Several families of 9/11 victims have come out in support of releasing Osama bin Laden’s dead pictures.
Abigail Carter, whose husband was killed on 9/11, said on an NBC interview:
“I have wondered where the photos have been. I just assumed the photos would get plastered everywhere… That photo [of Saddam Hussein] became iconic. It was sort of the face of defeat. It’s been kind of strange, the burial at sea, the very fast DNA…it’s just been sort of, did this really happen or was this all concocted somehow? It would be reassuring in some sense if the photos were released.”
Debra Burlingame, who lost her brother on 9/11, said on a Fox interview:
“I hope the administration…publishes the photographs. You want to show the enemy this is what happens when you mess with the United States...That’s a very important message, that they’re vulnerable, and we’re a mighty, mighty fighting force. They have to fear us.”
Jeannie Evans, who lost her brother on 9/11, told WPIX11 News:
“Why not show us proof, that Bin Laden was killed? I would like to see that.”
Not every family member of 9/11 victims, however, want the bin Laden’s dead pictures released.
ABC reported that David McCourt, who lost his wife and 4-year-old daughter, said:
“I don't look at his picture…every time I see it, I become appalled. I become depressed because I know he's responsible for the murder of my wife and daughter. We know that he's dead. I trust the government. It serves no purpose other than exacerbating the situation. The people in the Mideast will see a picture of him and it just seems it will add fuel to the fire.”
In fact, one bereaved woman interviewed by CNN said she doesn’t even want to speak bin Laden’s name (she referred to him as “that evil man.”) Instead, she wants to emphasize and remember her husband and others innocent people who died on 9/11.