These photos were taken by a Pakistani official after US forces left the scene, what remained were three corpses one is (IMHO) obviously Bin-Laden’s son. Obama’s decision not to show the pics of dead Bin-Laden can be equated, as Diana West stated earlier, to the media’s refusal to show the Mohamed cartoons for fear of Muslim reprisal.
Photos show three dead men at bin Laden raid house
ISLAMABAD | Wed May 4, 2011 8:48pm EDT
(al-Reuters) – Photographs acquired by Reuters and taken about an hour after the U.S. assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan show three dead men lying in pools of blood, but no weapons.
The photos, taken by a Pakistani security official who entered the compound after the early morning raid on Monday, show two men dressed in traditional Pakistani garb and one in a t-shirt, with blood streaming from their ears, noses and mouths.
[View the photographs in the module to the left. Warning – they include graphic and disturbing content.]
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, sold the pictures to Reuters.
None of the men looked like bin Laden. President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of his body because it could have incited violence and used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.
“I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk,” Obama told the CBS program “60 Minutes.”
Based on the time-stamps on the pictures, the earliest one was dated May 2, 2:30 a.m., approximately an hour after the completion of the raid in which bin Laden was killed.
Other photos, taken hours later at between 5:21 a.m. and 6:43 a.m. show the outside of the trash-strewn compound and the wreckage of the helicopter the United States abandoned. The tail assembly is unusual, and could indicate some kind of previously unknown stealth capability.
Reuters is confident of the authenticity of the purchased images because details in the photos appear to show a wrecked helicopter from the assault, matching details from photos taken independently on Monday.
NOTE: Pictures of the dead terrorists below the fold.
The first dead terrorist with Arab features looks like he tried to resist with the plastic water pistol under his right shoulder, and lost badly.
The second dead terrorist looks Pakistani
The third dead terrorist has Arab features and resembles Osama Bin-Laden enough to have been his son. So it’s the TT’s guess that he is.