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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. kevin woods

    yes...i think they should release the pics of bin laden's body. just to prove that he didnt die years ago...and to prove that he really is dead. and last but not least....give the president credit where credit is due!! if he really was the one who pushed for finding bin laden and killing him....then give him the credit....but prove it to the world also!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  2. Linus

    No. We are Americans and to show bin Laden's dead body, I think, makes us as savage and uncivilized as the enemy. President Barack Obama announced to our nation and to the world that Navy Seals defeated and killed public enemy number one. That should be enough. Do U.S. citizens think President Obama made a statement late Sunday night and lied? I think not. President Obama's word should be enough.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  3. Carrie

    I could care less about the death photos. How about releasing photos of how he used his wife as a human shield? I guess none of the children were within arm's length or they would have been grabbed by him instead. Let's show the man as he was while he was alive! Surely the government has photos during the raid that show him while he was still alive. Release those.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  4. Robert Vinson Brannum

    Any White House official pictures showing a deceased OBL should be released as soon as possible. The longer the White House delays in releasing the pictures and other information gives "aid and comfort" to the Al-Qaeda movement. Release the pictures now or say they will not be released and move on.

    Robert Vinson Brannum

    May 4, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  5. Canuck

    Americans DO NOT PARADE their deceased so why release the pics? Send copies to an Afghanistan-authority; let his wife speak on public TV; have the Pakinstani's release the pics.....anything but AMERICA having anything to do with releasing the photos...... it's just to ethically justified by American Standards. Not to mention I agree with everyone else's comments insofar as (not) releasing the pic.


    May 4, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  6. Nick

    Hell yes we need to see those pictures. If we watched 9/11 unfold in front of our eyes I think we can handle the pictures of the bastard who dare attack America

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  7. Sara

    My 20-year old daughter is studying in the Middle East. I can't think of any good that can come out of releasing a photo worth the safety risk to her or others in the area.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  8. steve myers

    Yes. Release the death photos! America has been through the Clinton administration, so we need proof.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  9. TODD

    thears a video of Ben loddens face affter his dith sos

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  10. Dennys

    Yes, they should show the photos. If you do not, it will further fuel conspiracy theorists and leave even those who do trust that our government has the best intentions at hand(like myself) to doubt.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  11. Franklin

    The release of death photos of Osama demanded in the name of "the american people" will be used by some of the same american people & overseas supporters who manipulate the information to prolong the public dialogue about the 'terrorist". When will it stop. Let the CIA, FBI have some peace of mind to explore all the evidences received from the hard drives, documents & CDs and begin pursuit of the other terrorist dangers to the world. Let us focus on the issues of the people of America and not use this spectacle to cloud the debate. Closure comes when you can accept that very evil people are not worth the exposure or subsequently the need for "proof of death pictures".

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  12. Doris Stokes

    I don't think they should release a photo of the dead Bin Laden – I'm sick of seeing all the ones of him alive already! Show a copy of the DNA report instead. It's over- it's done but there are still a lot of nuts waiting to step up.
    Why incite more trouble? We are no where near "resting on our laurels."

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  13. Helen Canada

    Well as you said the pictures are very gruesome,I do believe that Osama is dead,but so many people especialy Americans no matter what you tell them there is always the doubt,so have these pictures in a form of video with the warning,so the ones in doubt may be it will get into their brains.Like Donald Trump for example

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  14. 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. Last but not least this should tell a terrorist no matter where you are hiding, we will eventually find you! Even if it takes 10 yrs!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  15. Hector

    Yes they should release the pictures

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  16. Sancongo

    I do not think the US should release photos of Osama bin Laden dead. Naysayers will only say they are fake or make up some other fairy tales. Terrorist will use it as an excuse to retaliate.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  17. Stephanie Robbins

    I don't believe releasing the pictures would do any good. Anything can be photoshopped and the people who have doubts will still have them whether the death photo is released or not. I personally do not want to see any pictures, lets not turn our news into "Faces of Death". We don't show the dead bodies of our soldiers killed in war on the news so I don't believe this should be any different.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  18. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Absolutely not. We Americans know what was accomplished. The only thing that can be gained through release of the photos is for Obama to try to gain more popularity votes and for news media to be able to pull in more viewers. That is an unacceptable reason to release the photos that have the potential to create much more harm than good. The news media should back down and the President should take his due credit for his courageous decision and let it be.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  19. DRTSAT

    As a member of the military, I say release it. The terrorists started this war and they scream fro vengeance after a military unit kills the perpetrator of the crime. The news shows dead bodies of terror victims all of the time. The terrorists gain confidence from pictures of dead, innocent people. We've seen dead terrorists before. What will they gain when they see one of their own?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  20. Two Cents

    Absolutely. The media is focusing on the wrong issues with regards to releasing the photographs; specifically, outrage in the radical Islamic world. The release of the photographs, or single photograph, should be done for the American public to provide closure for all of us permanently scarred from multiple terrorist attacks. This killing is a victory for the United States and the people of the United States deserve to see the photograph after all of the hardships we have endured; with our own blood, fear, and sacrifice of our liberties.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  21. David Berceli

    As Americans we are deeply hurt and appalled when our enemies release photos of our soldiers who were killed in battle. We accuse them of being barbaric and inhumane. We should not fall into this same national and personal dishonor simply by allowing our morality to be over-run by our emotions.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  22. Robin

    NO. It won't matter anyway, because someone could of photoshoped his picture, or fixed it up somehow to make this look real.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  23. r.c.

    Show the pics. A catharsis for millions.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  24. umar ali

    yes they will eventually release the pic, its just the matter of time how fast the photoshop guy finish his work...:)

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  25. Benymin B.

    YES the photo should be released

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  26. Clara

    Releasing pictures is of no benefit to anyone, Americans or Pakistanis. We must remember many Pakistanis are morning Bin Laden and we continue to have many servicemen in Pakistan.

    The White House will have the final say and this should be respected. There is no valid reason for anyone to need proof by displaying morbid pictures of death. As Americans we should focus on issues that unite and not divide.

    For some, if and when the pictures are displayed, there will be additional questions about validity.

    It is sad that Bush refused the invitation from President Obama.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  27. Kevin

    As a veteran of our great armed forces, the SEALs (DevGru) got him, and that's all we need to know.

    I'd much rather have a photo of the team (faces blurred, of course) that executed the mission. To me, a pic of the heroes that did the job is worth much more than a pic of a shot-up bin Laden

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  28. r. rowe

    Post OBL's photo on the Jumbo Tron in Times Square with the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Joe Biden holding his rosary beads, and Obama doing the countdown. Now that's American!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  29. Tony Cerruto

    President O'Bama should release the photo's now before Donald Trump request them.
    How many times did we watch the pictures and the video of the aftermath of his 9/11 attack.

    Show the most grusome photos let the terrorist know that this is what happens to those who attack American citizens.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  30. Pamela Mathias

    No I do not think they should release a photo of Bin Laden. I think that would appear as if we are showing a trophy. I think it would enrage them.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  31. stefanie


    May 4, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  32. Sam Kol


    May 4, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  33. Jeanette

    No!! How long will we be pandering to conspiracy theorists? They are like an empty well. Never filled up.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  34. Jay Fickling

    If releasing the death photos of Bin Laden were to lead to the death of a single service man or woman in Afghanistan (and we know it would) then I don't think it is worth releasing the photos. The decision should be based on the risk to our armed forces and not to the morbid desires of civilians who are not in the fight.
    Jay from New York

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  35. capttaz

    Sure, as long as we are going to start publishing pictures of every person who dies in combat. Come on! Be realistic, if he's not really dead we all know it will come out quickly! I'm pretty sure Jimmy Hoffa and Elvis wouldn't hang out with him.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  36. Pam Riggs

    We the people do want to see the pictures. We watched in horror as those planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the other plane crash in Pa. Seeing "his" dead body will put to rest that he is finally dead and ready to meet "his" judgement.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  37. Abe Elias

    The decision concerning the Bin Laden photo should be left to our President Obama. It was through his leadership that Bin Laden was brought down. Isn't it time that we backed our president, rather than weaken our nation through our racist silliness?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  38. John

    The following link from an earlier post would have us believe that this is a Genuine Photograph of OBL's "Death-Pose", LOL!!!

    Any moron with a "Post-1990 P.C." and photo-editing software can create one of these.

    Hate to break it to you, but "Photographic-Death" is far more Graphic than that "Connect-The-Dots" work of art!

    Laughing Out Loud!!!


    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  39. arizagent

    At this point I don't believe it is necessary. If he was still truly alive, he would have certainly reared his ugly head to let the world know we did not get him......why would there be retaliation threats if the bad guys thought he was still alive????

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  40. JCL

    With all the photo enhancing software that is on the market you cannot believe any picture that you see anyway. So what would make me believe that this picture would be real.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  41. Mike

    I dont believe showing pictures of Bin Laden with a head wound iprovens anything i want the DNA results. Also what type of problems for those who lost love ones on 9-11 would this create. this man killed thousands of innocent people and hes dead, lets move on....Mike

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  42. Trevor Tanifum

    If it for the sake of closure for people personally affected by this man, then I think they should. But if it is to prove that he is dead, then I don't think the picture(s) should be shown. As demonstrated recently with the so called 'controversy' surrounded Obama's nationalism, people will believe anything they want to, regardless of what proof you show them. Let us not allow our uncertainty and morbid curiosity to taint this great victory.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  43. Ron Chromey

    The burden of proof should be on Al Qaeda. If they can't prove he's alive, then he's dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  44. cleare

    The us taxpayer is paying for the film. Release the photos. Watch it if you want.


    May 4, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  45. Iara Foschino

    It should, to avoid more myths on this matter. Since the events in 9/11 happened , so many doubtful conspiracies stared to spread around the globe. I think is important to release his picture for the public , since still there are a lot of people that are still questioning about the true of it, even medias from others countries . It would one question answered, and maybe make those who are confusing others with this quiet . Maybe there will be people that will still that wasn't him after releasing the photos, but the world is now ; per instance there are those who has been spreading that the Holocaust didn't take place. For those reasons, I believe every type of prove is necessary to avoid misinterpretations of what happened.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  46. Glenn

    Hello American Morning, if you want a scoop, go to
    or google pictures of Osama Bin Laden

    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  47. Mack from Michigan

    We can release them but we should be patient about it. Passions are high over there right now and adding fuel to the flame could get more of our soldiers killed. Let the conspirters and propagandists run their yaps. Thirty days from now they'll look like Trumps when we release the photos

    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  48. Murray Polinsky

    Showing the photos serves no useful purpose. Those that want to believe he is alive will believe it anyway. We know how this works given our experience with the birther movement. When there are no more Bin Laden videos, it will be obvious he is gone.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  49. Walt K.

    Absolutely YES, Let the terrorists see what their futures will be like if they survive whatever they perpetrate! The general public is like Doubting Thomas.... They want picture proof, this is the video age after all. The families want proof and deserve it the most, so they should be able to see it, if they so choose. It seems to be like the way folks stop and rubberneck an accident on the highway, they want the blood and guts, It is the ultimate reality "show", it may make many of them feel many "good" type of feelings, helping them cope. After all we all saw the poor folks jumping out of the towers, didn't we? You didn't have to know someone killed on 9/11 to be profoundly traumatized! Allthough the war on terror will, in my opinion, will never be over, until we all learn to live peacefully, maybe by the year 9,999!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  50. Carole Bassett

    Why release the photos? For those who don't believe Osama is dead, they will only claiim they are fake. It never seems to end with this group of doubters! And, if the pictures will negatively affect USA image or cause problems with Muslims, don't do it!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  51. Mike

    I don't think any photo of bin Laden's demise can be any worse than what is seen on war documentaries displaying the dead in the Pacific and European theaters during World War II or any other war for that matter. These scenes are shown regularly on the History, NatGeo, Military channels, etc., quite regularly. This is real life and the general public should not be coddled.
    This will also show militant radicals that "You can run but you cannot hide". We will get you.
    Of course viewer warnings should be made for the sake of young children.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  52. Steve

    Some of the greatest challenges that our presidents and our country have endured is the pressure for full transparency from the American people. This pressure has been incited and flamed by our media for business purposes only. Many strategic plans and tactics have been used against us by our enemy based on our general curiousity to simply know something. This curiousity satisfies the individual around the water cooler, but is counter-productive for our natural security.
    There's a reason why they don't allow cameras or the opposing team in a huddle during the game.
    Since we live in new times, this is a tremendous opportunity for Mr. Obama to restrain from the typical sharing mentality and challenge Al Quaeda to issue a new time stamped Bin Laden video, as they've done in the past. I would assume that if he wasn't dead that he would be the first to want to get the message out to his followers. Once the world recognizes that there will not be any new video released that infact our great soldiers did the job that was announced on Sunday evening.
    I, personally, am curious about reviewing the image. But, I also realize it could be used to fan a flame and would not be in the best interest of our country.
    New times. New strategies.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  53. Eugene Anderson

    As one who served as a Paratrooper with the 101 st and first Airborne Division during the Vietnam war, I trust the actions of the team of military personnell who killed Bin Laden. The is no doubt in my mind that he is dead. Revealing gruesome photos would serve no useful purpose, and will not satisfy the doubters, the naysayers or the gory hunters who want to see the blood. There is an old saying that when one dies if you can't say anything good about them, do not say anything at all. Bin Laden is deat, and that is good!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  54. Evan Lamont

    Releasing these photographs will prolong bin Laden's relevance in the media, incite fury among his followers, and increase the potential of future violence. Not releasing them, by contrast, will greatly decrease the likelihood of these undesirable outcomes.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  55. RJ Sponsler

    NO, i don't need to see a death photo of Bin laden, I do not think out government would say WE GOT HIM, only to have al Jazeera a few days or a week later publish a photo of BIN laden *ALIVE*...holding a newspaper announcing his death. he's dead, now let's look for his co-horts, who now are most likely (due to the information gained from Bin Laden's hideout) are like cockroaches scurrying away from the light, wondering...* am I next??*

    May 4, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  56. connie albanese

    The photos should not be released. I dont think its necessary to see
    him ,it will only give them reason to incite more violence against innocent people. Let his followers wonder for the rest of their days is he really gone, maybe yes, maybe no. We as Americans know he;s gone. If you want to see blood and guts go watch a good horror movie So therefore the photos should not be shown.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  57. Delos

    Yes Well what need america people want see prove pictures that true ? If true prove then release pictures ... I hope so its true and If not true that mean Presdient Obama lair !!!! be careful what america people want to know its true ?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  58. Mahadeo

    There are others people who was in the compound that can verify Bin Laden's death than releasing photos of him. What about the woman that got shot in the leg and the others that was found in the compound? How come no reporters are asking about them. What about the others that died? What become of there bodies. Is there anyone concern about the answers to these questions?

    Mahadeo NJ

    May 4, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  59. Mahadeo

    There are others people who was in the compound that can verify Bin Laden's death than releasing photos of him. What about the woman that got shot in the leg and the others that was found in the compound? How come no reporters are asking about them. What about the others that died? What become of there bodies. Is there anyone concern about the answers to these questions?


    May 4, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  60. Suzy S.

    We should see the photos of this bastards dead morbid as it is, it would give MANY people satisfaction, including me a normally timid 8th generation American female.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  61. DK Proot

    Yes, show the photos. As an employee of a major NYC company on 9/11, who lost her job due to the economic downturn I would like to have the memory of his death as the last I see of OBL.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  62. Wendy

    Yes, I think people are desensitized enough,to see the photo. After watching the Twin Towers fall for years, to see this piece of history, for themselves, probably will bring closure to many.
    Wendy / Canada

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  63. Trevor Tanifum

    While people should believe Bin Laden is dead, I think that perhaps the pictures should be released otherwise this will just turn into another conspiracy theory. While we should not celebrate the killing of anyone, is it that wrong for people to see a bullet in the head of the 9/11 puppeteer? Everyone was affected emotionally by his actions, but many were also affected personally. If this is closure for the never recovered bodies of their husbands', wives', mothers', and fathers', then release the photo.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  64. Berto

    No, why should the government release any pics? For those who don't believe he isn't dead a pic would not do anything. They would only give credit to Photoshop. Let OBL release a new outburst video as he has done in the past to prove he isn't dead and to discredit the US administration.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  65. Adaire Thompson

    OBL's morbid picture does nothing except stir up the Taliban, and Pakistan people. We don;t need to release it just to satisfy curiousity. What ever happened to trusting the President? The bigger question is why after OBL living there is plain view for 5 years was he not reported to us??? I think we need to re-evaluate our contributions to Pakistan. I don;'t want my tx dollars funding Pakistan when they are obviously working against us. I am absolutely in shock that we have sent billions of dollars to a country that is obviously pretending to be cooperating with the US. Now are service men over there can not trust ANYONE!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  66. Earnest

    Yes, release the picture(s). In these days of ill trust with the POTUS and his BC, video should be released with the "kill" censored, with low resolution. I would like to know for sure. The days of trusting a government that is now spiraling us into economic death, is over. The hand is slammed in the cookie jar. Time to prove governments intentions. Otherwise, I for one will have to assume that this is more grist for the public to grind while the government continues to play America for fools.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  67. Brian

    Do we really need to post a photo? How about we send an email from his laptop? Log into his facebook account and update his status for him? Send a tweet from his cell phone?

    Despite the rediculousness of the above alternatives, I'm simply trying to underscore the fact that there ARE alternatives to releasing the death photo. If we got him we probably have a number of things (perhaps his personal Koran, prayer mat or maybe even a family ring or other keepsake) that we absolutely could not posess unless he was killed or captured by us. I'm sure if we published photos of those items, close buddies of his in the Taliban might recognize them as belonging to their departed cohort...

    There is also the fact that the only people that don't really think we got him are people we'll likely eventually try to kill or bomb anyways, so ultimately I'm not even sure what we're trying to prove, or to whom...

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  68. Jan

    Gruesome? Graphic? I remember seeing President Kennedy take a shot to the head and the First Lady covered in his blood; I remember seeing Robert Kennedy taking a shot to his chest. There wasn't any problem showing photos and videos of these horrendous acts. Furthermore, there is nothing more gruesome or more graphic than what I sat watching on television on September 11, 2001. A photo of Bin Laden with a kill shot to the head is nothing compared to what I've seen and lived in my lifetime.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  69. William Mowery

    Yes, release photos. Split screen with corpse on one side and planes flying into the towers as well as USS Cole, beheadings, and other terrorist crimes he directed.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  70. Bob L

    Absolutely!! Him and his following are nothing but thugs that have killed thousands of Americans! Those looking to lead after him need to see up close and personal what the US is prepared to do if they follow in his footsteps. What bothers me is, at this point, knowing how pictures and film can be beautifully altered – is he really dead or simply now residing in Cuba?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  71. brad skauge

    After the United States has spent 1-2 billion dollars a week of tax payers money in the search for Bin Laden and the war in Afghanistan.
    We the American citizens deserve the right to see the photos of his dead body. The radical Islamic groups are already angry with the U.S.
    so let them see that we mean what we say and that he is dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  72. Milena Covington

    Did Ben Laden follow our believes of " you should not kill"? Why should we follow theirs of showing pictures? We have "respect for the dead" whoever this might be. No, don't show pictures.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  73. caleb chukwuemeka

    well to me even if his photo is posted or not its doesnt make any difference at all.all i know was is time was up and GOD decided to bring judgement upon him for all the havoic and problems he caused for families during the 9/11.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  74. jacquie

    Yes we should be allowed to see the pictures. Especially to let other potential terrorist know what to epect. Living in a pig sty and a virtual prison was more than bin laden deserved.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  75. Roger Gardner

    No. He's dead. The president said so. May God have mercy on his soul.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  76. Neil Bright

    Human nature being what it is, at least some of the desire of people to view the "kill photos" of OBL is based on morbid curiousity. For conspiracy "Elvis is not dead" theorists and in the age of computer doctoring of photographs, no amount of such evidence will be totally convincing. Is it more likely that photos will finally convince doubters of OBL's death or will they further inflame the Arab street? I think the latter. In any event, when OBL videos no longer surface, time will be the ultimate proof of his end.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  77. bobbie jo

    Yes, show the photo(s). we as americans, victoms, families of victoms & tax payers need to see for ourselves.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  78. Robert Segarra

    Why some much talking about releasing these photos, they are available in the internet

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  79. Peter Simmons

    There is a third option. The photo could be released with a black rectangle over the wound inflicted. This would be less inflamatory yet still show the attack was real and Osama is indeed deceased.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  80. Barry

    I dont think his picture should be released.
    The Navy Seals did their job, and did it well.
    I salute the United States of America.
    Thank you for keeping Canada Safe.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  81. TODD

    For Ten years the American People have had to look at countless videos, pictures documentaries etc. of the damage death and destruction of bin laden and his goons on 9/11. It is only fair that we get to see his destruction. Besides what the hell were we doing for 10 years looking in caves? And someone tell me why we are "allies" with pakastan?? Death to ALqueda

    May 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  82. Jennifer


    May 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |

    No we should not release the pcture. Bin laden is dead! We know it They know it. Putting one more Marine or any other person life at rish isn't worth it. MIssion accomplished don't end it with that

    May 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  84. janet halloran

    Trust the government. People don't trust the government. How many different stories were there regarding the invasion. He had a gun, they killed his wife. lies, lies, lies

    I love my country, but not my government

    May 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  85. Arturo Castrillon

    Why does a supostly million dollar mansion, looks like an old ruin house?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  86. Jerry M

    Why bother releasing Pictures? If OBL wasn't dead wouldn't you think his supporters would be releasing videos and photographs like crazy right now?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  87. Shawna

    You guys should really make sure that whoever types in the text that people see spells everything correctly. In the last segment where you were reading comments about whether to release pics of bin Laden, the very last comment you read said in parentheses (Obama is dead).

    May 4, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  88. Diane Mayhew

    The pictures should be released only to family members of victims who wish to see them. There is no need for them to be released to the general public. We should stop making him the news headlines and focus on the victims and their families. Stop making a martyr out of Bin Laden.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  89. Stephen

    Of course they should should release it! And the sooner the better! We need this closure as a nation and not just the words of our government to go on. With regard to the gruesomeness of the pictures, what was gruesome was watching thousands of my fellow Americans murdered on Sept. 11.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  90. R., Miller

    Actually, I have enough respect for those in the U.S. Special Forces (having known several such members over the years, and they don't flaunt their experiences), I'm willing to take the words of those involved in the raid itself although we should not be informed of their identities for their future protection. The fact that the Sixth SEALS team was involved is good enough to satisfy my curiousity, and it's a very gutsy call that all of them made to participate in such a mission. We don't need to see the actual "kill shot" in progress, and I don't need to see any pictures to convince me although I often doubt what comes out of Washington until the true facts shake out later. I also anticipated mass confusion on the initial reports from both the "fog of war" (this is considered a war, isn't it?), and early communications are subject to misinterpretation as well as some time to determine just how far to go with the press releases, especially at this extremely early date. Actually, I'm surprised that we have both seen and heard as much this early into the assault that took place, so Pakistan has a lot of difficult discussions to have with the U.S. before any further releases of information take place although there is a chance that the majority of those in Pakistan knew nothing about Bin Laden living where he was, but you can almost bet that a small percentage within either the Pakistan government or ISI had direct connections due to the failed attack during the Clinton administration (it only takes one bad apple in such an incident, and Bin Laden was definitely not short on funds to purchase persuasion within either the government or ISI there or both, and it is likely that the vast majority of both groups knew nothing about Bin Laden hiding right in the open. So, I'm hesitant to jump to conclusions about all of the Pakistan government or all of the Pakistan ISI group being involved in shielding Bin Laden, as I seriously doubt that this is true and only a very few within those groups knew.

    However, given the latest response by the Pakistan government shaking their finger at the U.S. for acting on reasonably credible evidence, maybe it's time to send Pakistan a bill for $20 BILLION to let them know who has been picking up the bill for the investigations that some of them have been performing (not criticizing everyone, but just a few there making threatening gestures). Although some in Pakistan have been very helpful, at least a few have played double standards, but all it takes is a few to make things miserable for all parties concerned. It's a little bit early to jump to conclusions, but threatening the U.S. for taking care of a harbored terrorist leader directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people on our shores plus thousands of our troops overseas too sounds like an opportune time to send the $20 Billion bill for the past 10 years of support there and see if some opinions there change, plus put a time line for repayment in the statement and I think ridiculous statements coming this direction will slow down or cease fairly quickly. True, it's unfortunate to have to launch such a raid into a foreign country who claims to be an ally to us and it's sad it had to come down to a surprise situation, but as before Bill Clinton got burned by at least one person involved in the chain of information and a good attempt to alleviate the problem years ago was lost.

    If those naysayers continue to press for pictures, just put out the most gruesome one available and maybe the reality of war will shock some of those who are willingly attacking the U.S. and will likely continue to do so for some time, as Al Queda is not gone yet, nor are the other terrorist organizations waiting to replace them at the veryy top of the list.

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    While looking at the Mississippi River flooding, someone should go back and review what lies were told and promises broken to thousands and thousands of people flooded out intentionally back in Mississippi and Louisiana in 1937, and this 1 hour special can be found on The Weather Channel as they periodically run repeats of this historic blunder and political lies and promises to make people intentionally flooded whole again proved to be totally empty promises and total lies to all who agreed to take the blow of being flooded under the premise of being reimbursed afterwards in Mississippi and down near New Orleans. Talk to anyone near Greenville, Mississippi and they will tell you about the flooding in 1937 where many lived up on top of the remaining portion with almost no provisions for many months, so seeing the levee blown in Missouri the other night instantly brought back the likelihood of a repeat of 1937 for the Missouri farmers who have lost extremely productive land. Also, in both 1927 and again in 1937, Arkansas took major blows where over 1/4th of the state was under water for an extended period of time in 1927, and things were almost as bad in 1937. I personally recall the flooding at Helena, Arkansas in the spring of 1973 and I was anticipating downtown Helena to go under 20 feet of water at any moment for weeks, and indeed the water level got up within just a few feet of the levee seawall right behind the Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot on the southern end of Cherry Street in downtown Helena, and today the MoPac Depot is now the Delta Cultural Center and the parking lot across the street is the main stage area for the annual Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival which has drawn over 100,000 people each year for almost 25 years now who love to hear Blues music smack in the middle of the Mississippi River Delta where Blues music originated including the work of KFFA 1360 radio station which STILL plays "King Biscuit Time" today and this daily (during the week) program started only days before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The drive-in seawall with concrete sides behind the MoPac Depot was designed to be sandbagged if necessary, and it almost became necessary to close off this road into the Helena Harbor in 1973. During this very same period in 1973 while the levee on the Arkansas side barely north of Helena was under maximum stress (and figure that 2.3 feet of water column exerts 1.0 psi at the base of the column), sand boils were occurring daily on the northern fringes of Helena out on level ground well past the base of the levee, and this points to insufficient ground compaction before the levee was built up as there are weak spots under the levee itself which tried to blow out back then, and anywhere a tree root rotted out beneath the levee that presents a potential blowout spot under the levee which would quickly collapse the earth compacted above and within minutes that entire area would be going under water for months. Keep Helena, Arkansas on your radar map too for likely potential flooding from the Mississippi River, as it was barely controlled during the 1973 flooding which I kept tabs on daily since I worked on Cherry Street then less than 1 block inside the levee.

    Thanks for listening to the above novel.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  91. Garry

    NO PICTURES... where does the Geneva Convention kick in?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  92. Dar Fesler

    WE.. the US need to stop beating our chest about Osama bin Laden's death and move one. There is no need to release photos.. it is like parading around generations ago with the head of our enemy on the end of a stick... I thought we had evolved since then... at least we say we have ??!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  93. carla merritt

    It is the 21st century. We claim we are a modern, progressive people. Viewing pictures of bin Laden after death reeks of putting heads on poles and displaying them. Let us not stoop to primiative behaviour. We must display a degree of dignity to the rest of the world.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  94. peter obranovich


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  95. Dean

    I believe photos and video should be displayed! Bin Laden was able to watch the towers crumble live while many lives were destroyed! The U.S. had the back bone to destroy this demented person now do not be afraid to wag your tail and give us the proof this death is real!!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  96. Rhona McBride

    Take the pictures to Congress and show them there. Show them to the committees of defense /homeland security any committee that wants to see them. Let the congressmen tell the nation they saw the pictures. I sure hate seeing pictures of a dead man who's been killed so violently even one hated as much as he is. I also dread to see what people will do with the picture. Putting it on shirts, cups, etc.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  97. Ramon

    Our military did what they were sent there to do, and that's good enough for me.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  98. Shelby

    While I am glad Osama Bin Ladin is dead, I don't need to see a photo as proof of his death.. Someone on Facebook sent me and others a PHONY death photo which has been circulating on the Internet and it was gruesome. I certainly don't wish to see the real one. Plus such a photo to Muslim Extremists would be food for propaganda, for they would use such photos to insight others.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  99. sheila nl canada

    If Bin Ladden was killed now the way they say,there would be an uprise from his people anyway without showing pic's,the reason I think they are not showing pic and the oh so quick buried at sea (is that in anyway) how these people would bury their dead?
    They have no pic's to show it was him,yes someone was killed,but I beleive Bin Ladden died some time ago.
    If someone was going to report him alive and he was,,they would have 25 millon or so to live on,,someone isn't faithful to him wouldn't you think?
    I think the us gov would be showing him for days to prove they had him,they aren't worried about the so called uprise to follow,I think this is just an excuse,Bush rejected a invite from Obama to come to ground zero,it seems he don't want to be a part of this falsehood that he knows is going on now,he probably knows how long Bin Ladden is really dea.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  100. Bob

    YES!! The photos should be released. As far as worrying about them being too graphic, consider what's being shown on TV and the movies these days. Inflammatory is having our military dragged to the streets and cheering crowds!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:44 am |
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