May 3rd, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Latest on Osama bin Laden photo

From CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King

A senior government official involved in the discussions about releasing the photo tells CNN  that a photo release "could" come today via the CIA.

A government official familiar with intelligence matters says deliberations are leaning toward release. Says there is "growing consensus" to release the photo but emphasizes "it isn't unanimous and everyone has understandable hesitation"

The senior government official says there are "a lot to choose from .... Most of them very graphic"

Both say the CIA has been tasked with coming up with best possibilities and then the White House will make the call.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden • The Buzz

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. patricia myers

    I hope the "could" turns into a "will"...the more gross the better.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Anniece Robinson

      On 911 the world, but especially America's normalties and life as we knew it was changed forever through the acts of an irrepairable sociopath agenda. We unbelievably watched the towers come down and all that happen on 911 as the world helplessly watched and grieved. We have since paid over 1 trillion to seek justice for these heinous crimes. These are taxpayers pictures. Absolutely we should be allowed to see the final minutes of this twisted mind hidng behind a woman. Another perspective, it also helps with the healing process. It is helpful to see the wound in order to heal it. For those over the pass nine 1/2 years who thought we would never see justice. Well! Justice was not denied and we want to see it. -Anniece Robinson Memphis, TN

      May 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • hippiekenny

        Well said ! ! !

        May 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Miles Standish

        9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!! You ALL feel this TRUTH in your gut!! obumma bin laden HAS BEEN DEAD FOR YEARS!! This was completely STAGED!!

        If you still believe Building 7 came down in it's own footprint, without damaging either building to the left or right, simply from a few fires, I FEEL VERY VERY SORRY FOR YOU!! I don't want to believe it either, but it's true!


        May 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
      • David

        Ummm, okay Mr. Standish.........soooooo, anyway, let's take a break. For those of you who need it, we'll be serving Lithium in the foyer. And there are psychiatrists on duty. Thank you.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
      • BBme

        Miles Standish well said... They were controlled demolitions very plainly seen. Also a hole the size on a Cessna from a 747 in the pentagon. Can anyone say cruise missile?

        May 5, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  2. Melissa C.

    No matter if it does happen, there are going to be people in the U.S. that will cry that the photos are doctored/fake. I personally do NOT want to see the photos. I'll take Al Jazeera's word that bin Laden is dead. If he wasn't, a tape of the very alive OBL would have surfaced by now. At least that's MY opinion.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Howard

      If it wasn't for the INTEL from the Bush term, Obama would not have found bin Ladin. That INTEL came from GITMO, you know, the place Obama wanted to close. That INTEL resluted from interrogations ... you know the interograions Obama wanted to stop.

      Obama is an shameful opportunist and narcissist, who will gladly take all the credit, regardles of contributions by anyone else ... while conveniently avoiding responsibility, by blaming problems and defeats on everybody else. I doubt if Obama will concede to the fact that Bush's actions contributed to the bin Laden killing. Like the story of the scorpion and the frog, It's simply Obama's nature to feed his huge ego at all costs. So, I can only assume that George Bush will continue to be Obama's favorite whipping boy ... and the excuse for all Obama's short comings.

      Obama probably did not release photos and video at this time, so when he releases them later, so he can string out this story, continue getting more credit, and milk it for every last drop of media coverage he can.

      From Audacity of Hope:

      "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." – Barack Obama

      May 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Name*margie

        F N MONKEY.

        May 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • Tony

        Howard, it's people like who disgrace what America is all about. Shame on you. Please move to another country and take your small minded friends with you.

        May 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • Darin

        Howard, as a military member, and a Republican, I alway point out when someone is posting outlandish lies, such as you just did by typing I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. If you want a Repubican president,you and others need to speak what is true and not buy into false rumors. Here is an example, Obam hs a track record of socialistic ideas,

        May 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • John

        Howard: Fact Check your stuff

        1. <=== that "quote" is fiction.

        2. <== Senate Intel Chair states GITMO had NOTHING to do with Bin Laden getting found.

        3. I feel sorry for you.

        May 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • princesshut

        Tony if you don't like the truth maybe you should move.. The brave men and women that carried out the mission were the same ppl that he (OBAMA ) did not want to pay.. what kind of BS is that..

        May 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • JEANIE





        May 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • Kathy

        BRAVO Howard....... If Clinton would of been doing HIS job there is a great possibility 911 wouldn't of ever happened!!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • Dawn

        Honestly, who cares who gets credit.!! If he is indeed dead then it doesnt matter who gets the credit.. Tomatoe tomatoe.. its all the same... So get over it. If this is true, then it just means there is one less slime bag in this world.

        May 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • Mike

        Your tinfoil hat has a leak in it.

        May 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
      • D-Nice

        Only serious political hacks want to argue who should get more credit for this. All of the last 3 presidents played a part in BIn Laden's death. One thing that should not be debated is that the SEALs are the baddest people on the planet. Why can't we just leave it at that.

        May 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
      • ava


        May 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
      • Mac

        Howard....I feel you are right on the money! I agree with everything you said.

        May 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Miles Standish

      Sorry you fools, but obl has been dead and kept on ice for over 6 years dummies! They waited until the right moment, just before the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to roll him out to portray obumma as the hero. obumma's never served in the military anyways, so he gets credit for NOTHING! Wake up already. obl was dying from kidney disease years ago. This is on record. Do some research for once in your lives already!! Geez, what fools you all are!

      May 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • Mark

        How do you know? What sources do you have? Have you ever heard of Occam's Razor?

        May 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Nene

        Miles, who are you calling a fool? That was a really foolish thing to say that OBL has been dead for 6yrs and kept on ice. Even if that was true, how would a decision made 6yrs have anything to do with Obama? check yourself.

        May 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
      • D-Nice

        Oh miles how did you ever figure that out, you must have a huge brain to have that much knowledge. So if he was already dead why not wait until August, you know the month before September?? Do you not think the Obama administration knows how to read a calendar either?

        May 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
      • Miles Standish

        To PeePee, D-Lice, and the other idiot. It's called research dummies. Now click the link and watch this clip

        May 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • cerr

        You rightwing nuts would not give the President credit if you were participants in the operation. Bigots will be Bigots.

        May 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • ava


        May 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
      • RWR

        Miles, your lack of intelligence is showing!

        May 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
      • Mac

        Miles....if you want to know who is the biggest fool here, just look in the mirror! Shame on you.

        May 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  3. Shawn

    My thoughts are that you release gruesome photos opt for display on the internet only, but make it your business to display clean photos to the general public in an easy-access manner.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Richard Joyce

      To prevent the photos from being a radical tool for retaliation, why not let those who want to view them, for whatever reason, do so at a secured location. They could be viewed through a binocular so no photo copies can be made.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  4. edward

    WeLl done to the seals. But obama must be mindful of what happened when it was claimed Hakimullah Masood was killed and he resurfaced some months later looking, well, erm Alive !

    May 3, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  5. Lauren L

    Let us decide if we want to look at the photos or not– the government shouldn't be the one to determine whether a photo is "TOO GRAPHIC OR NOT" for me, you or ANYONE else. If I don't want to see it, I won't look for it. But if I do, you better be damn well sure I'll be one of the first to check them out.


    May 3, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • yanks79

      Here's my problem with the governments place in releasing this photo. Take a look into history at every murder photo or death photo call it what you want you can get on the net and look up any outlaw from back in the day and see the holes in there chest from being over killed but as americans WE WANT and NEED to see the proof that this monster is dead but that wont happen because i don't think he is dead,. Out in the open hiding i dont believe it maybe but come on we all want this guy dead but think about it no photos nothing then a quick burial at sea no screw that show his body to the world let the other terroist no we are not a country to mess with

      May 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • dar

        My point too we got to see someone's head taken off on the web got to see Hussein's sons dead what is the difference if it is gruesome photos, i think america needs the proof that he indeed is dead...Let's see the photos.....

        May 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • Me

        I have a long distant relative that is one of those photos online, part of the Doolin/Dalton gang. I have no problem with people viewing it. As worthless as he was, however, he didn't murder over 3k innocent people, Americans, Afghanis, Pakistanis, etc. I think in the interest of Americans' safety, here and abroad, the photos shouldn't be released. This is what distinguishes us from our enemies.

        May 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Buzzzz09


      May 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Buzzzz09

      correction.......To Lauren L...........AMEN!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • media=propaganda


      May 4, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  6. Michael

    A video is required , not a photo.
    A photo is not enough, it can be faked easily and some people including me may or will not believe it.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Stella

      Open your eyes- This was too well organized.. How was it that we in California heard the evening of Sunday, but all the students were already savy and on their way to demonstration???? How was it that Obama's speach was so well versed and memorized by him, and he spoke with such eloquence???? This was all a guimick for the upcoming next years election. Oh what a good guy is Obama! and he gets all the credits for Bin Ladin's deat, is he really is dead??? And... Muslim's only bury their dead in the earth, never throw it into the sea to become fish food. Media is eating up the whole thing.

      May 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • D-Nice

        Stella, sorry to say, but there is no help for you. So you are saying that Obama notified students before the news knew of Bin Laden's death?? Really. Also, you don't understand how a professional public speaker can read a message from a teleprompter. Wow. Like I said I don't think there is any help for you, maybe you should start watching cartoons and leave the politics to the adults. The I bet then you would think the coyote was in a conspiracy with the road runner, because how could he keep getting blown up and then be fine in the next scene.

        May 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      Photos, gifs, and even vids can be doctored/photoshopped.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  7. Tim K

    Although all of the tinfoil hat wearers will still claim it is fake, it will nice to have some closure on it. I wonder if they will ever release the video

    May 3, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  8. subhash boss

    good action on america. ab 'D" ki bari h.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  9. paulorogerio pinto decarvalho

    senhores ja entramos numa estrada sem saida
    agora vira outro
    ocupar o lugar de bin ladin isso e um negocio tao bem montada
    que nunca terminara esta

    May 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  10. amanda

    Show the picture already, proof!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  11. Anna Detkova

    American people have a right to see him dead!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  12. Troy

    CNN the Best news station in the WORLD

    May 3, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  13. Tew

    I think it would be a mistake to release photos just as the mistake to release the any graib prison photos. Republicans are gathering at the mouth to see these instead of being content with the end results

    May 3, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • sambo

      I'm not a republican........Wipe the drool off your chin woodhead

      May 3, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Lee

      I say release the photo's. nothing can be as horrible as 9-11 and everything else this evil man did.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • sambo

      I am not a Repulican. Wipe the drool from your chin

      May 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • M

      I agree! Don't beat a dead horse...its over. Say a hail mary and be thankful he's gone from the world...we don't need to glorify him anymore. The end.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Howard

      If it wasn't for the INTEL from the Bush term, Obama would not have found bin Ladin. That INTEL came from GITMO, you know, the place Obama wanted to close. That INTEL resluted from interrogations ... you know the interograions Obama wanted to stop.

      Obama is an shameful opportunist and narcissist, who will gladly take all the credit, regardles of contributions by anyone else ... while conveniently avoiding responsibility, by blaming problems and defeats on everybody else. I doubt if Obama will concede to the fact that Bush's actions contributed to the bin Laden killing. Like the story of the scorpion and the frog, It's simply Obama's nature to feed his huge ego at all costs. So, I can only assume that George Bush will continue to be Obama's favorite whipping boy ... and the excuse for all Obama's short comings.

      Obama probably did not release photos and video at this time, so when he releases them later, so he can string out this story, continue getting more credit, and milk it for every last drop of media coverage he can.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • Nick

        Howard, you are a FOOL. NONE of the intel came from GTMO. The info came from a CIA detainee, not a GITMO detainee. Confirmed by Michael Hayden – Former CIA Director via CNN. Jackass.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • AmericanFL

        Obamas administration pinpointed him, Obama made the call to get him. Bush helped get intel. Stop trying to make this so political! Be happy he got the job done!

        May 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Greg

        Funny that you take the attention off of the death of Bin Laden, to bash the President. They say it's politics that are stalling the country, it's the people that feed negativity that drag this country down. Glad Osama Bin Laden isn't a factor anymore. Bush, Clinton (you forgot this guy) and Obama and all the men and women serving in our armed forces have led us to this moment in history. Forget who claims credit for his assassination. OBL masterminded attacks that claimed innocent lives, he's no longer a threat. That is what REALLY matters.

        May 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • sandra

        So Bush knew he was in Pakistan and didn't do anything.
        Bush needs to explain why he wasted our tax dollars killing innocent people in Iraq instead of using the intelligence to search for the man knowing that he was in Pakistan. Oh, wait. Bush didn't have the intelligence. Nevermind.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Kegman

        If it were Obama that preceded Bush, and OBL was killed during Bush's watch, guess who would take all the credit. The REAL credit goes to intelligence agents and the BADASS Navy Seals!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Rtypei

      Howard, ur a complete ass. Even Limbaugh praised Obama, thank you very much. This is a bipartisan issue-an American victory!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  14. sambo

    I am interested in every detail of this raid. These 40 guys need to have a medal pinned on them by Obama. This is the greatest country in the world.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  15. wompas

    Who cares if they're gruesome? I'm a big boy and I pay the taxes that fund .0000000000000001% of this war.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  16. Ph.Dr. Manuel Iglesias-Guerrero

    USA executed Osama Bin Laden. No evidence: no pictures, no corpse. "USA looking for a reaction that will serve as excuses for...? Osama killed in 2002. Does the DNA sample is then?. Madrid bombings on March 11, 2004. ETA was not involved. Was it a false flag operation? ... Now Libya, Syria ... Watch in:

    May 3, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  17. chris

    These need to be released. People around the world, including myself, need to see these pictures to feel true closure. By keeping them secret, conspiracies and distrust of this great operational victory will provoke doubt in evertone's mind in the near future.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  18. Donnie

    I don't understand why the president acts like the U.S. are the 'Transformers' and Osama bin Laden is 'Megatron' burried his body in the ocean. I don't want to see how they killed that man cause what will we do when it's judgement day for the U.S.?

    May 3, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • pockets

      I'm not religious at all, but I do appreciate how the US is handling the photos of OBL. Its ghoulish to allow the public to view pictures of a man that was hated as much as Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, and sarah palin.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  19. ShaunO

    The world is full of skeptics, of which I am one, and if history has taught us anything it's that our government is capable of lies to achieve a goal (thanks, W). I say they should release it. Air it on the 10pm news and tag it (as they do on shows like Dateline and 20/20) as extremely graphic. Whoever doesn't want to see can change the damn channel. Personally, I want to see the photos with my own eyes and know the S.O.B. is dead. In 2011, it's not enough that my government tells me so. Sorry.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • sonya

      i fully agree there has been talk shows that say there is grafic material and children shouldn't watch so remove them or turn the channel. i personally want to see the photos, i want to be totally certain that a man who is probably just as bad as hitler or worse is actually dead. i don't care how grafic the pictures are.

      May 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  20. j

    Altho this man has masterminded the taking of thounsands of lives his death photo should not be put on display just to curve the morbid curiosity of some he is being judged by ONE GOD now it is now time for healing

    May 3, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  21. Rick315

    There isn't any reason to release the photos unless it is to quell the rumors that Osama really isn't dead. For what it is worth i'll take the President's word for it. There isn't any reason to parade the photos around like some obscence trophy. We are not them. And by them i mean those who display American corpses all over the internet. We are better than that.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  22. bob

    Huge mistake.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  23. Gregg

    I`m a liberal Democrat. Release the picture.

    He was cleaned up before burial. show him cold on a slab. In picking the pic, be mindful of the propaganda value in it for us vs al Queda.

    The picture should have been released to the networks (except Fox) on Sunday night. The anchors should have been kept in the dark unto the President announced that bin Laden had been eliminated! (He wasn`t "assasinated" as some Arab commentator opined.)

    We should be cold & business-like about having taken him out. And use our detached &brutal efficiency as a warning to other dispicables that are considering crossing the USA. Pick the pic based on this criteria.

    Red,White & Blue – – These Colors Don`t Run


    A liberal that supports Financial Reform, Healthcare Reform, Cap & Trade, AND areturn to Clinton-era tax rates on the affluent.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Beth

      Right on Gregg!! If we can't spit on his grave at least show us proof of death. It certainly is not suitable for front page, but CNN late night is absolutely appropriate.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • liz

      I want to see the pics vof the raid and the killing and the dead body and the burial. everything....

      May 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  24. r

    Funny how the WH, CIA have not released any pics or video. On Facebook though, I see all these people who are clearly anti-Obama posting a pic and video of OBL?? I think there fake in my opinion, I mean how does a station like CNN can't get this stuff but they can, makes no sense.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  25. Bill

    Personally, I don't need to see graphic photographs of bi Laden's head, post-shooting. I've seen the Zapruder movie of JFK's assassination enough that I will never watch it again. It changed me a bit, and not for the better.

    I tried to watch the decapitation videos of Americans such as Daniel Pearl held by terrorists but could never bring myself to watch such heinous acts.

    I worry that releasing the photos will spur Osama's supporters to rally even more than they might now.

    I trust our President to weigh the pros and cons and to make a decision on whether or not to release the photos.

    But I will not be looking at the images if they are released.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • DBinNYC

      Good point on the JFK movie ;D

      May 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Robert

      Bill, your tampon is showing. The most heinous thing any among us have seen was the sight of two landmarks falling to the ground with thousands of husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters inside. Bin Laden's head looking like a watermelon after Gallagher got ahold of it may turn my stomach, but it will serve as a warning to those that would harm us. You can attack us, but when we come for you we don't come in the form of Congressmen... We come as SEALs. Just so there isn't any confusion... I am a left-wing liberal, an athiest, I believe in gay marriage, universal healthcare, and many liberal causes... Like my wife and three children living in a safe society.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • Jesse

        If you want to look at the pics, knock yourself out, Robert. I'll probably look myself. But is it really necessary to pull the "your tampon is showing" card? That would be as lame as calling you a d-bag. And I won't resort to that. So you have a nice day, Summer's Eve...

        May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Connie

        Robert your Tampon Comment is unnessessary and sexest GROW UP

        May 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Nick

      If the Zapruder film messed with your head be glad you chose not to watch those beheadings. A couple of my buddies tricked me into watching one of those once, I still have nightmares from it. I once attacked my girlfriend in my sleep because I thought someone was trying to slit my throat. It's not good stuff to see man.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  26. DBinNYC

    After experience the internet boards since the news broke, i share MANY peoples desire to see some kind of photo proof. Yes they may be graffic...but hey it is what it is. why did he get shot? why not incapacitate him with a stun gun or a tranquilizer or something...not shoot his brains out? 😕 i mean was he arms...i can only wonder. i'm not political...but i do doubt that my government, as much as i love the USA and experienced first hand the 9/11 attacks, does not always do the right thing. it would have been nice to see him in custody and bring him to justice like sadam. very confused feelings at this moment..but mostly HAPPY that if he is dead, there is one less bad guy in the world today. who's to say if the pictures when and if they do come out are not some hoax photoshop pieces. ahhh yah yaheeee... Rodney King said it best...Can we all just get along? 😀

    May 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  27. patricia myers

    I am a Democrat, but I don't think releasing the photos has anything to do with politics...I just hated this guy so much and have seen gory pictures of people he has killed. Now I would like to see one of him.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • sonya

      aint that the truth i want to see the pics video i don't care

      May 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  28. cody

    Just let the people choose

    May 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  29. Fred BeyneName*

    They all should know this is what happens when you act up- Mexico's drug lords and gangs also!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  30. darlene m

    The pics of Osama Bin Laden dead should be shown. I as an American want to see them. Remember what this monster did to us..he showed no compansion.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Seth

      Bin Laden had 3 potential lethal wounds. 1 wss a gun shot to his chest and 2 were wounds above his left eye. Since standard procedure for the SEAL team is a finishing double tap (two rapid shots in succession) I have the feeling that the woman (bin Laden's wife) stepped in front of bin Laden to protect him. She was shot and dthe bullet passed through her and hit bin Lden in the chest killing him. A SEAL then stepped up and did the double tap into osama's head. End of story.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  31. Lee

    I do not need to see the pix. On the other hand, disbelievers/teabaggers/birthers (spelled r-a-c-i-s-t), willfully demand their continued ignorance so that they can hold on to their conspiracy plots about our president.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  32. Paige

    It's hard to explain, but I have a terrible time seeing (and usually don't look at) pictures and videos of animal abuse that make the news from time to time. I can't imagine having a difficult time seeing any post-mortem pictures of this guy.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  33. xioxiox

    Gruesome or not, that's beside the point. The American people deserve to have proof that this man is no longer amoungst the living so that we can again sleep in peace knowing that our government is doing everything it can to protect us from monsters such as this. We have a right to know and we demand the irrefutable evidence that Osama Bin Laden is indeed dead, and if that means seeing some rather unsettling pictures then so be it.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • sonya

      so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  34. cjl

    don't show the pix. we aren't savages.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Dylan Young

      Wow really? Not being a sheep, I demand tangible evidence of his death. Without it there's no way of knowing what became of him. And do not start on 'taking the presidents word for it,' that's just stupid. Think for yourself, and question authority. As for the savage remark, there is nothing savage about demanding the proof.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  35. Lil

    I think the pictures should be realeased! Nothing could be more graphic than us watching the twin towers burn, people jumping out of windows, people in the streets running for their lives, some bloody, some being carried by others, and so on. We have graphic movies being played in theater's, and we can turn on our televisions every day and night and see graphic photos. So whats the big deal of seeing one more dead body! Confirm everyones doubt and get on with it. Also STOP sending money to them! WE OWE THEM NOTHING. Keep our money in our country and start putting our country back to gether as one NATION UNDER GOD! There are plenty of Americans who need jobs. Keep the American Dollar on our soil!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  36. cjl

    dont't show the pix. we aren't savages.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Nick

      Yes we are.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Justspiffy

        I say release it! We see worse daily on tv and in video games.

        May 4, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  37. Sam

    First of all being a tea party member doesn't mean you're a racist. secon of all release them. put them on the net so that not everyone can get to them and children can't see them. and if u wish not to view then you don't have to.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  38. g45

    You folks betta show the viedo cause if I got to give up my rights I gotta see what for. Bin laden(tim osmen) didnt do 9/11 the cfr,trilateral,buildabergers(the elite) used the presidents to do americans dirty. People the elite produce the terror then clean it up all the while taking our freedoms its the new world order. Please look at what lies are being told old photos, no body, and he just happend to leave a msg for americans. They found sadam and let us see his hanging didnt they. Wake up cause this sh?t aint adding up and if you do believe it I got ocean front property in arizona I can sell you partna!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  39. Squeeker

    My morbid curiosity wants to see the photos and if they're released I'll certainly look at them, but my common sense says that we should probably take the high road and not rub salt in the wounds of radicals. It's satisfaction enough that we took out bin Laden and that should suffice. However, the photos exist and there's no way that they'll stay under wraps for long. If it were left up to me I'd say they should be "leaked" to the public many months from now, after the fervor has died.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      Good points.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  40. Tim

    Please release this photo, but do it in black and white and covered with watermarks to prevent it being photoshopped into countless joke and gag pictures. Put a black bar over the goriest part and write "State Department" or something in translucent lettering all over it. We don't need this picture being pasted into The Last Supper, Sesame Street, Star Wars, and god knows what else.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Nick

      I'm gonna find an old picture of Usama and Photoshop some meat onto his head and lol at everyone who thinks it's real. Or just write FATALITY over it. See that's what I do because my medical job was phased out and I've been unemployed and hanging out in my moms basement for the last 2 gd years.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  41. claus

    Not only would I like to see pictures of that dead prick but I'd really like to watch video of the entire raid with the actual uncensored shots that killed that motherfucker.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  42. inforesourceful

    Release the pictures. Not only for the disbelievers sake, but for America's sake.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  43. jim

    release the pics..the terroists are gonna hate us one way or the it really doesnt matter.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  44. J W

    Release the photo America deserves to see him not breathing !!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  45. Johnny F.F.

    The autopsy photos of Uday and Qusay Hussein were distributed to the media, and they were not pretty. I say, why not publish the photos of a dead Osama bin Laden? I mean, this douchebag was one of the worst mass murderers in the history of mankind. He deserves no dignity, even in death.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  46. tim

    Im Conservative REPUBLICAN and proud of it! need to see at least one picture because i dont trust anything that the liberals say

    May 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Henry

      You don't trust liberals? Laughable coming from a Republican with the likes of Donald, Sarah, Michele, Huckabee, etc.

      You Republicans are morally bankrupt. I appreciate a conservative but you are no conservative. You are a Republican.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  47. independent

    It's a hoax, completely and utterly. too many holes in this, and honestly, I wouldn't believe any photo produced at this time. if this were real, someone, somewhere would have had it on youtube before his body cooled. Anybody whom believes this load of trash should take a step back and ask themselves just how firm a grip on reality they have.

    There were less holes in the recent Avatar: the last Air bender movie. Wake up America! stop playing the willing patsy for a government that doesn't give two craps about you! Why would anybody in their right mind believe a person whom has lied every time he's been on camera since he took office?

    I'm referring of course to the only president of the U.S.A. to have been born in 2 states, depending on his position in our government.

    fyi- I do NOT support Financial Reform, Healthcare Reform, Cap & Trade, or a return to Clinton-era tax rates on the "affluent".

    I would support government reform, union reform, and a return to common sense and word of the peoples' law.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • g45

      Im with you independent on that! Motherfuckem!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Henry

      Gee Independent,

      I always thought that Independents were reasonable. You are not Independent unless you are an Independent idiot. Do you trust your spouse even or your parents or your children? Are you going to give me more definitions now?

      You are a true tin foil hero.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  48. Gary W. Adams

    Yes release the pictures! We deserve to see them as does the world. Stop worrying so much about stepping on everyones else's feelings...

    May 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  49. S71

    Democrat, republican.. Does not matter.. Show us the proof that he IS, in fact Dead and not some political stunt by a president with low polling trying to boost his 2nd term. They showed pictures of Sadam Hussien, What is different here? MAYBE this will finally give closure to the 1000's of families that lost love ones in 9/11. Release the photos!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  50. joe

    Show me, I want proof I want 100 percent undeniably that this is not a B.S. Story. Sadam caught and its all over the news they hung him it all over everywhere osama. Not one peace of evidence... Why did it really happen

    May 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  51. jaru

    Show the pix to the american people and to the world making a statement that if u mess with the u.s.a. U are gonna pay even if it takes 10 years we will find u and deal with u!!! Proud to be an american!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  52. Henry

    There is no need to show the pictures. The only people who want to see the photos are those who: 1. Want to see any gory pictures and 2. Are conspiracy theorists who don't like our President. Protest all you want but I think we start realizing that these clowns are nothing more than r-a-c-i-s-t-s.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • independent

      I love it when the best people can bring to the table to counter legitimate arguments is the word; "Racist". you're absolutely right though, I have to admit the human race is by far my favorite. I don't much care for the rat race, or the three-legged race, though.

      just so yo know, I'll even post the meaning of the word for you, so that maybe you won't confuse intelligence with racism anymore.

      a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
      a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
      hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
      • Henry

        Now the dictionary comes out? Be a bit more original, please!!!!!

        May 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • DBinNYC

      really Henry? racist? come on 😛

      May 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • g45


      May 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • James

      Right, anyone with the gall to question Obama is clearly a racist pig. Furthermore questioning our government is down right un-American! I believed everything Bush said as absolute fact and i shall with Obama too!!! They couldn't possibly deceive us, we elected them.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  53. oscar

    They need to release the picture ASAP.. Noone believes that he is actually dead. The government has way too many secrets and why should we believe them here (until they release the photo).. F**K GEORGE BUSH!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Tomulus

      google image search "dead bin laden"

      May 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  54. Bo

    These photos should not be released quite yet. Perhaps release them next year... allow for some time to pass.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  55. Richard

    I say show the pictures ,If people don't like it, don't look in fact show the video maybe this will send a clear message to any one else that America means business don't mess with us or friends or you will be next

    May 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  56. chris

    i think that they should show the pics because we as americans had to see our loved ones die by this man and we have the right two see where all our tax $ been going four the past ten years!! so show the world just what happens when you mess with the sleeping giant(U.S.A), he hed no problem showing us the people he has killed or harmed so i think the usa should be proud and show everyone what we can do! THEY SHOWED SADAM HUSSIN DEATH AND THE MAN WAS NOT INCHARGED OFF 911 DID NOT HAVE WOMD. YET BOTH ARE BAD MEN BOTH HATED the USA so both should share the same thing,DEATH FROM THE USA!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  57. cindy

    Show the pics. We had to watch people jumping to their deaths on 911 rather tha being burned alive. If we don't show them he will be spotted all over the world by those who don't believe he is dead in the first place

    May 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  58. Brenda

    As an American Citizen let me be the judge of looking at the photos. We watched daily for weeks Americans running from burning buildings, jumping out of burning buildings and People who lost their lives trying to save Other Americans. If Justice was served, then I have the freedom as an American Citizen to look at them. If others do not want to see them...TURN THE CHANNEL....after all we are in America!!! GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMAN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY!!!! THEY DESERVE ALL THE CREDIT!!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  59. independent

    @ Oscar, actually, those of us that don't believe everything we are told by the media or its government controllers have been asking for proof he was even still alive.

    And since photographs can be faked, why bother with one? they should have brought his body back to the states for more documented confirmation, or sent it to an uninvolved party for a confirmable identification. instead, they dumped it in an obscure area which they won't release the exact details of, which makes it almost impossible to prove their story false.

    the last is what troubles me the most, especially in a country where "proof beyond reasonable doubt" is supposed to be law.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Henry

      Are you a birther too? The nice thing is that we are lucky that we don't have to satisfy YOUR requirements. We only try to appeal to reasonable people. What is the definition of "reasonable"? Enlighten me!

      May 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
      • DBinNYC

        Birther? who's the racist now heeeeenrrrryyy? 😛

        May 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  60. Linda

    We've seen American pilots beaten and their bodies drug thru the streets of these terrorist countries. We've seen American service men beheaded by terroists, but you won't show us this SOB's dead body??? Wher's the justice?

    May 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  61. independent


    You have got to be kidding. You're on here claiming that anybody whom is questioning Obama is clearly a racist, (Which is an Obama favorite) and telling me to be original, please, tell me your joking.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Dylan Young

      It's ok, we all know about Henry Haha let's just be glad he's not in office

      May 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  62. J W

    Henry needs a life

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  63. Fabio Cruz

    Hurry up WH/CIA before the Wikileaks guys do their job.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  64. independent

    wow, the Obamiots have found yet another new "word" to describe those whom wish to preserve OUR country. Personally, I could give a crap less where Obama was born, I think it would be a good step in the right direction to acknowledge we are a nation built of and by immigrants from other countries, It'd also mean that Arny could run. 🙂

    However, I refuse to blindly accept every piece of crap the government tries to shove down my throat, and, when you look outside the box, at all the information available, this fairy tale comes out looking more and more preposterous by the minute.

    As for returning to the constitution, I'll say it proudly, I'm all for it. before we drifted away from that particular document, we were a prosperous nation, which had influence around the world, since we drifted, we've known little more than hardship, well, those of us not born into the wealth of those that came before us, whom were born into similar wealth.

    oh, and you might want to brush up on your history a bit, since we recently, though not too recently, passed a bill requiring our government to be 100% forthcoming with the american people, which they are clearly considering violating currently. you might have heard of it, since Obama signed the initial bill presentation as a Chicago born and raised senator. 🙂 Its called the Freedom of Information Act.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Sorry independent

      But it was Bush who used our constitution as toilet paper. His executive orders changed the way our constitution is treat. Eavsdropping, detention and search without probably cause, just to touch on a few. The overzealous Patriot Act stripped the contitution of many of the rights we had enjoyed for 200 years before.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • independent

        Not sure what your point is, two wrongs make a right? don't remember ever mentioning the patriot act, though you're definitely right on it being overzealous. FoIA was a senate based legislation, to force bush and the pentagon to release uncensored information regarding findings in Iraq, after we discovered no WMD's there.

        My point was that Obama had been a prominent supporter of FoIA, and now refuses to release supposed photographic proof that his clandestine "operation" brought down a man we haven't heard from in almost half a decade, whom was considered 8 years ago as having a "very serious kidney disease, requiring dialysis" In a country that swore up and down for a decade they had exhausted every resource to find him if he was in their country at all, and then just dumped the body in open sea, to "honor his religious beliefs and traditions" which we stamp all over here in the states when those beliefs interfere with criminal investigations.

        Add to the above that the president has been under tremendous pressure, (from all sides and internationally) to bring an end to our middle east occupation, has been ridiculed by all parties, and is trying to rescue his career in politics, comes out and says to the world "I got him"?

        I don't believe in coincidence in the best of events, and there's just too much of it here. I'll say it again, far too many holes in this sordid affair for me to take it at face value. show me a body, then show me a U.N. inspectors report declaring it to be him. Otherwise its all propaganda.

        May 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • chriss

      You are what, is wrong with this country. If you dont believe it, then so be it. Go in your house close all the blinds and
      B*tch and moan, but the ones who actually lost family members in the 9/11 attacks may need closure, let them have there moment.

      You also need to get your facts straight, the reason he is being tossed in the ocean is so that his followers wont try to make his grave a shrine to worship, and Pakistan government is kurupt. If they knew his wherabouts (WHICH THEY DID) they would not have given him up because that fool was paying them off.

      May 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  65. Let it out

    This picture is not for Americans. It is or the non-believers in the arab world. The pictures in other countries always show graphic images. It is better to show the insane islamist that this is what happens when you piss America off than to let them create conspiracy theories that he has somehow survived a Seal attack.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  66. Tomulus

    Google the image. Its all over the net already. Type in "dead bin laden".

    May 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  67. thadjr

    yes they should put the picture out so we can see for ourselfes,the gov knows how to make up things put it on the news and folks belive it well i dont i need proof

    May 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  68. doug

    Releasing the pics will accomplish nothing. If people are so skeptical that they think Obama is lying, how are some grainy photos of a man who hasn't been seen in 10 years going to convince them? If the government is supposedly sophisticated enough to fabricate this story, wouldn't they also have the ability to doctor the photos? And for those of us who DO believe the news, release of the pics will only serve to titillate and satisfy our morbid curiousity. I have no need or desire to see a picture of anyone shot through the face, no matter how evil they were. To no avail though – I couldn't avoid seeing pics of Saddam's dead sons, and I won't be able to avoid seeing bin Laden's either. I'm glad he's dead, but I don't need to have his dead disfigured face haunting my subconscious.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  69. Linda Fleming

    We've seen American pilots beaten by terrorist and their bodies drug thru the streets of these terrorist countries. We've seen American service men beheaded by terroists, but you won't show us this SOB's dead body? Just does'nt make sence to me. Are were afraid to show the world what we've done?

    May 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • jim eckhoff

      I totaly agree with this statement, sometimes i think people want to put thier head in the sand and be totally oblivious to whats going on in this world as long as it doesn't pertain to them, way of life,etc.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  70. Alex agu

    I still remember watching on live tv people jumping from the top of the towers... I say show the most graphic pictures of this piece of @@##...

    May 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  71. maoga

    we were showed pix of sadam hussein why hide this? people in africa will only believe after seeing the photos

    May 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  72. maoga

    we were showed pix of saddam hussein why hide this? people in africa will only believe after seeing the photos

    May 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  73. j hall

    Release the photos! From all angles! I want to look into his right eye and spit on my computer screen.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  74. Teresa

    Release the pictures. After everything he has caused, I want to see the pictures. Let the public choose whether or not they want to look at them. I won't believe it until I see them.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  75. James

    How quick the government was to release photo's of the atrocities that took place at Abu Garib Prison. Obama allowed news camera's to film and document the transportation and arrival of caskets containing American Service men and women arriving home. Footage from 9/11 is readily available. I don't get it, what is the difference?

    May 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  76. Amanda

    Stop grouping all conservatives or tea-partiers under the blanket of racism. I am so sick of the race card that I could vomit. Stereotypes are dangerous and before you stereotype entire groups of people, you should get the facts first. Assumptions and scape-goating are dangerous! Don't you learn from history? The holocaust? You must be rather sure of yourself to be out here spouting such fool-hardy dangerous accusations at people, calling them racist and all. Knock your political crap off. So is it then true that every non-caucasion person who dislike George W. Bush was also "racist". Give me a break.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Alex agu

      Stop defending yourself your conservative or teabagger friends, as long as some racist people represent them all of you are racist.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  77. j hall

    Yes! Please release photos! I want to look into his right eye and spit on my computer screen. It has to happen...the american people need real proof...I won't believe it til I see it...if you don't want to look...don't...but I for one do.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  78. Amanda

    Stop grouping all conservatives or tea-partiers under the blanket of racism. I am so sick of the race card that I could vomit. Stereotypes are dangerous and before you stereotype entire groups of people, you should get the facts first. Assumptions are dangerous! Don't you learn from history? The holocaust? You must be rather sure of yourself to be out here spouting such fool-hardy dangerous accusations at people, calling them racist and all. So is it then true that every non-caucasion person who disliked George W. Bush was also "racist". Give me a break.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Alex agu

      When you see or hear a teabgger or conservative using racist words call him out on that.
      There is racism in the teabagger and conservative movement.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  79. Nancy

    I propose a three-prong test for sanity in this country:

    1. Do you believe that the President was born in the United States?

    2. Do you believe that the WTC collapsed as a result of airplanes being flown into it?

    3. Do you believe that bin Laden is truly dead?

    Answer "no" to any of the above, and you have a one-way ticket to the sanitarium. Oh, wait, that'd eliminate about 50% of the Repubican/Tea Baggers, wouldn't it? Wow, maybe then we could actually get something done in this country.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Alex agu

      I say that will eliminate 50% of republicans and 100% of teabaggers.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  80. mnsoldier

    I say show the pictures so most people will be able to accept it, othewise the wackos will say he is not dead and that we are now keeping him in a secret jail.
    Show his dead @ss

    May 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • independent

      Hey now, Elvis really is in a secret jail!

      May 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  81. Fredrick

    Yes it is morbid, however, there would be closure in seeing his lifeless image. Congrats go to our fearless Commannder in Chief, President Obama and his predecessor Bush, and the many others involved

    May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  82. Diane

    The sob is not dead. We have not been attacked no proof and they want me to believe he is dead..... When proof is shown I will believe.... Untill then I don't believe anything that comes from the white house! He has blad face lied to us before and I think he still is... Last week his BC. This week we killed bin laden and next year is election year.... Come on wake the hell up

    May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Liberty

      Does it hurt to be that stupid? Are you kidding me? A picture will prove it? Have you any clue as to what can be done to and/or with pictures these days? Bless your heart... educate yourself.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  83. Free to choose

    Here's the skinny. Put on the pics. for those who want to see. For those who don't want to see them ,simply don't look. HMMMMMMMMMM sounds simple to me.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  84. J W

    Republican Tea baggers? The demicrap's would get sumthin done ok like driving them selves farther and farther into debt !!!

    May 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Alex agu

      Theres tons of evidence to show that since the 1980s republicans have been responsible for 90% of the debt this country owes. Bush added 5.5 trillion dollars to it and hand it Obama a 1.3 trillion deficit.
      But since teabaggers and conservatives wont even recognize the proof that shows Obama was born in this country, there's no point in posting it up the facts for you.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  85. chris

    It is kinda of suspicious that there was a muslim burial, so soon after his death, when he was not a actual muslim.he had no gun in that room. I am not a genious but maybe if he was brought in we maybe able to find out about future attacks. If you start chopping off toes and start moving up, you can probley find out quite abinow we are getting 2 stories about pakistan, 1st they were mad because we did not tell them nor did we their ok. Now they are giving their full support.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  86. BreeAnn

    i believe that the photos should be shown for the simple fact that our children/grandchildren will be learning about this in history but only when they are at high school level, and i remember seeing pictures in my history book of the Jews that were slain by Hitler and his army. Also i believe the photo should be shown because we sat here and had to watch 9/11 happen and watch our people die, so we should see a photo of him dead..

    May 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  87. Name*mikeytrix

    If obl wasn't dead don't you think he would have proved that by now w some terrorist video of sorts? I don't need photos to cinfirm he's dead, him not showing up on my tv after another attack is enough for me. Why not you?

    May 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Justspiffy

      not if he has made a deal with the states ..

      May 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  88. Julie Labrouste, Tacoma WA

    Not that I want to see it at all, that is PUBLIC property and should NOT be held back. "Our", government needs to STOP deciding not to provide the PEOPLE that it SERVES with OUR property, especially when it clearly has nothing at all to do with national security; THAT is governmental ARROGANCE.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  89. Ben Dover

    ??? We have seen Saddam Hussein Swinging from a rope, We Have seen his Sons death photos, their autopsy pics,
    Weve seen various Pics of dead, and dying on Youtube, Our own troops coming home with mangled Bodies, not to mention the deaths, and Losses from 9/11- Washington DARES to Deny those of us any kind of Closeure whatsoever, YET
    Osama Bin laden has been given the Right of having his corpse shrouded from the World, and respectfully dumped into the Sea without the simple proof of Life.- The Conspiracy of BUSH INC. Continues. Its Just More Disrespect to the American people.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  90. guest

    My personal opinion, I hope they release the photo.
    On 9/11, I was only a couple of blocks away from the trade center when the second plane flew right over me into tower two. The sound of the explosion was deafening and I ran. I personally knew several people who were killed that day. For the next few days, I saw on every news outlet, images of people dead or jumping to their deaths to escape the inferno inside those buildings. For the weeks after, walking in the city all you could smell was this putrid, burning metal/plastic odor that just lingered for what seemed like forever. For three years, I had mild panic attacks everytime I heard a plane fly overhead. For the next decade, we've been showed the faces of our lost service men and women, images and video of those whose dead charred bodies were strung up and dragged around Iraq like trophies, images of people killed in subway attacks in Italy and the UK, countless terrorist attacks worldwide, ....and the image of this monster bin Laden.
    For all of this, while the photos are said to be gruesome, I think Al-Queda has done a fine job of prepping us with gruesome images. Except this time, it won't be the images of the innocents we lost. It will be the image of the devil getting his due. And after everything this monster and his sick followers have put the world through, I think I can handle seeing a picture of him dead.
    I sympathize with those who say the image will only fan the flames and endanger our military service members. But regardless of the picture being released, we will ALWAYS be in danger as long as people with his ideology exist.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Honor

      I was touched by what you said! I am a sickened by some of the comments on here. I have been sitting here for almost an hour just reading. Your comments actually touched me! May God bless you and yours!! From one American to another! Thank you to all our armed service people! We have the opprotunity to comment on such things as this bc of ONLY them! Ive lost countless friends overseas although I don't know anyone from NYC i truly felt there pain and suffering

      May 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  91. vikingwoman

    While I think the world needs proof, this is a rough decision. It's a damned if you do or dont scenario, either way. Just like some assorted nuts still believe the President is a "Kenyan socialist," some similar nuts will not believe binLaden is truly dead. I also feel like our goverment needs to be extra vigilant now. Just like in an abusive relationship, things are most dangerous when the woman leaves, when revenge is imminent! This is truly a great burden lifted from our nation & the world. I can almost hear our collective sigh of relief!

    May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  92. jennifer

    We the American people need to see the photos of OBL, no matter how grusome they may be! The tragic day of September 11th,2001 rocked this nation in one of the worst possible ways! We need that piece of mind that knowing the mastermind of those horrible events, is dead! even thou you said that he was, we need that conformation done by our own two eyes! So the american ppl can rest a lil easier, and that all of the family and friends of the victims of that horrific day may finally have some peace!

    May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  93. QuoFataFerunt

    Pics or it didn't happen...i wanna see high res undoctored or its just the ninth time the faked his death...

    May 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  94. Wolfcastle

    Just another example of our benevolent government telling us that 'We can't handle the truth". And they wonder why no one trusts them anymore. We bought 'em, now give up ALL the pictures and videos NOW!

    May 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  95. J W

    Well stated Tony

    May 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  96. S. Owen

    I love the way Obama is blamed for everything wrong with this country. He inherited this mess. I think that he has done a good job with what he was left with. He said in the very beginning that things weren't going to turn around over night or in the first year. Given everything that has happened over the past 3 years, I think that he has done a good job. I think that Congress and the House are the ones that need to be blamed for alot of stuff. Who cares about baseball players purgery charges. We have more important things to worry about. Congress and the House are the ones that need to be booted out of office. I voted for Obama the first time and will vote for him again if and when he runs for election again. And to top it off I am a White Female that lives in the South. Go figure huh? Keep up the good work President and hope that we have another 4 years with you come November 2012

    May 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  97. Droid

    It is not the gov't telling us what we can handle... I am not sure where i stand on this, but consider:

    1. We don't have a RIGHT to see this.
    2. I know others won't agree, but if this pisses off the radicals and causes them to harm others, is it worth it?
    3. Will the nutjobs who don't believe that a long form birth certif is real after a GOP official from Hawaii assured the public that it was legit find any pic acceptable... or will we hear FAKE, PHOTOSHOP, OBAMA WILL DO ANYTHING TO GER RE-ELECTED!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  98. Carl Swanson

    Please find another story to report soon, CNN just drones on and on about the same story for two weeks and will move to a new story and stay on that for weeks, Please, just the news and move on!!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  99. B L

    I agree with many of you here who have stated that the pictures need to be posted online for those of us who have the 'stomach' to see them, and choose to view them. But one thought came to my mind when some people agreed with those in the intelligence community about the pictures being too graphic; near the end of World War 2 when the Death Camps of Nazi Germany were discovered and those pictures were publicized, did anyone cry "Too graphic?" ...and those pictures were publicized without the internet.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  100. Mr.Liberty

    It's disappointing at how many people STILL believe in the Osama " Boogeyman" Legend that is perpetuated in the media and government , And by Citizens ! The Bush Family thought highly of Osama when they were getting rich off of the BinLaden Family . Then he becomes the scapegoat of a fictional group called " Al Qaida " Wake Up and Grow Up Sheeple !!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  101. oscar

    Hahaha Howard is a dumbass and I bet he's a republican too.. The government has to show proof that they did kill Osama because millions of people are skeptical and should be. There are way too many conspiracies and secrets.. And Howard if the dumbfuck redneck George Bush never became President the 9/11 attack would have NEVER HAPPENED!! ur own president created the worst attack on earth

    May 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  102. EE

    One thought if indeed he is history dead what ever a little proof would not hurt. Bashing the president or sarah palin just makes who ever does it trash. Its high time we take out the trash. If you have a problem with the current adminastration, well vote for some else in 2012. Any one who did not like GW Bush well he's out. Obama is in. Thats life deal with it. OSama Bin Ladens dead, thank GOD and move on. To many cry babies, tough shttttt. The republicans are un happy it did happen during there watch. Boo Hoo. Ok kids soap up the tough Shttt tears and move on. Nooo your going to here its a fake, those pictures are doctured up. Can't make anyone happy once again tough shhhht. Babies I did not like Bush but I suck it up for 8 yrs. Stop calling the current President or other political person names. I am going to sell soap up the tears towels on the internet, for you cry babies, your are going to make me rich. Oh well enough said time to get back to work and not waste anymore of my time. Just move onnnnnn.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  103. Rita

    The hunt for Bin Laden has ended, I have no desire to look at the death pictures. Let us all move on with grace and ease.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  104. Mr.Liberty

    Oscar is right on . Bush is so stupid that he couldn't make money in his daddy's oil business , So he got loans from the Bin Laden Family . Just like Billy Carter , His brother was the President , But he goes to JAPAN for a 10 million dollar loan !! HAHAHA . All these FACTS are easily researched HERE on the INTERNET . Don't be Lazy Folks !! Do Your Research !!

    May 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  105. Akinola

    Either photo or not just in a simple way, Osama is dead. the form the operation comes was the best, because there are psychophant in CIA, even in American administration. So it was easy for Osama to srike at first. The way Mr President handled the operation was the best way the Bush administration would have handled it, but because they have forgotten that today will come they thught Osama was a cheap desert cocroach. releasing the pictures are not the best, what of the video of the whole drama.God bless Obama&SEAL team and the snippers that involved in that operation MISSION TO KILL.Continue to sing choruses in hell Osama.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  106. Mr.Liberty

    "We should revisit the history of BCCI, a bank used by the legendary Palestinian terrorist known as Abu Nidal. BCCI was closely tied to American and Pakistan intelligence. Its clients included the Afghan rebels, and the brother of Osama bin Laden, Salem. Salem bin Laden named Houston investment broker James R. Bath as his business representative in Texas, right after George W. BushÕs father became CIA director in 1976. By 1977, Bath invested $50,000 into juniorÕs first business, Arbusto Energy, while Osama bin Laden would soon become a CIA asset. George W. BushÕs FBI director Robert Mueller was part of the Justice DepartmentÕs questionable investigation of BCCI. (On BCCI, the bin Ladens, and the Bushes, see the books, The Outlaw Bank, A Full Service Bank, and Fortunate Son)." Further details of the business and financial relationships between the Bush and bin Laden family are found in Peter Brewton's 1992 book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush. BCCI, incidentally, was founded by a Pakistani.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  107. sambo

    This is the internet.......................................produce the photo Obama

    May 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  108. carla

    I realize that some (most) people feel a need to see this gruesome photo for closure I guess. Some ppl won't believe he is dead until they see this. When many people have seen loved ones in the morgue so that they have closure. Keep in mind that while their loved ones are in the morgue have been cleaned up as much as possible. These photos show OBL as is after being shot in the head between the eyes. He wasn't cleaned up. I think it's people's sick need to see blood and gore. If that's the case, just look up gore on the internet and you'll find plenty. The difference in this is that this body is not cleaned up for viewing. There's also a sensitivity issue here. It could strike anger in the muslim world and put us at greater risk. Give it a few days to see what President Obama is going to do. Relaxc,

    May 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  109. J W

    Put the joint down MR. Liberty. Produce the photo OBAMA !!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  110. CW

    Do some research and you can find al Qaeda and other extremist groups that admitted yesterday that he was killed.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  111. carla

    One last thought on this subject. Someone is giving credit to Bushes policies regarding OBL. Does anyone recall that when asked about pursuing OBL he said something about not really caring where he was, it wasn't his priority. Well,guess whose priority it was? So many little facts that small minded people say on here. Not much thought given to what you are saying.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  112. Dawn

    Oscar, one man does not have that kind of power to have one group attack... it is known that the attack was planned long before he was president.. As far as knowing for sure if he is dead. We don't know, I agree we have lost faith in our government. So believing them is a hard to do thing. I pray that they have been honest and are telling the truth.

    As far as our crazy opinions, you are all entitled to believe in what you want. Does not make it true and your belief is just that. Your belief. not the belief of the American people as a whole

    May 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  113. oscar

    Wow some of u people are just "plain-sight" IGNORANT.. The government needs to stop hiding and keeping the most important information.. And how could a picture or even the video make anything any worse? Even if they don't let us see it, the Taliban already have an attack made out or are planning one as we speak.. All I got to say is. IGNORANT AMERICANS WAKE THE FUCK UP!! U can thank that piece of shit George Bush for 9/11... And I wish we had more presidents like Obama, Kennedy, and Clinton

    May 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  114. oscar

    And also they say the photos are gruesome? I bet everyone remembers the videos CNN showed of the american being be-headed... Why does our country have to be the DUMBEST in the WORLD!!!?v?

    May 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  115. Rickenstein

    hahaha you people are so mislead because of the mainstream media. lol perhaps reading some info on The Dulce Book.

    "Those conspiracies that are too incredible to be believed, are by the same right those which most often succeed."

    May 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  116. oscar

    And isn't it funny that we found Osama AFTER the Bush(shit) administration left office? Yes ppl think a lil bit

    May 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  117. solomon

    AT this time of globalisation we dont expect such poorly planned fake stagings by the current American government.Its so high school,maybe they should apologise and after some years take their time to stage it better,sorry.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  118. solomon

    AT this time of globalization we don't expect such poorly planned fake stagings by the current American government.Its so high school,maybe they should apologize and after some years take their time to stage it better,sorry.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  119. Dog

    I am amazed at all the namecalling.
    1. We were attacked on 9/11 because we are America, not becuse of who was Pres.
    2. Bush Admin and Obama Admin both deserve credit with our military men and women.
    3. People want to see or not see for personel reasons. That is their right regardless of Party. I fought for that right.
    4. I doubt anyone killed in the twin towers gave a damn about their party when they were dying. They were thinking of more important things such as their families.
    5.Regardless if bin Ladin is dead or not, we still have a battle ahead of us.
    6. Get a grip people. We are Americans and we have the freedom to vote. I wouldn't be surprised if half the people whining on here about Bush or Obama didn't even vote.
    By the way. I am a Tea bagger, ex special ops, my two best friends consist of a black liberal and a white conservative.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      Nice post.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      Nice post.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  120. jim eckhoff

    Well since this is over, does number two want to take this new position or relinquish the position to number three.C areful fellas, we're watching you.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  121. glen

    I have my doubts about the whole thing myself. Last I knew, DNA took WEEKS to ID, so, how is it that we know the DNA already as OBL's?

    May 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      Recent medical technology has expedited the process.
      Wiki it.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  122. Gail

    I think if there is any chance that it MIGHT make it harder for our troops, then the photos should not be released !!!
    It's a no brainier to me. Why invite trouble to the men and women that risk their lives everyday for all Americans by trying to please "people." If our government says its true then I believe them. There are reasons that we don't need to know a lot of things. The news media and the "people" still want to know who the men were who went in to take on this mission. That is nobody's business. There are things only the president should know about to keep us all safe. Please try to respect that and our troops. It is NOT necessary to see these photos! We have never see the JFK files, but the fact the man is still dead. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW THESE PHOTOS!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      You have provided some excellent points in these matters.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • Gail

        Thank You Mojo H. What is V/R? I have never posted an opinion before.

        May 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  123. Gail

    I vote NO on these photos. Please do not post them. We have nothing to prove to these "people"

    May 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Mojo H.

      V/R is an electronic closing salutation meaning:
      1. Very Respectfully
      2. Virtual Regards

      Please keep exercising your liberties and opinions.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  124. CSM

    Negative on the posting of the photographs. It would serve no purpose. That'a all I have to say about that.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  125. Mojo H.

    f President Obama has officially declared bin Laden dead, then it should be so in the record books.

    We can only wish that it was an elaborately “staged kidnapping” in which Osama is still alive and is now serving as a secret prisoner of war to be utilized for data and information extraction in the continuing hunt for other al Quadas. A secret to be kept from the Muslim and the Western world for the purpose of not inflaming sentiments.

    Alas, that would be too much to hope for. Either way, American 9/11 Justice was Served.

    The Six Filters of Truths and Realities Vs. Plausible Denial-Abilities
    Pictures, gifs, and vids can be professionally photoshopped /doctored.


    Obama did Osama w/the CIA, Seals, and others.
    If Obama says he is Dead then Osama is Dead.
    Unless someone can prove otherwise, such as presenting forth a real "live" Osama body!
    Osama's body will never be found or recovered.

    It is the political application of truth filters, realities, and plausible denial-abilities.
    For all actual intent and purposes though, it would be safe to say and assume that bin Laden is Dead.

    God Bless America!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  126. David

    Jeez, a photo of bin Laden with a dot on his forehead? And the media wonders if its too graphic to publish?! I dunno...after watching videos of people jumping from the world trade center to their deaths, and then witnessing the horrible aftermath below, after watching the World trade Center towers collapse with thousands of lives in peril....yeah, I think I can tolerate a pic of of the world's most despicable man with his new forehead tatoo.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  127. Mojo H.

    Urgent Priority and Suggestion for the Obama Administration:

    Those photos could inflame the anti-American sentiments in the Arab/Muslim communities which could lead to further attack and casualties of our citizens, soldiers, and allies.

    Yet, a large number of voters for various reasons are demanding their release.

    Why not create an inclusive, privileged, and private display opportunity for those closest (either physical proximity or by deceased relationship) to initially view the photos if they so desire.

    Afterwards, and when the anti-American hostilities have simmered down, those photos could be released or "leaked" to the general public.



    May 4, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Gail

      Interesting idea Mojo.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  128. Mojo H.

    Anyone's and Everyones' ideas could and should be appreciated during these trying times.

    May 4, 2011 at 3:50 am |
  129. Smiley Glad Hands

    Listen up. We dont live in a perfect word.. The Hippie Love side of me says. Ahh poor captain cave man took one to the head. The not so forgiving serving my country side of me says you should all celebrate the fact that you nor a loved one burned alive on 9/11. Nor did you have to jump to you death out of a burning building. You remember those images? Oh of sight out of mind . Huh? I personally want a video of the whole operation going down. Helmet cam . Right up until that piece of shit gets his hea

    May 4, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  130. Smiley Glad Hands

    Listen up. We dont live in a perfect word.. The Hippie Love side of me says. Ahh poor captain cave man took one to the head. The not so forgiving serving my country side of me says you should all celebrate the fact that you nor a loved one burned alive on 9/11. Nor did you have to jump to you death out of a burning building. You remember those images? Oh of sight out of mind . Huh? I personally want a video of the whole operation going down. Helmet cam . Right up until that piece of shit gets his head turned into a canoe. Make it Pay Per View. All profits go to the families affected by this Coward. Sound bad. Sorry if I hurt you feelings. You watch it everyday on your T.V. Cant handle it in real life. . Thats ok. Its your right to watch a move of it down the line. Your input is not needed. God Bless America!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  131. Neuroglyph

    Showing the pics of OBL will help many folks get some closure. Yes, it is morbid, no denying that. And some people find going to a viewing of the corpse at a wake, even a loved one, to be a bit morbid too. But as humans, we often need that visual confirmation to start the healing process, and seeing OBL's corpse might just give many folks a chance to recover the peace-of-mind they lost when they watched the towers fall on 9/11.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  132. eyerka

    100% they should release a pic ASAP! How many ppl have we seen dead because of him! Sure we should see that man DEAD!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  133. Truth

    Check this link out directly from the FBI website......too many unanswered questions and too much of "LIES"

    May 5, 2011 at 5:30 am |
    • Honor

      Your an Idiot

      May 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  134. Mcgavin

    All you American idiots that think OBL was behind the 9/11 attacks thin again, you are all so foolish enough to believe your Dumb f... country and now again OBL killed by the Navy you'll are so dumb and ignorant. Watch and wait for his video, played on every channel around the world and then boom bang white house and President Barack f'n Obama and his arsehole people DEAD...Muslims for life and Islam it will always be...suckers

    May 5, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  135. Mcgavin

    @ Eyerka so many people dead on 9/11 like say 1000 or even 20 000, what about all the muslim people the americans have killed in palestine, Afghanistana nd many more places like that? what about that you American rubbish...the day OBL dies thats the day you will cry for ypour mother and that goes for anyone else who has something to say about teh Muslims...

    May 5, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  136. Liz Carter in Georgia

    And if PRES OBAMA does decide to release the photos, most of you who are kicking and screaming 'RELEASE THEM! RELEASE THEM'! will jump right on over to the other side of HELL and start villifying for THAT! Not to mention the backlash he'd recieve from the honest, intelligent, sane ones of us who've agreed with the decision he's already made! The man has made the right decision and that's that! He is not obligated to bend over and keep humbling down to your back-stabbing, idiotic requests! GO OBAMA! 2012!

    May 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  137. whsmhrth

    Has anyone ever thought that OBL's corpse just might not have a face or head for that matter?

    Not sure what a body shot would do then?

    Plus knowing some people, some one will always assume doctoring if the photos don't fit either their projections of gore, or the likeness of their best buddy who they would recognize on the street anywhere, because we all know what he looks like right???

    May 8, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  138. Mcgavin

    only people like you whsmhrth would think like that and you want o know why, cause you a Dumb American...

    you'll think you'll know what he looks like, he could be your neighbour but you wouldnt know...

    dumb ases

    May 10, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  139. Mcgavin

    oh one more thing, American idiots....

    they couldnt find the most wanted so called Terrorist for ten years but because the lections are happening soon they find his amazes me how the American government thinks...stupid kunts

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  140. Mcgavin

    very quiet you American nuts, brain washed by your governments doings....could reply to everything else but now you'll mouth are shut...retarded kunts

    June 21, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  141. Mcgavin

    Hi retards....going to be celebrating 10years of your dumb governments doing of the twin towers...hope they fuck you'll over again and make you'll believe its the muslims once again...dumb asses

    September 6, 2011 at 7:08 am |
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