President Decides Not to Release bin Laden Pictures

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the White House will not release a photo of Osama bin Laden's body. Obama made the remarks during an interview Wednesday with CBS' "60 Minutes."

COLUMBIA - Some mid-Missourians took to KOMU's Facebook page to express views on the Obama administration's looming decision on whether or not to release photos allegedly proving Osama bin Laden is dead. Here is the continuing discussion.

MU professor Cooper Drury said Wednesday there is little value in releasing the photographs.

"This could take away from steps the government took to respectfully handle bin Laden's body."

Drury said U.S. critics will continue to be critical of the country and those who do not believe bin Laden is dead will still have their doubts regardless of if the photos are released.

The White House had been weighing the release of a photo, in part to offer proof that bin Laden was killed during a raid on his compound early Monday. However, officials had cautioned that the photo was gruesome and could be inflammatory. U.S. forces stormed the compound in Pakistan where bin Laden was hiding, then shot and killed the al-Qaida leader.

Obama told CBS' "60 Minutes" releasing the bin Laden death photo would create national security risk and he did not want the bin Laden photos used as propaganda tools.