March 10, 2014

Why The White House Hasn’t Released Photos Of Osama bin Laden’s Corpse

There are a lot of puzzled expressions on people’s faces when it comes to the subject of the late Osama bin Laden and why the White House has not authorized the release of any pictures of his body. Photographs and video were released of Saddam Hussein’s hanging, as well as post-mortem pictures of his criminal sons, Uday and Qusay, after Delta Force took them out. Why not release a few pictures of Public Enemy #1 to prove that he is dead and show the world what happens when you take on the U.S. of A?

Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEAL Team 6 operators on the bin Laden raid, partially outs the reason in his book “No Easy Day.”  The book reads, “In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.”


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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Allwet

    So, I won't address the seemingly disparate premise as to why the corpse photos weren't released, or the attached allegations. But, to release those photos, would be to release the ghost of OBL, ever the martyr....Kind of a no brainer to me.

  • Allwet

    michaelr2c travisarnold1 JohnChristopher1"The loser of a counter insurgency is the one that inflicts the most innocent casualties." , that would be the intended result. My contention , would be to insert "usually"(between "is/the"..... contrary propaganda and "word of mouth at the dirt level" introduced into the right local channels  can invert the scenario in a heartbeat. Having said that;  "... is the one/perceived by the indiginous population to have inflicted/the...." would apply as well for the most part....on a local level. The most well intended doctrines can be upset with carefully crafted disinformation skillfully applied, or unfortunately even unskillful repetition, as  AP is so fond of doing.Then tables have been reversed, irregardless of actual intended results, or reality of the situation, and a well oiled COIN campaign, strictly executed as to the ideals, go up in a puff of smoke. I may be splitting hairs, but its hairy out there ...all over.

  • Cartierc

    In his book "What it is like to go to war", Karl Marlantes offers some suggestion for how senior NCO's could, in a sense, inoculate their men against the well documented tendency to pseudo-speciate while engaged in combat. NCO's could be taught to recognize and intervene when, after the battle is over, their men have not yet "come back" from the mental space of combat and remain cut-off from their and their country's moral values.

  • Shortstack

    BrandonWebb Shortstack  OMG, to error by calling Admiral McRaven a General was shameful and I do know better and I do apologize to all. Shortstack

  • MizBeckie

    LawyerHandle Unable to add to the discussion about UBL, so I just went another direction.  However, I do hope that are military does not sink to the level of those who cut off heads and leave them in the road.