Morning Mix: Ground Zero, Death Photos and Cinco De Mayo

President Barack Obama will be visiting the Ground Zero site today to lay a wreath, closing the chapter on the post 9-11 period of American history, but will that have any real effect on the landscape of America? The potential of aftermath attacks is being used as a reason to spend even more money on national security now that bin Laden is gone.

Now, as we are slowly learning what this new world without bin Laden is like, imagine how different the last decade would have been if the Bush administration had taken the Taliban up on any of their offers to give us the terrorist back in 2001.  But there’s no point in playing “what would have been?”  It’s over now, with the help of an “anchor baby” and a bomb sniffing dog.

Still, the political snipping between parties will continue.  The newest target?  Releasing the “death photo” to the public to prove bin Laden is really dead.  Sarah Palin is saying the president is “pussy footing” around and the photo needs to be seen as closure.  Sen. Lindsay Graham agrees, saying it would provide “indisputable proof” of his death (because that worked so well with the birth certificate?)  Obama has responded to critics, saying “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies…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.” Somehow, a photo is making its way through Congress anyway, so it will likely end up leaked soon.

Should the president release the photo?  Let us know in the comments.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!  Try to avoid any truly offensive fundraisers today, and  we’ll see you again tomorrow.


Photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

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Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

Thank you USA for a job well done!

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Siusaidh C.
Susan C.4 years ago

Yes, please release them. Then they can be detected as fakes. OBL died in 2001.

Yesterday a leading Canadian NDP politician was crucified in the press for even suggesting U.S. authorities might not be telling 100% of the truth. The coward quickly muttered a mea culpa, which made the Right very happy.

Such is life now in Harperland.

Randy Robertson
Randy Robertson4 years ago

I can see why the photos are not being released. Because a bullet in the head is not something for children to see! It's ugly...very, very, ugly...etched into your mind, forever! And takes away future happiness and well-being...poisonous to look at....a cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Keep poison like that out of the new generation's mind!!!!!

Mary Alexander
Mary Alexander4 years ago

bin Laden is dead let it go!

Jo Zee
Jo Zimny4 years ago

I have always believed Bin was dead a long time ago, and frankly I forgot about him until Obama's announcement that they got him. Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who has served under many presidents and still works with the Defense Department, shockingly said that Usama Bin Laden died in 2001 and that he was prepared to testify in front of a grand jury how a top general told him directly that 9/11 was a false flag inside job. Ok, conspiracy theory, who knows, but he's just one of a handful of influential people who are willing to put their reputations on the line here. Judge as you will, I think Bin Laden was gone a long time ago. Here's a link, read it for yourself:

donald baumgartner

The more Gruesome, THE BETTER!!

John Hunter
John Hunter4 years ago

We Don't Need to see th Photos!!
Acceptance is belief.

Jeffrey W.
Jeffrey W.4 years ago


I welcome Sharon's newly-found confidence in the US military. It's about time. Now let's review the military's advice on the Surge in Iraq.

Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

Besides, his military advisors asked him not to release the photos. I would think they have better reasons for not releasing it than we know.