violence.
(sshhh, don't tell any muslims but we'll just put it in the pile of pictures of torture from abu graib.wasn't that a close call it a good thing they never found out about that one either
no body, no photo, no video. good grief.
I’d really like Obama to share death pics for all people on the planet, so everyone will understand how such things gonna end for em
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