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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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121.

Home Skillet    

@CrisDizzle - your little ultimatum is adorable. But, a huge fail in itself. PRESIDENT OBAMA THRU 2016!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

1178 days ago
122.

Caring Kate    

Any other nation or approved official can verify the results of the DNA testing to identify bin Laden's remains via modern technology. Releasing any photo of Bin Laden's remains serves no practical purpose. No one would want any photos of our deceased troops', relatives' or even neighbors' body released to the public. Thank God sanity ruled today in our government. Thanks also to Clinton, Gates and Obama for having some common sense.

1178 days ago
123.

CCC    

Some of you are saying he's still alive. How do you know? Because some group called Dolphins told you so? Because it's hard to belive without a gruesome photo? Or is it justy because you are conspiracy theorists who find deceit in everything? I suppose Tupac, Biggie, Elvis, and Michael Jackson are still alive too in your minds? Oh well. To each his own. Personally, after ten years of looking for this guy, I find it hard to believe he isn't. What is the reason for a lie like this to come up now? Polls, re-election, propaganda, or is it just because we want it so bad?

1178 days ago
124.

Lucky_130    

As usual all the news in the conspiracy world is really really grim. Its so grim, and so bad, that the only thing to hope for is WW3 gets started sooner rather than later.

1178 days ago
125.

Trish    

I'm on the fence with this one. One part thinks after what that man put this country through, we have every right to see it and know that it's him. On the other hand, it will heighten the chance of backlash against us. Is seeing the photo worth the chance that more americans will die? What if it happened in your city. Would you be thinking in the last minute of your life, "Oh well, at least I got to see the picture?"

1178 days ago
126.

CrisDizzle    

Let conspiracy begins: BIN LADEN IS NOT DEAD!!! US military sent Osama to an undisclose Island with Lock and Hurley from LOST!

1178 days ago
127.

Home Skillet    

Conspiracy Theorists = Birthers = ******gers = Republitards. It's math.

1178 days ago
128.

Cartman    

Obama is a big poosay.

1178 days ago
129.

matt    

Releasing the photo will do nothing to change the minds of people who don't believe it. Those of you that NEED to see the photo are no different than extremist Muslims chanting in the streets and burning photos of Bush or the American Flag. If you were born in Iraq you would hate America and love Osama. You are sheep. You are part of the problem; the cycle of never ending bloodshed.

1178 days ago
130.

Debbie    

Then I'm not convinced he's dead and Obama could be just doing this to be reelected. It's "surprise" we shot and killed him and buried him at sea. But just believe me.

1178 days ago
131.

N. Edward    

‎"Conspiracy theorists around the world will just..." NOW there will be more theorists; you are keeping PROOF away from the people, even the 9/11 families that want proof. He knows a thing or two about fake images.

" concerns that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the U.S.." Makes NO SENSE. If he's dead, isn't that enough to create backlash? That is typical government PR bull****. Hes dead, we killed him...they wont retaliate, but if we show a picture, oh man, they are gonna get pissed! WHAT? Give me a break.

"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 ANYONE REMEMBER DANIEL PEARL? His beheading was all over the internet. Do you remember (assuming Bin Laden is the reason for it) 9/11...it was played over and over and over for at least a year...if this is real, Bin Ladens head is a trophy to MANY!

THIS IS BULL**** and no American can honestly accept this response.

1178 days ago
132.

Home Skillet    

THIS IS BULL**** and no American can honestly accept this response.
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Watch me.

1178 days ago
133.

Danielle-Ashley    

Obama should definitely release the death pic, what proof do we have other then the presedents speech (which some presidents lie, example: weapons of mass distraction in afganastan) and a bloody scene of the crime (which anyone could have staged. Hollywood does it all the time for movies) I want Osama dead just like the next person. But I feel America and the world for that matter deserves to see some proof. I also think it's kind of weird that they tossed his body out to sea so quickly... I mean they said they did it out of Muslim tradition.. But they didn't even wait for his sons & other close family members to be there. He still is a human being and I feel his family deserved to pay their last respects like anyone else.

1178 days ago
134.

bratkins    

Ok this is BS!!! Us as American deserve to see these photos of this *******! The whole conspiracy theriost will only say it's fake what do u think they're really gonna say now! Obama ur a dumbass!

1178 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Just my opinion, of course, but if they don't want to release the photo because they're so afraid of what terrorists might do, then the terrorists are winning.

It must be a happy day in Terroristlandia when you can terrorize and control the world without lifting a finger.

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