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Obama won't release bin Laden photos

2011-05-04 20:31

Washington - US President Barack Obama has decided not to release a photograph showing the body of Osama bin Laden after he was killed by US commandos, US television networks said on Wednesday.

In an interview with CBS, Obama said "he won't release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death", the network said in a statement.

The CBS interview for its 60 Minutes programme is due to air on Sunday and comes after commandos over the weekend stormed bin Laden's hideout in a Pakistani compound and shot him dead.

US officials who have seen the pictures of bin Laden's body have described them as gruesome.

There are fears that if the photos are released they could provoke anger and trigger a backlash against US personnel in the Muslim world.

Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were both advising Obama about concerns at the Pentagon and state department over releasing the photograph, ABC television said.

On Capitol Hill, a number of senators and congressmen said they had been shown the picture.

House intelligence committee chairperson Mike Rogers said he had seen the photo and was reluctant for it to be released, saying he was concerned for the security of American troops abroad.

"The risks of release outweigh the benefits," Rogers said, saying conspiracy theorists would just claim it was doctored anyway.

"Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaeda 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," the lawmaker said.

"Let's now focus on continuing the fight until al-Qaeda has been eliminated."

Comments
  • Lestor - 2011-05-04 20:36

    They do have a valid point. There really is no benefit. Not as if the people who say he isn't dead would of accepted a photo as evidence. Its not like their not being convinced changes whether he is dead or not.

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 21:36

      No. They have held the threat of Osama Bin Laden over our heads for ten years and used him to justify countless insurgencies and even wars. This is the most wanted man in history and yet not a single shred of independent corroboration has been provided for this story. Add to that, the body is supposedly conveniently disposed in the sea within hours of his demise. It has been the consensus of many in the intelligence community that Bin Laden died in 2002 from kidney failure, and several top US officials have even publicly alluded to this over the years. This comes at a time when Obama's support is at an all time low and the dollar on the brink of collapse. Given that the US must know how deeply suspicious this incredibly convenient timing is, it is staggering that they would not make some effort to provide evidence. The excuses given for not having done so are weak and pathetic. If the photos are too gruesome that they might invite a negative reaction, then by all means invite the White House press corp to view them privately.

      tonno - 2011-05-04 21:54

      @HowardX - so I am assuming you think he is not dead then? You really believe Obama would risk the embarrassment should bin Laden release a video proclaiming he is indeed alive? Don't be daft. In fact, if that was the case bin Laden wouldn't hesitate to make the west look like a bunch of muppets and rally support. Hmmm, I suspect you also think Elvis is still alive?

      CC - 2011-05-04 21:57

      @HowardX. Interesting theory - it might be 100% correct. Lets assume he died in 2002 of kidney failure. Will we all simply accept that statement from who ever made it? Or would those who are now looking for proof of his death still be looking for proof? To you the question is not whether bin Laden was killed recently by the USA, but rather why and if the USA lied about him being dead for 10 years already. But then do you also question his death due to kidney failure? You should also ask to see his dead body or photos thereof. If you don't, then you too simply belief something that someone once said - without any proof what so ever.

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 22:04

      @Tonno - No, there have been a lot of sources, including top US officials, that have intimated that Bin Laden died in 2002 from health complications. That is how they can be so sure that he can't resurface. The point is that there is no evidence that he has been alive for many years (apart from several videos that have shown to be fakes), and the timing of this announcement is so perfect as to make it deeply suspicious.

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 22:13

      @CC - The difference is that there has been zero evidence of Bin Laden's existence since 2002, until now, apparently. The Bin Laden videos that have surfaced since 2002 have been shown to either be fakes, or to not have been made subsequent to 2002. This is easily settled, anyway, isn't it? All the US has to do is provide some evidence - if they don't want to release it directly for reasons of security or sensitivity, allow the media to view the material in private.

      tonno - 2011-05-04 22:22

      @HowardX - and why would you believe these other officials without proof? Why would they keep quiet for 9 years? Would Bush not have wanted to use his "death" to pull in votes that he knew he sorely needed? I find it hard to believe that if he died of health reasons that none of his followers knew about it. And if they did, what could they possibly gain by keeping quiet? Surely they would rather the world knew that he died of kidney failure than an American bullet. Yes, it may be good timing for Obama, but things happen for a reason.

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 22:29

      @Tonno - That's exactlly the point. There's equally little proof for either argument. As I said, easily fixed. All they have to do is produce some evidence.

      Marcell - 2011-05-05 03:07

      This attack was needed to boost obama's ego and the us$.

  • NEWS24SUX - 2011-05-04 20:38

    RATED PG ! NOT SUITABLE FOR VIEWERS OVER THE AGE OF 35

  • marco - 2011-05-04 20:42

    Good idea.The Pentagon,CIA and the Defence Department all agreed on this unanimously that this be so.When pictures were broadcast of Saddam Hussein's sons were killed it caused untold problems for the US mission in Iraq.Obama wants to avoid a repeat of that situation again.

  • Eben - 2011-05-04 20:43

    Because its all just a scam! The gullibility of the world and the lack of independent media for so many decades have really spoilt the Americans into thinking the rest of the world are all fools with IQ's less than 10. The Americans really need to get a life!

      CC - 2011-05-04 20:56

      Scam? After the events on September 11, bin Laden made a video recording and voice recordings that were all posted on the internet to remind his followers about the jihad. If the USA did not kill him, the "scam" will play into bin Laden's hands - he can just make a new video (with todays newspaper in his hand) and post it on the internet. The USA will look like an idiot, and the holy war will be boosted. I don't think the USA will be so stupid. Unless they caught but did not kill him, or they can say for sure that he will not be able to expose their lies by posting a video on the internet. But with all this said, I think they know that bin Laden is on holiday...with Elvis Presley...

      rob4e - 2011-05-04 21:08

      Wow I wish I was as intelligent, insightful and original as you eben.

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 21:40

      @CC - They have known that Bin Laden is dead for a very long time. The scam is not that they're falsely claiming that he's dead, but that they have been sustaining the lie that he's been alive for their own benefit, and now are claiming they took him out when the timing could not have been more perfect to have done so.

      Gonny@24.com - 2011-05-04 21:57

      @Eben : I can see ur a supporter of Bin Laden - people like u will regret the day when Islamic terrorists win - then we all will be praying 5 times a day with ZERO technology like Afghanistan was pre-2001. The aim of Islamic fundamentalists is to conquer and forcefully convert all non-believers to Islam. If you are against the USA then you are FOR a future as a Muslim forced convert - but wait for it - History has shown that Muslim invaders to India and Europe killed the men and took the women for wives - so u may not live to tell the tale. The mighty Roman empire with brilliant technology fell to a barbaric literal slaughter of the Islamic armies. THINK AGAIN! I urge everyone to google and read any credible encyclopeadia to see how the world was sent backward when Islamic extremism emerged hundreds of years ago.

      Marcell - 2011-05-05 03:16

      The americans needed an event to pull the gullable west together so they could satisfy their lust for oil. a couple thousand people died to create that event. 9/11. How difficult would it be for the cia to get a couple extreme muslims to kill some americans?

      The huntchback - 2011-05-05 11:33

      @Howardx the rebuttals posted by cc is an expression of his very low IQ

      slg - 2011-05-05 13:14

      The gullibility of the world or of you?

  • David Ogier - 2011-05-04 20:43

    some good points but this will probably add fuel to the conspiracy fire. it's a bit of a lose - lose situation, someone will feel wronged either way

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 21:55

      Why not just invite the White House press corps to view the photos privately? That way the photos don't have to be publicly released, but the press can verify the story. As it stands now there is not a single shred of independent corroboration for this story, it may as well be a fairytale. I think the US administration's decision not to provide any evidence is a sever underestimation of our intelligence and ultimately stinks of arrogance beyond belief.

      Lestor - 2011-05-04 22:19

      The only thing it stinks of is them not caring if you believe or not.

  • Bill - 2011-05-04 20:45

    Whitehouse Press Secretary said USA is not about showcasing this type of thing! Well, if that is the case, why then did they happily show the hanging of Saddam Hussein, who was less guilty of crimes against the USA than Bin Laden! Just arrogant double standards on the part of the USA, used as and when it pleases them! Maybe Bin Laden had 100 bullet holes, not the 2 they claim.....!

      Lestor - 2011-05-04 20:53

      New government in charge. Its not double standards when its not the same people making the decisions.

      Mzungu - 2011-05-04 21:03

      Please know what you are talking about Bill, before opening your mouth and feeling proud of yourself for having an 'opinion'. Saddam Hussein was tried in Iraq, BY THE IRAQI's, similarly, the footage was released by the Iraqi's. Whether the American occupation influenced this conviction and killing, no one will ever know

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 21:42

      @Lestor - You are sorely mistaken if you think that it is not the same people taking the decisions despite the window dressing having changed.

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:19

      HowardX - Nice to see the doctors are allowing you onto the computer now. Lets get serious just for a minute. There are some very, very people in the world who are hell bent on sending civilasation back 600 years or into total anhilation so that they can be closer to God. This is not some fantasy, it is reality. Make up what ever you want, but at least bring facts to back it up. Making wild stabs in the dark is not a sign of intelligence or deep thought process, it is guessing.

  • ASDEB - 2011-05-04 20:50

    Well, I guess we have seen that last of him then?

  • Brendon - 2011-05-04 20:52

    Why am I not surprised.

  • Hannah - 2011-05-04 21:07

    Im just so glad he has gone and thats one less lunatic in this world to worry about Thanks Obama youre the man!!

      sherwood - 2011-05-04 22:15

      WHAT YOU SMOKING HANNAH? CAN'T YOU READ ALL THE COMMENTS, OBABMA IS A FRAUD JUST LIKE ALL HIS PREDECESSORS! READ EBEN'S WISE COMMENTS!

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:20

      Eben is on crack. You live under a blanket of security provided by the US government and you are too stupid to realise it.

  • Eben - 2011-05-04 21:11

    To CC Its a scam because he has been killed many years ago. He's not going to make any video soon, I agree, and did not make videos for many years now. The US kept his death quiet for al these years because the offshore wars keeps their economy going. They are on the brink of collapse ... have been for many years ... and they will attempt to climb back no matter how many innocent people die in the process ... unfortunately not their own. Shameful

      CC - 2011-05-04 21:25

      Yes Eben, you might be correct. But then again, why would those close to bin Laden keep quiet if he was killed many years ago? What would they bennefit from keeping quiet or from exposing the truth? Maybe they dont want to acknowledge that the USA outsmarted them (bin Laden). Maybe the answer is burried on the moon :-)

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 22:16

      @Eben - I believe you are quite correct, but this can only be a delay tactic. The US dollar is in so much trouble that its collapse is mathematically unavoidable. Economics 101 - time upon time history has shown that no country can print trillions upon trillions of currency indefinitely without dire consequence and the cracks are beginning to show at an ever increasing rate.

      marco - 2011-05-04 22:40

      @HowardX Quantitative Easing(QE)maybe an unconventional monetary policy used by American Central Banks to stimulate their economy but it is being done because conventional monetary policies has become ineffective for things like 10% of the labor force still out of work,house prices still going down and foreclosures occuring and that's the reason why the Fed puts in $4 billion per day in an effort to boost stock prices.Can you blame them?Funny money has created a funny economy for America through it's deficit spending and ultra low interest rates.It's true America needs to cut its spending by more than $6.2 trillion over the next decade to balance their books.Fiscally sound path one would think that is,but it’s not the same as a genuine,sustainable growth path though is it?

      sceptic - 2011-05-05 00:07

      FINALLY...SOMEONE WITH SOME SENSE ABOUT WHAT IS TRULY HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD!!!!!!!YOU GO BOY!!!!

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:24

      YOu okes are hillarious. Are you telling me that a government that was too stupid to realise that it was sitting on the largest financial collapse in history (yep, that is what we have seen) is smart enough to fake Osama's death in Pakistan with eye-witness accounts and DNA, just to divert attention from.... TO MUCH CREDIT PEOPLE, these arent aliens, they are politicians, nothing more, nothing less.

  • jweer42 - 2011-05-04 21:13

    ughummmmm ... wikileaks if you please?

      jweer42 - 2011-05-04 21:27

      The picture of Osama shown everywhere is photoshopped by the way. :D

      HowardX - 2011-05-04 22:08

      Yes, and the supposed Bin Laden threat videos taht have surfaced at politically oppurtune moments over the last decade have also been shown to be fakes.

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:24

      HowardX - it must be so much fun at your house when they let you out last Sunday to collect the eggs.

  • Bronson - 2011-05-04 21:15

    ha! goes to show. Lets just believe what they tell us!

  • kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-05-04 21:18

    What better way to dissapear tahn to have your own death faked. If you were some sort after terrorist or spy and you wished to pass on what you knew to the "opposition" but didn't want your old "friends looking for you then let them all think your dead. I think Osama has defected to the West and will be supplying the US with a whole wack of meaty information. And if he is under their control then he can't be posting photos of himself with today's newspaper on the internet.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-04 21:20

    This whole saga sounds very confusing! Surely OBL needed to be interrogated before being killed. He is, as the Americans put it, 'a high value terrorist' with lots of information about future plans for expansion. Putting a bullet thru his head does not sound like something the Americans would do. That would have been a waste of a useful source of info. We were informed that he had a gun: now the new statement said he was not armed but resisted being arrested or taken! Is he dead or alive? My suspiscion is that OBL is alive being interrogated in Afghanistan. When you want t 'prove' the identity of someone, you do not just draw a sample of blood for DNA testing and throw his body into the sea before the results are out. Muslim burial rites aside, this is Bin Laden we are talking about. It is not an ordinary Muslim. His body could have waited, afterall no one would have wanted to bury him. That is just me!

      sceptic - 2011-05-05 00:00

      NO ONE IS BEING INTERROGATED......HE IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER CREATED AS A SCAPEGOAT FOR AMERICAN COVER UPS....THEZEITGEISTMOVEMENT.COM.....OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:33

      You can't call yourself a Skeptic if you believe in the zeitgeist and fly saucers. Skeptics base their decisions on FACTS and EVIDENCE, 2 things that make very brief a appearance in your said film. Mabhulwana - what do they want Osama for? If they capture him, they cant keep it secret (the machine is too big with too many leaks for that). That would make him a prime set up for hostage takers, bombers etc. Dead and gone... the best result possible. Good end to bad rubbish. Just like the Russians destroyed Hitlers remains. I find it unbelievable that so many people are defending Bin Laden as if he is some sort of misunderstood Mandela. He was not! Forget the Americans he killed, he was responsible for far more Muslim deaths.

  • Deset Rat - 2011-05-04 21:22

    What I don't understand is why did the US treat his dead body as if OBL was a Muslim. After all OBL claimed he and al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 (Twin Towers). This can only be the work of the devil, and no Muslim would want their religion to be tarnished by association with such an individual.

  • Jason - 2011-05-04 21:31

    Well wonder what happened to open government and transparency with people. I couldn't care less if he is dead or not, but just like the wiki leaks its disappointing he gone against what he stood for. But I guess they all the same politicians that is

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:36

      How is releasing a picture of a guy with his head blown apart going to make Obama more presidential. Civilized countries don't behave like that, but in the world of CSI and war news we seem to have forgotten that.

  • Joe - 2011-05-04 21:36

    And showing Saddaams death by Hanging wasn't gruesome enough...lol these okes make me laugh everytime something new about bin laden is released.

  • Achmed - 2011-05-04 21:40

    Greetings from OBL. This protection program is great, playing golf and smoking cigars and assaulting people. Good couple of pics of me on the net. The rest must be "fixed" but will follow in due course.

  • marco - 2011-05-04 21:43

    It's has been said that the SEAL TEAM 6 bullet wound took one of his eyes out and that half his face was blown off as a result of this.Also there were a lot of brain matter all over his face as can been seen from the Pakistani media's video imagery aterwards of the large blood stains next to where his bed was on the carpet.The DNA test conducted showed 99.9% certainty it was Bin Laden and should prove enough evidence that it was him indeed.This DNA evidence is what the US Government will release to the public in the near future,and that should be enough.I mean some people still believe that Elvis is alive and he hadn't left the room just yet.They just don't want to except what's real no matter what prove you give them.

      sceptic - 2011-05-04 23:57

      @MARCO MARCO MARCO MARCO MARCO........ WHAT SPECIMENS OF THIS MAN IE: DENTAL RECORDS DNA ETC DID THEY POSSESS TO PROVE THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE IDENTITY OF BIN LADEN??....NONE!!! HE DID NOT EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! SO HOW CAN THEY PROVE THAT THEY ACTUALLY KILLED HIM? WITH ALL THE TECHNOLOGY THGAT EXISTS ON OUR PLANET SURELY THEY COULD HAVE PINPOINTED HIM WITHIS FIVE METRES. FOR GOODNESS SAKE...THEY FOUND SADDAM IN A PITT!!! IT DOERS NOT MAKE SENSE, ONE PLUS ONE DOES NOT MAKE TWO ACCORDING TO THE AMERICANS.... I REST MY CASE.... THEZEITGEISTMOVEMENT.COM

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:37

      Well Skeptic, all that has to happen is Bin Laden needs to pop up in a video holding todays paper and he will collapse an entire government with 5 minutes. Isn't going to happen.

      slg - 2011-05-06 05:54

      Skeptic, you're being foolish. Do some research and you'll see how they did the DNA testing. Really, why waste your time and energy like this?

  • Rian - 2011-05-04 21:45

    ...as if killing him would not "anger and trigger a backlash against US personnel in the Muslim world"

      Yoni - 2011-05-04 22:06

      Precisely. First the most well-known person on earth evades capture for 10 years, despite the Yanks' technology, intel networks and a $25m reward. Then he is conveniently killed right after the Royal Wedding show is wrapped up. And now there's no photo proof? Come on... The Yanks were too happy to show the world the pics of the Nazi's hanged after the Nuremberg trials, but they refuse to show the dead face of their current Public Enemy Number One? Osama must be very relieved that his brother Muslim Obama had him "killed" - at least now he can continue his retirement in absolute peace, now that he is officially "dead".

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:42

      Who gives a shit, no decent Muslim would piss on Bin Laden if he was on fire, (except it seems our home grown ones at the MJC) His ideas are evil, they bring hatred and murder to the streets of MUSLIM COUNTRIES. Everyone suffers with people like him around. These little fantasies about hidden people and woo-woo conspiracies is stupid and dangerous. Think about this one - Iraq war was started for WMD and other things (read the UN Articles. Justified but stupid action) If the US was the coniving devil country everyone thinks they would have produced a warehouse of nerve gas with the 1st year to shut up the critics. They didn't because 1. they dont work like that and 2. there are just too many people in the chain to even consider being able to keep a secret.

      Zee - 2011-05-05 09:11

      @GT - dude no one is saying that they aren't glad that he is dead - he deserved it fully! BUT don't you think it's a little strange that the single most wanted man in the world, who has eluded the US for a decade and has been in the media for a decade, was so suddenly killed and buried at sea without so much as a single picture to prove somewhow that he was indeed killed? Also, most Muslims despised this man for what he did for the image of Muslims world-wide. So "angering" the Muslim world by releasing the photos has been talked up imo. It would do the US less good to maintain the secrecy, as it's just putting doubts in people's minds.

  • sherwood - 2011-05-04 22:02

    Do Not be brainwashed by the Western Media. We will have our turn one day and it will be too late. Question: Why does Al-Qaeda not attack/kill any Politicians, Royalty, celebraties etc. They will achieve their Objective much quicker. Kate Middleton was seen shopping before her wedding without body guards??? Wake Up compatriots...the US Govt is Behind 911, US uses the Devide and Rule Policy. USA needs to control OIL reserves to sustain their EconomY HENCE ALL THE INVASIONS, THEY CARE LESS FOR FATALITIES OF THEIR TROOPS NOT TO MENTION INNOCENT CIVILIANS. HOWARD MAKES MANY GOOD POINTS!! PEACE !!!

      Eben - 2011-05-04 22:16

      I concur.

      Achmed - 2011-05-04 22:20

      @sherwood. "USA needs to control OIL reserves to sustain their EconomY HENCE ALL THE INVASIONS" S-O-O-O-O true.the usa only get involved where there is something they can take (read steal), otherwise they would have been in a lot of African countries e.g. Zimbabwe. americans even steal wages from South African people out of pure greed.

      CC - 2011-05-04 22:32

      So you believe that the USA was behind the 911 attacks and that they have told Al-Qaeda about their secret plan so that they will not attack Kate Middleton (or any other American or Brit for that matter). Or the USA was behind 911 and Al-Qaeda knows this and therfor they dont attack Kate Middelton because this whole thing has nothing to do with them. And also to further cover up the scam, the USA kindly asked Al-Qaeda to distribute propaganda pamphlets and internet broadcasts to their members telling them that it is a holy war between them and the Americans. But at the same time they should make sure not to attack Kate Middleton because this has actually nothing to do with them.

      sceptic - 2011-05-04 23:51

      @cc......al qaeda does not exist.....thezeitgeistmovement.com

      slg - 2011-05-06 05:56

      You are being a true nut and are a danger to yourself and your loved ones. Thankfully the US is protecting you from your own foolishness.

  • Jean - 2011-05-04 22:20

    I still can't believe dat Osama is dead, until I can see d photos.

      sherwood - 2011-05-04 22:33

      jean are you missing the Man who stood up to the American Govt, Why I say American Govt is because the people are hoodwinked by their Media.

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:44

      WHY? What do you matter anyway. They own you f-all Jean. Read the response and check all the facts. He died of lead poisoning.

  • sherwood - 2011-05-04 22:24

    CC We have been brainwashed mate!! Go read the Civil Engineers reports about how it is impossible for a steel structure to collapse due to the fire, it was a controilled implosion after the Planes Hit making it seem as though the subsequent fire caused the collapse. In the Oaklahoma Bombing that buiding was on fire for perhaps a day or more and yet it did not collapse. Fire is fire!

      CC - 2011-05-04 22:27

      Fire is fire, but structure is not structure. I am an engineer.

      Joe - 2011-05-04 22:30

      Lol...my head hurts, not this again. The less you think about the western media the better off you are trust me. We as South Africans are better off not following those koooks.

      sceptic - 2011-05-04 23:50

      @cc you are a kaka engineer and you do not know what you are talking about....thezeitgeistmovement.com

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:48

      Sherwood - you have no idea what you are talking about. 1. The OC bombing blew the building to smitherens from the basement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oklahomacitybombing-DF-ST-98-01356.jpg 2. Which part of 737 jet full of fuel do you not understand?

      slg - 2011-05-06 05:57

      Ditto my last comment to you

  • sherwood - 2011-05-04 22:37

    ALL...PLEASE GOOGLE FOLLOWING: "Jean-Paul Pougala: The Lies Behind the West’s War on Libya 2011/04/26" The Americans are here, if we find OIL in our Land Tomorrow, beware we will be invaded by the USA...

  • sherwood - 2011-05-04 22:44

    And I am a lawyer, have to get my point accross!:) Americans are calling for a re-investigation of 911 as they suspect their Govt was involved!

      Achmed - 2011-05-04 22:53

      A Lawyer?????????????????? Silence!! I ---- you.

      sceptic - 2011-05-04 23:48

      they are solely responsible for the events of 9/11...... thezeitgeistmovement.com explains all!!!!!

      Jason - 2011-05-05 01:16

      congratulations on being a lawyer. and thanks for telling us all.

      GT - 2011-05-05 01:55

      BA - LAW - Stultus est sicut stultus facit. Paid to talk crap, now on the internet. Couldn't build a lego house and yet gives opinions on reasons why 100 story building collapses One would think that a lawyer would go and read the 9/11 commision, the security council resolutions for Iraq, the history of Pakistan, the build up of a militancy in north Pakistan. No, far easier to just spew crap and see what sticks

      slg - 2011-05-06 05:57

      They are not. You're lying.

  • Olavin - 2011-05-04 23:24

    They've been shooting, bombing, and killing them for 10 years already, and now they think one picture will provoke anger among them? If they think it's too gruesome, then why not put it on some linked site with a warning. It can't be worse than rotton.com. Seriously, I don't see the big deal.

      mawawa - 2011-05-05 00:12

      Ja! And let's nerver forget the lies of w eapons of mass destruction so eleqountly put up by Colin Powell and the resultant death of 1000's of innocents .

      slg - 2011-05-06 05:58

      That's right, there's more to it than you're seeing.

  • sceptic - 2011-05-04 23:46

    WHY?? BECAUSE OSAMA BIN LADEN IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER WHO NEVER EXISTED IN THE FIRST PLACE, A SCAPEGOAT FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE USA, WHICH THE USA IS SOLELY GUILTY OF!!!! AL QAEDA DOES NOT EXIST!!!! ASK ANY MILITANT INTELLIGENCE AGENCY!!! FOR MORE INFO ON THE TRUTH VISIT THEZEITGEISTMOVEMENT.COM ALL YOUR QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE NEW WORLD ORDER AND WHO IS ACTUALLY CONTROLLING EARTH WILL BE ANSWERED!!EVEN BARACK OBAMA SEEMS TO BE CONTROLLED BY THIS SOCIETY. THE WORLD DESERVES ANSWERS AFTER 9/11 AND WHAT DOES HE DO? HE DECIDES NOT TO RELEASE PHOTOS OF THIS FICTIONAL CHARACTER CALLED OSAMA BIN LADEN....HOW CONVENIENT!!! WAKE UP WORLD!!!! YOU ARE BEING FOOLED AND YET YOU DEFEND THAT WHICH YOU DO NOT KNOW.... VISIT THEZEITGEISTMOVEMENT.COM AND ALL THOSE QUESTIONS IN THE BACK OF YOUR MINDS WILL BE ANSWERED!!!!

  • GT - 2011-05-05 01:10

    HowardX - did you learn this all from the interwebz? The reality is that governments are NOT as clever as you think. There are thousands of people involved and you can be darn sure they would not be able to keep it a secret. And you provide ZERO evidence to back up your claim. The lack of evidence is not in itself evidence. The job is done, the fight goes one. Releasing the picture only has negatives. The extremists will use it as a recruiting tool and the crazy folk (Howard) would want more anyway. Hell, even his own daughter witnessed the shooting.

  • Jason - 2011-05-05 01:14

    The value of releasing the photos (or any other form of proper proof)would prevent this situation from spiralling into another Roswell/Kennedy conspiracy. I am sure there are already dozens of theorists who doubt Osama is dead or think he is actually being held by the US for interrogation. Just saying.

      GT - 2011-05-05 09:41

      And what exactly is Roswell? Just the lunatic fringe of society who, if it wasn't for Roswell, would believe something else. You need a dose of Derren Brown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ02I6QyagM

  • Marcell - 2011-05-05 03:05

    Obama won't release bin Laden photos....as there are no photos! How can people be so gullable to believe everything the americans say. Their history is full of lies and corruption. Eish, sound like I'm talking about the local circus!

  • Bhekizizwe - 2011-05-05 08:44

    I think Osama bin Laden is still alive and he is staying behind the White House.To me i think they(Osama+USA)agreed to claim his death in order to do good in their Economy.

  • Bhekizizwe - 2011-05-05 08:54

    I think this is agreement between Osama bin Laden and USA to claim his death because of the Economy issues...

      GT - 2011-05-05 09:45

      And what has happened to the economy? Nothing, it is still screwed. Completely separate issue, unrelated... just as Obama says

  • SpearoSean - 2011-05-05 09:43

    What amazes me about conspiracy theorists is how they will swallow, hook, line & sinker the daftest theories but reject the truth. i.e. We witness over and over 2 fully fueled airliners smashing at high speed in to W.T.C. see them collapse and these people shake their heads and wonder what did it?? OBL used to get pretty miffed at CIA, Mossad, Pixies, Green Lantern etc getting the credit. Bin Laden was behind 9/11, his killing was a legal act of war and the best, most profitable way to get oil is to buy it, not attack your own country.

      sherwood - 2011-05-05 11:06

      SPEAROSEAN, MATE TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE MUD. YOU SO INDOCTRINATED BY THE WESTERN MEDIA, IT SHINES RIGHT THROUGH. ALL WHAT YOU SEE ON THE MEDIA NETWORKS IS A CONSPIRACY, SO YOU ARE A CONSPIRACY THEORIST AS WELL!! GOOGLE ARTICLE BY Jean-Paul Pougala: The Lies Behind the West’s War on Libya... 2011/04/26 GOOGLE FFG AND BE OBJECTIVE:

  • GT - 2011-05-05 10:16

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/04/maddow-jon-stewart-daily-show-bin-laden_n_857341.html

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-05 10:36

    I'm glad that Obama isn't lowering himself to such an inhumane level. I know what Bin Laden did was inhumane in it's own right. But there is no need to stoop to that level. "Osama bin Laden is not a trophy - he is dead," the lawmaker said. I completely agree with this statement and others. He is not a trophy. He was an evil man that is now dead.

  • newsjunkie101 - 2011-05-05 21:22

    He died long ago. There is no photo because he was not killed on Sunday. Its amazing how convenient this information of his death is now. Whoevers pulling Obamas strings is a clever person who knows how to get him re-elected.

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