The Debate Over Releasing Bin Laden Photos

CIA Director Leon Panetta says the administration has graphic images of Osama bin Laden's corpse, at least one of which is likely to be released. Officials hope that doing so will quiet any doubts that bin Laden is indeed dead. The worry is that anti-U.S. sentiment could be further inflamed as a result and the internal debate apparently isn't over yet.

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Some people have expressed the need for more proof that Osama Bin Laden was killed, but the U.S. government has struggled with whether releasing photos of bin Laden's body will appease conspiracy theories or incite radicals.

WITN spoke to Dr. Jalil Roshendal at ECU, an expert in international security and terrorism.

Dr. Roshendal says the purpose of releasing the photos is not just to satisfy Americans' curiosity, but it could silence rumors bin Laden is still alive. "It's not to satisfy the Americans it's to satisfy the Jihad websites and therefore the CIA has to consider all the implications because it could go either way, they could be satisfied or not satisfied."

The number one concern about releasing the photos is the safety of the American people and fear of possible retaliation from radicals. Dr Roshendal says, "We just need to be on alert, but I am not expecting a major threat to happen on U.S. soil. Americans overseas are the ones most at risk."

Some U.S. leaders say the pictures could be the final word in making sure bin Laden goes down in history as a terrorist America took down.

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