White House to Congress: Who wants to see the Bin Laden death photos?

posted at 8:14 pm on May 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

A good idea if only to help assuage doubts that they really do exist, but it turns out there aren’t many doubts in need of assuaging. According to PPP, just seven percent of the public think that Bin Laden’s still alive. There are more Republicans who think so than Democrats, but it’s an almost even split between McCain voters vs. Obama voters. The only segment that shows strong-ish skepticism about OBL’s death is … Birthers, 47 percent of whom think he’s still kicking. Obama’s certification of live birth from Hawaii wasn’t good enough to dispel doubts about his birthplace but Obama’s say-so about taking out the world’s most wanted terrorist is?

Maybe it was Al Qaeda’s confirmation that swayed them.

The viewings will take place at CIA headquarters in northern Virginia at a time to be decided, the official said…

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee would be give the opportunity.

Asked whether she planned to avail herself of it, she told CNN, “I actually haven’t thought much about it, but I likely will.”

Joe Lieberman’s also planning to go because it’ll provide closure “in a way,” but both Jack Reed and McCain intend to pass. Said Maverick, drily, “I’ve seen enough dead people.” In case you missed it over the weekend, fully 64 percent of the public supports O’s decision not to release the photos, a result I found shocking given the extent of the celebrations over taking him out. I wonder if that’s a nod to decency or simply not wanting to give jihadis any new pretexts for rrrrrrrrrrage. And I wonder, now that Congress gets to see them, whether those numbers will change.

Speaking of things taken from the compound, CBS has a mini-scoop about America’s intelligence windfall:

CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that more is also being learned about what happened when the SEALs went in to get him, including the fact that a painstaking effort was made to collect valuable evidence at the compound.

The target was bin Laden, but a U.S. official says the terrorist leader was killed “relatively early” in the operation. “At least half” the 40 minutes the Navy SEALs spent on the ground went into collecting lap tops, hard drives, CDs and paper files…

A task force is now working around-the-clock to analyze and exploit that intel, and not just the videos released over the weekend, but a staggering 2.7 terabytes of data, the equivalent of 220 million pages of text. A U.S. official says the task force comes up with another intelligence nugget on the average of once an hour, including leads on everything from other terrorists leaders to how bin laden communicated with the rest of al Qaeda.

Actually, there are two scoops there. One is the amazing rate at which they’re putting new pieces of the Al Qaeda jigsaw together, but the other is the timeline. According to a WaPo piece published the day after the raid, the SEALs didn’t come face-to-face with Bin Laden until half an hour into the operation. Later in the same article, WaPo says, “The commandos moved inside, and finally reached bin Laden’s upstairs living quarters after nearly 40 minutes on the ground.” The raid was only 40 minutes long, which means in WaPo’s telling they must have killed him at the very end and then evacuated immediately. Realistically, though, it couldn’t have happened that way; they wouldn’t have spent time ransacking the lower floors for intel not knowing yet whether OBL was upstairs, whether he was preparing a bomb or trying to escape, etc. They must have moved quickly to take him out, as CBS suggests, and then spent another 20-25 minutes looking for intelligence material. Consider this yet another wholly needless discrepancy in the tale of what really happened, then, thanks to U.S. officials who couldn’t be bothered to get their facts straight before running to the media. Which reminds me — your exit question via Jonah Goldberg: Why was Obama so quick to tell the world that we’d gotten this guy when we could have conceivably used some of the intel to nab other Al Qaeda figures before they found out?


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Over/under on when photos will be released?

10 days — 1%
100 days — 10%
1000 days — 100%

Paul-Cincy on May 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

White House to Congress: Who wants to see the Bin Laden death photos?

Wow, it’s like the more people we let ‘see’ them, the easier it’ll be to say ‘Wha’ Choo Talkin’ ‘Bout’ after we leak them…..

BigWyo on May 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Inevitable.

Only the Ruling Class is permitted to see the bin Laden death photos.

The proles couldn’t handle it, you know.

novaculus on May 10, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Obama’s certification of live birth from Hawaii wasn’t good enough to dispel doubts about his birthplace but Obama’s say-so about taking out the world’s most wanted terrorist is?

Maybe it was Al Qaeda’s confirmation that swayed them.

Precisely. We trust terrorists more than Obama. They are open and honest about their intentions to keel us dead. Obama has lied about just about everything he has ever spoken on.

sharrukin on May 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Why was Obama so quick to tell the world that we’d gotten this guy when we could have conceivably used some of the intel to nab other Al Qaeda figures before they found out?

It would probably take another 10 months for Obama to give the go ahead on another big nab. Besides his ratings really needed the boost and we all know it is all about him.

I can’t figure why he didn’t do this before the midterms since they had his location in August.

msmveritas on May 10, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Why was Obama so quick to tell the world that we’d gotten this guy when we could have conceivably used some of the intel to nab other Al Qaeda figures before they found out?

All about the polls baby. Barry needed a bump.

Tim Zank on May 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Obama’s certification of live birth from Hawaii wasn’t good enough to dispel doubts about his birthplace

You continue to misstate the situation and seem to be willfully ignore of the difference between native born and natural born.

HalJordan on May 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

You continue to misstate the situation and seem to be willfully ignorant of the difference between native born and natural born.

HalJordan on May 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Tim Zank on May 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

ding ding ding….

photos for me but not for thee

cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM

By not releasing the photos Obama is keeping the story out and alive. It does Obama a lot more good to have an active story about the Bin Laden killing in the news every day.

Ampersand on May 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Ampersand on May 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

tru dat, forget libya and any domestic policies

the lsm has to go with something to avoid dear leader’s ineptitude

cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM


The target was bin Laden, but a U.S. official says the terrorist leader was killed “relatively early” in the operation. “At least half” the 40 minutes the Navy SEALs spent on the ground went into collecting lap tops, hard drives, CDs and paper files…

Ya hear that, beeschez? Our guys can just waltz into your top guy’s house, plug and his bodyguards and take their time gathering stuff about YOU!

Sleep well tonight.

Tony737 on May 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

When will the photo’s be released?

When Barry’s poll numbers drop below 40.

GarandFan on May 10, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Yet another verse added to The Ballad of the Green Berets Barry.

The Mahabharat will look like Goodnight Moon in comparison by the time the MBM is done with this story.

Christien on May 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I dunno.

The Donk base will shit if the photos look like an “execution-style” double tap.

Here’s hoping…

Bruno Strozek on May 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

The commandos moved inside, and finally reached bin Laden’s upstairs living quarters after nearly 40 minutes on the ground.

dude; those guys were probably shiiting goldbricks after 40 minutes. Hell, 6 minutes on a target is an eternity for those guys. They are wham bam thank you ma’am. If they capped him after 40 min of being on the target, I have to think they stopped to cook some breakfast at some point and ol’ UBL just came down cuz he had the munchies or something. 40 min of station time and some of those guys are thinking of retiring….from the Navy that is.

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I have no doubts.

I simply do not like the president suppressing information that does not need to be suppressed. I do not like the idea that if you say you want to see it, there is pressure to say you do not doubt what the president says is true. I do not like the idea that when the majority believes what the president says, it can be used as a reason to suppress information.

MayBee on May 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Ya hear that, beeschez? Our guys can just waltz into your top guy’s house, plug and his bodyguards and take their time gathering stuff about YOU!

Sleep well tonight.

Tony737 on May 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

heh. And all of those smelly Paki cadets was just a block away jerking the monkey in their racks while the SEALs intel fellas were sacking up the G2 on their next 100 targets they gonna hit.

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:51 PM

He’s going to milk those pictures for all their worth like he’s a Hawaiian, er...Indonesian schoolboy with a new Playboy Magazine behind the school or something….

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Question that we’ll be asking every day for the next 600 days or so….

….”Why is Obama doing that?”

ANSWER: 2012!!!

PappyD61 on May 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

that’s all these cheeserichards in the White House do with information. “You want to see the pictures? Well, what’s it worth to you…?” It’s the same crap they do with their Obamacare waivers–”You want an escape from our craptastic bill? Well, what’s it worth to you?

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Actually, there are two scoops there. One is the amazing rate at which they’re putting new pieces of the Al Qaeda jigsaw together, but the other is the timeline.

And then there is Bin Laden’s 20 year old son, he just mysteriously disappeared just vanished off the face of the earth. It’s as if he is in some kind of jihadi limbo.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Further proof this administration sees the American people as nothing more than subjects of the State.

jawkneemusic on May 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Sorry,this whole stinkin rotten Liberal”WE NEED TO DO
SUMPIN ABOUT YOUR DISMAL POLL NUMBERS.BARACK”,

hey,since we know where OBL,lets tap him,toss em’ over
da side,and we will get a Trifecta,it will be a beauty
of a DISTRACTION,it will ENFLAME THE MODERATE JIHADYS,
and it will send BIRTHERS into a tizzy,conspiracy over
-load!

And,you can drag OBL on every Election Speech,and tell
the Party of NO,how they where too busy,counting bullets
with the safety on,while you went on a one man mission and
saved world…..its….sooooooo PROGRESSIVE!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

uh oh. ****White House executes mountain lion ahead of POTUS stop in El Paso TX. No word yet if they did it by SEAL Team 6, Hellfire missile or if the word “Geronimo” was involved at all….drudge has it up.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42979045/ns/us_news-life/

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

And then there is Bin Laden’s 20 year old son, he just mysteriously disappeared just vanished off the face of the earth. It’s as if he is in some kind of jihadi limbo.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Dr Evil:A Progressive Purgatory!(sarc):)

canopfor on May 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM

And then there is Bin Laden’s 20 year old son, he just mysteriously disappeared just vanished off the face of the earth. It’s as if he is in some kind of jihadi limbo.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Dr Evil:A Progressive Purgatory!(sarc):)

canopfor on May 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Is it just me or is that photo of a sheepish looking bin Laden a dead (no pun intended) ringer for George “Goober” Lindsay?

mpk on May 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Ugh,a double post,sorry!

canopfor on May 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM

When will the photo’s be released?

When Barry’s poll numbers drop below 40.

GarandFan on May 10, 2011 at 8:42 PM

My guess is anytime after the Republican National Convention next summer and November 1st next fall…

…but that’s just a ballpark…

catmman on May 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Dr Evil:A Progressive Purgatory!(sarc):)

canopfor on May 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM

You got to wonder if Mossad was invited to participate in any debriefing…so Hamza did you laugh when you saw that Daniel Pearl had been be headed? ;)

Dr Evil on May 10, 2011 at 9:06 PM

He’s going to milk those pictures for all their worth like he’s a Hawaiian, er…Indonesian schoolboy with a new Playboy Magazine behind the school or something….

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM

A weekend at Bernie’s Obama’s?

Electrongod on May 10, 2011 at 9:08 PM

So, the braindead do-nothings in congress need a picture as proof heh?

If I show them pictures of my retirement fund interest income for the last few years, will they believe our economy is in the tank?

Idiots.

fogw on May 10, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Ridiculous and elitist.
.

tinkerthinker on May 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

dude; those guys were probably shiiting goldbricks after 40 minutes. Hell, 6 minutes on a target is an eternity for those guys. They are wham bam thank you ma’am.

ted c on May 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I think they killed Osama bin laden in the first ten minutes of the operation and spent the remaining 30 minutes ransacking the entire place before leaving.

There’s no way that it takes Spec Ops guys 40 minutes to take down down somebody.

Conservative Samizdat on May 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I’m running for Congress just so I can see Bin Laden’s dead ass.

How’s that for a campaign slogan?

profitsbeard on May 10, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Why was Obama so quick to tell the world that we’d gotten this guy when we could have conceivably used some of the intel to nab other Al Qaeda figures before they found out?

Two reasons. One, they are narcissistic, ego driven a$$wipes who only think of themselves and two, they are babes is the woods as far as anti-terrorism goes.

Vince on May 10, 2011 at 10:52 PM

I SIMPLY CANNOT BELIEVE THIS !!!!!
You mean they’re NOT selling tickets to see them ???
Someone in the campaign fundraising machine is slipping !!!

pambi on May 10, 2011 at 11:31 PM

When will the photo’s be released?

When Barry’s poll numbers drop below 40.

GarandFan on May 10, 2011 at 8:42 PM

My guess is anytime after the Republican National Convention next summer and November 1st next fall…

…but that’s just a ballpark…

catmman on May 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

You have the right idea. By creating a controversy over the photos and proof, he’s guaranteed that this will remain a topic for a long time. A conspiracy is the best way to keep americans traditionally short attention spans engaged on HIM.

Fighton03 on May 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM

OBL must buy “Just for Men” by the case…

Gohawgs on May 11, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Hey. Don’t we elect those guys so we don’t have to look at grizzly pics?

BigAlSouth on May 11, 2011 at 7:01 AM

I believe that this total fool is withholding the death pictures for the most liberal of reasons. The government is “father knows best” and the general public are “little children”. the “little children” might get “corrupted” by “mean,nasty” pictures of a shot-in-the face Bin Laden.

We don’t want the children corrupted, do we? By mean, bad things such as Bin laden shot. Salt in restaurants. Corn syrup. So be good, obedient children and obey daddy. OK?

MaiDee on May 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Again… He will release them somtime between January 1, 2012 and November 5th(The day for election day).

jeffn21 on May 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

exit question via Jonah Goldberg: Why was Obama so quick to tell the world that we’d gotten this guy when we could have conceivably used some of the intel to nab other Al Qaeda figures before they found out?

Obviously Obama does not care about actually keeping America safe: he just wants to “play president” for as long as he can.

landlines on May 11, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Rare Trophy Photos $10,000 a peek.
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RalphyBoy on May 11, 2011 at 10:01 PM