It's been a busy day at CIA headquarters in Northern Virginia. Various members of Congress have been streaming in from Washington, D.C. on Thursday to view the postmortem photographs of Osama bin Laden after the CIA invited members of the House and Senate armed forces and intelligence committees to view the photos and see why the Obama Administration decided not to release them to the public.
No one that The Atlantic Wire spoke to seems to have had their mind changed on the question of releasing the photos after actually seeing them. Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Rep. Michele Bachmann are still in agreement with the White House that the images of bin Laden's corpse should not be made public. Rep. Doug Lamborn, however, agreed with Sen. James Inhofe that some of the photos taken of bin Laden's body aboard the USS Vinson are suitable for release. Shortly after leaving CIA headquarters yesterday afternoon, Inhofe told The Atlantic Wire, "It's much more reasonable to show the public these photos."
Lieberman viewed the photographs this morning because he felt it was his responsibility to see them given his role as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. "He believes that there should be no doubt whatsoever that Osama bin Laden is indeed dead," his spokesperson Whitney Phillips told The Atlantic Wire. "Senator Lieberman also agrees with President Obama’s decision not to release the photos.”