Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Why Aren't the Death Photos of Osama bin Laden Being Released?

It is now being reported that President Obama has decided not to release the death photos of terrorist master mind Osama bin Laden.

The news was broken by CBS in a Tweet:
They also linked to an article of theirs, written just minutes before, explaining that the President would not release the photos.  They quoted the President 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."
This is surprising news, considering that yesterday out-going CIA director Leon Panetta stated that he thought the pictures would be released.

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