Fearing incitement of violence Obama vetoes pic release

Barack Obama
Washington, May 5: US President Barack Obama decided against releasing the images of Osama bin Laden's corpse as such a move would incite violence and help propagandists, his spokesman Jay Carney said.

The decision was announcement by Obama in his interview to the CBS news which would be telecast on Sunday.

During the interview, according to Carney, Obama said the decision in this regard was taken following consultations with his top national security advisors including the Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

During the interview, Obama said there is no doubt that bin Laden was dead and the world would never see him and that the post mortem images on the dead body would not be released.

This is fact which is now known to the world and to his supporters, however, there will still be some who would still not believe this, the President argued.

"We discussed this internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain that this was him. We''ve done DNA sampling and testing. So there was no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden," Obama was quoted as saying by Carney in the CBS interview.

He added that it was important to make sure that very graphic photos of a man who was 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. We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Obama said.

"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 is 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," Obama said, adding that he has seen those pictures.

Reacting to the picture that he saw of bin Laden, Obama said: "It was him".

When asked about people in Pakistan who consider it a lie or as another American trick, Obama said: "The truth is that we were monitoring world -- that we are monitoring -- we were monitoring, rather, worldwide reaction. There is no doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead. Certainly, there is no doubt among Al Qaida members that he is dead".

He said now that the al Qaeda leader is dead a photograph is not going to make any difference.

Even if there are folks who deny it, the fact of the matter is, bin Laden will not be seen walking on Earth again, Obama said. Carney had yesterday described the images as "gruesome". 


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