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NYPD Top Cop: Obama Was Right Not to Release bin Laden Photos

Thursday, May 05, 2011

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Mayor_Michael_Bloomberg, Ray_Kelly (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he supports President Barack Obama's decision not to release grisly photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.

"We have to move on," Kelly said on WNYC's The Takeaway Thursday. "I think the decision was absolutely right on the part of the president."

Speaking ahead of Obama's visit to Ground Zero on Thursday, Kelly said the city will increase its uniformed presence in the city and will continue to maintain the tight security that's been in effect since the president announced the terror leader had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

"It's only logical that we have to be focused on the possibility that someone or some group trying to avenge the death of bin Laden," Kelly said.

President Obama plans to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site, visit a police station and fire house and meet family members of September 11 victims on Thursday. This is the president's fourth visit to the city in roughly five weeks.

Kelly also said the celebrations at Ground Zero and in Times Square that erupted when New Yorkers heard about bin Laden's death were "understandable," because the city's been under constant threat since the attacks nearly ten years ago.

"We've been targeted here successfully twice; 12 plots since Sept. 11th directed at the city," Kelly said. "So I think some form of expression, even jubilation is understandable."

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Comments [4]

Susan from Greenwich Village

Check out Al Arabiya... http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/05/04/147782.html

If bin Laden's daughter says she and her mother saw — yes, saw — American S.E.A.L.'s kill her father, what do we need a picture for?

May. 05 2011 09:59 PM
Tara from Bronx

I strongly disagree with the decision not to release the photo. I believe that the nation as a whole has the right to have access to this image. I am not one who feels I need to see the photos to prove to me Osama is dead. I feel with all certainty that he is dead. It is a matter of the government assuming a paternalistic position on what IT feels the American public can handle. I do not buy the argument of keeping the images secret for fear of inciting violence. The fanatics who will behave violently will do so with or without the release of the photo.

May. 05 2011 01:13 PM
Najashi Muhammad from Queens, New York

The following is an email I sent to the White House:

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to congratulate you on your success of capturing and bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice. Now the question is, what to do with the photos and videos of the capture and execution of the bad man. According to the news reports, you have decided not to release the same. Excellent decision!!! May I please make a suggestion for those who continue to knock at your door demanding to see them.
A viewing room should be setup for the following individuals:
1, The immediate families of the 9/11 victims
2, The governors of each state or whom ever they may send to represent them
3, One news reporter from the major newspaper and/or networks.
I am not certain if this is the way an execution is setup and viewed but I do know that said execution is not broadcast on television for all to see. Hopefully, organizing a viewing like this (or something similar) will satisfy those who demand closure.

Note: ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL RECORDING DEVICES (STILL OR VIDEO) SHOULD BE PERMITTED IN THE VIEWING ROOM OR AREA.

Sincerely yours,
Najashi A. Muhammad

May 4, 2011

May. 05 2011 12:17 PM
Nick in NJ from Lost in NJ

I also support the decision to keep the images of bin Laden out of public view. I recall, as a teenager, wanting to see all of the Kennedy assassination home movie shot by Abraham Zapruder. And then, I saw it many years later, in all of it's gore and sadness. I was profoundly affected - and that was as a mature adult.

If a pro bin Laden teenager saw his bloody body and all of the the sure-to-be-printed Osama in the bullseye t-shirts and related ephemera that would be sold across the world, who knows what the adverse effects would be. For example, a nut-job "pastor" burned one Koran in Florida this year and innocent people died as a result, half-way across the world.

Mr. Obama may not have made a good political decision but it was the right thing to do.

May. 05 2011 11:02 AM

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