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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. Mike Hannon

    No. The release of bin Laden's death photos serve absolutely no purpose. His body has been positively identified by experts. Releasing the photos could further inflame anti-American feelings in the Middle East. Our government should not give in to that faction of Americans wishing to satisfy their morbid curiosity by seeing gruesome photos. Further, releasing the pictures would add fuel to the conspiracy theorist's fire.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  2. Chuks

    The pictures should be released.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  3. Mary Shaw

    True leadership is about doing the right thing, not necessarily the popular thing. Regardless of who is President, the right thing is to exhibit leadership and not pander to the prurient interests of the rabble. Yeah, I know that sound elitist. I don't want to see gory pictures of anyone killed by a gunshot to the head. I don't see how releasing these photos would be anything but an attempt to garner favor among the great unwashed. If Obama is really dead, we will know soon enough, especially given the reports coming in from our international sources. who are reporting on Al Queda's disarray. Forget the pictures, people. Focus on what is really important.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  4. Carole Labshere

    No we should not show another picture of Bin Laden – I am sick of seeing his ugly face and don't ever want to see it again even if it is half blown off!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  5. Michael Episcopo

    American's, and the world for that matter, have seen thousands and thousands of pictures of former President Kennedy's assassination photos when his head was shot several times and blown apart. Why not show photos of bin Laden?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  6. Chuks

    May 4, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  7. Chris H

    I think it's disturbing that people WANT to see a dead body, no matter who they are or how they were killed. What has our society come to? If people think that this will prove his death you are wrong. If the government wanted to lie about this act they could easily create a photo that looks like Bin Laden. Just beleive it and move on without having to show the gruesome photo of a dead body.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  8. Pennee

    I don't beleive that the US needs to stoop to the level of Al Qeda by showing the dead body. It is embarassing enough that the news showed US citizens rejoicing at the news of Bin Laden's death. As I watched this, the pictures mirrored the mid easterners who danced in the street after learning of the attack on the Towers.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  9. Name*Kevin

    What difference would it make if he shows the pix's! The SAME people that don't blieve his birth certificate will b the same ones saying" I don't blieve this is Osama Bin Laden bcause he doesn't have h Pakistani seal on his forehead"!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  10. Bob Powell

    I'm not sure what value it would have.

    Two things, though: 1) the very fact that UBL's associates and followers condemned his death is good confirmation that we got him. Why else would they be outraged?

    2) it's amusing that in the year 2011 we are concerned about the graphic nature of the photo. Ya gotta be kidding! Each night we are treated to extremely graphic recreations of horrific deaths on the crime shows. I think by now that a three year old would be unaffected by UBL's "graphic" photo.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  11. Tom

    We should release photos to an opt/in web site so thoes who don't want to see them can avoid seeing them.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  12. Jim

    Yes, I believe that the pictures should be released. It will give some people closure, and give others the assurance that he is really dead. The other concern is that releasing the photos could increase the risk of retaliation against the US, but on the other hand they would show the world that we will no longer tolerate terrorist attacks, and will hunt down and bring the perpetrators to justice.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  13. Calvin Wilson

    Yes they should release pictures. I watch the video of Sadam being hung why cant i see a picture of Bin Laden's dead body?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  14. Irene

    YES....if showing his dead body will bring peace to those families who lost loved ones on 9/ll.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  15. don

    They should offer to release the photos to the next of kin and allow them to decide.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  16. Nedim Mujic

    YES YES and YES... and should be displayed tomorrow in NYC on ground zero in the background where President Obama will held the speech.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  17. KS

    No. No. No. We seem to care about being respectful, so let's not blow it by giving people the opportunity to gape, cut & paste this image indelibly into our brains. It's bad enough that he gave us the 9/11 images we'll never forget. Who needs this, as well? I agree with those who call for decent behavior from us – and one less thing for lunatics to rant about.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  18. addison

    google it ! ive seen it on google

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  19. Dixie

    Absolutely not! This will just cause arguments over what should have been done. Adults would just say, good job military & Mr.President but this generation wants credit, like school kids, it is so degrading to the bravery that was shown.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  20. harley

    Oh my god, NO. To the American public which scream "prove it!" even when doing so doesn't matter, the rest of the world could see it as an act of dishonor, like parading the body around. Let's move on now! Let's move on with DIGNITY.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  21. H.W.D.

    It would be the only way to believe a government that has done nothing
    but lie to the people. The government covers up alot of things, I can't trust just their word. It's a habitual liar. If the information had come from anywhere else then I could believe it. Besides, Pakistan probably
    knew where he was.... The real question is " For how long did the U.S.
    REALLY know where he was?" Keeping him alive gives the government all the reasons it needed to keep the costly wars going. The truth isn't what the government says it always is. I demand the proof. sincerely.... the governments boss.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  22. BRENDA


    May 4, 2011 at 7:37 am |

    What should have been done is, "An Eye for an Eye".

    Take that 25 Million dollar reward and give it to the
    Americans that lost and suffered from 9/11...

    If D.C. and Hollywood can produce "Transformers",
    Then why the heck couldn't they team-up and produce
    a video of OBL's capture and subsequent Beheading
    at The the 9/11 Memorial Site?

    Let's start by taking photos of all the people that were
    killed or injured on 9/11 and showing those to the World?



    May 4, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  24. Ray Chesser

    As a Military Veteran,I say yes,the U.S. should release the pictures of Bin Laden.Those who do not wish to see them don't have to look at them.Those of us who do want to see them,to put an end to the image in our mind of the worst threat to mankind since Hitler,should be able to see them.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  25. Ruth

    Please do not show Bin Laden's death photos. Just let the doubting Donald see them. He's the verifier!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  26. Jose Rosado

    The rhetoric that I capture from you folks is that everyone has to answer to you.
    I ‘m capturing an air of superiority an air of Granduer and I’m capturing that from both country and the military/government…….…since the killing of Bin laden. Define/report then today the responsibility/ function of an international police please. Also report show the little guys point of view the guy on the steet living in Pakistan… not only the military might ….


    May 4, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  27. Jeremy

    What is the gain? Any political points gained by releasing these photos is more than offset by the risks of handing over martyr imagery to Al Qaeda's propaganda effort. And there's no guarantee of a political gain in the first place - I think we have all learned from the whole "birther" circus that some minds will not be deterred by proof.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  28. Lori

    No, we shouldn't show them. But the overwhelming population goes to show that 1) we still have doubters that he's dead and 2) that people just want to see the shock value of them. It goes to show how disturbing the mindset of some are. I, for one, do not see them to get "proof" that he died. I actually trust the President and the Military that he is gone. If we get terrorist backlash from them being released, those same people that wanted to see them so badly will be the first people who will be shouting blame towards the White House. He's finally dead, let's please move on.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  29. Nancy

    If the effort of taken to obtain a body for proof of his death..
    why should the public be denied the same satisfaction...
    also... the DNA matching sounds a bit questionable...
    we need more proof..

    May 4, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  30. George Fowler

    No death photo is needed. It should be amatter of trust in our honourable brave men and our president. The USA need not confirm nothing by photos

    May 4, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  31. SugaBear

    No, absolutely not! We still have thousands of American personnel in harm's way and there are bound to be retaliations already, we don't need to instigate or give further incentive. For those doubters who need proof of death, I suggest they sit back and wait for Al Jazerra to release his next audio taped message...if that happens then we have far bigger problems.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  32. Rose Ellen

    No, we do not need to see photographs of his body. Gapers and gawkers require such nonsense. Those who need this for the security of our government and our people have already done so; plus, they have DNA evidence for concrete proof. As for the rest of us, enough. We have more tasks at hand, such as striving for peace on earth, good will towards all men, than to stare at photographs of a mutilated body, even if it was that of the most wanted terrorist. We are Americans, not animals. Let us behave as such and continue forward.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  33. Gary Bogli

    I feel the bad out weighs the good. To whom do we have to prove Bin Laden is dead – Donald Trump, We know he is dead Al Qeda knows he is dead and all other important parties know he is dead. Do we need to give extreme radicals amunition to fan their flames of hatred. I think NOT!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  34. john bolten

    yes,...did'nt he watch those poor souls jumping to their death from the burning towers?????

    May 4, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  35. Brandon Voss

    Yes, I believe they should release the pictures, They show pictures of people burning the American flag! So they should show pictures of one Dead osama bin laden!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  36. Matt Lentini

    as far as releasing Bin Laden's dead pic infront of the world, we'll all see it soon enough. The real question seems to be did Pakistani Intell kno he was there?? If they didnt, then it may be a sorta "Whitey Bulger" type scenario in Boston. If they did kno he was there, then man u guys have no allies. Later

    May 4, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  37. Margaret P.

    No, no, no. Pics of the Halocaust were horrible enough. Those no purpose imprinting these images in our, and our childrens, minds.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  38. George

    I honestly think the WH should release the photo just to help alleviate the skepticism that some people may still have. The only problem is how will those people handle it? Maybe releasing it later today would be for the better. As a journalism student, it may fail the "breakfast test".

    May 4, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  39. Curt Siebert

    It would be wrong to release Bin Laden's photo to the general public. Instead, it should be shown to trusted members of both parties who can then confirm to the American people his death. And just for objectivity, show it also to Donald Trump.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  40. Morgan

    I believe the only people that have the right to demand these photos are the families of the 9/11 victims, and they should be kept private. For anyone but them to say it will bring them closure is absurd. We all know pictures of his body will be under incredible doubt as well, so why risk inflamation of the situation? We went through the process of a funeral according to his religion for what purpose then if we are just going to post images of his dead body for all to see. We might as well have brought him here, stuffed his body and put him in a paraade through NYC then on display at ground zero. Even then people would doubt it. How can anyone get closure with Bin Laden all over the television?

    Besides, this is the man that posts videos of himself all the time, if he was alive there would already be a video of him laughing at us.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  41. Wayne Stacey

    Yes show the pictures and let it be known for sure he is dead.
    He has had his ugly face on TV enough for being a hunted terrorist so now let's see him as the dead terrorist that he is.
    Seeing his dead ass could never be too gruesome.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  42. shelly

    No. Let sleeping dogs lie. What's done is done. The pictures may stir up anti-American sentiment and give us problems

    May 4, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  43. Joyce Goodman

    I don't think it benefits the US to release the photos. It can only serve to inspire retaliation. We know he is dead. That's the beauty of it.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  44. David Sher

    Whatever the US does conspiracy theorists will claim faking of the pictures. If the US does not release them they will eventually leak anyway. Perhaps leaked pictures will have more credibility with the fringe.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  45. Christina Smith

    put up or stupid up. the world deserves more than "believe us because we said it's so."

    May 4, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  46. Simone

    ABSOLUTELY! The Government should release those photos to the American People- We Deserve to see! People who don't want to view them have every right not to do so, but for those of us that do, we have every right.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  47. Patty

    NO, who cares about the doubters, they are being foolish anyway, no matter if you release it or not, they will still find something wrong with it. It will do more damage by releasing it, add fuel to the fire of those who want revenge.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  48. BarbinArlington

    It is better for us not to see his dead body. We do not have to play the horror game that the terrorists do.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  49. Avalon Decker

    Yes, we should be able to finally see his body.. We have been waiting for 10 years for justice to be served and we should be able to see it...

    May 4, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  50. Demetrius

    Lets play the whole 40 minute raid on pay-per-view at $100 a pop and use the proceeds to pay off the national debt.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  51. Eddy

    Yes it should be just so the curious people can see.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  52. Desi

    Of course photos should be released. Even if it's the government and ESPECIALLY the government, you can't just believe what they say. There needs to be proof.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  53. Stewart Sinclair

    Yes they should finish this and put it to rest.I think you and every other news co. are over doing this and just playing him up to much . Bring clouser to this and move on , all of you are almost making a shrine for him in the public eye. I am a Canadian and lost friends at ground zero also now we have clouser lets move on.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  54. Dr. Eugene Williams

    Showing his picture would almost certainly further inflame the passions and the resolve his loyal followers to retaliate. However, if indeed he made a video to be shown upon his death, then that same loyalty will probably lead them to carry out his instructions to show it and solve the problem for us. Let's let them do the worrying.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  55. Barbara

    Release the photo so that the Muslim infidels can see that their false prophet has fallen. They are already inflamed by his false teachings of Islam.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  56. Ross

    The release of these photos is absolutely a necessity. They have shown gruesome photos of every other high ranking terrorist up to this point, why not him especially. If the photos are not released, It would be another "WMD" moment for me. We have been lied to numerous times before. The Viet Nam war was based completely on a lie. People who believe every thing they see on TV and that their government tells them are naive sheeple out to pature. I support my government. I support my country even more. That's why I question my government.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  57. kylieann

    The photos should not be released. We do not need them to gloat or brag in the way that the terrorists have done in the past with hostages, we are America. We are above that. I trust our government and do not see why they would need or want to make up such a story so I don't think we need these photos to prove that bin Laden really is dead. I would love it if Americans would come together just this once and trust our government in this successful moment in our long, hard fought war on terror. And lastly, I agree that it might serve only to fuel anger and retaliation within al Qaeda and other anti-American organizations.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  58. linda hartwick

    Lets look back and remember 9/11 we watched them crash planes on american soil they killed americans and other people in the world. Yes let us see his body we had to watch people jump from the towers to there death in nyc..........Let him ROT IN HELL!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  59. Dan

    No one needs pictures to prove Bin Laden is dead. If the US lied then Bin Laden wouild have video tape telling the world what liers the US are and then how would we look?.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  60. Lori Ridley

    If it will bring any amount of closure to the families that have lost a love one as a result of Bin Laden's actions then yes "THEY" should be able to see not only the photos but also the video feed of his capture and death. Perhaps the President should invite them all to a town hall meeting and allow them the opportunity to for closure.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  61. Clarence Hemeon

    No the pictures should not be released. The west needs to take the high road here. Leave the barbaric images and videos, beheadings, etc., to the Islamic world which is about 1000 years behind the rest of the world.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  62. Annette

    Yes the death photo should be released.I don't beleive it without the proof.we have a right to see it.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  63. Patrice from Canada

    I'm convinced that most Americans have no common sense at all, I include some of my fellow Canadians.

    There are more repercussions to releasing a photo to people that will still think it was photo-shopped. We should be focusing our attention on the lives lost on 9/11 not a mass murderer. Showing his picture isn't closure but re-opening a wound that is still fresh.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  64. truth czar

    goodmorning, love your morning show.i work 3rd shift so before bedtime i watch your reporting which makes the transition to a totalitarian corporate police state just so pleasant ... and i love the quote "it's been reported,so. he's dead!".. cough cough bagdahd bob oh and pls pass along its raining bunnies in tampa.. have a wonderful day!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  65. Christopher Abbott

    For a country obsessed with reality shows...get a grip...this is reality up front and the picture!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  66. Madinah

    No, a picture of Osama bin Laden should not be shown. A picture should have been shown – alive. There is no need for a picture to be falsified. In truth let the dead be respected and bury in peace in the earth.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:14 am |
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    May 4, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  68. Thomas Petersen

    Come on people just admit you want to see the pictures for your own pleasure, and not to prove to some nuts that he's really dead. That's why I want to see them.

    I think the terrorists who care about osama, will already be upset we killed him. I don't think if the death pictures are put out there, that that's going to be the thing that sends them over the edge and retaliate.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  69. Big Al

    No. If he was still living, we would know soon enough because he would release a video to deny it. So... We should let the naysayers try to prove that he is still living. We certainly shouldn't do anything to appease the bad guys.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  70. Joseph H. Henderson

    Would the Release of Bin Laden's photo be " gruesome" to show ?

    What did HIS cohorts do after "911" ? Was there compassion ?They cheered and danced in the streets.

    Show it and be done with it !
    It will let other Terrorists now what their fate will be, sooner or later.


    May 4, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  71. G. Holland

    No, I do not believe it is necessary to release the photos. Why inflame Al Qeda? Why should we stoop to THEIR tatics?

    If President Obama told the American people that Bin Laden is dead then I believe him. Obviously, both he & Hillary witnessed the assisination and their word is good enough for me. Unlike the previous admistration, they are not prone to lying.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  72. Ken Grandy

    they have video of Bin Laden on tape coming and going from the compond show that first ...

    May 4, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  73. VAlerie

    While I am satisfied that Bin Laden is of the past, I do not feel the need for the pictures of his death needs to be made public, and if the pictures are made public, I think the USA needs to be prepared for what could ultimately happen next. I think the bigger picture is that George W Bush was invited to ground zero, and he declined the invitation, so once again he's hiding just like he did during 911, as we all remember he was in Florida reading a book to some school children, and I still believe that he was prewarned about what was going to happen on 911, so maybe he will be reading a book to another class on Thursday. If any pictures need to be shown, it should be the expression on Bush's face, as the news was being delivered to him, he had a blank expression (Bin told me this was going to happen.)

    May 4, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  74. beth

    absolutely,it will help more people believe he"s dead.b/cwhat did they compare dna with?personally i would have liked to see his body before burial.we saw hussein"s sons.there is such distrust with our gov't that they need to release pictures.we are not that sqeamish.outrage is there anyway.terrorists need to be put on display and revealed. 2 many ?'s as iit is.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  75. Theresa Tetreault

    I feel that 99% of the population know that he is dead and believes it.
    No, we shouldn't show the picture of Osama Bin Laden. If in six months from now, a video of Bin Laden shows up of him commenting on current events, then we'll think differently.

    Theresa Tetreault

    May 4, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  76. Miriam in Queens

    No!!!! I don't believe that those photos should be released to appease a few who doubt our commander in chief! and for those who say that it will bring closure to those families I'm assuming have never lost someone close to them because no amount of photos will ever stop the pain. I think that we as Americans should show the world that we are of a better breed and there is no reason to enrage the many lunatics that are already in our country and abroad

    May 4, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  77. Stephen Wolfrey

    The photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body may be controversial but I believe they need to be seen. Closure for the American families affected by that man's actions should be at the top of the list of priorities for America. The fact that this is even a question is astounding. Why should we be scared of retaliation? We've delt with it in the past and the U.S. armed forces are well equipped to handle retaliation. Give these families some peace!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  78. Anita

    I think the people who mostly don't trust this president want to see the pictures. I believe he was killed. The people who are saying the nasty comments going around are calling all involved liars and that would include our brave Navy seals. Sad

    May 4, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  79. JJLAVA

    I think everyone has a natural morbid curiosity to see these photos. Will releasing a photo of bin laden prove he is dead to those he do not believe it already? No. They will just say it's a trick by the U.S.. Do I want to see these photos personally, Hell yeah! Do I think it should be published? No, It's not necessary and it may serve to fuel more hatred towards the US. Let's move on, bring the boys back home and fix our(economy)country.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  80. etan merrick

    OF COURSE we have to demonstrate that Osama Bin Laden is dead! If not it could be like Obama’s birth certificate – prove it or it is a lie..
    Already we have heard people in Afghanistan not believing that he was killed. The myths and speculations could persist forever with Bin Laden “sitings”
    and searches.
    Etan Merrick

    May 4, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  81. Donna Harris

    Absolutely not! Not all parts of our government need to be "transparent". In all actuality, all we need to know is that he's finally dead and the DNA matches! Thank you!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  82. John A. Thomas

    Definitely NOT. Let Osama join the ranks of ELVIS PRESLEY who is still alive to those who need to believe that he is, but dead and gone to the rest of us.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  83. Lie

    No, don't release them to the public. Show them to members if the congress and the senate and let them confirm that he is dead. Skeptics won't believe it anyway.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  84. R Sue Miller

    We watched the twin towers fall and 3000 die. We saw throats being slashed. We deserve to see the monster who did this, dead.

    Barrie, Ontario

    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  85. Tejas

    Of course not. It will become a rallying point for the terrorists. It will be used in propaganda videos to drive home the point that the West is waging a war against Islam and what not. It is a strategic victory for the good forces. Lets keep it that way.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  86. Jeff

    Why, why would anyone need to see a picture of anyone with this kind of wound. I have not read a good reason here or anywhere. Proof is not a reason. If Osama is alive we will see a video of him soon.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  87. Monica Rodriguez

    The clamoring for Bin Laden's picture is nothing more than morbid curiosity, regardless of what people give as their reasons for wanting to see it.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  88. Nancie Gildehaus

    I believe we should be able too see his photo, I think most people are of curious nature. I agree children should not be exposed to these pictures therefore the parents should be sure to turn off their TV's at that time after the warnings.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  89. Debby

    YES!! Show the photo of Osama. Let everyone know what they are in for when they mess with America. They don't care about how they do americans and they can't hate us anymore than they already do. They are going to retaliate weather we show the photos or not . SO Yes show the photos

    May 4, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  90. Mario Gonzales

    Yes, I think it would damage the myth of Bin Laden, by allowing the world to see the lasting images of his human side...that which ended in death. There is nothing glorious about it. Also, we've seen the same types of images of Che Guevara, Benito Mussolini, al-Zarqawi, and the Hussein brothers. Why show Bin Laden more respect than these evil men, by not allowing his death photos to be displayed?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  91. Dave V

    If pictures are released we will find them displayed as propaganda to enrage and encourage a whole new generation of radical terrorists. To the radical death as a martyr is the greatest accomplishment next to killing anyone who does not follow their beliefs. They will feel the same pride and unity looking at that picture that we feel looking at our flag.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  92. Ron

    Many criminal's execution and death photos have been shown throughout American history, and  does anyone really think that killing Islamic terrorists' poster child didnt tick them off but releasing the photo will?

    Sent from my iPad2

    May 4, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  93. bobby82

    by the way, id rather watch the video of the raid

    May 4, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  94. Jim

    The question should be; If the photos are released will CNN air the photos?
    Yes, the photos should be released!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  95. blake

    it's mighty funny that sudaam and osama and other terrorist leaders teaches to go blow urself up while killing others is the muslim way of going 2 heaven. but niether of them blew themselves up. as a matter of fact, they hid(cowards) until they was captured. is that the same thing this new FOOL is gonna do? make this make sense

    May 4, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  96. Jan Alexander

    Should the photos of a dead Bin Laden be shown to the American public...NO NO NO...It isn't necessary for the press to always have the say in what is in the best interest of our citizens. This is not something that must be shown. Take a clue from the frenzy that accured when an extremist clergyman in our United States burned the Kuran. Please Mr. Obama don't cave in to this pressure.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  97. Benedetta Dubetz

    No, and I wish you would stop showing pictures of him alive. I think it's time to move on to other news, I'm sure there is other news going on in the world. Showing his face shot will only inflame extremists, most people don't need or want to see it. Maybe you guys need it to have something to talk about.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  98. Caitlin

    The majority of people have made up their minds whether they think Osama is dead or not. A photograph released by the government, anything released by the government, this late after the fact is already clouded with suspicion and highly unlikely to change any minds. If they start with the photo, then we need to see the actual DNA test results and positive facial recognition results.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  99. John kumpunen

    Release of pictures serves no other purpose than to pander to morbid curiosity of people. Sometimes trusting the government (that Obama is dead) is the best option. This is one of them. Release will inflame international sentiment on assassinating an unarmed man.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  100. Roland

    Yes release the photos and show the hole and Navy Seal with foot on him,

    May 4, 2011 at 6:59 am |
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