Wednesday, May 4, 2011

President Obama Will Not Release Death Photos of Osama bin Laden

President Barack Obama has decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden's body, according to multiple reports. He made the announcement during an interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft. (The interview airs tonight on CBS.) Despite CIA director Leon Panetta's saying he expected the photos proving the death of Osama bin Laden "would be presented to the public," the final say was the president's. The graphic images show a precision kill shot above his left eye, which blew away part of bin Laden's skull. He was also shot in the chest. The White House said the photograph of a dead bin Laden is "gruesome" and that "it could be inflammatory" if released.

Update: As for choosing not to release the images, President Obama told CBS: "That's not who we are. We don't trot out this stuff as trophies. We don't need to spike the football...There are going to be some who deny it. The fact of the matter is you will not see Usama bin Laden walking on this earth again."

Update 2: Sarah Palin doesn't agree.

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