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Evening Buzz: Should Photo of Slain Osama bin Laden be Released?
Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda's leader, seen in an undated photo.
May 3rd, 2011
09:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Should Photo of Slain Osama bin Laden be Released?

The U.S. might release a photo of Osama bin Laden after his death. CIA Director Leon Panetta said he thinks a photo of the dead al Qaeda leader should be released, but the decision will be up to the White House.

A senior government official involved in the discussions says there are lot of photos to choose from and most are "very graphic."

"There are sensitivities of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden," White House spokesman Jay Carney said this afternoon.

Carney cited the "sensitivities involved."

"We review this information and make this decision with the same calculation as we do so many things which is what, you know, what are we trying to accomplish and does it or in any way harm our interests, and that is not just domestically, but globally," he added.

Do you think a photo of bin Laden after his death should be released? Share your thoughts below.

We'll also dig into the question tonight on AC360° and get different perspectives.

The U.S. used multiple methods to confirm bin Laden's identity, including DNA testing.

But the Taliban are questioning the killing.

"Obama has not got any strong evidence that can prove his claim over killing of the Sheikh Osama bin Laden," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed said.

Tonight we also have new insight on the U.S. Navy SEALS team that killed bin Laden.

Anderson will talk with former elite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin, who wrote the book "SEAL Team Six."

Join us for these angles and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

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  1. Paul Scalera

    Annie, I agree with you 100%. The White House concerns over the "sensitivities of the appropriateness of releasing photographs" of a deceased Bin Laden are simply too cautious. Complete transparency surrounding his demise is the only way to validate the truth and curb conspiracy theories which are, already, surfacing. If people find it offensive then they should watch 9/11, again.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  2. Sam

    I think a photo or photos should DEFFINATELY be released so that the U.S. Government can prove to the U.S. along with the rest of the world that Osama bin laden is in fact dead!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  3. vanessa

    i think the photos should only be shown to the families who lost an immediate family member in 9/11 attacks, who want to see it. it shoulnt be released to the rest of america because they only want to see the photos for entertainment in my opinion. kind of like roman theaters... the pakisani people seem to want to see it. maybe obama can release it to them. then they can see for themselves that he is dead, that hes not invincible or special or protected...he died hiding like a coward. let them see that if they want but not put the pictures on display here. of course bin laden doesntdeserve that much respect. we are all glad he is dead but of course we have got to be the bigger people. to show them that we arent as bad and horrible a country. i dont know how they see us now but its not good or they wouldnt have attacked us. if we can show more respect for their dead even in revenge, then maybe they might not despise us so much and be able to recruit so many new followers. but if some other should try to replace bin laden and plot and attack i hope our military shoots him in the head too!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  4. kalazar hoard

    absolutly. i believe that with no body there is no solid evidence.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  5. Nancy

    I do not think the photos should be revealed. Let's do something different while we have the power to keep the power. It will only excite his followers and they will treat him like a martyr anyway. Don't let them pull this card out on us. It's just another bloody criminal face and I think we have all had enough giving this demon our undivided attention and trillions of our dollars that should have been spent on strengthening every domestic category. Please resist the temptation. Let it finally be put to rest. I thank and pray for our President and the Navy Seals.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  6. Mary

    Why did we have to get rid of OBL body so quickly. Why show hiim respect, I saw hundreds of our people jump from windows on 9/11 we got no respect.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  7. Mary

    Yes, I would like to see pictures of OBL Why did they not hear the helecopters landing at this compound?

    May 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  8. Helen Bertram

    I don't think supplying a photo in order to convince conspiracy theorists of the accuracy of the report is a valid argument for releasing it. There are still those who deny the moon landing despite the shot we have of that! Photos can be faked and for those of this mindset, no doubt this will be their conclusion.
    I do feel very strongly that our behavior now will have an enormous impact on the world's opinion of the United States. Casting aside basic human dignity, gloating over the corpses of murdered Americans is something we have been shocked and repulsed by in the past. I believe our response should be restrained. The man is dead. Let us leave it at that.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  9. susan

    Yes uploqd photos, without , you leave people pondering UPLOAD PHOTOS FOR PROOF

    May 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  10. Nola

    I dont think it is necessary. I think the ones it most matters too are just thankful he is dead. Others wont believe it even if they see it.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  11. salem

    How do we know that the reason they r not releasing pictures is because they r trying to hide something

    May 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  12. K. Hogan

    If an officially released photo is required as proof of his demise, then use one of his cleaned up corpse not a graphic one. We are a civilized country, let's show some class.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  13. Dawn

    Me, personally, don't want to see any images of this dead man. It just seems so macabre to me. I don't believe that the Navy Seals or the government would go to such lengths to say he was dead if he wasn't. And what about the DNA evidence? Are we to think that they made that up, too? I am, however, glad that this monster no longer walks among us. But ,what about his other followers?

    May 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  14. Don aka Bear

    Do not show the photos. WE don't show our victims, or our soldiers who got slain, out of respect for them. Don't do it, even for this psycho. Feel better? if it takes a picture of a blood soaked forehead, with vacant eyes and lifeless soul, to make you feel better, you need to have your head checked. I'm a Marine, and I am estatic to hear the informtion about our men and women completeing this mission. However, if we do this, it is an afront to the people that believe in him. It's akin to staring into a stranger's eyes. He can either back down and look away, or...more often than not...leads to an attack of you.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  15. Anurag

    I think photo shouldn't be released. Because the photo will be used by terrorist groups to motivate there members and increase the anger against Americans. For example, When police asked the only alive terrorist after Mumbai attacks what motivated him to kill so many people? Why didn't he feel for a minute before shooting indiscriminately at everyone. He said, he was showed videos and pictures by his trainers to generate hate against Indians. As simple as that, White house should not release his pictures.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  16. Cindy Begg

    It is American taxpayers who are helping to fund this war on terror. I believe they should be allowed to view the end result

    May 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  17. Gregg W

    I can understand if the photos are not released due to fear of possible retaliation. I for one don't want to see anyone hurt due to Islamic fundamentalist unrest but don't hold them back due to graphic nature.
    Were adults and don't need the government to act as our parents and shield us.
    We need to be convinced just as much as other countries that were involved in the hunt for Bin Laden.
    Release the pictured please...

    May 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  18. Name*Don Sutton

    We didn't hesitate showing pictures of un-armed, innocent people jumping to their death from the World Trade Center buildings.
    I just want to see pictures of Bin Laden to prove he is dead. I sure won't frame them!
    Grandpa Don.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
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