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Do You Want the Bin Laden Photos Released?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

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Pakistani policemen stand guard outside the hideout house of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 5, 2011 (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty)

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, we took your calls on President Obama's decision not to release the photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body.

The recent decision by President Obama not to release the photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body has been met with mixed reaction. While many applauded the decision, some still seem to doubt his death. Today callers talked about their reaction to the decision. 

The president called the photos “very graphic” and said that releasing these photos “as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool – that’s not who we are.” Sarah Palin, on the other hand, sent out a tweet “Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction.” 

Photos have been circulating of dead bodies lying inside the compound. Those photos were purchased by Reuters from a Pakistani security official who entered the compound just after the raid, but none of the bodies shown are bin Laden’s. The many bloody photos of bin Laden’s face, circulating wildly through Facebook and elsewhere, are fakes.

Agreement with the Decision

A caller from Westchester said releasing the pictures would not serve any purpose..

A photograph isn’t real evidence anymore, and the people doubting that this happened aren’t going to believe a photograph… Everyone knows you can Photoshop.

A Pakistani-American in Queens, said he vividly remembers being a high-school student on Tuesday September 11, 2001. 

I was new in the country, it was my first week in high school, and I could remember the smoke… Long story short, I’m a part of the 9/11 generation, and Pakistani American specifically.

The caller said any time some suspected terrorist or sympathizer was found in Pakistan, Pakistani-Americans faced scrutiny, even though culturally-assimilated into the United States and living so far removed. “But people are very understanding, also, in America.” He believes the pictures would cause a huge blowback and be a rallying point. He pointed, too, to the similarity of releasing the pictures of people praying for bin Laden, which represent only a small fringe population, but could ignite anti-Pakistan sentiment in the United States.

Is this a battle of the fringe elements?  Extremists who might be incensed by the photos are being weighed against extremists in the United States who will try to create doubt that the President spoke the truth.

Disagreement -- Release the Pictures!

A caller from Queens spoke to the power of the visual image.

I want to replace the image of bin Laden as a smiling, gun-toting terrorist, with what he ended up – dead at the hands of the American government.

The caller said it would not be the photo that would be used as the rallying point, but the killing itself.

A Matter of Perspective

A caller from Midwood who is from Karachi said she was split on whether the photo should be released.

As an American I really want to see the image… as a Pakistani, I wouldn’t want the image up, because I feel like there will always be retaliation.

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Comments [74]

No, I don't need or want a death visual seared into my memory. It's bad enough the media have been showing alive photos of him ceaselessly these days. Enough. Put a BiG X on the screen instead.

May. 06 2011 11:10 AM
chemy tashi from new york

When a number of Pakinstani students in Pakinstan were interviewed by the BBC this morning, they all said the photoes
should be released. This was echoed by two young Pakistanis interviewed in New York.
Then this Morning,on Brian Lehrer show, young Pakistani-Americans of 9/11 generation explained the reason why the photoes should not be released .
I think that these young Pakistani-Americans of 9/11 generation can play a vital role in educating the Americans about Pakistan.I feel there is more common between the two countries than difference.

Chemy.T.(5/5/2011)

May. 06 2011 09:44 AM
DTorres from Nathan Strauss Projects

No photos, no proof.

May. 05 2011 03:39 PM

didn't look at the pics of hussein getting hung and wouldn't look at these. i'm already disturbed just viewing ordinary people on the street at their worst. however, i haven't heard a good enough reason to keep these pics secret

May. 05 2011 11:24 AM
harry

Tell your news reader that the CNN poll shows more Democrats than Republicans want Osama's photo released ! NPR news - still a joke.

May. 05 2011 11:06 AM
LADY JANE from New York City

Short and sweet - No.

May. 05 2011 10:51 AM
RCT from NYC

1. No, I neither need nor want to see them. There's both eye-witness and DNA evidence to demonstrate that bin Laden is dead. Dead bodies are gruesome. Hence, no photos for me, thanks.

2. No one who doesn't believe bin Laden is dead will be convinced by photos; particularly because, as viewers have noted, photos can be photoshopped. Therefore, there's no reason to release the photos to convince skeptics.

3. Moreover, no in in el Quaeda is claiming that bin Laden is alive. The only "skeptics", crazies and far right extremists whom nothing will convince (see 2), are probably very small in number and influence. Again, no reason to release the photos.

4. On the other hand, releasing the photos would create an iconic image of America's purported brutality to Muslims, an organizing tool that might replace the live Obama as an inspiration to jiihadists. (Remember the "martyred Che" poster?) That's a reason for NOT releasing them.

5. The ONLY reason for releasing the photos: as Panetta remarked, they are sooner or later going to be circulated anyway. Someone is going to get them and post them on the internet. In addition, "phony" death photos will be posted everywhere. Maybe we want to be ones to do the releasing, rather than let that occur via "leaks." Wouldn't we look worse if we tried to keep them secret, and they were subsequently leaked? As though we had had something to hide, and were "outed" by terrorists?

The points in favor of release seems to me to be the inevitability of their getting out anyway and the need to maintain face -- i.e., public relations -- whereas there are many sound points for not releasing them, assuming that they would remain confidential.

Which they won't. My verdict: I think that Obama was right on both principle and strategy. He is betting that nothing will become public until the photos are less likely to cause trouble. Let's hope that he's right.

May. 05 2011 10:50 AM
Rich from Union City, NJ

@Edward from NJ - agreed, and a problem across the spectrum of ideas and issues. Cronkite's warning that the media avoid the trap of false equivalency has never been more important. Those "experts" have to be called on their statements of "fact", and that requires news organizations actually report, rather than take steno.
The photo is fake? Show us the analysis you did.
Your bill will save billions? Show us the math.
There are reds under my bed, or bodies in the freezer? Here's a flashlight, let's get on our knees or open the freezer door.

May. 05 2011 10:37 AM
Bill from New Rochelle

1) I have no desire for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to see a splattered Bin Laden on a tee-shirt.

2) Those Americans who want a photo, to believe that Bin Laden is dead will still not believe it if the photograph is released.
I say let them go down to a bar in Norfolk, and call the Navy SEALS liars to their faces.

3) It is very posible that some al Qaeda alter, built around a dead Bin Laden photo, will inspire some child not yet born to kill an Americaqn soldier. That is not worth the cheap thrill of seeing the inside of Bin Laden's skull.

4) I don't care if Bin Laden presented his naked anus, I'm glad he was killed. He didn't deserve any of the years of his wothless life.

5) Osama Bin Laden is dead.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Thank you SEALS, and everone involved.

May. 05 2011 10:37 AM
Steven Shaber from Tenafly, NJ

RE: BIN LADEN PHOTOS

Here's an idea -- WNYC (and/or Flickr?) should hold a contest for people to submit their own (Photoshop-ed) Bin Laden corpse photos. Entries could be realistic, impressionistic, abstract, etc. Winning entries would be selected by a panel of judges (9/11 first responders?). Who knows, the CIA might even slip in the real photo as an entry.

May. 05 2011 10:30 AM
EB from NY

Release them. Evidence should be presented routinely, not just for this specific event. It's a matter of respect. American Government should stop asking us to unquestioningly accept their word. Make it part of policy to collect, preserve and present evidence for future events.

The issue of preventing an impassioned muslim reaction: duly noted. If this is a concern, why televise the jubilant american celebrants rejoicing in his death? Also, why not consider altering American foreign policy.

May. 05 2011 10:29 AM
John P MacKenzie from Long Island City

Personally i want to see the pictures of Bin Laden in the same sense i "wanted" to see the Zapruder film: to inform my own judgment of what happened.
But the decision what to release to the general public is a bit different: In my view what's important is to confirm that it's Bin Laden, and to corroborate or refute the Govt's account of the killing --- whatever that finally may be. i suspect that a series of photos, including the disposal of the body, is required, but let's have all the evidence, image or words, that provide a reliable narrative that will satisfy sane, open-minded people.
i would favor also showing a set of relevant evidence to a selected, broad spectrum of world leaders.
Generally speaking, like many Republicans, as to the general release, i have to defer to the president, partly because he has seen the photo(s) and can measure their probable impact, and i have not.

May. 05 2011 10:29 AM
Mike P from Grand Central/NYC

Disappointed to see all of this time spent on this topic. It's really not up for debate and the president has made his decision. His turn to be "decider" and I don't disagree with the decision, but if I did, I can't imagine it being put up for referendum. Why not talk about something that can be influenced? This is past history.

May. 05 2011 10:29 AM
David2

I don't remember liberals being so concerned about inflaming the "arab street" during the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Hmmm.

May. 05 2011 10:28 AM
CL from NYC

No good whatever can come from releasing the photo(s). None. Regarding the caller who asserted the humans are "visual" beings who "need" to see this sort of thing and who should be able to exult in it, I can say only that he should be ashamed of himself. His is a disgusting point of view that should be openly and officially repudiated.

May. 05 2011 10:28 AM
RLewis from the bowery

Brian, you already have the "resistance" quote wrong. Go back and play it. The wording is much more nuianced. You are WRONG. Or replay the thing you think that you are quoting and prove what you are saying. The man did not say Osama was "armed". He implied it, but he did not actually say that.

May. 05 2011 10:28 AM
The Truth from Becky

Pictures not necessary, what a callus we have grown! I am already receiving inappropriate text concerning this whole thing. Some people are gluttons for punishment.

May. 05 2011 10:27 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Let's reason this through. If this was a hoax and Bin Laden wasn't dead don't you think they (AL Queada) would release a video of him talking and exposing the hoax? It would be a perfect coup for Bin Laden. it would put the preisdent in such a precarious position to do that. The president would not be so dumb. And as for our need to see the photos for closure? And I don't need to see the photos to get some sort of closure. I find that kind of creepy.

May. 05 2011 10:25 AM
Marc from NYC

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed the chairman of the House Intelligence committe last night who claimed to have seen at least three photos when briefed on the mission. So some members of Congress (R&D) have seen the photos.

May. 05 2011 10:24 AM
Carol G from Queens

All the news stations show pictures of Osama bin Laden as young and virile. It seems that the stock photos are even pre-9/11, from what I've seen of the 9/11 videos. Why doesn't the news media show him as he was, grey beard and sickly? We are contributing to OBL's iconic status by keeping him perpetually youthful.

May. 05 2011 10:24 AM
Joyce Goodman from NYC

I want to ask what people thought of those who showed in=mages of beheadings, like Daniel Pearl's death. Did it make them respect the killers? Showing the photos would lower us and play to the basest parts of human nature.

May. 05 2011 10:23 AM
Mike from Manhattan

What difference does it make if some people don't believe Bin Laden is dead? None.
What difference does it make if there are riots in Pakistan, and the already weak government of a country that possesses nuclear weapons becomes weaker? Potentially GREAT differences! Let Bin Laden's death be denied until the consequences have faded. That is the win-win situation. So what if ghouls like Sara Palin can't get their death porn thrill? The Republicans will criticize Obama no matter what he does!

May. 05 2011 10:23 AM
Edward from NJ

@Rich from Union City, NJ - It's true that experts can identify photoshopped images, but it's also true that fake, self-proclaimed experts can claim that real images are in fact photoshopped.

May. 05 2011 10:23 AM
Phil

I DON'T REALLY NEED MY YOUNG CHILD SEEING THIS GRUESOME IMAGE SPLASHED ACROSS THE FRONT PAGE OF EVERY NEWSPAPER AND ON EVERY TV SCREEN.

May. 05 2011 10:20 AM

Obama is absolutely correct. The incredible circus that would have occurred, & the violence by his supporters is terrible to imagine.
E. Vauchee

May. 05 2011 10:20 AM
Donna Franklin from NYC

Shooting him the face in front of his 12 yr. old daughter won't cause a rallying cry but a photo will?

May. 05 2011 10:20 AM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

Ugh, why bring up that hack/hater Palin? She has no expertise nor does she have good judgment or appropriate experience. She is "influential" because the media continues to mention her.

Stop, please!

May. 05 2011 10:20 AM
Jessie from Midtown

If they release the photo, then the crazy conspirisists just are going to say its a fake. You can't win. It should not be released.

May. 05 2011 10:19 AM
David from Brooklyn

We do know when the Situation Room photo was taken. The EXIF data was released along with the rest of the photo. The EXIF data reveals that the photo was taken at 4:05 pm EDT or 20:05 UTC. We know from the Twitter post by the nearby resident that the raid started at around 1AM local time, or 20:00 UTC. So it appears that the Situation Room photo was taken just as the helicopters were arriving.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/5680724572/meta/in/photostream

Thank you for making the correction that this was not a photo op. Pete Souza has amazing access and does great work. This was is not a staged or press pool photo.

May. 05 2011 10:19 AM
RJ from bklyn

As Erroll Morris discusses most eloquently in The Battle of Abu Ghraib, ontext and framing of photos are difficult to convey in an individual photo itself and true meaning can be easily distorted. This leaves me ambivalent.

May. 05 2011 10:18 AM

Question: If they killed and buried him in 24hrs, how did they confirm it was him through DNA? Did the seals have a DNA lab with them? Where was the original DNA sample of Bin Laden acquired? The whole story needs to be told.

May. 05 2011 10:18 AM

mgduke

please depart our fallen world to the morally hygienic planet you came from. Your pearl clutching is obscene.

May. 05 2011 10:18 AM
john from office

I heard Pakistani Americans being interviewed on morning edition, they already say that there is a plot or that he was dead years ago. I cannot believe how stupid they sounded.

May. 05 2011 10:18 AM
Habeas Corpus from NYC


Although I understand the argument re: incitement, etc., I think, in this situation, where there were no objective observers on site, no unaffiliated medical examiner's report, and what can be seen as an expedient burial at sea, it's important for there to be some documentary evidence. And, this is in the context of a long chain of fabricated government versions of events: Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman, etc. And, there are large amounts of documentary evidence re: torture in Iraq that were suppressed and perhaps "disappeared" (see the Tacuba report's references to photos and videos, where nobody was ever prosecuted).

And, may I add, I have no doubt personally that he's dead. It's not about that.

Re: Photoshop comments - forensic experts can detect a real vs. faked photo.

May. 05 2011 10:18 AM
Henry from Manhattan

Photos of a person with a hole in his head broadcast all over the media to satiate some macabre blood lust?

Grow up United States, please.

May. 05 2011 10:18 AM
Rich from Union City, NJ

Side note: it's not true that you can Photoshop anything. You can create an image that fools the average eye (the John Kerry/Jane Fonda protest photo as an example), but it is much harder to do to a trained eye. On a pixel level, it's damned near impossible to create an image that will stand up to that same level of examination.

May. 05 2011 10:17 AM
Dan from Brooklyn

Why don't they release photos from BEFORE they shot him? After all they planned this thing for so long that they actually had time to reconstruct the complex he was living in. Are we to believe that during all that time that they had to prepare it just never occurred to them that maybe they should also be filming as they went in?

May. 05 2011 10:17 AM
Sophia Rodriguez from New York City

RELEASE THEM
I do not at all believe the stories that are out there about what happened, and pictures would not convince me either because of modern technology. But I don't think they should have the right to withhold the photos, it's censorship plain and simple!
As for talk of pictures inciting violence, it's possible but not certain and not at all necessary. The supposed act itself of murdering Bin Laden seems sufficient.

May. 05 2011 10:17 AM
Mickey from Harlem

No!
Got back from 3 months in Canada just as the news hit.
My first reaction was disgust about how much I was going to have to hear about this story.
The news in Canada was such a relief from the mass hysteria that the US news media creates.
Now people want photos! I am sure they'll make it out somehow but bravo to Obama for saying no. I am proud of his stand. Proud that we as Americans can finally say no to blood and gore. Didn't we have enough of that on 9/11? Have we become that blood thirsty?

May. 05 2011 10:16 AM
Peri from NYC

As a Middle Easterner, I think it's in very bad taste to show the dead body. It will provoke reprisals. Ms. Palin says people should know what happens when someone attacks US. I think the whole world has seen enough of American reprisals, hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Isn't all these killings enough blood shed for the 9.11 attack?

May. 05 2011 10:16 AM
Donna Franklin from NYC

Any photo an be PhotosShopped anyway so why release it? So if that's the case then photos should no longer be allowed in court cases as proof of anything.

So we need a video. OOPS, there was a black out during the 25 minutes when Osama was shot. Darn.

May. 05 2011 10:15 AM

In ideal circumstances I would say no, but the US Government has proved so intensely untrustworthy in the past decade or so that to make such a huge claim to the world without concrete proof is not acceptable.

The burden of proof of this event is on the US Government. Nothing the Government says can be taken at face value. Nothing.

May. 05 2011 10:15 AM
Roscoe

SHOW THE PHOTOS TO BIPARTISAN CONGRESS! Surely there's a middle ground here: show the photos, under careful constraints, to members of Congress so that the Republicans--include GW Bush, Bill Clinton, Dick 'Dick' Cheney, and all the rest--can come forward and confirm what our esteemed president has already confirmed. It won't help cure all cynics, but it's a worthy middle step/compromise, if you will.

May. 05 2011 10:14 AM

There are photos of Mussolini dead. There is video of Saddam hanging. There is a photo of Hitler or his doppelganger. Why is Osama different? With the money we spent and lives lost, the least the US gov could do is show us proof.

May. 05 2011 10:14 AM
john from office

Obama is correct. These are backward people that riot over cartoons, killing hundreds. Let play it safe.

Also Pakistan and its people are the most backward thinking people I have erver heard. So open to plots and rumors.

May. 05 2011 10:14 AM
Ezra Barnes

Surely there are photos of the dead body after it was removed and prepared for burial that are not sensational. So gruesome photos can't be the rationale. Yes, they should release photos.

May. 05 2011 10:14 AM
Mark from Manhattan

I Guarantee that they will release the photos after 6 months or so in order to let the heat die down so as to discourage revenge acts. However, once the photos are released it will forever be a conversation for a conspiracy theory. Osama will be spotted with Elvis at a coffee shop someday soon. Guaranteed!

May. 05 2011 10:13 AM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

No! The crazies won't believe them anyway - they will think it is Photoshop.

The rational people do not need them nor will they support this bloodlust. Remember when (albeit, innocent) Americans were beheaded on video and we called THEM "animals"?

I can understand a certain amount of relief/closure but it's naive to think this is the end of terror.

So, this "celebration" makes me uncomfortable. (And not just because I travel a fair bit on my American passport.)

May. 05 2011 10:13 AM
rj from Short Hills

I agree, we should not release them. those who don't believe, will never believe.

May. 05 2011 10:13 AM
Jeff Pappas from Ct.

Ok perhaps you didnt see it live but that tech exists, either way I still want to see some photos

May. 05 2011 10:13 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Just a brief comment before I skadaddle(sp?) over to WQXR: The people who don't believe OBL is dead are not going to believe a pic (remember photoshop? remember the birthers).

This is pretty much a manufactured issue, manufactured by media and the right wing.

May. 05 2011 10:12 AM
geo from astoria

Why do you bring up Palin's tweet??!
She has proven to be uninformed and has no grasp of reality. She does not deserve to have a say in US politics and policy. Stop talking about her and she will go away!!!! Please!!!

May. 05 2011 10:11 AM
Jerry

no reason to release the photos, to appease whom?, rational people know he is dead, others will report his sightings the same way some loonies report seeing Elvis

May. 05 2011 10:11 AM
david from ditmas park


i think the photos, video, whatever should be shown to congress persons and then the congress persons can vouch for the authenticity to their constituents...done deal.

May. 05 2011 10:11 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Oh good. Another Brian Lehrer topic on a non-issue, designed to pull the crazies out of the woodwork. Tomorrow will we be treated to a segment entitled "Lunar Landing: Faux or Fo' Sho?" And Andrew Breitbart is coming up next? I'll be Pandora-ing for the next two hours, I guess.

May. 05 2011 10:11 AM

i have a better idea. never never ever talk about him or say his name again

May. 05 2011 10:11 AM

The iconic image of this moment should be the national security team in the situation room, intent on doing a job, and doing it right. It's an incredible image.

Let's not lower this to the level of herniated brain and shattered skull.

May. 05 2011 10:09 AM
lourdes from new york

When I heard the news that the obama administration will not release the photos, I was relieved. Releasing the photos just feeds in to the element of blood lust that's mixed with the sense that justice has been done when bin Laden was killed.
Besides, there would be deniers no matter what evidence is presented. So those photos really won't achieve anything and risks inflaming the feelings of Muslims who have conflicted feelings toward bin Laden and the U.S.
The U.S. showed grace under pressure. Why not show grace in victory?

May. 05 2011 10:09 AM
westchestery from Westchester

Show us video stills and or audio selects before the killing of Bin Laden. The SEALS had cameras on them. No need to see the gory details but show us what the SEALS saw up to that point.

May. 05 2011 10:09 AM
Cesar from Manhattan

Showing the photos or videos would likely do more to perpetuate conflict than resolve it. We Americans live in a culture saturated with bloodlust, if TV and film are any guide. Following the warrior's code does not allow the victor to disrespect the defeated, which would dishonor both sides. President Obama's decision to keep private the photos of bin Laden reaffirms my confidence in his leadership.

May. 05 2011 10:09 AM
Jon from West Harlem

Two days ago I formed a facebook page called "No photos of Osama bin Laden's body, please." You can support the cause at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-photos-of-Osama-bin-Ladens-body-please/196853627024016

May. 05 2011 10:08 AM
Phil from Brooklyn

If I could see the photos, I would certainly want to look, but if you do a simple pro-con list, there are way more cons than pros. He made the right decision.

May. 05 2011 10:08 AM

Nothing to be gained by releasing photo of his corpse. Wouldn’t prove anything. Surely CIA can fake any photo convincingly now. And likely to be inflammatory.

What Americans need to see is the video and audio of the killing of Bin Ladin.

Executing him as we did in cold blood to silence him is a betrayal of America’s founding values. What does it profit America to win a battle like this and lose our soul?

May. 05 2011 10:07 AM
RLewis from the bowery

Don't we all believe that OBL made a video to be released in the case of his death, and that the video will call all of his followers to jihad?

As long as they claim that he's still alive, because they haven't seen the pictures, then they can't release the video. But if they release the video, that will be a tacit admission that they know he's dead.

Don't let them force our hand, but do not release the pictures, and force them to make the next move.

May. 05 2011 10:06 AM
Jeff Pappas from Ct.

Dear Mr President ,
I am shocked to hear of your arrogance and father knows best attitude about Not releasing the photos of OBL as a dead man !
Throughout our history photography has played an important part of this country, The Moon landing, 911,JFK, MLK Lincoln , Daniel Pearl , John Dillinger , the list goes on. I want to see the The good the bad and the ugly !
Worst of all is how you show us the photo of YOU and the Elite looking live at the assassination of OBL and then have the audacity to keep it to your selves, well my tax dollars went to pay for that operation. As a US citizen and photographer I am appalled at your censorship !

May. 05 2011 10:06 AM
gianni Lovato from Chatham

No, please. We need to be able to put this matter behind us.
We will soon be facing enough more serious and more challenging choices, without creating our own difficulties.
New Yorkers are better than that, aren't they?

May. 05 2011 10:05 AM
jpaine from Brooklyn, NY

The release of the photos will be viewed as celebrating a gruesome war trophy.The photos will only put our troops in further danger around the world.

bin Laden death photoers are the new birthers. They will never be convinced so don't waste your time.

May. 05 2011 10:05 AM
Donna Franklin from NYC

He has lost all credibility with the bogus story. I don't believe that he even has any photos at this point. This charade is an insult to our intelligence.

May. 05 2011 10:05 AM
nigia Stephens from Bronx

Sorry, I meant 'the pics of his destruction.' not distraction!

May. 05 2011 10:05 AM
Estelle

Don't release them. As much as I might want to see them, it would do more harm than good. It would not convince anyone who has decided not to believe. It would incite more anti-Americanism.

One way to deal with it might be to bring a few influential people in to view prints in person, but not take them or photocopy them.

(P.S. Could the webmaster please put in some code so that a listener doesn't navigate away from the show page to come here? It's very simple:
target="_blank")

May. 05 2011 10:05 AM
Nigia Stephens from Bronx

Yes, I'd like to see the pictures. That would be closure. We saw the pics of his distraction in many countries so why not shut the book with his last photos? Note that Obama will only lay a wreath today at the WTCS. No pics and now, not even a simple unity speech? Why the caution now? I'm thinking if I were him, I wouldn't want anything I'd do after the killing to be seen as breast pounding.

May. 05 2011 10:00 AM

i don't care either way
Binladen likes to release video tapes every few months, if they stop he’s dead. If he’s alive he would put out tapes ASAP
the wars will go one either way

May. 05 2011 09:59 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

No, they will just say it is a fake.

.....and now is the time to get out of Afghanistan and come home......OBL is dead and al Queda is as weak as it's ever been or will be. Mission accomplished.

May. 05 2011 09:51 AM
Bernard Bertone

The President is 110% right in not releasing the photos for just the reasons he gave.

May. 05 2011 09:45 AM

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