"The White House decision not to release the bin Laden death photos will only fuel conspiracy theorists. Trust is in very short supply these days, particularly trust in government and other institutions. And when the official story of an event like this is ambiguous, when there is uncertainty, people entertain a range of theories," said Frank Farley, a Temple University psychologist and former president of the American Psychological Association.
"In the bin Laden matter, the events transpired so quickly, with different explanations, different stories. The body was whisked away and buried at sea. Buried at sea? This sounds like something from a 19th-century navy. Who's been buried at sea lately? As an official act of government, this is genuinely weird," Mr. Farley said. "No doubt a Hollywood movie is already in the works."