Photos of Osama bin Laden’s Body Will Not be Released!

By | May 4, 2011

Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the raid

Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the raid

So I just received emails from both the Washington Post and ABC News Indicating that President Obama said on 60 Minutes he is not going to release the pictures of Osama bin Laden.

One can’t help but wonder why this is. It must be assumed if he is not intending to release photographs there must be some other method of evidence that can certify that the body is indeed that of Osama bin Laden. Since he has about 600 relatives composed of a “Saudi group”, a “Syrian group”, a “Lebanese group,” and an “Egyptian group it is not inconceivable that they could run some sort of DNA test, but it doesn’t seem likely we could verify his exact DNA since we never had it to begin with.

Nonetheless, a paternity DNA test (which I just found is the type they reportedly ran on bin Laden’s DNA) that determines whether a father and child are related, is fairly accurate, but it would also be nice to verify the Mitochondrial (Maternal) DNA as well. Nonetheless, without the original DNA and considering the large family size that bin Laden came from there may continue to be speculation that we may, on some off chance, have killed the wrong man. People after all wouldn’t accept President Obama’s birth certificate as valid, so it’s not hard to see this conceivable escalating into some a trivial controversy.

Since there will always be that element of doubt, but what can anyone really know for sure anyway. We could take the argument all the way to existentialism (that you can only know what you experience) and beyond if we wanted and dismantlement all concepts of epistemology. Thus, it would be silly to seriously doubt bin Laden’s death unless we had some very compelling reason to believe the Obama administration has very compelling motive to device on this point. Again there is a very small question left, but the doubt right now is probably just the media doing its due diligence in vetting the withholding of these photographs.

In paternity testing, no man will ever be 100% included as the biological father because there is always the slight possibility that the DNA profile of the alleged father matches the DNA profile of the child by mere chance. The likelihood of this happening is usually well below 0.001% (1 in 100,000), but it depends in large part on the ethnic origin of the individuals involved. In addition, it important to note that the certainty usually increases with the number of DNA loci (locations) analyzed.
~DNA Genetic Connections

But the test can’t rule out that the body was bin Laden’s brother, according to Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic scientist and chairman of science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. ABC World News

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