Chicago Reacts: Bin Laden Photos Won’t Be Released

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicagoans are reacting to the decision by President Barack Obama not to make public the gruesome death photos of Osama bin Laden.

As CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports, President Obama told Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” in an exclusive interview that there is no doubt that the man who was killed was bin Laden.

“We’ve done DNA sampling and testing, and so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden,” Obama said.

President Obama said he has seen the photos of bin Laden’s corpse himself, but they will not be released to the public.

“It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence; as a propaganda tool,” Obama said.

Ahmad Rehab of the Chicago Council on American-Islamic relations calls Obama’s logic “spot-on.”

But Rehab says while there may be many people that do not care to see the photos, there will always be those who require evidence.

“Bin Laden is a major figure, and his murder was a major world event,” Rehab said. “We need to address that in a public manner, with evidence, and not just hearsay.”

Rehab said the questions must be put to rest to combat conspiracy theories.

“It’s all about DNA,” he said.

Rehab hopes for the certification of the DNA report that identified bin Laden. There is no word on that from the White House.

On not releasing the pictures, Obama also tells “60 Minutes:” “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies. That’s not who we are.”

President Obama travels to Ground Zero later Thursday to meet with a handful of 9/11 families.

  • Pothead

    Has anyone seen my CHUM Osama ?

  • Raytooo

    The story keeps changing. I wish they would have got the story straight the first time.

  • Gov is always in control of us

    It is OK to show peopele leaping to thier death from the world trade cneter on 9/11. Pictures of the victoms of the Holocost. Pictures of dead in Veitnam, WW2, civil war etc. But can’t show us 1 dead slime bag

    • bob

      Great thought!!!

  • bob

    This Whitehouse has no credibility. They need to do something to prove Osama’s really dead. I’d think the most logical thought would be Obama cut a deal with Osama to give him a new identity somewhere in the world and make it appear he’s dead just before the 10th anniversary of 911 and something to campaign on for the next year and a half. He’s done nothing for the economy and gas is $5 a gallon and still rising every week even though oil prices are dropping.

    • Pothead

      Yea Bob, thats what happened. You got it all figured out.

  • michelle

    We dont trot out this stuff as tropies?correct me if im wrong but did they not release the photos of suddam hussein’s capture and make a mochary of it did they not gloat,i dont believe the death of osama to be true,after the brutal 9/11 attack all the innocent american people to have lost their lives,you so respectfally laid that murderer to rest at sea before provinding this country with any proof but heresay and just plain b/s he is a no good liar!

  • Erinn

    Millions around the world think he is not dead because it sounds like a tale come out from the dark .. NO photos, no additional info exept the daughter telling the arabs that he was alive then he was dead.
    Please… we want to make sure he is the one dead…. and pictures will tell the truth.

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