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Obama Says he Won’t Release bin Laden Death Photo

You’ll just have to take the US government’s word that Osama bin Laden is dead.

That’s because President Obama has decided not to release any photographic evidence of the al-Qaeda chief’s body. Those photos are so graphic, the administration says, that they could stoke violent retaliation against the United States and threaten our national security.

“There’s no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden,” the President told CBS 60 Minutes. But Obama, speaking of the death photos in language concordant with the general Super Bowl atmosphere that followed the news of the assassination, added “we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies… There’s no need to spike the football.”

The President opined that “we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference.” “There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is you won’t see Osama bin Laden walking this earth again,” he said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney added that the President believed it was important that the death photos weren’t “floating around as incitement or as a propaganda tool.”


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