Should the White House release the photo of Osama Bin Laden taken after his death? The answer must be yes. Many believe that it will be inflammatory to some or that it will be too gruesome for many people to see. While both of these points of view may be correct, they don’t acknowledge the current reality. Eventually, the photo will get out. Whether we like it our not, in the age of Wikileaks and 24 hour news, someone will gain access to the photo(s) and release it to the public. The sooner the photo comes out, the less power it will have. The photo probably won’t do much to convince skeptics and conspiracy theorists that Bin Laden is still alive, since these people wouldn’t be convinced even if they took a scuba diving trip to find his body. But convincing people that he is dead is not really the point. We already know that his wife and some children where there and acknowledge that he is dead. If people don’t believe them, then they will never believe. The real issue is that this will be an example of how America tries to be transparent even when it may not benefit us. Just like a scandal situation, this is a situation that the American government needs to be driving the discussion of, not just reacting to what news organizations and internet groups can dig up.