Five years and four days ago was the day Osama Bin Laden was killed by the U.S. military.
Photos were never released of the man credited with responsibility for masterminding the 9/11 attacks body though, and the reason has apparently been revealed. As reported by Business Insider, Matt Bissonnette was present at the Pakistani compound in Abbottabad with SEAL Team Six the night Bin Laden died. He has also just released a book in which he recounts some of the grisly details of the force the Al Qaeda leader was met with.
A passage from No Easy Day reads:
In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing.
Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.
Basically it would appear a dead Bin Laden was left riddled by bullets that were ‘justified’ as insurance shots to make sure he was no longer a threat. As pointed out by BI, under the Laws of Land Warfare soldiers are legally permitted to ensure a target is no longer a threat by firing extra rounds when their target is already on the floor – subject to them not doing so in a bid to surrender. But the writing of Bissonnette suggests Bin Laden was already nullified as a threat before he and other ‘assaulters’ opened fire. You may not care, and why would you – the man was public enemy number one, but the fact remains a dangerous precedent was set.
The Obama administration could not reveal the images of Bin Laden’s corpse because that would expose that some members of the U.S. military had indulged in what can be considered criminal behaviour.
The sense of vengeance which fuelled combatants, the horrors they had seen which they believed resulted from this one man’s terrorist actions; it isn’t surprising but it also isn’t ethically correct. And when you have boots on the ground across the globe in the name of freedom, you can’t be seen to be exercising wanton moral hypocrisy – that is why you won’t see Bin Laden’s body but you will see Saddam Hussein’s hanging corpse, and the postmortem of his sons Uday and Qusay.