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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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46.

GB    

It was reported that previously released picture is fake. Deer hunters will often strap a dear deer to their car roof. We don't need to do this with Bin Laden. Americans refuse not to believe a lot of things. It keeps the right wing occupied.

1207 days ago
47.

Tony    

Makes me think that we didn't get him like they say. Or we did get him all those yrs ago in tora bora and this is just to boost Obama's ratings. Make's ya think what else there not telling us.

1207 days ago
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Crabbey    

This is really starting to look fishy. How about a picture of him being raided, or video of that, before he's shot? Why the sea burial? Personally, I don't think Bin Laden was behind 9/11. Cheney set it up - it was an inside job. So Bush didn't really pursue Bin Laden because he was a) not involved and b) the GOP's best bogeyman EVAH! Ok, don't officially release it, but at least let it leak. I think OBL has been dead for years. How did he get dialysis in that compound? Seriously.

1207 days ago
49.

Crabbey    

This is really starting to look fishy. How about a picture of him being raided, or video of that, before he's shot? Why the sea burial? Personally, I don't think Bin Laden was behind 9/11. Cheney set it up - it was an inside job. So Bush didn't really pursue Bin Laden because he was a) not involved and b) the GOP's best bogeyman EVAH! Ok, don't officially release it, but at least let it leak. I think OBL has been dead for years. How did he get dialysis in that compound? Seriously.

1207 days ago
50.

Brian    

They didn't release them because they fear backlash?........ WHAT THE ****!!! They already ****en hate us an would like nothing more then to see every last American die, How could their possibly be any more backlash then that which already exist? I'm calling your bluff Obama, Osama is alive & well...

1207 days ago
51.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

there was no way they were going to take him alive.....where the hell would we keep him...no country in the world would have wanted him ..certainly not in the USA....
he is dead and we killed him..
the post above..if he was dead years ago then how did they get video of him talking about current events over the last few years,,

1207 days ago
52.

Green Eyes    

LAME. The photo should be released for those who would like to see it, and if you don't want to see it then don't look for it. If it were the other way around, those bastards would be parading the streets with our leaders head on a stick. My husband has seen multiple tours to that sandbox called the middle east and I know he would love to see a hole in the head of the man responsible for the loss of so many innocent lives. Good riddance BIN LADEN hope you are burning in hell.

1207 days ago
53.

Bob Loblaw    

Cindy, the only thing being hidden is a gruesome death photo that will rile-up anti-American sentiment further and make the U.S. look like it's gloating over his death. There are more complicated issues than trying to satisfy anti-Obama folks who would never be satisfied, anyway.

1207 days ago
54.

Natasha    

It's funny that Obama says that they never posted pics online. Yes they have what about the boy from Pa that they killed and videotaped and then played for all to see. This is **** and so is the fact that we gave him a Muslim burial and now we don't want to offend the Muslim nations. Osama was a piece of **** and we should be able to see his body

1207 days ago
55.

lona    

funny thing we saw Sadaams sons that were shot in the face yet we can't see these pics? And seeing the pics made the controversy go away. How about the people that had to jump to their death because of OBL? We saw those pics. I am really getting tired of Obama thinking we are children and he can make all choices for us. This decision is another stupid one that he has made. He didn't learn one thing from the birth certificate issue. All this does is make us think there aren't even any pictures to show. That body went into the ocean way too fast to not put doubt in my mind. There will really be conspiracy theories running wild now.

1207 days ago
56.

Bryan    

Harvey-
So, how much are you offering? ;)

1207 days ago
57.

Red-in-Phoenix    

WTH?!?! With as much as he put this country through we deserve to see those pictures! THIS IS BULL!

1207 days ago
58.

Nostradamus    

Not only that the enemy already does do that, but last time I checked, none of our miiltary flew commercial jets into civilian filled skyscrapers. Nice analogy President Headuphisazz.

1207 days ago
59.

Home Skillet    

Although I want to see the photos, I respect the President's decision and logic behind it. Thank you, Mr. President - you are doing an EXCELLENT job!

1207 days ago
60.

Sarah    

The story quoted Obama as saying "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." Does no one remember the reporter Perlman and the young redhead man that was decapitated. Am I living in some other world.

If Pres. Bush had said he wasn't going to show the photos, mainstream USA would be up in arms asking for proof of the capture and kill. Once again Obama gets a pass.

1207 days ago
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