“We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies” said Obama.
“…we don’t need to spike the football” said Obama.
And he added:
“It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool.”
We sure wouldn’t want anything floating around that could be used as propaganda or as an incitement tool.
Unless it was useful to smear George Bush, that is. Then the safety of Americans comes second.
Way, way back in 2009 Barack Obama decided to release 2,000 photos of alleged prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.
George Bush had declined to release them for fear they could be used as propaganda or as a tool for incitement of violence. The release of the those photos was opposed by Leon Panetta and by John Brennan, but there were some who were enthusiastic about their release.
The most enthusiastic support for the release came from Eric Holder, Mr Obama’s attorney general and the man who will decide whether former Bush administration officials should face prosecution, and his legal counsel Gregory Craig.
I am not able to locate anything on Holder’s enthusiasm for releasing the Bin Laden photos but I’ll bet a bundle he’s against it.
Speaking of Holder…
Holder has also declined to prosecute Thomas Tamm, who leaked the existence of the eavesdropping program that Obama has defended, expanded and used to find Osama Bin Laden. Let’s remember that this was harmful to Bush. Holder’s policy toward anyone who leaks on Obama is far different.
It’s so pernicious that Glenn Greenwald penned an article called More Obama DOJ attacks on whistle-blowers. Daniel Ellsberg said Obama is waging a “campaign against whistle-blowing that is unprecedented.” The Obama administration has set its sights on Christian Adams for his criticism of Holder for dropping the Black Panther intimidation case.
The Obama administration is so blatant in its abuse as to scream for scrutiny, but it’s not going to happen.
Meanwhile, jobless claims are at an 8 month high and the economy is slowing.
We haven’t forgotten that it’s the economy, stupid.