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Debate continues as White House decides not to release bin Laden photos

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Even as the White House decided against releasing the photos of Osama bin Laden's body, the public debate over what should be done with them continues. YNN's Solomon Syed has reaction from folks from all over the country who gathered at the New York State Museum's 9/11 exhibit.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- As she took in the haunting reminders of 9/11, retired Navy veteran Debra Harder said she wants to see proof the mastermind of this tragedy is dead.

"I feel our people have a right to see the man that's killed all of our people," she said.

And Harder is certainly not alone with those feelings. She was among dozens at the New York State Museum's 9/11 exhibit.

"I think that it's all here," said Danny van Sandt of St. Louis. "It's been 10 years in the making, and I think Americans want to see the outcome, the way it came out."

But another military vet views the photos being worth much more than a thousand words.

Retired Army veteran David Moore said, "I know what the impact of bullets to the head do, and it's not something that would be really, really nice for the American people to see."

Or, possibly, for our enemies to see. That, according to UAlbany Associate Professor Victor Asal, the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict, who's funded by the Department of Homeland Security to track terrorist organizations.

"If photos come out that show the body being desecrated in some way, that could have a very negative impact," he said.

Asal calls the decision not to release the photos a wash, mainly because they could provide proof bin Laden is, in fact, dead, while our enemies will be tough to appease regardless.

Asal said, "People who are angry with the U.S. over the killing of bin Laden are going to be angry with us whether we release the photos or don't release photos."

For those reasons, Asal's convinced the photos will get leaked to the public, or eventually be released. And if that happens...

"They should be displayed in a fitting way, without making a mockery of the situation or what happened to him," said van Sandt.

And along with the decision not to release bin Laden's photo, the White House went so far as to say no visual evidence would be released. That includes video of his burial at sea. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP