There is a lot of discussion about the picture, video and DNA data from the recent Bin Laden raid. There is plenty of data obtained from the objective as during any military operation; you exploit the area for intelligence.
Currently the position is to not release any photos or data from the raid.Being the devil’s advocate here I present a couple different views for you to make your own decision. I think we would all like to see not only the photos but all of the “unclassified” info pertaining to the event. Granted the last thing we want or will do is put our fellow warriors in harm’s way. However, there are ways to release the pertinent info without putting in anyone in harm’s way.
I give you below a couple thoughts:
If the photo is released
-It will almost immediately be discredited & questioned
-May be used as a campaign symbol for terrorists groups
-It will be used against the administration and America
-Will it offend Muslims???
If the photo isn’t released
-“It isn’t in our national security interest to allow those images to be icons to rally opinion against the United States”….we released photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki……the JFK film
-If it isn’t released there will always be doubt about killing him. The “event” needs to be validated especially in today’s technology world.
-Not releasing it will be used against America
-Terrorist groups are most likely to retaliate with or without the picture released
Other items to think about….
-The photo could be released & altered to be less “gruesome”. Several hundreds of gruesome photos of American service members have been released from Iraq & Afg alone.
-Pictures of Americans falling from the WTC in NY were released from American photographers. Were those images used to be icons to rally opinion against the United States??
-Even if the photo is released would it actually be taken as authentic?
-What happens if Al Qaeda releases a video saying Bin Laden is alive?
-How to you keep the details quiet? Those that were there will get out of the military one day and will be able to tell everything. You think they don’t have their own photos?
-What about historical data, this type of event simply won’t disappear from America’s history.
Take the poll….
Time for a Cgar!!