May 4th, 2011
01:27 PM ET
12 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.


Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama
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  1. tatianna

    President obama you are doing a great job as have changed our lifes as americans..

    May 4, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Grams

    I don't believe it for a minute. They said he had been killed before. I don't believe the DNA the Gov provides. They can deny and change whatever to suite them. Just like the Birth Certificate issue....all his long form proved was there was two different Dr's on two different birth certificates, it proves his dad was NOT American, therefore he still does not qualify to occupy the office of the President of the United States. AND...why the news media never reports those things. They only report what they are told...sad. We can't even depend on CNN for accurate news anymore.

    May 4, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Steve

    And let's see how long it takes the conspiracy loonies to switch from "where's the birth certificate" to "where's the body".

    May 4, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. James Hicks

    Good call! Releasing the photos will only raise tensions and cause unnecessary chatter. Obama for president 2012!!!!

    May 4, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. yovanis

    Now the world will wonder why.

    May 4, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Ellie S.

    This is a relief. I don't want to see a picture of a man with his head blown off to believe that he's dead. They have his DNA, that's good enough for me. Not to mention that I choose to trust my president and the brave SEALS that carried out this operation.

    May 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. jeff t

    What?! 2 guys in my office have already shown pics from "sources.". Are they BSing?

    May 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. John T. Sacramento, C.A

    Why wouldn't they show the photos to put the world at ease? It seems, from your own reporting in foreign countries, the average person there has doubts that need to be put to rest. And I think that should weigh more heavily as a factor.

    May 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. unknown

    Oh no trump is going to come up with another conspiracy... Lmao!!! Bet he is goin to send his own personal investigators to check this out too!!

    May 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Carrie Odegaard

    He made the WRONG choice....We the tax payers paid for the mission, and the Presidents pay, we have a right to see these pictures. After 10 years, we deserve justice as well...SHOW THE PICS...

    May 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Me

    As evil as this may sound, I was forced to see the images of 9/11. I want his dead body to be my lasting memory of him! I feel we ALL deserve it.

    May 4, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. deacon magruder

    That's 'cause there is no body, there are no photos. the man may be dead somewhere, but it's not our fault, chalk it up to disease or old age. we STILL don't know where he is.

    May 4, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. CWhatsNew

    When the President's announced the Laden raid on Sunday night, my first thought was "wasn't he laughing last night at the White House Corresponce Dinner?". Men, he actually issued the order on Friday. This guy can pulled out a good joke and a good laugh when, in the back of his mind, pulling the trigger on such a complicated and gutsy operation. HE is sooooo HOT and COOL! I know some republicans are cheering for him. But sorry for those who are still saying mean words that Republicans now are just some sour in-competant and mean losers!

    May 4, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Myron Berney

    Good Good that Obama is not releasing the photo of Dead Bin Laden–no need thirst for blood, Better to take the Spiritual High Road.

    May 4, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Veteran

    Good move Mr. President, releasing the gory picture would only inflame the radical elements of Islam and Ben Laden supporters and would give them something to show to their uneducated ignorant followers. Beside, it will give the birthers and the Carvinal Barker in the absence of any policies that would benifit americans, something to talk about.

    May 4, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Dee - Topeka, KS

    Thank goodness! It would only fuel the fire for those who don't believe OBL is really dead. I can already hear the skeptics crying foul because they won't get the opportunity to over analyze and scruitinize the photos, coming up with tons of off the wall theories as to why it's not him. Next they'd want the actual DNA reports...I think you know where I'm going with this. Let's leave this alone and move on. The guy is dead. Period. No "photos" needed.

    May 4, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Such a travesty. Can not believe this is happening; All your taxpayer dime that went into this effort? And they are refusing to release visual evidence (contradictory to majority opinion) on that expensive effort? Treason.

    May 4, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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