Will bin Laden death image silence doubters or fan flames?
A passer-by looks at newspapers reporting the death of Osama bin Laden.
May 3rd, 2011
12:56 PM ET

Will bin Laden death image silence doubters or fan flames?

While the White House and the CIA deliberate whether to release a photo of Osama bin Laden's body, there's debate outside the White House on what impact such graphic images might have.

A key counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama said that if the White House does decide to release images, it wants to do it in a "thoughtful manner."

"We also want to anticipate what the reaction might be on the part of al Qaeda or others to the release of certain information so that we can take the appropriate steps beforehand," John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, said on CNN's "American Morning" on Tuesday. "So any other material, whether it be photos or videos or whatever else, we are looking at it and will make the appropriate decisions."

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, said he was conflicted over whether the administration should release an image of bin Laden.

"It's something that we're gonna have to work through," Rogers said. "We want to make sure that we maintain dignity, if there was any, in Osama bin Laden, so that we don't inflame problems other places in the world, and still provide enough evidence that people are confident that it was Osama bin Laden."

A senior government official involved in the discussions told CNN's John King that the photo release "could" come Tuesday by the CIA, adding that no decision has been made at the White House.

A government official familiar with intelligence matters says deliberations are leaning toward release and said that there is "growing consensus" to release the photo but emphasizes, "it isn't unanimous and everyone has understandable hesitation."

A senior U.S. official told CNN's Jessica Yellin that the photos were taken at a hangar in Afghanistan. The official described it as a clear picture of bin Laden's face, but he has a massive open head wound across both eyes.

Emad El-Din Shahin, a professor of religion at the University of Notre Dame, said the administration is in a "tough situation."

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  1. Frank

    I bet that those thugs who murdered the purported Usama bin Laden must be quite proud of themselves today. What a disgusting thought!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • He got what he deserved

      Do you call a Policeman a "thug" when he shoots a Killer??
      The only thing disgusting is the perverse Hypocrites like you, that are not happy that Bin Laden got shot.
      Only Bin Laden himself is to blame that he got killed,because his Guilt caused him to be killed.
      God judged him.

      May 16, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    I know I'm proud to be an American. I hope Osama Bin Laden burns in hell for the mass murder of innocent Americans and others as well.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hes with Mohammed

      Don t worry Bin Laden is already in Hell and his Hero Mohammed is also there.
      God is not a Stone in Saudi Arabia and all Moslems go to Hell,because to pray to a Stone is Blasphemy.

      May 16, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. oopsy

    I once had an unauthorized leak and am paying child support for it. .

    May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzz

    Im a bafoon

    May 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anaeliss

    What are we now?the Roman gladiators? This wasn't a movie!we see enough deaths in our neighborhood. Oh, I forgot some of you have crime free neighborhood. Showing the photos would give away the Seal team identify.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. mud

    Americans need some kind of proof that OBL is dead or jailed or whatever they did wiith him,,,I dont think this war is over,,,I just think we havent been getting the whole truths on any info,for a long time now,,,God Bless America

    May 4, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. joel

    i believe it should be released because they say they have dna but what dna was it compared to?

    May 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Anybody with at least half a Brain knows that Bin Laden is truly dead,if you do not believe then you are just either dumb or perverse.

      May 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
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