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May 4th, 2011
05:29 AM ET

Should U.S. release pictures of Osama bin Laden's body?

 (CNN) - CIA Director Leon Panetta said Tuesday he thinks a photograph of Osama bin Laden's body will be released at some point, but that it is up to the White House to make the final call. A senior administration official said that no decision has been made yet as to whether to release the photo.

According to a senior U.S. official, the White House has received three sets of photographs. The first batch, which clearly show bin Laden's body, was taken at a hangar in Afghanistan, the official said. The official described one of the images as a clear, but gruesome, picture of his face. Bin Laden is shown with a massive open head wound across both eyes, the official said, adding that the image would not be appropriate for the front pages of newspapers.

AM asks, what do you think? Should U.S. authorities release pictures of Osama bin Laden's dead body? Let us know and we may read your comment on air.


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  1. Kat

    No. Showing Bin Laden's body (over and over and over again) would be a glorification of his life. It will further enrage those who kill others in the name of God Out of respect for your viewers, please don't show these images that, once seen, never fade from memory.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  2. robert

    why not show his body , its all over the news how America got him!!! well let's see we have the right to see his body . When they were beheading our people they had know problem showing there killing. This one is already dead.......SHOW IT.......or maybe you don't have to show?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  3. JOHN

    I have worked and lived in the Middle East Region for over 30 years and the customs and culture is something I totally understand. By not showing the pictures we are allowing UBL followers to create and preserve the illusion that somehow UBL escaped and is still alive and in hiding.....

    Why make him a hero? The world should see what happens to people like UBL. This will definitely put the fear of capture in those terrorists still around. When people are scared they panic and when they do they make mistakes.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  4. angelina

    THIS MASS MURDER KILLED OVER 3,000 AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! ON 911 PEOPLE WERE JUMPING OUT OF 100 TH FLOOR WINDOWS THE TERROR ON THAT DAY. I WANT TO SEE HIM AS BRUTAL AS YOU THINK THE PICTURES MAY BE, THEY WILL NOT EVEN BE CLOSE TO THE DEATH OF ALL THE AMERICANS ON 911!!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  5. justyn cruz

    Yes, I think they should release the photos. The terrorists are already pissed off. If you chose not to view the photos thats your choice.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  6. Susan

    Not only is offering the pictures of the corpse of bin Laden to the public a heinous act, it will only undermine global respect for our military and for our nation. At a time of U.S. declining hegemony, I don't see this as a wise move. There is no reason to suspect the government isn't being truthful about his death.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  7. Theresa

    DO NOT SHOW THE PICTURES. ENOUGH WITH THIS. WE WOULD BE JUST AS BAD AS THE PEOPLE WHO DRAGGED OUR DEAD SERVICE MEN ALL AROUND THEIR LAND TO SHOW US.

    YOU NEWS REPORTERS ARE JUST KEEPING THIS GOING BY KEEPING THIS SUBJECT IN THE FRONT. MOVE ON…THE JOB IS DONE…MOVE ON.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  8. Bernadette McTamney

    Why would you want to inflame the sensibilities of people who already hate us for crass sensationalism?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  9. James

    I think they should release it. But maybe put it online so that people that don't want to see it dont have to look.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  10. David

    NO, we should not release the photos. I don't want to see the massive rallies with every extremist holding up the photos. Lacking a grave, the photos will be the rallying point. Who cares if they don't believe he's dead? The important thing is that he is no longer among us wreaking havoc and scheming against us.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  11. Karen

    No, I don't need to see the pictures. But I am sure Donald Trump will want to see the "Long Form" Death Certificate.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  12. Reggie Baker

    Yes the pics should be released. There should be no debate about it, we are in a world of we need to see it to believe it. Plus, if they don't release them someone will leak them anyway.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  13. Colin

    No. Release of the pictures would accomplish nothing good. The conspiracy theorists who believe the death of Osama bin Laden is a hoax will not be persuaded by pictures, either. They will declare that they are photoshopped or faked. The pictures will accomplish nothing domestically, and can only serve to inflame anti-American sentiment elsewhere. People who will be persuaded by the photos can also be persuaded by the DNA evidence. Release the DNA evidence; those doubters who are persuadable will be convinced by that. Other doubters will be convinced only by putting their fingers in the bullet holes. President Obama, don't release those pictures. Release the DNA evidence instead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  14. Frank T. Wydo

    We watched thousands die a horrible death on 9-11.

    What is the big deal with one photo of bin laden.

    I WANT TO SEE IT.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  15. bobby82

    hell to the yes the pictures should be showed i think even the video of the raid should be showed too, we had to watch our own people jump off the twin towers live on tv and that was ok, but its not ok to see bin laden dead on tv??? its closure to a lot of people...

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  16. Mike

    We're happy to show footage of Americans falling to their deaths from the Twin Towers on 9/11, but there's a debate about showing Osama bin Laden's death photo? Show it and put the issue to rest with him at the bottom of the ocean.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  17. Donna McNemar

    No-one blocked the thousands of innocent victims dieing on tv when our Towers fell. I endured that horror along with this great country. So call me morbid if you want but I want to this evil man with a bullet to the head.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  18. Fadi

    There is no need to release a picture. If Osama bin Laden were still alive he would post a video and refer to a current news event. If the US is sure that he is dead, than a dead Osama Bin Laden cannot make such a video and therefore the lack of such a video in the future is proof enough that he is actually DEAD!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  19. Kelly

    The pictures of 911 were so awful and sad and heartbreaking of our people. Ten years of seeing those photos and the heartbreak of their families, nothing could be worse than seeing that, so yes show Osama's picture. I feel we owe the families and friends of our people that died in 911 that option of seeing his death photo.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  20. Matthieu Hughes

    Yes, we do need to see the photo of bin laden dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  21. krishna

    We don't need a picture,we trust our president.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  22. Patrice from Canada

    Why would we want to cause problems with a terrorist group BY posting their leader's wounded face all over tv, newspapers etc? What is wrong with you people? LOL.

    If y'all want the proof, go to the bottom of the Arabian sea and find him.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  23. Dennis J. Burns

    Show the pictures. They had no problem showing us beheadings. how bad can these pictures be compareed to those videos of beheadings ?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  24. NonaCarole from WA

    I trust the President's decision becuz he's the one who has the most info about the whole situation. I know what he finally decides will be the best for our country & that's what we should care about. I just don't want it released to "please" doubters or any political adversaries!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  25. Christina Mason

    I think the picture should be showed just because they showed all the Americans that he arranged to have killed and hurt!!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  26. John Harris

    To get the word out to everyone in the world, there is no greater impact than pictures. It would be an injustice to our intelligence folks, seal team 6 and the support helo team that participated in this anti terriost operation of the decade.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  27. Lynn

    I would be okay with only the families of the 911 victims seeing the pictures.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  28. Hailey

    I do think it should...it's not any more gruesome than beheading videos or pics of Sadam's sons. I have seen it, and yes it should be released.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  29. Adaire Thompson

    NO! Absolutely not. We don't need to satisfy American's curiosity. Releasing his gruesome picture (which we would not do with anyone else), will only stir and re-light the Taliban and increase the risk to American's. American's need to learn to believe the President. As it is our security increase is costing us millions, and we are still at risk of being blown up at any public place we go to.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  30. J. Waters

    We were given no choice by Osama bin Laden on 911 as we watched the deaths of thousands of innocent U.S. citizens ordered by him. It is high-time we show the world, especially those who would side with him, every single gruesome photo we have.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  31. Patrick Butler

    Show two photos, one of Bin Laden and one of a body from ground zero 9/11

    May 4, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  32. Ruth Whitmore

    I do not care to see these pictures. I am glad that we got Bin Laden, but I don't believe we should sensationalize it anymore by publicizing the pictures.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  33. Ellen Wiesen

    Absolutely not at this time. Al Quida and its offshoots are probably off balance at this time ,not knowing what to do next. Should they see pictures of Bin Laden with part of his head blown off, it might arouse such anger that they become determined to unite and retaliate.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  34. faye

    Pictures speak alot of words, they will prove that he is dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  35. Bernice Caprini

    Yes, the US should release a photo of Osoma Bin Laden dead. I am saying just one photo to prove to the naysayers who are in disbelief that he is dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  36. Sharon

    Even if a picture is shown, will it be Osama Bin Laden? Why would his body be thrown into the ocean? How gullable are these viewers?
    I would parade his body on a post from coast.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  37. Mike from North Hollywood

    I think it's in poor taste to show such a gruesome image! More than enough people have already confirmed the death via photograph and DNA testing, so what would the point truly be? It would only taunt those loyal to him and put our people and our allies in a bad spotlight once again. We can't lose common decency due to doubters, naysayers, and conspiracy theorists with nothing better to do. There will never be another video or message from him again...that's evidence enough for me. Let's just accept it and move on to the future

    May 4, 2011 at 6:50 am |
  38. Mike

    Seal Team 6 confirmed it – That is all I need.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:50 am |
  39. Mark

    Yes. Remember the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? The media, CNN included, swore that the media would do its job in the future and demand a higher level of proof from the government. I do believe we got him; I don't believe the media has done due diligence on this.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  40. Bob in Houston

    I think we should have marched into Baghdad and strung up Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War. Not doing it sent the message that it's okay to threaten us. We released the photos of Uday and Qusay. We killed Bin Laden; we should release the photo. We should have finished the job and killed his wife and children; I think that is the only message people who live in that part of the world understand.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  41. Reuven Bogoff

    We saw what he did to the USA and there was no question about seeing the pictures. Should not the same be true? Show the world that he is gone and put the any questions to bed.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  42. Agnes Reid

    I do not think that pictures of the death of Osama Bin Laden should be shown. We should not stoop to the level of terrorist ie. the showing of pictures of Ron Perlman and other hostages killed by those monsters. We are better than that and should show the world that we're better than that.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  43. Chelsea

    Releasing this may do more harm than good. People around the world are skeptical of the deed, but releasing pictures may work to further excite those who wish to do humanity harm. The White House needs to further think on the pros and cons of such a decision rather than being pressured in to it.
    The world needs to move on rather than be obsessed with the picture of a tyrant, the personification of death.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:46 am |
  44. John

    No. We do not need to stoop to the level of the terrorists who put out videos and pictures of their prisoners being tortured or murdered; we are above that, and I don't believe it would change anything. Those who are skeptics are not likely to be swayed by any evidence, as they will always claim the evidence was doctored. There is too much of this type of sensationalism in the news already.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  45. Sheryl

    Why the need to see pictures? If it weren't true, bin Laden would have already made a video disputing the claims. For those of you who are swimming in consipiracy theories, would you trust that the pictures they release are genuine anyway? Touching his mutilated body wouldn't convince you. Quenching your thirst for proof could put other American lives at risk around the world. Is your need to see a picture worth that? If anyone should see the picture, it's the family members of those who lost their lives at his hands who need closure.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  46. Karen Sabo

    If people still need proof of bin laden's death, then the dna report should be released. I don't think there is any reason the government should release the photo, it could incite violence against Americans. It would also reflect poorly on our country. The only purpose of releasing it to the public would be media sensationalism. I wish that the media would concentrate more on the growing voice of democracy in the middle east, since that may be the best way to prevent another bin laden.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  47. Bonnie Pastore

    No! The pictures should Not be shown! It will cause more harm then good. Terrorists will be angered. Young children will see pictures that are clearly inappropriate for them to see. Showing the pictures should be considered "only" if "reliable "evidence turns up proving he is still alive.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  48. Ted (Oshawa, Ontario)

    The world remembers the graphic video of the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl by a group associated with Al Qaeda. There was no hesitation on their part to ensure that this was made public by supplying the video to Al Jazeera. Why then should they be afforded the courtesy of being respectful of their feelings when no such respect was given to the families of those they killed? They are extremists .....how much more angry can they get. Show the image..... and let them know what awaits should they not turn away from their cowardly tactics.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  49. Efrain Omar

    Geronimo is of interest for all freedom seekers and the release of his fatal moment will serve as a reminder to all that evil will not rest unpunished.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  50. James Warden

    Burning the Koran cost lives-
    How many lives will Osama's dead photo cost?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  51. Ray Farland

    It is my belief that we should have taken a before and after photo, but I'm sure that when the time comes there will be a lot of them to go around.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  52. Peggy

    What good would it accomplish except to satisfy some of the same people who demanded to see Obama's birth certificate? I would like to see the American people have some restraint and common sense. On the birth certificate issue, if opponents from both parties didn't feel it was necessary to challenge Obama's citizenship, then why would Trump? On the issue of Bin Laden, why is the validity of his death even be an issue? I suppose for the same reason people feel there is really a Big Foot, and it is being hidden from us. Our government would go to these lengths to perpetuate a hoax? Reality check.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  53. sweiman

    NO, NO, NO......of what good would it be to have this photo shown publicly. The only use it will have is to fuel the hatred of Islam towards the USA. We don't need this. Come on , let's use our heads. Most times we Americans are the ones who cause the worst on ourselves. The man is dead....let's move on and send a message of a country who honors the dead.....our mission with him is done. We didn't want to bury the body in order not to have a shrine like place for his followers. Why would we want to put the photo out to do the very same thing ???????

    May 4, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  54. Anita Fitz-Gerald

    No–4 words: Jesus on the Cross. Releasing photos of an icon (Osama) suffering simplyconfers everlasting sainthood and fuels their "cause"

    May 4, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  55. jaki

    Hollywood make-up Artist can show us a dead Bin Laden, A picture isn't proof with photoshop around. And why anger people even one person angered can be dangerous, remember there was only a few people attacking on 9/11.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  56. mazen

    I 100% believe Bin Laden is dead, if he wasn't a video or at least a voice recording of him denying it would have been out already. I think if he was still alive (which is not the case) he would want nothing more than to prove the U.S wrong and lying, however I think a picture will be released eventually.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  57. James Warden

    BURNING THE KORAN COST LIVES!
    HOW MANY LIVES WILL Osama's dead photo cost?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  58. Michele

    With their personality they will be mad either way. To egg them on will not matter, If America wants to see, let them.
    showing all the damage along with the blood from the actual location he was at is making them mad anyway.

    Go ahead and show our power, the US people want to see, maybe this will show the terrorists we are not playen and are done with their attaks on the US.

    Yes show everyone US wants to see, will make no difference to our enemy, will make US people happy and show our power

    May 4, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  59. dizel

    Yes. It's equally important for both the nay Sayers and the conspiracy theorists. Especially given the hasty maritime burial.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  60. Lori Konat

    No need to release the picture of bin Laden. It wouldn't prove a thing. Anyone ever heard of Photoshop? I'd rather hear from the people who were there. You can't hold a photo accountable, but you can certainly hold individuals accountable. Meantime, I'm glad that Americans are demanding proof instead of blindly believing what the government tells them.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  61. Beth S.

    I really don't want to see a picture of a dead person-even Osama Bin Laden- flashing all over the news for the next 3 days.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  62. barb

    NO, the majority of Americans believe he's dead.
    no need for pictures, thank you.
    do our younger children need to see that? no way to keep it from them once released

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  63. Mitzi

    The pictures shouldnot be released to the public. It was a secret
    military mission and this information should remain classified and
    perhaps released when the atmoshphere is less hostile.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  64. Chioma

    Yes,it is appropirate to show the pictures.This man rendered a lot of children orphans, a lot of women widows because their husbands died fighting terrorism in the Middle East. This man killed thousands of people without considering how it would affect the public. Honestly, showing this man's death picture(s) will heal a lot of wounds.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  65. sheila

    I like some others here don't beleive for a minute the seals killed bin ladden in this so called carried out special raid,I do beleive they killed people to set up a good story .
    I think bin ladden has died some time ago ,there has been no message or "sign" from him for years,I think the us goverment is keeping this alive as others have said to give reason for the wars,when it's plain it's over oil.
    If they really had bin ladden they would be showing him for the world to see,they they can really get their man! who ever he is,no problem showing saddam hanging ! sons shot! they weren't even on the stage with bin ladden,,,as the saying goes if it smells like looks like ,,it probably is!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  66. I. D. Zimmermann

    Images of bin Laden's body might be gruesome but they are no more so than the images he subjected all of us to of our fellow countrymen dying in plane crashes and jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center towers. Americans will never recover the innocence he stole from us, so withholding those photos won't make any difference, especially since they will eventually be leaked anyways. Release them now and get it over with.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  67. John Jones

    Yes release the photos, I need a new screensaver.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  68. Jon Regas

    Yes-I don't buy that argument about releasing the picture would be propaganda for terrorists-That is putting the cart in front of the horse.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  69. Rob

    YES I think they should release pictures of osama. I'd imagine a majority of us would like to have the option to see the image if we want to.
    We certainly shouldn't fear agravating a group of extremists, when we've spent the last ten years spending billions and losing freedoms to protect us from this group of people with little support, organization, or resourses.
    Not saying we shouldn't respect them as a threat, but osama's death should be seen as the start of a true demise of al queda, and symbolize the end of an era living in fear!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  70. Mary

    OUR Givernment and no that wasnt a typo should share the photos of Osamas dead body so it can help ad closure to some Americans . Those not interested they can look away . Why shouldnt we see these photos it was our tax dollars that funded the capture and invasion we have the rights to to full disclosure when it comes to the money we spend on anything in america ,its not about morals its about the truth.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  71. Karen

    I believe after everything that America has been through, YES, show the pictures. With everything that we see on a daily bases the pictures won't be hard to take. Everyone saw our people die on 9/11 and can still see them today! We have watched the hanging of Sudam Hussian time and time again, at least we aren't asking to see the raid...........Which I feel would really put a lot of doubt out of our minds!!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  72. John from Tillamook, OR

    Perhaps the pictures of Bin Laden's body could be sent to other governments and they could do with them as they wished. This would place the burden of releasing them or not, upon others and not upon the US.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  73. Ed

    After 911 TV quit showing the pictures of the towers falling. As I understand it this was done to keep from stirring up anger towards Muslims. Perhaps we should use the same logic with the photos of bin Laden. Let us remember how we felt when the "Blackhawk Down" crew were drug through the streets and when the American fighters were hung from a bridge in Iraq.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  74. Tom May

    Hi Robin, miss you from Seattle. Anyway here's my take on the Bin Laden Photo Dilemma. Crusome photos aren't for everyone so the photos should be open to the public but shown discreetly in a few main area such as Washington DC, LA, Seattle and Denver. The nay sayers could see the proof and the believers could just rest assured that he is in fact, passed on to his next resting place!

    Keep smiling we all need that in the morning.

    Tom

    May 4, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  75. Tess

    I would like to see pictures from the Navy Seal's Helmet cams, or better yet, that portion of the full video, but I know that won't happen. I think he may be dead, as I just don't think the US would put so much information out there that could be proved otherwise by Pakistan, and Osama Bin Laden's family, but I also tend to wonder why they buried him at sea in under 24 hours, and without having shown evidence first. Makes me wonder if there is a secret living prisoner somewhere. Sure would have been nice if American reporters could have interviewed the family left alive before Pakistan got a hold of them. I wouldn't complain if that were the case, but others will, and, we tend to get more "theories" without truth. Who is paying their wages, and for these wars anyway. So, yes, give us the pictures and figure out a way to give us a choice to view them or not.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  76. Dana Grace

    No. We should continue to reflect and pray for 9-11 victims, their loved ones and the soul of our country#USA. Let's get back to Raising Alabama and Happy Days. Have faith in our military personnel who risked their lives this weekend and President Obama. If they said Mission Accomplished, believe them!#MoveOn

    May 4, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  77. jim Adams

    I can't be more pleased that he has been eradicated from the face of the earth. However there comes a time that we must trust our military and goverment and believe that he is dead. No I don't think we need to release any photos.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  78. JC

    I feel that the White House should not authorize the release of pictures of Bin Laden, as this could potentially make anti-american sentiment from extremists worse. The picture of Bin Laden is but a symbol, and as George Carlin said, "I leave symbols to the symbol minded." We all know Bin Laden is dead, let's move on and heal as a nation with this newfound closure."

    May 4, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  79. James McCoy

    Whether or not the pictures get shown or not is up to the U.S. I mean really it doesn't matter. If Bin Laden is dead, then he is dead I don't need any proof believing that he's dead. But at the same time I can understand that some people out there wants proof that it's actually Bin Laden's body that the U.S put at sea and it's really his body that we recovered after we killed him Sunday. A lot of people wants to have closure to this whole situation that way they can have some sense of moving on and not have to worry whether or not he is dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  80. Rodney

    Yes, release the photos.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  81. Andy

    Hell Yes!
    It's a no brainer! Why doesn't even rate an answer! They have to release the pictures, and they will. Bet on it!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  82. kingsley

    WHY NOT! I SUPPOSE THE PICTURE SHOULD BE EXPOSED TO ALL NATIONS . HE USED OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN TO CARRY OUT HIS WICKED ACTS, BUT KEPT HIS OWN CHILDREN OUT OF THE SCENE.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  83. Walter

    Not necessary. While it might satisfy some curiosity, I can't see any real benefit. And releasing the photos could incite his followers to cause harm.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  84. Elora

    Yes. Undoubtedly wholeheartedly yes. A whole generation practically grew up in fear because of him. Hearing the news that he was finally dead was a huge relief for me and other members of my generation, because this evil monster of our nightmares as children was finally gone. A picture's worth a thousand words and also to get everyone else who thinks he's still alive to shut up about it and see the truth before them.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  85. Robert

    the white house should release the photo of bin landen to show the american people that we got him annd that Pres. Obama was able to do this in 2 yrs in office than Pres. bushes 8 yrs in office and do it in a fast and professional matter

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  86. George Courtney

    until i see concrete evidence, i WILL NOT BELIEVE that bin laden has made his transition as the only thing the world is getting is hearsay information from the us government

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  87. Dave Dombrowski

    Why not.? Back in the day, they showed pictures of gangsters that were gunned down, and with all the violence shown in the media today,............If a person is offended and doesn't want to see them, don't look!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  88. Maxien

    Well i need proof! Im not a conspiracy theorist but i believe their evidence over this one. You can't just tell someone he is dead and then expect us to believe it, and what makes it even more unblievable is the so called sea burial they gave him sooooo soon after his so called death.

    I bieve he is dead but i do not believe he died on the 1st May 2011. I believe he died back in 2001 of Renal failure. He was on dialysis for crying out loud! No dialysis machine would be able to be used in caves. He would be exposed to endless organisms that would have killed him.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:06 am |
  89. Tess

    The various differences in stories is what leads people to conspiracy "theories". Whether they are true or "theories" in many cases have yet to be proved either way. For instance, here we are told that the only pictures of Osama Bin Laden are gory, the best being with a gash across both eyes, yet another story, that he was shot above the left eye and in the chest. So, we have two different stories, yet we also have the story that the Navy seals had cams on their helmets. Navy Seals don't shoot out into the dark. Osama Bin Laden would be on film, without being shot yet, in the films from the shooters (Navy Seal) cam. The "theories" are justified when the people know they are being lied to by government and media. I still want to know why our Presidents want New World Order for us, yet will not explain how this is good when the New World Order wants to reduce world population to 500 Million. Full and complete truth would be so nice about now

    May 4, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  90. Dan S

    Given people had to watch the events of 9/11 unfold live on national television, it baffles me there would be any hesitation to release these photos on the grounds they might be too gruesome for the public.

    The burial he was given by the US military was more dignified than the one he provided for the Muslims who died at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

    Osama's pictures need to be released so the world can rest assured he is dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:02 am |
  91. Kevin

    After all the Internet videos they released of beheadings, seeing people tied up and shot in the head as they are chanting God is great!! Hell yeah I want to see the Terror boss dead. I think the world should see it.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:02 am |
  92. Abdulsalam abdulhameed

    Let USA realease it, bcos i cant belief he is killed until i confirmed it.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  93. Obama

    We are going to publish picture on friday

    May 4, 2011 at 5:56 am |
  94. Mark

    Yes, otherwise the rumour mill in Pakistan and the middle east will never stop. Lets put this one to bed.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  95. Stasmi

    Pictures should be made public. Due to their graphic nature, they shouldn't necessarily be printed on the front page of papers or websites, but should be available for those who can stomach them. And, there will always be those who don't believe the man is dead, no matter what evidence is produced.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:51 am |
  96. Sarah

    Yes they should, a lot of people don't believe it..hopefully photographic evidence will put to rest at least a small percentage of these insane conspiracy theories.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:45 am |
  97. shelly

    Yes why not what he put us though we should have the right to see

    May 4, 2011 at 5:45 am |
  98. Caitlin

    Photos are not likely to convert skeptics but rather be unnecarily disturbing to the general public.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:40 am |
  99. aly

    yes i think that the pictures should be released as proof that he is actually dead and those grieving loved ones lost by the hand of this man can have closure...

    May 4, 2011 at 5:40 am |
  100. Jon Regas

    Yes; a picture is worth a thousand words.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:39 am |
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