Morning Poll: Do You Agree With Barack Obama's Decision to Not Release Photos Of Osama bin Laden's Corpse?

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This photo of Osama bin Laden is fake. Photos of the real dead Bin Laden will not be released to the public.
President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he would not release photos of Osama bin Laden's bullet-riddled corpse to the public, claiming the photos are too graphic and "not in our national security interest."

We're no conspiracy theorists, but Obama's decision to not release the photos is just the latest in a series of bizarre details about the offing of the world's now-former number-one terrorist.

For starters, Bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot in the head by Navy SEALs on the third floor of his, um, posh suburban Pakistani compound. Seems to us the symbolic leader of the most murderous terrorist organization in the world would be worth more to the United States alive than dead. From all accounts, it seems the SEAL team didn't do much -- if anything -- to try to take Bin Laden alive.

Secondly, within 13 hours of his death, his body was dropped into the ocean -- "in accordance with Muslim tradition" -- guaranteeing that if there were any further questions about his identity, there would be no body available to further prove he's dead.

And now Obama seems to think the American public -- and terrorists sympathetic to Bin Laden -- can't handle looking at a few gory photos of a dead guy.

We don't doubt he's dead, but the story just doesn't add up -- and not releasing the photos adds fuel to the fire for those who think details about the mission that killed Bin Laden don't pass the smell test.

But we want to know what you think: do you agree with Obama's decision to not release the photos of Bin Laden?

Cast your vote below.

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Dougeebear
Dougeebear

The decision to keep the photos out of public view has nothing to do with concern over the American public's (alleged) sqeamishness, but rather to prevent the photos from being used to stir up anti-American sentiment as the Abu Graib photos were used, or to give photographic martyrdom to a terrorist.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Or, possibly, the refusal might be part of a cover-up of Bin Laden having been taken alive and simply "disappeared" for whatever reasons the spooks have. Not very likely, but you never know, given the secretive nature of these people. They might be torturing OBL right now in some undisclosed location.

Not very likely, I'll admit, but that is one possible scenario for not releasing post mortem photos.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

To all you who voted no; Why do you feel the need to see his mutilated face? And yeah, I realize that he is, or was the epitome of evil.

teknik1200
teknik1200

i don't understand either. it's like gawking at a car wreck.

I would most likely pass out if I saw it. Pictures of real violence have done it to me in the past.

I voted no because I just don't see the point. pictures prove nothing in the digital age.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

I think it would do wonders for driving the images of Daniel Pearl out of my head.

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

Really, I thought the image of your lost honor would have been enough. When you aspire to be just as evil as our enemies, you have given them the greatest victory of all - your honor.

If you are not capable of living up to the higher standard asked of Americans, feel free to leave.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

That's some pretty impressive logic leaping, there. I look forward to your performance in the Olympics.

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