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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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sunshinerad    

Yea, I really don't need to see his brains splattered all over the place. Thanks anyway though.

1271 days ago
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Needalight    

I think it's stupid that he doesn't want to release the photos. The comparison he made is idiotic also. There are hundreds of videos of american soldiers getting their heads chopped off... al-Qaida has done this multiple times.

1271 days ago
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Wilson1234    

I Agree with this. We all know his followers are planning the next 9/11 as we speak. I think that it is responsible that we don't do anything that will increase their need to avenge their leader. It'll only be a matter of time before we start hearing about attempted terrorist attacks. Let's only hope that we've gotten enough information from the raid and learned enough from the last few years to prevent any lives from being lost.

1271 days ago
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Michele    

This is total BS! They released photos of Suddam Houssain and his sons. OUR govmt. is covering up something. He is NOT dead.

1271 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

The Photoshopped photos of him dead on the net already are as gruesome as they come. The real one would be no different other than the fact we know it is real. You gotta love the censoring going on here. We went into Pakistan illegally and assassinated a guy and now they won't even show the photo of it.

1271 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Why did everone get fo see Saddam's head pop off like a lego toy?

1271 days ago
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Bob Loblaw    

Jesus, some of you are nuts. Ask yourself this: if Bin Laden not really dead, why wouldn't he just release a video or audio statement proving he is. Seems that would be one hell of a propaganda win for him.

1271 days ago
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Lucky_130    

That sounds about right. It gives the conspiracy people something to talk about. At least the Alex Jones show is good again.

1271 days ago
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Jay    

Duh, AlQueda has posted photos of dead and mutilated servicemen. I agree with the President's decision because the US as a nation should do the classy thing. ObL is gone, that's all that matters. Anyhow, the photos will be all over the internet shortly, if they're not out already.

1271 days ago
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writenow    

So far, the only "Conspiracy theorists" seems to be media.
Maybe media should just, chill.

1271 days ago
71.

Italia    

Yeah, I want to see the photos too, BUT the President is right. First of all, look at how the psychos reacted after he released his birth certificate. First they declared it to be fake, and then they said they'd let US know if and when they would accept it.

No, the President is in charge of world peace, he has his advisors who are the top minds in this field, and we have to abide by the President's wise choices.

Not to worry, some psycho some where will come up with some thing so that curiosity seekers will get a peek at all the gore these flix have to offer, probably something from the Pakistanis who are looking to make a buck.

1271 days ago
72.

jeff    

Well there goes his re-election.

1271 days ago
73.

kanyeisgay    

He is not dead people !! That was his stunt double that took the facelift. It is all about reelection. He should be releasing a new terror video Hawaii any day now. WE ARE JUST SAYIN' !

1271 days ago
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lona    

and we were shown Sadaam's sons shot in the face yet we can't see this POS picture?

1271 days ago
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Home Skillet    

@Bob Loblaw - I know what you mean. There's nothing you can do to convince those crazy conspiracy, Obama-hating, theorists out there that he's dead. They don't want to believe anything that proves that President Obama is a good man or is doing a good job, so I wouldn't bother wasting your breath. They're not worth it.

1271 days ago
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