Inhofe Views Bin Laden Death Photos, Calls For Their Release
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe R-OK on Wednesday viewed the death photos of Osama bin Laden and once again called on the Obama administration to release at least some of them to the public.
Inhofe described several of the images as "pretty grotesque."
"I am still requesting that they make it public," the Oklahoma Republican said.
Inhofe conceded that perhaps that release could be limited to the photos of bin Laden's body as it was being prepared for burial at sea.
He said those photos, taken aboard a ship, could make it easier for the public to identify the body as bin Laden's than those taken earlier at the compound where he was killed.
"Because I have heard on the radio a lot of people saying 'I won't believe it until I see it,''' Inhofe said ''If it takes that for closure, I would recommend it."
A senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Inhofe said he was the first member of Congress to view the bin Laden death photos at CIA headquarters after the agency agreed to make them available to certain lawmakers.
He cited information received from other sources and explained his viewing of the photos was not necessary to convince him that bin Laden had been killed in a raid by Navy SEALs in Pakistan on May 1.
Still, Inhofe disagreed with President Barack Obama's decision not to release the photos.
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday he also has made the decision to view the photos.
"I have supported the release of these pictures so that there is no question that he was in fact killed," Boren said.
"I understand the sensitivity of this issue and can see why some may have the opinion that we could do more harm than good by sending them to news outlets. It is my belief that we should always try to be transparent."
In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Obama explained the decision not to release the photos.
"We've done DNA sampling and testing and so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden," the president said.
"It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool. That's not who we are."
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Republicans and Democrats alike at least in Oklahoma have some sense...
Maybe we are a bit Morbid here in Oklahoma, but President Obama look around you those who wish to do us harm are still at it. And they are never going to stop.
Just show the friggen photos!