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Osama bin Laden funeral pictures may be released today (photos, video)

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With his body now buried at sea, the question remains whether images of a deceased Osama bin Laden should be made public. U.S. officials said they are walking a fine line between being transparent and being inflammatory.

The White House said Tuesday that it would share what it could to make the world understand what happened in Pakistan.

“The amount of information we've tried to provide to you in this short period of time is quite substantial,” said Jay Carney, White House press secretary. “We will continue to review that and make decisions about the appropriateness of releasing more information.”

Authorities said bin Laden was not armed but resisted during the raid. There are both still photos and video of the terrorist leader after he was shot in the head and chest by Navy Seals. The issue now is what reaction the international community and bin Laden followers will have if the photos are released.

The pictures are being described as gruesome – and the White House admits that there is an internal debate as to whether the photos should be released. There’s no shortage of opinions as to whether the photos and video should be released to the public.

“Seeing images of either bin Laden being captured or buried at sea that leaves an impression on people that just compounds the emotional exhilaration that people are feeling right now about what happened,” said Leonard Steinhorn, a communications professor at American University.

Meanwhile, MPD, Capitol, Park and Metro police have all stepped up security in the wake of bin Laden’s assassination.

Police chiefs from 24 of the nation’s largest transit agencies – including Metro – held two conference calls Monday coordinating with the federal transportation security administration. Now, expect more police and K-9 units searching for explosives on Metro trains and buses.

Also, expect to see more police at area mosques and synagogues. At Reagan and Dulles airports, expect more bag checks, random gate screenings and other scrutiny.

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