President Obama today decided not to release pictures of Bin Laden's corpse, saying "we do not trot this stuff out as trophies". Do you remember when the American contractors were shot and killed; their bodies were burned and dismembered, in addition their bodies were dragged through the streets and strung up on a bridge for all the whole world to see; and you do not want to show the body of Osama bin Laden. You said "what if Al-Qaeda killed one of our military men or citizens and showed the bodies on television." Have you forgotten about reporter, Daniel Pearl, beheaded and the video released for the world to see.
Here is the partial transcript of a pre-recorded interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, President Obama answered questions on why he had chosen not to release graphic images of Osama Bin Laden.
STEVE KROFT: Did you see the pictures?
KROFT: What was your reaction when you saw them?
OBAMA: It was him.
KROFT: Why haven't you released them?
OBAMA: You know, we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama Bin Laden. 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. You know, that's not who we are.
You know, we don't trot out this stuff as trophies. You know, the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received. And I think-- Americans and people around the world are glad that he's gone. But we don't need to spike the football. And I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk. And I've discussed this with Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton and my intelligence teams and they all agree.
KROFT: There are people in Pakistan, for example, who say, "Look, this is all a lie. Obama, this is another American trick. Osama's not dead."
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