May 4th, 2011
01:27 PM ET
11 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. Anonymous

    There is just too much information flowing around, and I'm sure they want to wait until all the facts, words, and investigations are finished, especially by Pakistan before they go ahead and release the photos. Even better, may be Osama is not even dead. US spent so many billions of dollars tracking down this guy, and in one day, Osama was dead and thrown to the sea? Probably Osama was captured and is still alive. Even releasing the photos won't prove anything. There are no witnesses to prove he is dead, period. Don't care what anyone says.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Booch

    Pics or it didn't happen.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Thank-you. Releasing such photos was a policy of the previous adminstration, which only served to recruit insurgents. The practice did not make any of our troops in the field any safer. Critics can wait for the Bin Laden tape denouncing the attack that killed him.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Tunji

    Why mr obama,let see the picture whether is true.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Whatev

    Totally rediculous

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Alex D

    2.5 trilion his cost us and no pics. That's B.S.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Name denny cline

    If your going to give information that makes the economy cling to hope, then you should prove it. Kind of ironic that Osama just happens to be found and shot as Obamas popularity is going more and more down amoung americans.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. jvh1219

    Pathetic. Give the people what they want and show the pictures. Think of all the families that had a family member killed in that attack and all other attacks that took lives. I am pretty sure that they would like to see evidence that the person responsible for killing there loved ones is dead.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Adam

    For the Americans who had to watch the towers fall and their loved ones perish should be able to view a photo to prove that justice has been served. Its one thing to say, to see is a completely different thing.

    May 4, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Perryboy

    Hey Mr. Trump!! Now you have something to chatter about. Now go and start doing what you do best,like shouting off your BIG mouth.

    May 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. TheQuestioner

    This is outright ridiculous. Quit worrying about enflaming Muslim terrorists and start worrying about enraging the American public. All this will do is fuel conspiracy theories. Prove he's dead or he is not. I will not take my government's word on this. If I were to take the government's word on things, i would expect that my social security will be available when I retire and that we would have a public option for healthcare (which our wonderful President apparently took off of the table the first week of "negotiations"). Prove it Mr. Obama. I voted for you and am very much regretting it.

    May 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Bambi

    This just show that the us will not show that he realy is dead. I can't understand how the dna was done so fast. there has to be at least one pic out of them all to show everyone its him. shame on the goverment

    May 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. john starsick

    We need to see that as americans for our own personal closure , unless there is something our administration is hiding from us.

    May 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Luke

    Ugh, if he doesn't release them this is going to turn into round 2 of his birth certificate. Just RELEASE them so the public knows!!!!

    May 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Jane Anderson

    President Obama doesn't OWN these photos. They belong to the America people and we have a right to see them. I voted for Obama, but I won't vote to reelect him if he doesn't offer us proof of bin Laden's death.

    May 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Russ

    Great political move. It will make the birthers and such even more upset and cause them to distance the independents even farther from their stupidity. Maybe the next time one of their loved ones is killed we should brocast their pictures all over the world.

    May 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Maggie Fimia

    Thank you Mr. Obama for doing the analysis before you make a decision vs. looking at polls. Some questions are appropriate for polling some are irresponsible. This question required careful analysis and assumption of responsibility in either case: Release or Don't Release. Releasing gruesome pictures would not satisfy those who doubt and only inflame those who want retaliation to seek greater harm. Obviously, Mr. Obama has chosen safer ways to verify Osama's death with those who need verification. For the rest of us, think about it. If Osama was NOT dead, he would be all over the news holding the Sunday, May 2 Washington Post!

    May 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Fred

    Big mistake Mr O. Millions of people like me NEED to see something. Elusiveness make untrusting voters.

    May 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. kite005

    It's a good idea they don't release any photo's. They released the birth certificate to please people who keep insisting on the truth of a lie and that still didn't stop the idiots in our society. Releasing the pictures won't stop them either. They should gather a small bipartisan group to examine whatever they have and state their conclusion as to the truth of the events and maybe release pictures down the road. The people who say the killing of Bin Laden is bogus will keep doing it even with a picture. Only time might convince them.

    May 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Tony

    In America we give the ability of a fair trial. In O.B.L. case we shot him twice as he was resisting while unarmed. In the America if people resist we arrest them with force and bring their ass in. I know the situation was tough, but they could have got him out of there to stand trial like everyone else. Instead they decide to shoot him and now will not release photos when people already know all this information.

    May 4, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Jose Luis Santoyo

    It is time to reunite as a country and trust in our leaders. President Obama made a promise to us and now he has made good on his word, we need to trust our President and if he assures us of Bin Laden's death then we need to trust in him. Our president's word should be more than enough and we should be proud of what our President, our country, has accomplished. Justice has prevailed, the US has avenged ALL who have given their lives for this country, let's make them proud............There is no need for "proof"

    May 4, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. crooked bridge

    If you believed it when you heard it, then you do not need a photo to prove it. If you didn't believe it, you are most likely a person who will question the photo's authenticity as well as anything else you hear. America should be a nation of standards, morals and ethics. We have more class than wanting to see a picture of a dead person. He's dead, let's move forward.

    May 4, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. alex

    We released the photos of Saddam's sons after they were killed and they were quite gruesome but it gave us some closure to the American people. Same with Saddam's execution. Even right now there are students in Pakistan that do not believe that Osama has been killed. Hate to be like Saint Thomas but "I wont't believe it 'till I see it."

    May 4, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Bub

    The government made the right decision to not release the photos. He is dead and at the bottom of the sea which is better than he deserves. Let it go and be done with it. It would just inflame and doubters will still doubt. So who cares. He's gone now move on.

    May 4, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. AB

    Prehaps this decision is a good one on the part of President Obama. There is no legitimate public need for the disclosure of the body of Osama Bin Ladin and no public benefit would derive from such a disclosure. There will always be skeptics and conspiracy nuts who will doubt the death of Bin Ladin. Disclosure of the body of Bin Ladin would only create a strange and unseemly atmosphere and appeal to the worst instincts in people.

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