Obama: We Won't Release bin Laden Photos as ‘Trophies’

President explains why he won't release Osama bin Laden Images
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2011 2:41 PM CDT
A 2010 photo of Steve Kroft interviewing the president for 60 Minutes.   (AP Photo/CBS)

(Newser) CBS has new details on President Obama's decision not to release photos of a dead Osama bin Laden. It comes down to not inciting violence or gloating, he tells 60 Minutes. Read a partial transcript here from the interview that airs Sunday. Excerpts:

  • "It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool."
  • "We don't trot out this stuff as trophies."

  • "We don't need to spike the football."
  • "Keep in mind, we are absolutely certain that this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden."
  • "There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again."

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