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I -- the White House is still debating whether to release a photograph of Osama bin Laden's body following the raid but CIA director Leon Panetta had hinted in an interview that a picture of the body.
Will ultimately be released now officials are debating the issue because the most identifiable image of bin Laden is also the most gruesome.
And despite -- claim he did say the White House will make the final decision about the release of the picture.
-- meanwhile we are piercing piecing together.
Key details of the raid that led to Osama bin Laden's death that this Pakistani compound -- the White House seemed confused about.
How the operation unfolded in particular about whether Osama was armed.
Whether he used one of his wives as a human shield them whether she emerged from the -- -- dead or alive.
But we know now that a team of 24 Navy SEALs propelled into the compound on the president's orders.
Bin -- some of his family members and two other families were living inside this mansion at this time.
-- reports say the bin Laden and his family occupied the second and third floors.
Now the seals entered on the ground floor where they shot and killed tool bin Laden's -- years before moving up to the second floor.
There they found Osama and one of his wives his wife reportedly tried to attack one of the seals who was shot in the leg.
Next the -- shot and killed bin Laden who according -- latest reports was not armed.
-- the entire raid lasted approximately 38 minutes after which the team.
Exited the compound by helicopter with bin Laden's body but now questions are surfacing about the intelligence that led to Osama is.
Capture and just how much of that was gathered through enhanced interrogations conducted during the Bush Administration.
Joining me now with analysis the author of known and unknown former secretary of defense the one and only Donald Rumsfeld and.
Backs are welcome back to programs good to see -- thank you Sean.
Did a couple things let's start with the photographs Panetta say -- -- it because they have photographs they got images.
They got photographs.
Prior to dumping his body in the C.
My attitude is why not release all of these pictures and let let the public see what the public decide your thoughts.
Well I'm really without conviction on the subject that I suspect -- that.
-- -- have to see the photograph to know what my opinion was but I tilt towards releasing them as you do you.
Well I ever I would I really can't come up with a justifiable reason why -- why we wouldn't let me new -- crews say that was released Saddam Hussein's hanging.
That was made public enemy look on -- -- on the Internet -- see if you want to pictures of former president Kennedy.
-- -- -- -- -- Well those were out.
They're those were not released those were taken as I recall -- photos.
-- in real time.
If I'm not mistaken right in.
In this case -- that concern on the part of the Department of Defense I would think.
Would be would the photographs contribute to in raging.
People in the world and causing recruiting to go up for al-Qaeda there are causing fund raising to go up for al-Qaeda.
To see that particular person the face of al-Qaeda terror.
In a in and mutilated form so.
I think that that that is undoubtedly what's on their minds I can't imagine that there would be anything in the photograph that would reveal.
Anything relating to military techniques -- sources and methods so I think -- only possible consideration would be the.
Latter and I think that's a tough judgment call well why would -- be a tough judgment call when the report is that we shot him in the head at.
You know for example that was a forty minute service we're told them -- -- air force aircraft carrier.
Forty minutes and the burial at sea was.
Supposedly the follow Islamic custom and he would his body was cleaned and -- -- covered with a shroud and that there's a forty minute service.
And frankly the more I think about of the -- appropriate I think this says because.
The people that died on nine elevenths they didn't have a funeral in many cases we did recover their remains.
That's quite true I think however that.
At least for myself I think they made exactly the right decision to dispose of the remains at C.
And not bring them back to land and create a -- site where he could be.
Considered a a martyr of some sort.
Do you think this fear is somewhat irrational and a little bit misguided that we might incite or in rage.
If we released the photo we might incite -- might in rage.
If he wasn't given a proper funeral.
-- setter it following Islamic custom because it seems to me.
That there is -- overly concerned about an enemy that's never gonna like us anyway.
Well -- -- ear -- quite right in terms of al-Qaeda that they're not gonna like us they're gonna keep doing what they're doing and and and do it viciously as they have in the past I think there'd be concerned that undoubtedly people in the in the government are are weighing.
Is not what it will lay al-Qaeda thing but what what other people think of that faith.
And I think they probably are not improperly.
Making judgments that.
Suggests that they would like to avoid causing additional.
Concerns and and causing additional people to feel -- al-Qaeda was.
Was mistreated some way I I am delighted that he was killed I am delighted they disposed of his remains at C.
And I think that.
The questions these -- -- questions on the photos and and on the procedures that -- I'm not really familiar with where they've done and I haven't seen the photos -- there -- many.
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