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To release the pictures or not?

meganthomas meganthomas 05/04/2011

So I just heard that President Obama made the decision not to release the pictures of the deceased Osama bin laden to the American public.

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meganthomas meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
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daniel and frances daniel and frances
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
Mentally no, I wouldn't want to. However, it's almost like a car wreck that I'm sure I wouldn't be able NOT to look.
05/04/2011
barrettbn2 barrettbn2
I could care less either way as long as he is really dead
05/04/2011
CheerfulLoner CheerfulLoner
I'm sure I have seen worse, but frankly I don't really care.

The 'victory' is meaningless except to the flag-waving, mouth-breathing idiot members of the public who don't care about what the whole stupid war cost in lives elsewhere; they just wanna see the brown guy dead.
05/04/2011
nicole07 nicole07
yes i would
05/04/2011
zizfaye zizfaye
Just give me the DNA proof and I'm all good.
05/04/2011
Willis2011 Willis2011
he definitely should
05/04/2011
idunshire idunshire
No thanks, I'd rather not O.o
05/04/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I heard the pictures are too graphic to release, so I think they made the right decision.
05/04/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I wouldn't want to see. He was bad enough looking when alive.
But also, I think his 'people' would love the idea of him being on display to the world. I don't think their evil-ness should be fed more.

I can understand why some people do want the proof - wasn't there a claim a few years ago that they had gotten him but then turned out to be wrong?????
05/04/2011
kawigrl kawigrl
i think he should release them, not doing so immediately is understandable but i think it should be done
05/04/2011
~Brittany~ ~Brittany~
yes
05/04/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I wouldn't want to see them.
05/04/2011
married with children married with children
Yes I would want to see them. I have a problem believing anything the government tells us anymore. I would want to see it to believe it.
05/05/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Quote:
Originally posted by married with children
Yes I would want to see them. I have a problem believing anything the government tells us anymore. I would want to see it to believe it.
I totally agree with this statement!
05/05/2011
AAAToyGirl AAAToyGirl
I think he should release them so people have the option to see if they really want to. Seeing is believing.
05/05/2011
virtualmirage virtualmirage
I think in this case they should show at least one pic...maybe not even a full one if it's really that graphic.But everything was done so fast and so strangely that many people have questions.
05/05/2011
EndlessFrost EndlessFrost
No. I think the desire to look at anyone's dead body is pretty sick. If it was yours, would you want millions of people looking and power-tripping over your death?
05/05/2011
Liz2 Liz2
Releasing the pictures will still not silence the conspiracy types. He is gone and lets go on.
05/05/2011
PinkPedal PinkPedal
Quote:
Originally posted by daniel and frances
Mentally no, I wouldn't want to. However, it's almost like a car wreck that I'm sure I wouldn't be able NOT to look.
I agree lol
05/05/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I would never want to see them. That man caused so much terror and destruction of human life, there is no reason for me to ever look at his sorry image (dead or alive) ever again.
05/05/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
Only because he was such an ass in his disregard of human life. I would want to see them and know that he wont ever cause anyone else harm.
05/05/2011
meganthomas meganthomas
Really interesting responses so far, thanks! it's a pretty close split!
05/05/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
Quote:
Originally posted by married with children
Yes I would want to see them. I have a problem believing anything the government tells us anymore. I would want to see it to believe it.
^This. It just seems really odd that they'd keep it all so hidden after how they paraded around the pictures of Saddam after his execution and pictures of Osama's "generals" following predator drone attacks.
05/05/2011
DustBunny DustBunny
No, I'd really rather they not for fear of backlash
05/05/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
No point in seeing them.
05/06/2011
CPTInsanity CPTInsanity
I so want to see them, but I also believe that big chief made the right call in not releasing them. Stuff like that doesn't bother me, but then agian it was my job to do the same kinds of missions, just not as glamorous missions as this one. I celebrated all night, and I made it into like a miny holiday for me the next day.
05/06/2011
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by zizfaye
Just give me the DNA proof and I'm all good.
Same here, DNA is the most important proof, I have no interest in seeing a dead man's face.
05/06/2011
Howells Howells
How can they make sure they shot the real thing? Did they have DNA samples previously? If so then how?

I heard he was shot twice in the head. Well rather just not show that to the public. Showing it without head will only raise suspicion. Showing a twice headshot image not only can be unrecognisable but disturbing to the general public.
05/06/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
yes
05/07/2011
Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
It shouldnt be about whether we would want to see them or not, its a question of when the hell did the government openly say they have something but refuse to prove it to us? Of course there is always propaganda and cover ups throughout history, but at this point it is blatent censorship. Not even disquised censorship, but its slap-you-in-the-face censorship.

and Yes Mr. President, im a big girl and I can decide for myself if I would like to see the photos, you dont need to decide for me...THANKKKSSSS!
05/07/2011
tigerkate tigerkate
I think I am torn on this.

On one hand, I don't think I want to see a brutal crime scene photo. I just don't need to lose my lunch over that.
On the other hand, I get that "car wreck" feeling when I hear about it..
05/08/2011
Rachel Nunez Rachel Nunez
I probably wouldn't look at them. But, it would probably put a lot of people at ease just knowing the pics are there
05/08/2011
cobiffle cobiffle
I would love to see them
05/11/2011
lovemuscle n cookie lovemuscle n cookie
Personally I don't care either way, but would almost feel like would cause more retaliation if they did.
06/19/2011
lovemuscle n cookie lovemuscle n cookie
Quote:
Originally posted by Howells
How can they make sure they shot the real thing? Did they have DNA samples previously? If so then how?

I heard he was shot twice in the head. Well rather just not show that to the public. Showing it without head will only raise suspicion. ...
I read the DNA samples were from relatives. So in theory all the really know for sure is that they killed him or someone related to him
06/19/2011
big b big b
show the pics
06/20/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
No. Not so much out of being weirded out, but because it's the decent thing to do. Besides, showcasing pictures of a dead militant is a *great* way of decreasing tensions in the Middle East...
06/20/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I think they should be released. Just because they are too graphic shouldn't be a reason to keep them hidden.
06/20/2011
brittany8612 brittany8612
If they were released i'd want to see them out of curiosity, but I personally don't think they should be because it could seem disrespectful to other Muslim communities, and make them very very angry with us.
06/20/2011
Pixel Pixel
As a medic, I would definitely be curious about seeing the pictures.
06/20/2011
Humor4Fun Humor4Fun
I TOTALLY WANT TO SEE THEM.
06/26/2011
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
sure why not im semi morbid tho i like seeing all sorts of dead famous people pics
06/27/2011
guard083 guard083
I would look.
07/10/2011
Anjulie Anjulie
Quote:
Originally posted by The Curious Couple
I wouldn't want to see them.
Same here--some images i could do without
07/10/2011
emiliaa emiliaa
It could be interesting to see, but I wouldn't really want to...

He was a horrible man, but he's gone now, degrading him further would just make us lesser.
08/07/2011
Miss Jenn Miss Jenn
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
If the pics are too graphic and would leave nightmares, then No. I do not. If he was simply shot once and dead, sure, share. But chances are he has tons of bullet holes in him. And I would not want to see that.
08/15/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
I wouldnt want to see them, but i think people should have the option
08/26/2011
cheetahpita cheetahpita
Personally, I wouldn't have wanted to see them, but I definitely think they should have been made available to the public, as proof.
08/26/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
The reaction of Al Qaeda (i.e. not denying his death) is more than proof enough for me, Cheetah.
08/27/2011
butterflygirlxo butterflygirlxo
I'm sure some would want to see, but I'm one of those ones who wouldn't want to. I don't think I could look at them.
10/16/2011
Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
I kinda wanna see. I mean, I wish I could see him in person. Photos can be dictored. I mean all the lies in the government, how do we know he's REALLY dead.
10/16/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
I dont know but I'm leaning more towards would want to see.
10/16/2011
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
Yes I would...
10/16/2011
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I would.
08/22/2012
digit88 digit88
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
yes
08/22/2012
Falsepast Falsepast
Dont really care.
08/22/2012
natashaanime natashaanime
I actually don't want to see them.
10/13/2012
mmmmm mmmmm
I don't really care.
10/14/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Actually I agree with brittany8612 actually, the last thing we need to do is offend more people by rubbing salt on what could be a deep emotional wound for some.
Pissing terrorists (and possibly other people within the Muslim community) off more probably isn't the greatest idea.

But I do understand people wanting solid proof that he's really dead considering all the secrets the government keeps from us already.
(Some of which might be more for our own good than theirs I suppose.)
10/14/2012
Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
i really don't care either way.
12/18/2012
Creepellah Creepellah
No not interested.
12/18/2012
amazon amazon
What's the benefit to seeing them? There's no good in it.
12/18/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
Yes, I would
12/18/2012
EdenUser EdenUser
Don't care.
12/18/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
Yes
12/18/2012
Bleu Bleu
I'd look at them but I really don't care if they are released or not. I just think it's a bit silly that the US got all gun happy and 'Merica over the killing of this one man. You can never trust the government. Even if the photos were released you'd have a wide amount of people going "they're fake! They're fake!"
12/19/2012
Living Doll Living Doll
I wouldn't want to see the pictures, personally. Seems like a bit much.
12/19/2012
mp3me mp3me
Quote:
Originally posted by daniel and frances
Mentally no, I wouldn't want to. However, it's almost like a car wreck that I'm sure I wouldn't be able NOT to look.
Yea agreed^^^^
12/19/2012
lainebug lainebug
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
Not sure does it matter anyway?
01/03/2013
TrenchcoatHunters TrenchcoatHunters
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
Yes, I feel like they are just covering it up and I'd like to see the proof in order to believe it!
01/04/2013
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
If the pictures were available, would you want to see them?
I'm for releasing.
01/04/2013
sugar&spikes sugar&spikes
not sure
01/04/2013
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meganthomas meganthomas
Considering possible retaliation or any other possible effects, did he do the right thing?
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MaryExy MaryExy
To me this was a responsible and mature decision. We don't need to plaster bragging rights all over the place; there's no need to gloat.
05/04/2011
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
It's hard to say how it would affect many Muslims if the pictures were released. A normal Muslim might think it's indecent and be incensed. However, it might demoralize many terrorists or those sympathetic to them. Releasing photographs of American soldiers (Mogadishu Black Hawk down, Daniel Pearl, Blackwater contractors, etc) seems to have a demoralizing effect upon American citizens who seem to have a very light stomach for the casualties of war. Demoralization has been a common strategy for warfare since before Medieval times. Since people are always free to react however they want, it's hard to say what would have happened. Nobody knows the future...
05/04/2011
married with children married with children
You are right about not needing to gloat. But his speech was filled with "spiking the football" words and comments. His going to ground zero is in part, a type of gloating. If we are worried about pissing off terrorist's to a point of causing americans to be in danger, we need to remember that terrorist have been killing americans since the 70's. They will continue killing in the name of their god, with or with out any help from our government.
05/05/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I think the pictures should be kept confidential because I don't want to inflame others or see them used a terrorist recruiting tools and propaganda for the future. It's time to let Bin Laden go and move on. The mission to protect Americans from terrorist plot continues and that (as well as supporting our military men, women, and their families) is where we need to focus our attention now.
05/05/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I think it was the best idea to do.
05/06/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
He should have released them to alleviate some of the doubt behind it. It just seems really fishy when you put everything together. The election is next November, and it wont be long before Obama starts to campaign. I'm sure being the president to "catch" Bin Laden will hugely help his popularity. For the CIA (of all agencies) to release that they've got Osama, they confirmed it, and immediately dumped him to 20 000 leagues under the sea where no one can ever find the body it just seems fishy (no pun intended). I think pictures would have helped alleviate that.
05/06/2011
hjtee hjtee
Despite whatever terror he might have caused the world, he was still a human. No one needs to have their dead body gawked over. It's a weird concept to begin with.
Good on Mr. Obama's decision!
06/15/2011
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
Considering possible retaliation or any other possible effects, did he do the right thing?
If it was teh right thing then hed of shown them i have ahard time believing anything that comes out of that mans mouth
06/27/2011
Anjulie Anjulie
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
To me this was a responsible and mature decision. We don't need to plaster bragging rights all over the place; there's no need to gloat.
Agreed. But i think it was a difficult decision and i think any decision any president made would have been criticized no matter what it was. Im glad i didnt have to make the decision.
07/10/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
I don't see this as a bragging rights issue, but as a kind of sweeping under the rug.

All forms of evidence are getting less and less accessible, it seems.
07/17/2011
cheetahpita cheetahpita
Some proof of the deed would have been nice, but I'm not sure people would have believed picture evidence.
08/26/2011
chicken12 chicken12
President Obama made the right choice, in my opinion.

The community needs to be able to put some trust in the president. Some trust in all of the countries and even Al Qaeda saying that he is, indeed, dead.

If people don't believe he's dead, they wouldn't be satisfied with pictures, either. Take birthers, for instance - they insisted on seeing Obama's birth certificate. They weren't satisfied with the fact that in order to get a job or a passport or a driver's license or any other number of things that he'd have to have shown his birth certificate to other people. When it was released to the public, they still weren't satisfied.

People would just cry that the images were photoshopped or that it wasn't really bin Laden or whatever. Conspiracy theorists are never satisfied.
10/16/2011
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I think he did the right thing, although there are prob many people that would like to see them...
10/16/2011
Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
I think he did the right thing.
03/23/2012
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I'm not sure.
08/22/2012
Falsepast Falsepast
Probably yeah
08/22/2012
digit88 digit88
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
Considering possible retaliation or any other possible effects, did he do the right thing?
not sure don't have all the info he had.
08/22/2012
amazon amazon
Only idiots really diagree with the idea of not releasing them.
12/18/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
Considering possible retaliation or any other possible effects, did he do the right thing?
Nope, I don't think so.
12/18/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
Considering possible retaliation or any other possible effects, did he do the right thing?
Nope.
12/18/2012
Jamesey Jamesey
I don't think they should have been thrown in our faces but if people want to see them they should have a right to.
12/20/2012
TrenchcoatHunters TrenchcoatHunters
Quote:
Originally posted by meganthomas
Considering possible retaliation or any other possible effects, did he do the right thing?
No I dont think so
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