With the death and water burial of mass terrorist, Osama bin Laden, other issues arise. Many want proof that he is indeed dead. President Obama has chosen not to release the photos of bin Laden’s dead body. Obama made this decision weighing carefully what interest it would serve and what threats it would pose for the U.S.
Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton agreed that the pictures may promote violence and anti-American attacks.
The president says release of the grisly photos could be used to incite violence and as a propaganda tool by bin Laden’s followers.
Arab skeptics and some family members of 9/11attack victims want to have the photos released to prove bin Laden’s death. There are concerns that the images could be seen as a “trophy.” This brings the possibility for attacks and endangerment of soldiers and embassy workers overseas. On “60 Minutes, the president said, “That’s not who we are. We don’t trot this stuff out as trophies.” He feels America does not need to “spike the football” and gloat. Obama assures that bin Laden is certainly dead and “the fact of the matter is you will not see bin Laden walking this earth again,”
Through the Freedom of Information Act, the Associated Press put in a request for the images from the government of bin Laden’s body and video taken during the raid and on the the ship where bin Laden’s was buried at sea. They will have 20 days to decide and respond.