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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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31.

tori    

That's because Obama is a liar just like the fake birth certificate he managed to come up with too many years too late!!

1237 days ago
32.

MistressBratty    

They do put pictures of our dead soldiers and torture and anything else they see fit on the internet!

1237 days ago
33.

MistressBratty    

They do put pictures of our dead soldiers and torture and anything else they see fit!

1237 days ago
34.

kali    

Great, now I'm a little less inclined to believe the whole thing. Your kudos has gone down the drain!!

1237 days ago
35.

John Ramey    

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."


Uhh they do.....dumbass.

1237 days ago
36.

Winston Smith    

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
- Mark Twain (1897)

Numerous past reports of bin Laden’s death

Since 2001, numerous reports and statements have been made confirming the death of bin Laden. A list of these incidents recently, reporting the following:

Osama bin Laden died of kidney failure soon after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
In 2002, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said bin Laden had kidney disease, and that he had required a dialysis machine when he lived in Afghanistan. That same year, the FBI’s top counter-terrorism official, Dale Watson, said, “I personally think he is probably not with us any more.”
A Taliban leader told the Pakistan Observer on December 21, 2002, that Bin Laden was suffering from a serious lung complication and died in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief, according to Fox News.
Alex Jones was told live on the radio in 2002 by high-level Council on Foreign Relations members that Osama Bin Laden had died of kidney failure in early 2002.“I have it from high level [sources] from inside the Bush administration…that bin Laden died of natural causes and that his family has given the body to the CIA, that they’re gonna roll him out right before the election, that he’s on ice right now. They will claim they killed him right before the election,” Alex Jones said at the time. During the 2004 election, CNN reported that Democratic insiders had been told that George W. Bush was going to use the Bin Laden body as an ace-in-the-hole if he thought he was in danger of losing the 2004 election. This confirmed the evidence that Jones had been given by the CFR and others.
In 2003, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told Fox News Channel analyst Morton Kondracke she suspected Bush knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and was waiting for the most politically expedient moment to announce his capture.
Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide attack at the end of 2007, stated that Osama bin Laden had been killed by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a man convicted of kidnapping and killing journalist Daniel Pearl.

1237 days ago
37.

Lizz    

Funny, cause wasn't it BinLadin who video taped and broadcasted tortures and beheadings of our own men?! Hmm... SHOW THE PICTURE TO THE PUBLIC BINLADIN WOULD'VE DONE HAD HE SHOT OBAMA HIMSELF! It's amazing how we bend and twist to please everyone else who enters our country... The national anthem, "in God we trust" on money. Actually sick of it.

1237 days ago
38.

Yeti Lee    

They won't release the photo because they never got him. This is clearly just a ploy from Obama to try and get his popularity which has been falling fast and hard back to where he needs it before the election.

1237 days ago
39.

Bob Loblaw    

It won't silence doubters if it were released. Nutters will simply claim it was faked like the birth certificate. DNA testing confirms it's him. His family members at the compound are in Pakistani custody and have confirmed his death. A photograph is not going to convince anyone who is already hellbent on doubting.

1237 days ago
40.

Incredulous     

We're basically 'bowing out' to the wishes of the terrorists. I believe Osama is dead. This isn't about the pictures. It's about how we ***** out to each and every demand by these ****ers. They burn our flags, kill our innocents, RECORD VIDEO of them executing our civilians, and laugh and parade about in the streets and then expect us to not release the pictures...or else.

This is some bull **** Obama.

However, this could be something different altogether. Obama, wants to continue kissing the asses of everyone in the world, so he probably is going to just say "NO! CAUSE ITS NOT NICE TO THE TERRORIZERS HURRRR" and then some independent news source, unaffiliated with the White House (maybe even you guys at TMZ, lol who knows?) will have somehow been 'leaked' the photos and we'll get them. Then Obama will go all "OMG Y U DO THAT?? I SAID NO PHOTOS LOL SHAME ON U!" and he will have leaked the public photos, while still trying to stay on everyones good side.

IMO at least. idk. lol.

1237 days ago
41.

MoonDust    

I believe the President when he says that Osama is dead, but because of the birthers will come up with some rediculous conspiracy theories, I wish he would had released them, but is true those crazy extremists are probably plotting some sick sh*t aimed at US citizens and we all know that they don't need much to be provocked. Plus people will also call them fake, so there is no winning in this situation.

1237 days ago
42.

chris     

FlBiker less than a minute ago
I heard there is a new Osama Bin Laden drink. It's two shots and a splash of water.
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@ FIBiker - that "joke" dates back to 1985 when Leon Klinghoffer was shot and killed by a terrorist while on a cruise in the middle east. he was thrown overboard - wheelchair and all.

You're not too funny nor are you very original

1237 days ago
43.

Rico    

Classy move President! I don't want to see Osama's mug plastered all over every channel for the next month! And I'm sure that the children and teenagers of this Country are better off not seeing it as well.

1237 days ago
44.

MP    

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."

They've done similar things in the past, whether it's hanging people's bodies from a bridge or beheading them on video, it's already out there for the world to see. I feel the president is treating this issue with kid gloves and I don't agree with him.

1237 days ago
45.

cindy    

That's because he's really not dead. Obama has something to hide.

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