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4th May 2011
No photos of Osama bin Laden’s body
Jay Carney gets and gives it straight (from Obama’s mouth)
Before 7:30pm tonight Sky News broadcast the statement by White House spokesman, Jay Carney –
Too “graphic nature of photos – not in our national security interests … to rally opinion against the United States … incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool. We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies … create a national security risk … that’s not who we are.”
To be perfectly frank I doubt if the British Prime Minister’s Press Officer would have got away with “I have no answer to that” so frequently. But the press in the USA are very polite (compared to ours.) They accepted that he knew so little or was willing to reveal so little regarding the operation which took out Osama bin Laden.
It’s fairly clear that President Obama has always been unwilling to let the pictures of bin Laden’s body be viewed by we, the (mere) people.
BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO OSAMA BIN LADEN’S CORPSE
Let’s have no misunderstanding here – I can see the arguments against showing these pictures. BUT, if ever a leader of the free world breathed new life into the vanquished and defeated leader of the UNFREE, this was it.
Phew! ‘Thanks Obama’, says Osama.
So there we go, folks. We’ll have to take the US President’s word for it. Unless, perhaps, someone in contact with the CIA decides otherwise.
Watch this space.
I expect that DNA evidence will be released soon. Then, later, if pushed, the pictures of Osama bin Laden’s shrouded body before burial at sea.
This, at the New York Times is probably the most persuasive reason to support this decision,which I have no doubt must have been a tough one:
“Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the Internet,” said Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy. He is dead, and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaeda has been eliminated.”
Of course there can be little doubt, no doubt at all in fact that Al Qaeda would upload to the internet, given the opportunity. They have done so before, often.
EARLIER POSTS HERE ON OBL
- Tony Blair: warning after Osama bin Laden death (video)
- Osama Bin Laden. No body. No pictures. Shrine here …
- Poll: ‘Should we see photos/videos of Osama bin Laden’s body?’ Vote here.
- Geronimo/Bin Laden’s death. Lots of bloody pictures here…
- Picture of a dead Osama Bin Laden? I don’t think so. Proof.
- Tony Blair’s “heartfelt gratitude” to President Obama. But of course!
- Osama bin Laden: Hamas condemns “assassination of Arab Warrior”
- Osama Bin Laden killed? Buried at sea? Pictures? Evidence, please…
New York Time: President Obama says he will not release pictures of Osama bin Laden’s body.
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