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White House officials now debating releasing photographs of bin Laden’s corpse


WASHINGTON, DC (JAKE TAPPER / ABC NEWS) - The Obama administration has photographs of Osama bin Laden’s dead body and officials are debating what to do with them and whether they should be released to the public, officials tell ABC News.

“There’s no doubt it’s him,” says a US official who has seen the pictures and also reminds us that OBL was 6’4”.

The argument for releasing them: to ensure that the public knows and can appreciate that he's dead. There is of course skepticism throughout the world that the US government claim that it killed bin Laden is true.

The argument against releasing the pictures: they’re gruesome. He has a massive head wound above his left eye where he took bullet, with brains and blood visible.

In July 2003, the US government released photographs of Saddam Hussein’s dead sons Uday and Qusay Hussain but not until after they’d been touched up by a mortician, making them look not quite real.

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We all know that if you don't believe OBL is dead, that White House released photos are not going to change your mind. Honestly, how many birthers saw Obama's birth certificate and said "oh OK, I guess I was wrong"?

It's also easy to call for photos that may inflame extremists when you're sitting safely on US soil. Our US military has solely taken the brunt of the war on terror, and while I would like to see the photos I can do without for the safety of our military overseas.

We have been told OBL is

We have been told OBL is dead. There is no body. Does this not sound a little "fishy"? But, the US Government would never lie to it's citizens......ask any Indian. I am cynical, but cynics are correct 95% of the time.

I can't understand why this

I can't understand why this is even a question after all this time and money spent I DEMAND TO SEE HIS CARCASS. If you don't want to see it DON'T LOOK. It is that simple! The American people should demand these pictures and allowed to make up their own minds what to do with them!

They should have brought his body to New York...

...and hung it at Ground Zero, exactly the same as the King used to do at the Tower.

They need to

They need to show the pics.. The more gruesome the better... They should also give us the latitude / longitude of where his body was dumped so we can have the option of relieving ourselves on that exact spot.

Lets see the prof he gota

Lets see the prof he gota see the towers go down..i dont see what the big deal is. Its obl we need proof

They will be putting Troops in harms way

I say no in releasing the will only inflame the radicals in retialating against America and our troops..

I don't see how you can be

I don't see how you can be more inflamed than intentionally flying two #$%& planes in two buildings and killing thousands of people. That's a terrible argument.

So putting a bullet in the

So putting a bullet in the head of their "hero" hasn't already inflamed them - but the pics will?


Put on your brown pants and run.... scaired-ee-cat!!!