Special operators involved in the mission to take out Osama bin Laden say the reason photos of his body weren’t released is because they would have shown a body riddled with bullet holes.
Carried in a report published by the Daily Mail, “the report from a website well known within the intelligence and armed services community claims that the sheer number of times Osama bin Laden was shot is the reason why the government never released photos.”
The “Special Operations Forces Situation Report” describes how “operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into bin Laden’s body.”
The report has raised questions about whether excessive force was shown to the man so singularly identified with the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.
SEAL Team Six member Mark Bissonnette wrote about taking down bin Laden in No Easy Day. In the book, he described firing extra rounds into bin Laden’s body because the terror leader was “still twitching and convulsing” after the first shots.
Reacting to claims that excessive force was used, author Jack Murphy laments: “The real issue is not that bin Laden was turned into Swiss cheese, but rather that this type of behavior has become a Standard Operating Procedure in this unit.”
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