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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. Rich

    There is no positive reason to release gruesome pictures of Bin Laden. Do we really want our children to see these pictures? That is exactly what will happen. Reaction from the Muslim world has been relatively muted so far. Let's not risk fanning the flames and making the job of our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq more difficult and dangerous. We need to focus on dealing with the remaining terrorists who are still very much alive.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  2. Matt S

    I can understand that some people require evidence when the government is trying to convince the public of anything. But whether or not to show the death photo may be less necessary than you think.

    When Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed in the Iraq invasion, showing their photos to prove they were dead was done not for the Americans. It was to assuage the fears of the Iraqi people, who were terrified of them, especially Uday. Saddam may have been brutal, but Uday was vicious, reportedlly kidnapping and raping women, then killing them without any fear of consequence. Any grieving relatives that spoke out would be wiped out.

    So when you ask, "Should we show Osama's corpse?", we should also ask who really needs to see it?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  3. Michael Montgomery

    Obama is running for re-election, Bin Ladin is dead. Yes we need to see the picture.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  4. Sylvia Pow

    It should only be released on a need-to-know basis (lawmakers, intelligence operatives, etc.) We don't need to incite any more angry demonstrations among bin Laden supporters. And we really don't want our children to view such a graphic picture.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  5. No to photo release

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
    A bunch of terrorists are still out there and releasing of the pictures are going to make them want to show off their revenges even more, even sooner, and worse way possible. You know there are still many Americans out there that they could take out and make a sample of the revenge video so no a thousand times!!!

    Just like other news, there will be controversy, no matter what. People just have different points of view and nothing really can stop that.
    The rest of the world may think American people don't trust the government enough of what the government has to say. Don't let this stirred up more. the truth is the truth and it shouldn't be stretched further,

    May 4, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  6. crystal

    YES SHOW THE PICTURE OF THE BODY OF THE MAN THAT TOOK ALOT OF OUR FAMILY N FRIENDS AWAY FROM US. SOME OF US MIGHT LOOK AT IT AS SOME CLOSUER. THERE R SOME PEOPLE THAT WNT BELIEVE TILL THE SEE IT IF U SHOW THEM THEN THOSE PEOPLE CAN HET CLOSURE!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  7. Judi A

    Release the pictures? With people like Trump out there do we have a choice? But more importantly, kudos to everyone, especially our military, who pulled this off.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  8. George Molinari

    I don't think the photo will change minds , human race should care on saving the earth and look into the future please, we have to move on.
    Just see the news and look what mother nature is doing.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  9. George

    We could gain a little confidence by showing the "death pictures"

    of OSAMA bin Laden. However, there are an overwhelming

    number of reaasons to NOT show the pictures:

    DECENCY, not participating in HYPE, interpreting this dispaly as

    BRAGGING, etc., et al

    May 4, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  10. Mike

    I am a Navy Vet and spent 12 1/2 years as a Hospital Corpsman serving with the Marines. I had the good fortune to work with the SEALS and with the ARMY Rangers. Both are outstanding in the jobs they do and are admired by there peers. God bless them and anchors aweigh and semper fi!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  11. don

    The cruelest thing we can do to Osama bin Laden is NOT show the picture. We buried him at sea, we don't show the picture, we just erase him.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  12. Kristian

    Last night on Frontline (pbs) was about AL-qaeda and the Taliban. They talked to a Taliban chief who lives in Pakistan, said that the ISI knows they are there and are protecting them and other fighters and terrorists. Look at the show. Very interesting. Shows how much Pakistan really knows about who is where,

    May 4, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  13. Marcia

    Yes, I feel they should be shown and with the technology we have they can crop the picture in good taste.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  14. pamela davis

    Yes, show the pictures. The terroists have had no qualms showing the world live videos of their atrocities (remember Daniel Pearl ?) to instill fear and hatred.Let them know that those that live by the sword will eventually die by the sword! I just hope parents don't let their young children see them...God Bless America!!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  15. emily

    yes we should release his photo we had to watch our own people jumping to there deaths from the twin towers so we can handle seeing a photo of this cowardly scumbag with half his head blown off

    May 4, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  16. Ed Jocz

    No, I want to see pictures of Bin Laden. The people this guy killed, hurt and family he ruin only make me want to see the pictures.
    I, as many have paid for all this in many ways. He also has affect our economy. Basically, I WANT TO SEE THE PICTURES AND NO SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  17. Terry Davis

    I think the picture.s and video's should be released. The terrorist's have no problem with showing our dead to the world. The American people deserve to see the proof of Bin Laden's death.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  18. Jane

    I disagree with showing UBL's photos. We are already desensitizing humanity with covering this person's bigger-than- life status.

    Also, Ali misquoted Mr. John Brennan yesterday saying unwillingly, for unwittingly as Mr. Brennan said (when talking about the Gitmo detainees giving up valuable info.). There is a difference!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  19. Lorne

    Yes I believe that they should release the photos. We are stuck everyday with the victims faces of the 9/11 attacks and the United states citizens deserve to have closure to the evil that cause it all

    May 4, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  20. Mike

    I don't think politicians should act as americas censors! We have a whole generation who have seen the horrors of war and the death and destruction it causes. Release the photos! We are entitled to have closure on this matter. If you don't want to see the photos then don't watch them when they are aired. Do we still have freedom of choice in this country? You can see worse on the Military or History channels. You gotta love the SEALS!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  21. Anne

    Please NO. Don't show a picture of this man's dead body on TV. Have we lost all respect for the dead? Even if he was a terrorist, can't we just believe that the news and the government aren't lying to us and leave it at that? How could he not be dead after all the hype of the last few days. Think of people around the country who are going to be watching the news, do you really want them to see pictures of a dead body with a gunshot to the head? I don't think so.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  22. Sam Hardy

    Do NOT release photos of bin Laden's body. They will only serve to inflame terrorists. We trust your statement that he is dead and buried at sea.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  23. Dolphin

    "Bin Laden: The Movie"
    Its a visual world. Please show us the full epic, from the Seals' video to the drop into the ocean! If there is some Islamic aspect that needs to be followed, perhaps take that into account. However, OBL was no Islamic. He gave that up years ago, to follow the dark side, whatever that might be.
    He should have been killed on Clinton's watch, anyway!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  24. Gail Simmons

    I don't think we should release them, but i think we should stop giving them money if they are going to burn our flags....How do these countries have so many of our flags to burn all the time....just asking

    May 4, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  25. Walt K.

    Yes it should be released [see my earlier post for my commentary] my current thought is to have the President announce a gov't website url, or maybe the press secretary. That will insure that it is what the administration believes to be OBL's genuine death picture! If they were able, they should have made a few death masks in plaster, before the autopsy.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  26. Harif

    My lord when will we grow up . There are really problems in the world toady, the USA is bankrupt, as is most of the western world , people starving, people being killed ,tortured , and all you can talk about is whether or not to show a picture of a mad man .

    May 4, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  27. Terry M

    I think the question should be, ' why was an unarmed man shot instead of being taken prisoner

    May 4, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  28. Debbie

    My life policy has always been, if showing or saying something to another person, has no bennifit to them, then do not share that infornation. I can not see any possitive comming from seeing a brutial photo of anything. We have to trust our leaders, that he is dead . Seeing a photo of a man whom americans do not know personally, can not claifiy anything. The photo will not comfort me or make me sleep better, but instead will most likely give me nightmares and haunting images. Keep in in a file, I trust our leaders, I do not need that image in my life!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  29. travis t

    People have already made their minds up about bin laden being dead or not. The picture will not prove anything. If he is still alive, he would make that clear by sending the world another video. With that being said, I think the picture SHOULD be shown so the world knows we aren't messin around.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  30. Mae Freeman

    Simply put, NO WAY. We do not show pictures of every deceased person and the non-believers will not change their minds. Show that we are sensitive people instead. Hold back the pictures.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  31. kathleen Olesky

    Do the writers or announcers of the morning news study English?
    I just heard a reporter outside the White House say that it was feared that release of the photo of Bin Laden would be too" insightful" (or perhaps she spells it inciteful which doesn't exist) as in inciting negative reaction.
    The correct word is "incendiary" as in to stir up or incite factionalism.
    Please check the vocabulary of your writers and anchors and not dumb down the language or the American public!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  32. Lea

    I just wanted to make a comment on the news that BinLaden was not armed at the time of his death.
    Well guess what , the people in our country were not armed, the day they die either. I hope no one is feeling sorry for him.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  33. Alex K

    I know people who still believe Tupac and Elvis are alive. Paperview event maybe?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  34. Bill

    Yes, let me see the dead Bin Laden. Those SOB's had no problem showing videos and pictures of the beheading of our U.S soldiers and citizens. . Personally I could care less if it hurts their feelings . His head would be stuck on a pike and displayed in Times Square if it was up to me.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  35. Yes, Of course show the pictures

    Show the world what happens when you decided to what he did. For those who blow up bildings and kill people, and destrow the lives of those familys that died, Show the pictures, Let it burn into the minds of those who might commmit such hideoue crimes. James Warren Corbin KY

    May 4, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  36. Tisa

    YES!! RELEASE THE PHOTOS!! This is so ignoring! We DESERVE to see his body and that he is truly dead! DNA is not going to cut it. People want to see the proof with their own eyes! The WORLD needs to see he's gone! People will see the photos and move on, just like we did with Saddam H.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  37. Charles Lum

    I'm not an nut.I'm just tired of getting the lies from the government.I will believe him dead when I see him DEAD! You just can't believe a bunch of shifty politicians!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  38. Don

    Picture YES. Share with the Pakistan Government first, explainn in person what we did was the right way. If you have to say we stood together, fine. Then share minimal photo. THE SEALS ARE GREAT MEN AND KNOW THEIR JOB. CNN needs to stand behind our men and not say nothing more. Let's talk about our USA's own problems, difficulties needs and wants. New folks all have their own opinion.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  39. Anna Roy

    NO! Did we show Sadamm Huessin's body after he was hung when Bush was President? 59% want to see Bin Laden with a hole in his head
    and I'm not surprised after the birther issue. No matter what happens under President Obama, they want proof.
    If people want to see some graphic violence, turn on the TV! Better yet, wait for the movie. From what I hear, Hollywood is already all over that!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  40. Jenkins

    this man don't deserve no respect,what about the many lives he took away doing 911,What about the victims families,that stay share the pain of losing a love one today?dispark the speculation that a body photo of this monster will inflame his supporters,they will stay retialite whenever they can,come on, this a wounded tiger we've got here.let's prove to the World, that we Americans stands for Justice,and justice had been executed gloriously.a body photo of this infamous idiot,we wait to see.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  41. Martha Lewis

    Yes it should be released, with a disclaimer about the graphic images. And talk about a missed opportunity...Obama watched the attack via a live feed. That could have been set up as pay-per-view event! The National Deficit?........poof.....Gone!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  42. Baph Michigan

    I don't think photo release should be in public. As long as the government officers confirmed the fact, that should do it. We don't need to prove the world that he's really got killed, the truth is the truth. The famous crocodile hunter was killed and his photo never got released. The photo of Bin Laden might create more haters from the other side of the world. We know it's our victory, it's done, that's enough. Let other people country talking about USA in a good way and stay focused that we took out a terrorist leader successfully. How it's done or how it looks? Doesn't really matter.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  43. vitoria Brouwers

    I don't really care about pictures of Osama right now. I'm more concerned the gas prices because I have to travel everyday for a whole hour to get to my university and it's costing me a lot of money.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  44. H.Gardner

    Personally I am not interested in seeing the photo of deceased Usama BinLaden. However the US might consider generating a mechanism to allow for a personal observation without publishing it to the public at large. Of course this would require some expense and trouble for those desiring to participate...so be it. No matter the decision there will be a segment of the universe who will not agree. Giving the means available, very clever internet users will be able to alter a picture and republish it to satisfy their own morbid mischievous interest.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  45. Eric

    If I recall, the Islamic extremists had no problems releasing the pictures of beheaded American contractors. In fact, many Iraqi citizens even gloated about the death of these individuals. With that being said, we can never put ourselves or the brave men and women of our military on the same level of Islamic extremists. They deserve better than that, especially those that never made home. Two wrongs have never made a right.
    Eric, from Alabama

    May 4, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  46. Henry

    While we may appreciate the claim that Osama Bin Laden has been killed, it seems rather odd to me and perhaps to a lot of other people that death photos of someone that had already been villainized to the nth degree could actually make our enemies hate us more!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  47. Dan

    I just turned the TV off. I'm sick of the picture story every 5 minutes.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  48. Charles Ridderstap

    I cannot imagine how the Americans who lost love ones are feeling in all the attacks that Bin Laden has caused. But one thing is sure; killing him will not end this war. If the US Gov. assured his dead and was buried at sea, only the one pic of him being dropped at sea is enough. The Americans has had to deal with their emotions and losses so long and don’t have to be reminded every time of this. When Sadam Hussein was killed (hanged) it was all over the world to see. What is different now?
    Thank you
    Charles

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  49. Meena Banik

    It is absolutely not necessary to release photos of dead Bin Laden. It does not serve any purpose. Just ignore the nonbelievers.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  50. spizzo

    i think if by showing da pics put our soldiers in danger then no!!!! i believe the adminitration that bin laden is dead,just like the birther situation no matter what they put out people aint go believe it, So whats the use?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  51. Linda

    I, myself, do not need to see photos of the demise of Osama Bin Laden, however, there will always be the Donald Trumps of the world who will insist Bin Laden's death was fabricated.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  52. Brees

    Pictures should not be released. Those that believe he is dead will do so; those that do not will continue to believe he survived even with the release of pictures. Just like the President's birth certificate.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  53. Fran Simpson

    No, we should not release death photos of Bin Laden. They will be inflammatory and serve no purpose here in the US beyond the satisfaction of curiosity. We have enough to deal with in the aftermath of this momentous event. Let's all move forward with the due diligence required in these days and times.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  54. Richard Majeski

    I don’t care if the pictures are shown or not. Maybe we could sell them and any video taken to reduce theNational Dept. If there is any doubt of OBL’s death we should get Donald Trump on the case. If anyone could prove someone is dead it would be him. After all he did make the present prove he was born.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  55. Chris G

    Absolutely Not!, Ask the military, the guys on the ground that are going to get killed in retaliatory action, what they think. Do not waste your time asking the public, that has not risked their life, the question. Their opinion does not carry the weight of the consequences! Why does the press continue to taunt the Taliban? What good does it do other than sorry ratings. The only good that comes of it is the "news" gets more news from the follow-on attacks and anger from Bin Laden supporters. I cannot believe our administration! We will quote "rule of law" when it benefits us, then assassinate some sorry terrorist. Then advertise his body for the world to see! Where was the rule then!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  56. patrucuawardlow

    don't release his photo. This will stir up more extremism. I believe he is dead. I believe it. Don't give extremist more fuel to get them madder.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  57. Karen Good

    If only there were a way to contain the images. Quite frankly, I am tired of having to explain explicit tabloid covers at the grocery store to my young grandsons as I check out with their Captain Crunch and apple juice boxes.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  58. Jane Hinson

    We are concerned we will inflame the muslim world? Have we forgotten Daniel Pearl or all the other live internet beheadings ? They should not be shocked or inflamed ... for them heinous treatment is the way to go!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  59. patriot

    I do think the photos should be released...people want PROOF that this monster is dead; there are too many inconsistencies in the report of his death to accept.
    And I am not sympathetic to the "sensitivities " of his fellow terrorists – the people in the Mideast cheered in the streets, in front of the cameras, and tossed candy to their children, to celebrate the attack on 9/11 in our great country.
    And I think every news station should show images and clips of the horrors of 9/11 at the start and end of every show to remind people of the reason this horribly dangerous man had to be exterminated.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  60. Iris Carter

    Officials who fear retribution for sharing or not sharing the photos can rest assured that, in time, WikiLeaks, TMZ, or a Seal with a cellphone will save politicos from making the decision.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  61. Jennifer

    If it will deliver a better sense of closure for some then ok,
    but not if it is overexposed as it will only fuel the fire.
    Also some people just don't want to see it.
    Post it in public viewing areas where people can choose to view it if they need it or can keep walking if they don't and prohibit anyone from taking pictures of the pictures.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  62. Tim Turpen

    The U.S. Government chose to continue showing the sad/horrific pictures and videos of 9-11, so yes I feel we should have the opportunity to see the photos of the mastermind (Osama Bin Laden) behind the cause of that terrible day. Regardless of the outcome.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  63. Don

    US did what was needed. They found the evil and took it out. We took the lead while the Pakistan military did nothing in their own back yard. Why do all the news people have to over dramatize this and make us look bad. The administration did the right thing here. It happened, now let it rest. Move on to the others that need to be be put out as well.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  64. Bill

    Kiran,

    Anyone who saw the twin towers fall, the pentagon explode, and 4 planes used as weapons of mass destruction wants to see ALL the pictures of a dead Bin Laden. It's as simple as that! I have no doubt that he is head but want to witness the photos just like I witnessed September 11th 2001.

    Bill
    Trumbull, CT

    May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  65. joann

    Hell yes I want it as my desktop background.This man was scum.The money for info about his capture should go to NYC and or the 911 familes along with the bullets that shot him taken out and sold on e bay.Also declare victory and get out cause these people are nut's and it will never end.Enough lives have been lost.They star on USA soil again they know what will happen.

    joann

    May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  66. teri

    We should not release pictures of Bin Laden's death. We can be so proud of our brave military and our country's long effort to bring justice for the horror of 911. However I just listened to a young ex military who made me so proud as he just matter of factly said part of being American is just knowing what is right and wrong and doing what is right. We should not be like some countries that celebrate how gruesome some of the atrocities of war are. We need to continue our tradition of civility and honor in war.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  67. vijay

    i can not believe that people are voting in favor of a photograhic evidence over the DNA supported data to confirm the death of a criminal. Also, there is news in ' the Times of India" a leading newspaper that Indian intelligence officials informed their US counterparts in mid 2007 and again early 20008 that Laden is living near Islamabad in an upper middle class neighborhood near cantonment as he is under protection of ISI.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  68. lois

    this is not nessery to show photo of benlodon, it will just cause unnessary uprisings in the middle east

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  69. john

    I think the photo's should be released, what was more graphic then watching the twin towers fall knowing all the people that were falling with them . I think the American people have the right to see photo's of this monster.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  70. John

    Regardless of potential risk, OBL's death photo should be released. Do everything possible to diffuse radical muslim naysayers. Show the final proof that their inspirational and spiritual leader is gone, in spite of their belief that he was protected by divine power. Not so! End of story!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  71. Larry Eastlack

    Releasing pictures of Osama bin Laden's body wil serve no positive purpose. Just like the "birthers," those who believe that President Obama is lying will say the photos were "doctored."

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  72. PAm

    YES publish photos for NICK BERG.
    Dont let him die in vain!
    Al Queda published that, did they not?
    America needs to see the Real photos
    Of the death of terrorists......
    Remember Nick Berg and they video,d
    His death.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  73. john

    yes, we didnt have any problem showing photos of the dead Husseins and they were muslims. also, the terrorists were able to watch horrified people leaping from the WTC rather than be incinerated on live television. a couple still photos isnt asking alot.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  74. Ronald Spencer

    Anyone who still doubts that Osama Bin Laden is dead will not be convinced by the release of photos. It is the people who already know that he is indeed dead who want this photo release. It's an ego issue. BTW if the photos are released we may as well dispell with ratings for violent movies on TV etc. – because I'm certain NOTHING will compare to this.

    p.s. I'm not an American and neither do I live in America so my opinion doesn't matter here but I watch CNN daily and this is my view.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  75. Ken S

    Who cares how mad his followers will be if we release his "Death Photos". They are burning our flags,killing people throughout the world, already threatening the USA with retaliation, planning, training as we speak to kill Americans. I think we should display photos proudly because we killed this devil and rid the world of a monster!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  76. Madinah

    Where are the pictures of Osama bin Laden when he was first approached by the "seal", and said to be alive. Where are those pictures?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  77. rittlebaby

    NO for two reasons: first, our American media always feels the need to show gruesome pictures of everything tragic that happens (have you seen any gross Japan footage for example?). Second, showing Osama bin Laden's corpse will just fire up the extreme Muslims. Who cares about appeasing the conspiracy theorists? They are probably the same people that think Bush caused 9/11 and Obama is from Kenya.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  78. Susan

    Unfortunately, it will probably HAVE to be in order to put this question to rest, but even then there will be the Doubting Thomas. I know I am getting really tired of the endless going on about it, and the whole event. Giving this story life, is keeping bin Laden alive, and I thought everybody wanted quite the opposite. Give it a rest, and think how forcing this issue may affect people in the rest of the world as well.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  79. Kenneth Flick

    It dose not matter to mw if those pictures are made public or not. What gives me satisfaction is knowing that the last thing this coward saw was the barral of a wepon in the hands of an AMERICAN NAVY SEAL (stationed in Virginia) ,and with what ever "short" time left in his life, knew his GIGG WAS UP!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  80. Lisa Miller

    Why can't we just send a sample of Bin Laden's DNA to Saudi Arabia, and let them test it against those of his family? It would be better than taking a chance of any negative ramifications of releasing his picture.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  81. Stan Viernes

    I"ve heard that Elvis is still alive, but haven't been able to get any concert tickets NO! We just need to guard against the OBL Impersonators.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  82. D Rogers

    No need to release the photos. Those who believe the facts don't need it and others with a "Trump-like" mindset will only consider it part of a conspiracy. Congratulations, by the way, for making bin Laden the most recognizable face on the planet. 24/7 the media, including CNN, has posted every photo ever taken of OBL in the TV. It's time to hit the "delete" button on these and move on to less tedious, current news.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  83. tom

    I think we should see those pictures how could we believe he was killed if there isn't evedience and then we had to watch what he did to us which was 9/11 i think we should see the pictures...

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  84. Anna R.

    Can a viewing of the photo be set up for just world leaders who then can verify it for their constituents? But on the other hand, our western sensitivities about such things don't apply everywhere. We all know somehow, something claiming to be the picture will get out there – might as well show we have nothing to hide.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  85. Irma McConnell

    No, I don't think the photos should be released. I'd like to ask all those you doubt that Bin Laden is dead, "if he isn't, wouldn't he come out and claim that the US is lying by now?" Surely he wouldn't just do nothing to harm our national image! Think about it!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  86. Kath

    I do not think it is necessary to release the photos of Bin Ladin.
    What convinced me of his death is the remarkable pictures of the President and Hillary Clinton and the others as they watched it all happen in real time. The looks on there faces tell the story. Kudos for releasing those photos.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  87. Charles Lum

    I'f the pictures are not released,I along with millions of others all over the world will never know for sure.This government is supposed to be controlled by the people.LET THE PEOPLE SEE!!!!!! If you don't want to see don't look.Who cares the enemy thinks.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  88. Jan Booth

    We are a civilized society and we should not publish photographs of people whose life was taken in a violent way, and which are shocking and gruesome. The news each day is disturbing enough! Why lower ourselves to wade in graphic muck, which will be very demoralizing to our spirit? Let's rise above this evil of terrorism which spawned such an action on our behalf, and concentrate on uplifting and positive things!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  89. Roberta

    I absolutely think that we should NOT release any photo of Bin Laden dead. Those who refuse to believe our President will not be convinced by anything, and in the interest of the possibility of world peace and security, we need to begin to let this calm down. Graphic, horrible photos will only serve to inflame people who only want an excuse to hate more.
    And although Bin Laden had no respect for our dead, we need to have respect for his now defenseless body. There is no need to see anything more.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  90. Lorraine L.

    I think most people will believe what they want to believe, regardless what the gov't does. In light of that, I think it could be dangerous to release such photos. Sympathizers would see such a thing as just
    as disrepsectful as if we burned the Koran. These are NOT rational people.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  91. E. Henson

    Release the photos, we see that and more everyday on evert channel.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  92. TODD

    you tub leekt video of Ben lodden's face affter is death sos...

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  93. Dave

    Definitely. We've shown other killed terrorists. Followers are going to see him as a martyr either way, so just release the photos so people can see him more as a dead terrorist than an idea that can live on in someway. Those photos should be the lasting visual memory of bin laden.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  94. Martha

    to what good? Nothing. some people will still be skeptical as they are now. Even if we could produce a color 3D photo image, they would still want more. Just the fact alone that we haven't seen a new video or that his cohorts have been silent is proof enough.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  95. Jakejas10

    Make the pictures available to view in washington or new york, but don't allow cameras or recording devices. If someone really wants to see they can and children will not have to view them on the kitchen table.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  96. kenton

    Yes. They should release photographs of the body to prove they got the right man. a lot of people around the world is in doubt and I think everyone needs to be releave of the belief.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  97. Bobby

    Absolutely they should! They didn't have a problem showing the photos of Saddam Hussein’s two son's. Qusay Hussein had a bullet through his face yet is was still posted.

    Posting photo's will also make future terrorists think twice a messing with the United States. This should tell a terrorist no matter where you are hiding, we will eventually find you! Even if it takes 10 yrs!

    Last but not least I hate the fact the the citizens of the United States where celebrating in the streets after the news of his death. This reminded me of arabic people how they rush to the streets burning the American flag after they hear news of something bad happening to us.. Really Americans? We have more class then this!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  98. Jeff Lanman

    Like the vast majority of Americans I am not qualified to decide if the pictures of a dead Bin Laden should be released. This decision needs to be left to the experts that can better predict the reaction and the consequent risks to America and Americans. Maybe CNN could cover who such experts are and how they evaluate risks, Otherwise this just feels like another attempt by a news service to sensationalize an important event and turn it into something Madison Avenue.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  99. Nancy, Stow Ohio

    As gruesome as the photo may be, I believe it is still not as gruesome as the images I still have in my head of watching the towers burning with innocent people jumping to their deaths to avoid being burned alive. Mr Bin Laden didn't give any thought to how those images would have affected our children. We stopped showing those images out of respect for the families of 9/11 victims. Maybe we should have a time to show the UNEDITED footage we all watched 9/11. I'm sure once are memories are refreshed and our hearts are heavy again we would have no problem seeing that monster dead. It would give me great satisfaction to know that his family will see him in death on every television in the world as did our 9/11 victim's families.

    Nancy in Stow Ohio

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  100. V. Jeski

    If releasing the photo will put our soldiers under more death threat , we certainly should NOT RELEASE IT.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
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