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To release or not release Bin Laden photos, that is the question

Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President's decision to not release photos of Osama Bin Laden's dead body.

"It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of someone who is shot in the head are not floating around as something to excite additional violence or as a propaganda tool," said Carney. "That is not who we are."

It's a decision many were waiting for, and now that the President has made his decision, many think it was right decision.

"I agree with the decision because I think the photos would be disturbing to a lot of people," said Caitlynn Carr.

"I think some people would be really upset to see some really gory shots of a person they thought a lot of," said Art Wagner. "There are a lot of radicals out there that would take that as an opportunity to reek more havoc so to speak."

Those that don't want the photos released say they believe the government and don't need any more proof. Others want the photos released but not for their own eyes, instead to show the world that one of the world's biggest threats is gone.

"I think he should release the photos so everybody can know for sure that Osama really is dead," said Tom Kuhnell. "I think it is important for our country and everybody in the world to know that."

"I think that President Obama absolutely needs to release the photos," said Gladis Pope. "I think at this point it is very critical that he authenticates Osama's death."

There are graphic online photos that show a dead Osama bin Laden, and they are becoming popular. However, U.S. officials say they're fake. As President Barack Obama had said Wednesday that there was no reason to release the real images.

One fake photo in particular has become widely distributed. It shows a bloodied bin Laden with a missing left eye, and he's grimacing as if he died in pain.

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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