The American web site that is most heavily involved in looking at people looking at this image, is Michael Rivero's Hawaii-based site, What Really Happened. The site got so busy yesterday evening, around the time of the president's speech, that it crashed, on and off, through the night and into the morning.
Here's a short video, posted at WRH and elsewhere, that looks at the above image, and others:
The image is not genuine. It has been around for at least a year or so. I've seen it posted before. With the announcement by the American government that bin Laden's body has already been buried at sea, some are calling for the release of real images of the slain criminal:
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Monday said the Obama administration should publicly release photos of Osama bin Laden's body.
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said he has no doubt that U.S. forces killed the former al Qaeda leader on Sunday, but said that such a move might be necessary "to quell any doubts" that the operation was somehow a "ruse."The White House is considering it:
The Obama administration has photographs of Osama bin Laden’s dead body and officials are debating what to do with them and whether they should be released to the public, officials tell ABC News.What do you think. Progressive Alaska has a new poll posted:
“There’s no doubt it’s him,” says a US official who has seen the pictures and also reminds us that OBL was 6’4”.
The argument for releasing them: to ensure that the public knows and can appreciate that he's dead. There is of course skepticism throughout the world that the US government claim that it killed bin Laden is true.
The argument against releasing the pictures: they’re gruesome. He has a massive head wound above his left eye where he took bullet, with brains and blood visible.
Should the White House Release Images of the Dead Osama?I'm pretty sure that pressure for more viable information on this will force the White House to make a decision to release visual imagery on this quite soon, so the poll will go down if this happens.