Should US Release Dead Osama Bin Laden Photo?
Osama bin Laden is dead, and it seems as though the entire country is celebrating.
But on the outskirts remain his supporters and our nation's conspiracy theorists, people who are demanding proof that the 9/11 mastermind has actually been killed.
With his body somewhere out at sea, the only proof that remains is DNA evidence and photographs. Should they be released?
While publishing an Osama bin Laden photo or two may certainly grant definitive closure to those personally affected by 9/11, releasing it might not do so much good abroad.
The fact of the matter is the conspiracy theorists at home and abroad are not going to be satisfied with a photo or DNA results--the U.S. government has access to technology that can be used to forge evidence.
Additionally, as some experts point out, when the U.S. released photos of Saddam Hussein's sons, it did little to stifle belief that they were not really dead.
So what would release of a dead Osama bin Laden photo do?
Incite, and incite some more.
Immediately upon the President's announcement, the U.S. increased security, which is an indication that officials suspect that bin Laden's death will result in renewed efforts and retaliation on his behalf.
Publishing a potentially gruesome picture of their leader's body is only going to fuel that fire, appearing as though the President Obama is gloating about the military's success.
It's likely this potential impact is what White House and security officials are currently considering, despite their desire to squash any doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead.
But regardless of their eventual decision, the fact is that until it's released, we really won't know if it should have been.
- Will U.S. Government Release Authentic Bin Laden Photos? (NPR)
- U.S.-Born Convicted Al Qaeda Terrorist Resentenced to Life For Bush Assassination Plot (FindLaw's Courtside)
- 9/11 Mastermind Will Have Guantanamo Bay Trial (FindLaw Blotter)
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