May 4th, 2011
01:27 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: President Obama will not release bin Laden photos

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has made the decision not to release any of the photographs of "the deceased Osama bin Laden," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

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  1. Brian

    Way to prove the doubters wrong

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Dave 3000

    Who really wanted to see the photos? The "Birthers"? Those that claim George Bush deserves credit? When in 2002 George Bush said he wasn't really interested in Bin laden and that the war on terror was bigger than one man... and in 2005 cut funding to the agency responsible for tracking him... Good job President Obama... I'll take your word for it and feel totally confident in your decision not to release the photos.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. vaastav

    Thats because it wasnt him they killed.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. rhonda sue

    We had to look at the remains of the 9-11 victims why can't we see this monster?

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. dewey

    Good decision.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. The Other Dale

    Thank God someone like Obama is in charge who has treated and continues to treat this episode with the upmost respect for all humanity instead of just going for the common circus denominator. We should be proud of what the Navy Seals have done and gratified for the work of our government in getting someone how hated humanity so badly – let's not give any of those who hate us the satisfaction of lowering ourselves to there level (as no doubt Bin Laden hoped would occur if he was ever cuaght). Will the pictures sneak out? Most probably some day (even soon), but let it not be our official stance on the issue.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. In the West

    Smart move.Showing the pictures would be like parading his head on a pole, which is NOT what America is about. We are better than that.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    No need to release photos. If a US Navy Seal says Osama Bin Laden is dead, he's as dead as Elvis.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Chase Lambeth

    Our* nation

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. tscocozza

    Good idea not to post pictures.. Just another reason why he won't get re-elected.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Kras

    Go figure. He aint dead. Idiots

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Ryan

    Garbage, they have no problem showing Be-headings of Americans......news showed people dying in 9/11 jumping from towers.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Len

    I totally agree. The Navy Seals new what they were doing and who they were looking for. The DNA confirms this was Bin Laden. I totally trust our President who did an awesome job tracking Bin Laden since August of last year and making a gutsy call.
    We donot need to release photos. The man is dead and we as Americans should be proud of the Navy Seals and our President! He did what he promised in October of 2008......Debate with Senator McCain.....The President said he would go into Pakistan and get Bin Laden if the opportunity was there. He got him! Proud to be an American!!!!

    Support our Troops and President....do not doubt him and our Navy Seals. Because if you do, you are not Patriotic!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Quinton

    Though I had a morbid curiosity to see them, this is probably the best choice.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Nurse Lisa

    that's only until the Donald has a hissy fit

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Let the conspiracy freaks begin saying Bin Laden isn't really dead and thats why they won't release the pictures.

    May 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Josh Kerekes

    VERY bad choice, Mr. President. If you can't show the American People proof of OBL's death, then there's no reason any of us should believe you. You lost my support in 2012.

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. ROBERT

    Why should the US be required to prove bin Laden is dead? How about al Quaida proves he's alive?

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Ray

    This decision by the White House not to release the photos of Osams bin Laden, kind of like a death certificate....resemble the Birth Certificate release...

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Ryan

    I want the picture, so I can hang in on my fridge, and add the caption "Don't mess with the US of A"

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. olga kokochva

    There is plenty of physicial evidence that Osama is dead, starting with the Pakistani compound and the women and children he left behind. They can be interviewed. The photo is not needed. Besides, a photo will not satisfy doubters either. They'll just say it was photoshopped.

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. William dodge

    Who cares let's move on it's in Gods hands now

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Damien

    Thank you!

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Bill

    Good. Another wise decision by our President. That we will never again see or hear from Osama bin laden is proof enough that he is dead.

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Stan

    We'll done! We don't need to prove anything to anyone. 3000 families never saw their loved ones again. Let's stop giving air time to this piece of garbage

    May 4, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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