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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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646.

AH    


Ray Stevens, Osama Yo' Mama Lyrics

Osama yo' karma's really got you in a jam
But that's just what you get - when you mess with Uncle Sam

Osama the Taliban is history
Nobody wants to see you startin' World War Three

Osama you know the al-Qaida won't last
Osama, just like you, it's future's in the past

Osama you should've read your Nostradamus
Now all your friends are sayin' "Please don't bomb us"

1180 days ago
647.

Josephina    

CAN'T BELIEVE that more than half of those polled would jeopardize NATIONAL SECURITY to see a photo. This is why the rest of the world thinks - or should I say knows - that Americans are STOOPID.

1180 days ago
648.

Josephina    

And thank you, Obama, for deciding not to release the unnecessary photos.

1180 days ago
649.

PRO US    

Josephina 3 hours ago

CAN'T BELIEVE that more than half of those polled would jeopardize NATIONAL SECURITY to see a photo. This is why the rest of the world thinks - or should I say knows - that Americans are STOOPID.
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Americans are stupid, Josephina?

Number of Nobel Prizes won by country:

United States: 326
United Kingdom (Great Britain): 116
Germany: 102
France: 57
Russia: 41
Sweden: 28
Switzerland: 26
Italy: 20
Canada: 19
Austria: 19
Japan: 19
Netherlands (Holland): 19
Denmark: 13
Norway: 12
Poland: 12
Hungary: 10
Ireland: 10
Belgium: 10
South Africa: 9
India: 9
Israel: 9
Every other country: less than 9

Josephina, you're the MORON, obviously.

There are more intelligent, wise, accomplished, successful and rich people in the United States than any other country in the world. Americans are not "STOOPID" as you put it. Shame on you for saying that.

1180 days ago
650.

WWWA    

What Rubbish!

"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."

What about all the hostages over the years that have been killed and their death "proudly" exhibited by their captives!

1180 days ago
651.

Tori    

THANK GOD! If those crazy ass people are gonna see the picture of osama being dead they are gonna go crazy! So im happy that they will not release a picture of him! GO OBAMA

1179 days ago
652.

justicefl    

obama will eventually release photo near ELECTION time. so he FINALLY visited the 9/11 site. great election photo op for him. he's a big phoney. btw, bin laden let his guard down when obama became president & thats why he got caught! only CREDIT to the military for their dedicated pursuit of bin laden

1178 days ago
653.

justicefl    

obama won't release photos now. but he will when it's near election time. he doesn't care about anyone except himself. narcissist! besides no one can tell king obama what to do.

1178 days ago
654.

blah    

the other 4 men have already been showed... osama is a really bad man and if they threaten us we will take action. we are the united states... we should not fear the terrorists.. if i could i would take them on my self... a government has already show en the other 4 men we have put to rest..... i do not mean any disrespect...but they denied osama as a person in there country... they said he dis owned there religion.. so why did we toss him to the sharks??? i dont care if his face is 5.5 i millionth oh of a match i would want to make sure... with my own eyes.... obama u are the president... if u say he is dead, he is dead. but what about the people who cant sleep with out knowing.... not just the us... but the people from where he was killed... im sure they knew he was there but can u imagen the death threats...... the most wanted terriorist kiving next door.. what would you do... you cant rat him out... what if uhave family...

1178 days ago
655.

nevernude    

Clearly, middle America and its sheer ignorance makes up the majority of TMZ. At what point do we take responsibility for the hypocrisy of this BS country? No rights for gays, trying to stop abortion, now everyone wants to see someone brains sprayed all over the place? We aren't any better than these other militant countries. Pathetic.

1178 days ago
656.

greeneyesandmore    

bama 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."

UHHHHHHHHH. DUMBASS, THEY DID! SEVERAL TIMES, INCLUDING VIDEOS OF KILLINGS OF OUR CITIZENS THEY KIDNAPPED AND THEN MURDERED ON CAMERA!! OBAMA IS SUCH AN IDIOT

1177 days ago
657.

hanif    

there is lots of stupid people think,9/11 bin laden kill all the people. its bull****. bin laden have nothing to do with 9/11 even CIA report said. USA is supper making up people fool .

1177 days ago
658.

hanif    

i can tell you people where is al-Qaeda leader. USA government is al-Qaeda leader. thats my opinion coz they are the one made up the name of al-Qaeda .

1177 days ago
659.

chuck    

Osama bib Laden has been dead for YEARS!!!! Common on,people. Wake up!

1165 days ago
660.

Alex Theberge    

Julian Assange material.

1162 days ago
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