Mishandling bin Laden's Body....Alan Dershowitz: Mishandling bin Laden's Body - WSJ.com
The president's decision to withhold photographs of the dead Osama bin Laden is only the last in a series of terrible mistakes in the handling of his body. Although there should be no doubt that bin Laden is actually dead, there are grave doubts as to the circumstances surrounding his death. Was he shot in cold blood? Was he shot in the back or in the front? Were his hands raised in surrender? Was he actively resisting?
Many of these doubts could have been resolved if bin Laden's body had been subjected to the usual investigatory techniques routinely employed in homicide cases. His body should have been subjected to an autopsy, to forensic testing by an experienced medical examiner, to extensive photographing of entrance and exit wounds, to paraffin testing for gun-powder residue, and to other such forensic examination.
Had they sent a predator drone to take him out, he'd be just as dead (probably- one reason they didn't was the lack of a positive verification, but that's an aside) and no one would have known the exact cause of death.
And, no one would care, except perhaps for the jihadis.
Bottom line: Bin Laden is dead, gone, and no longer plotting terrorist attacks against America. He was a soldier fighting us, and he was killed. End of story. Why are the circumstances of his death any more important than those of any other member of Al Qaeda who has died at the hands of our soldiers?
Last edited by Dittohead not!; 05-12-11 at 12:11 AM.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Its like obama's bc it don't exist because Bin Laden isn't dead.
As it stands now, his two sons know he's dead because they knew where he was hiding out, probably visited him at his stronghold many times during his years of forced isolation.
I didnt read all 24 pages of this thread but thought I throw my comment out there anyway.
I generally do not agree with Obama but I think he made the right decision not to release the picture. It would serve no purpose.
Now he is going to let the politicians see the photos but the public cannot. I don't see what sense that makes, but it does suggest a strongly elitist attitude.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963