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President Obama on 60 Minutes May 4th, 2011

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  • PRO: Osama death photos would squelch conspiracy theories "Editorial: Release pictures of slain bin Laden." Chicago Sun-Times Editorial. May 3rd, 2011: "One picture can be worth more than a thousand conspiracy theories. For that reason alone the Obama administration should release the grisly photographs of the body of Osama bin Laden, who was slain Sunday in Pakistan during a 40-minute gun battle with Navy SEALs. It is either that or listen to years of sinister speculation that the photos have been withheld to keep the secret that the man who was slain was not bin Laden after all. Already, conspiracy theories are flying around the Internet. If they get out of hand, they’ll make those goofy birther theories look mild and sane by comparison."
  • CON: Sufficient evidence to prove Osama's death without photos. "Editorial: No good would come from release of photos." Detroit Free Press Editorial. May 5th, 2011: "Serious people do not dispute the authenticity of bin Laden's death. Al-Qaida forces he led know it as a fact; family members in Pakistani custody have reportedly verified, at least in broad outline, the accounts relayed to the American public by Obama and his subordinates. Millions of TV viewers have seen video of crime scene details that are consistent with those accounts, and those who suspect such videos may have been forged are unlikely to find photographs of Obama's remains more conclusive."
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  • May 8th. KProM40A3 wrote the following argument against animal testing on the article's talk page: "It's Wrong! I may only be 13 years of a age, but I am entitled to an opinion and that opinion is that animal testing is unethical and inhumane. I believe there should be braver scientists out there who should test things on themselves. I know animal testing reduces the amount of human lives lost, but basing the use of animals in medicinal testing just because they are 'inferior' to us, is highly unacceptable. Animals are an important part of the ecosystem and should be treated nicely and almost like equals to humans."
  • May 6th. Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos posted to the Debate Digest.
  • May 3rd. Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial was finished for the Debate Digest.
  • April 30th. Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders was finished for the Debate Digest.

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