‘Deathers’ are questioning the validity of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of US Navy SEALs on May 1, 2011.
They harp on the fact that the US government said bin Laden’s body was buried in the sea and will therefore be never shown to the public. Moreover, the US government so far has refused to release any video and photo evidence.
The US government, in its defense, said the pictures are too graphic, inflammatory, and might incite anti-American sentiment.
The ‘deathers,’ however, don’t buy that argument. One reason is that pictures and videos of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein – including those of his execution – were widely publicized.
Facebook users Jock Mactavish, on the Facebook page titled “Osama Bin Laden NOT DEAD,” put it this way:
Sure is weird that the US govt almost broke its neck to get the Saddam Hussein hanging video onto the big screen but won’t be releasing pics/vid of the CIA’s most prized catch.
Facebook user Mohammed Ben Saïd said the following in on the same Facebook page:
[The] American government says that the pictures of Bin Laden being dead are too horrible to see. Why didn't they bother about the images of Saddam?
Saddam Hussein was hanged on the orders of the US-backed Iraqi Special Tribunal. In contrast to bin Laden, Hussein was captured alive, photos of his capture were widely publicized, as were photos of his trial, and even videos of his hanging were leaked.
After his execution, his remains were buried in Al-Awja, Iraq, the village of his birth.