9/11 Victims’ Families, Evidence of OBL’s Death, and the Pakistani Government: Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 5/4/11

May 4, 2011 3:46pm

TAPPER: What do you say to the families of the victims of 9/11 and the USS Cole and other terrorist acts by al-Qaida?  These family members say they want the photo released so they can have some closure, what's the White House's response to that?

 CARNEY:  Well, I'm not going to go beyond the words of the president, and I will rephrase them to say that there is no question at all that Osama bin Laden is dead.  He will not walk this earth again.  We have established beyond any doubt, through DNA evidence, facial recognition, visual recognition, the naming of him by individuals on that compound, that Osama bin Laden was shot and killed on Sunday night.  He is dead.  And that — I think Americans feel a great sense of closure because of that.

 TAPPER:  Is there any other — I understand the photographs are off the table.  Are — is there any other evidence of his death that might — that you're still considering releasing, the president is still considering releasing, whether the video of his burial at sea, whether the DNA evidence — is there anything else that could be released? 

CARNEY:  Well, I will simply say that we are — that this decision applies to all visual evidence.  And in terms of discussions that might be had to go into more detail about how the DNA evidence was analyzed and collected, how the facial recognition evidence was analyzed and collected and how the experts reached their conclusion that this was without any shred of doubt Osama bin Laden, you know, those — I'm sure that information can — you know, might be made available, will be made available in the future.  But the — but this decision that I cited, that the president made, has to do with the visual evidence, the photographic evidence. 

TAPPER: And lastly, the CIA director, Leon Panetta, said in a closed- door briefing on Capitol Hill about the Pakistani government that they either were involved or are incompetent.  Is that the position of the White House? 

CARNEY:  I assume you mean by closed-door briefing, classified briefing? 


CARNEY:  I have no comment.


-Jake Tapper


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