See No Evil No Bin Laden Photos

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 3:58pm

President Obama decides not to release photos of dead terrorist.

No photos of Osama Bin Laden's dead body will be released to the public.

President Obama made the decision Wednesday.

Press Secretary Jay Carney read a statement from Mr. Obama explaining his reasoning.

"There is no doubt that we killed Osama Bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool. That's not who we are."

Key Republicans back the decision.

"I don't see any point in the macabre picture," said Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

"I think there's ample proof it was Osama Bin Laden," added Senator John McCain.

Attorney General Holder testified the mission to kill Bin Laden was legal, even though he was unarmed.

"If he had surrendered - attempted to surrender - I think obviously we should have accepted that, but there is no indication he wanted to do that and therefore his killing was appropriate," Holder said.

Officials say they're already getting usable information from the computers, hard drives and five cellphones seized at Bin Laden's mansion.

The CIA is putting out an urgent call for more Arabic translators, working 24-7 to get Al Qaeda's secrets, hoping to find the names of Bin Laden's big donors and details of any attacks or after-death reprisals he approved.

Meanwhile, analysts say Bin Laden's successor may be Anwar Al Awlaki, an American born in New Mexico and now based in Yemen.

 

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