Obama Says Government Will Not Release Bin Laden Photos


Obama says government will not release bin Laden photosLikening Osama bin Laden's death to a popular American sport, President Barack Obama said there is no need to "spike the football" by releasing photos of the al-Qaida leader's corpse.

In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, Obama said that the bin Laden images will not be unveiled to the public because they could be used to incite violence or as a propaganda tool, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed on May 4. The announcement comes amid a national debate regarding the public's right to view the photos.

"We don't trot this stuff as trophies," Obama said during the interview, according to Carney.

FOX News recently reported that the images show a large, open gunshot wound on bin Laden's forehead, revealing his brain matter. A government official told the media outlet that one of bin Laden's eyes is open, while the other is "completely gone."

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has criticized the President's decision to conceal the images. The lawmaker claimed that withholding the photos will lead to further speculation across the globe that bin Laden is still alive.

"I know bin Laden is dead, but the best way to protect our decisions overseas is to prove that fact to the rest of the world," said Graham, according to media reports. "I'm afraid the decision made today by President Obama will unnecessarily prolong this debate." 

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