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President Obama WILL NOT Release Death Photo

5/4/2011 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President Barack Obama has now decided he will NOT release the ultra-gory photos of Osama bin Laden's bloody, bullet-ridden face to the public.

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The news comes in the wake of reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton had advised Obama about concerns that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the U.S.

Obama told "60 Minutes" ... "The risks of release outweigh the benefits" ... adding, "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."

Obama continued, "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."


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Jim in Cali    

WTF? We want to see it OBAMA!!!

1178 days ago
2.

rico    

GOOD, THE WORLD DOS'NT NEED TO SEE IT.....

1178 days ago
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Birdsht    

Absurd decision. The war hawks will leak it from the CIA. We will see it soon enough.

1178 days ago
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electriczipper    

OSAMA MUST STILL BE ALIVE THEN...OBOMBER DIDNT WANT TO DO THE RAID ANYWAYS,I HEARD THAT NUGGET FROM SOME ARMY GUYS IN THE DOLPHINS..A GROUP OF ARMY GUYS MUCH BADDER THAN THE SEALS

1178 days ago
5.

lander    

this site already leaked the pic: http://www.1vivid.com ... it's gross, but not THAT gross.

1178 days ago
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livereater    

is this a surprise? obama wouldn't release his own birth certificate for 3 years until trump hounded him.

osama's death photos should be released just like we released the pictures on 9/11 of people jumping to their own deaths from the wtc.

1178 days ago
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Adult    

There is no need......

1178 days ago
8.

rich    

HE JUST RUINED EVERYTHING HE DID SINCE MONDAY....

THATS A MISTAKE THAT WILL COST HIM THE ELECTION.


REMEMBER WHO CALLED IT>>>>>>>

1178 days ago
9.

Jack DaCarup    

I think they should give the people a choice whether or not to show it. Don't put it in "mainstream" news coverage.

I mean there is already a gruesome "fake" photo circulating around the web and text messages...so what's the diff.?

1178 days ago
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Peoplearejustdumb    

I totally agree with that decision ... There are enough fakes floating around to satisfy the people people that must see half of someones head blown off and brain matter all over the place.

1178 days ago
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DarwinsMuse    

@electriczipper If they were "so much badder" than the SEALS, you wouldn't have heard a word about it.

1178 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

being as we paid for this should'nt we get to decide about the pics

1178 days ago
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kar    

The White House is making a big mistake. People are already talking like it's not true.Didn't they learn from the birth certificate thing. Let the people see him, those who don't want to see it look away.

1178 days ago
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Deb    

Pity no one was worried about our sensibilities when they decided to air the videos of military personnel and contractors being beheaded by those animals. I would wish his family to feel the same pain and horror those families felt.

1178 days ago
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David     

It's a good move. Don't release the photos. The press now is reporting that bin Laden's daughter and wife were there and confirmed that he was in fact killed by US forces.

1178 days ago
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