Obama Decides Not to Release Bin Laden Death Photo
May 4, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)–After weighing the pros and cons, President Obama decided not to release a photo of the corpse of 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden. Although it was widely reported yesterday that the White House would likely make the death photo publicly available, Obama told CBS, during an interview with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” that he nixed the idea. The photos taken of bin Laden’s corpse after he was killed by Navy Seals, during a raid on his Pakistani compound on Sunday, have been described as “gruesome.”
Apparently, President Obama concluded that releasing a gruesome photo of a dead bin Laden would do more harm than good. And besides, determined conspiracy theorists will always find new and inventive ways to spin bizarre tales claiming bin Laden is alive, whether photographic evidence is released, or not.
CBS News reports:
“In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, President Obama says he won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.
Video of the comments will appear on the CBS “Evening News” on Wednesday.
Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Wednesday that the Obama administration should not release the gruesome post-The killing of Osama bin Ladenmortem images, saying it could complicate the job for American troops overseas. Rogers told CBS News he has seen a post-mortem photo.”
Frankly, I’m relived.
Photo Source: White House photo by Pete Souza.