Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why You Never Saw Those Photos of a Dead Bin Laden...

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Why You Never Saw Those Photos of a Dead Bin Laden...

The assassination of Osama bin Laden marked one of the most triumphant days in American history.
When the news broke, people from all over the country stormed the streets in patriotic praise as they cheered and high-fived their fellow Americans.
In the wake of the killing, newspapers, books and even movies quickly followed, recounting the heroic mission of the SEAL Team Six squad that finally put the terrorist headmaster to rest.
However, there was one thing that was never released from that historic night — images of a deceased terrorist leader. And now we may know why.
SEAL Team Six operator Robert O'Neill, the soldier who claims to have killed bin Laden, recently came out with a book titled “The Operator,” in which he not only recounts some of his 400 secret operative missions but details the events that occurred on the night they raided bin Laden's compound.

O'Neill wrote that he and an unnamed point man headed up to the third floor just after killing bin Laden's son, and they burst into the terrorist leader's bedroom.
The point man tackled two women in the room in case they had explosives on them, and O'Neill wrote that he pointed his gun over one of the women's shoulders and fired right at bin Laden's head:
He said he hit his target and split bin Laden's head open. According to the New York Daily News:
“In less than a second, I aimed above the woman's right shoulder and pulled the trigger twice. Bin Laden's head split open, and he dropped. I put another bullet in his head. Insurance.”
To accurately identify bin Laden, they had to push his split-open head back together to take photos. But the men weren't done with bin Laden just yet.
According to Jack Murphy — a former Army Ranger and editor-in-chief of SOFREP, a special-operations news website — SEAL members proceeded to fire over 100 rounds into bin Laden, practically making his body unidentifiable.
Murphy called it “beyond excessive,” and said that it's because of this obliteration that photos have likely never been released:
“The picture itself would likely cause an international scandal, and investigations would be conducted which could uncover other operations, activities which many will do anything to keep buried.”
Not long after bin Laden's death, his body was dumped into the Arabian Sea.
When the government was questioned about where the photos went, the Department of Defense said it has been unable to locate any images or footage from the operation that evening.
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So while you may never see the photos, now you can at least envision what they looked like.

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