I’m saying yes.
First, how on earth does it take the White House FOUR days to make the decision (likely to be changed) to release the pics? That’s a 30 second decision, either way. It should have been made before the President reached the podium on Sunday night. But the President apparently likes waffles for more than breakfast.
Second, as Dershowitz argues, NOT releasing the pics gives a de facto hecklers veto to the worst elements of the Islamic world. What will the government withhold from public scrutiny next time?
DERSHOWITZ: The precedent this would establish for suppressing material because it might be offensive or might lead to this, it would give Muslim extremists veto about what we can read, what we can hear. It harks back to the [Muhammad] cartoon issues and other forms of censorship. We should not censor because if we publish it will offend the sensibilities of people who don’t share our values.
I’m all for Operational Security, and not disclosing tactics, techniques, and procedures. But those grounds would be the only reasonable excuse to not release the pictures. But there ARE pictures of Bin Laden that could be released that wouldn’t compromise security.
Yes, Muslims around the world will rise up in indignation and put our troops at risk. But guess what? They do that anyway.