CIA to let some senators see bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON Tue May 10, 2011 4:35pm EDT

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Athar Hussain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA has informed two Senate committees that their members can view post-mortem photos of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden if they wish, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.

The CIA invited members from the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Armed Services committee to make an appointment with the intelligence agency to see the photographs, the aide said.

President Barack Obama last week ruled out making the photos available for public viewing because it could incite violence and be used by al Qaeda as a propaganda tool.

Bin Laden was killed by a U.S. strike team that surprised him at his Pakistan compound a week ago. He was buried at sea.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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Jzyehoshua wrote:
The public release of photos would ‘incite violence’? Someone should tell Obama that Al Qaeda has actually been moderately violent already… And used as a ‘propaganda tool’? Photos of the leader’s demise who is the figurehead of their organization, and who they’ve practically built up as a deity? Oh yeah, there’s something they’re gonna want to use as propaganda.

Be that as it may, we will see if the photos will be shown bipartisanly (Obama said the health care bill would be ‘bipartisan’ and we all saw how that worked out) to members of both parties. If so, then I see no reason for further doubt about Osama Bin Laden’s death.

As for this fearmongering by Obama, playing the ‘birther card’ as it were, to quell criticism about Bin Laden’s death the way his supporters likewise play the race card when he is criticized – I would point out that as Americans, we expected to see proof of Weapons of Mass Destruction on why we went into Iraq, yet we have been even longer in Afghanistan, and it’s not alright to question the government’s justification for entering this war, or ask for proof of a ‘mission accomplished’ there? This is hypocritical by Obama and his supporters, for questioning Bush’s lack of evidence for WMD in Iraq, yet denying a need to provide evidence of Bin Laden’s capture/death in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the typical secrecy of Obama, who ironically called for ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ as pretty buzz words in 2008, yet has covered up everything he could, pushed bills through Congress before anyone could get a look at them, done far more than his share of backroom-dealing, and lies about almost any issue you could name, at any given time, makes it very tough to take his word on this subject, or any subject, really. One is left to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it” – or hear it from someone else, at any rate, which is why this revealing to other, more honest people would satisfy me at least. I’ll accept their word on this, just not Obama’s.

Why the need for a burial at sea? Why the lack of public documentation? And most of all, why the very odd order of events? Why release the birth certificate a week earlier unless trying to pave the way for something questionable like this? And both events would have the effect of boosting his sagging popularity ratings just as he and other presidential candidates are preparing officially for 2012. The timing was way too suspicious.

Therefore, I hope other Congressmen do see this, and vouch for it. It would be nice to have the word of some people from both sides of the aisle.

May 11, 2011 1:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bill13 wrote:
Yeah show the senators that dont know what photoshop is

May 11, 2011 10:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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