This post will be updated as events warrant.
UPDATE 130pm PT: [Warning, Graphic] Reuters release OBL death scene photos
He tells ’60 Minutes’ as opposed to the American people directly. First, the outrageous ‘respectful’ Muslim funeral on one of our aircraft carriers, and now this to avoid offending “Muslim sensitivities.” Every day I’m amazed at how much more ridiculous, incompetent and malevolent this Dumb Bastard gets.
President Barack Obama does not plan to release photos of Osama bin Laden to prove his death, CBS News said on Twitter on Wednesday. Obama made the comment to “60 Minutes,” the network said.
NOTE: CBS has now changed the following story to reflect the comments being made by GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan. While the article itself has changed there is no stated correction by CBS which obviously hopes to just flush their mistake down the memory hole. So in the following element, it’s Rep. Mike Rogers who made those comments, not Obama. Lori Ziganto now has a piece over at NewsRealBlog on Rogers: GOP House Intel Chair Thinks We Are No Better Than Animals
I’m just stunned. In his comments to CBS Obama paints a complete moral equivalence between our military and al-Qaida by noting:
“The risks of release outweigh the benefits,” he said. “Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”
“Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet,” he continued. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy – he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated.”