The proceeds could help fund America's wars abroad and other efforts in the war on terror or even a scholarship for 9/11 victims
People want to see photos of the shot-out face and body of Osama bin Laden? People want to see a wrapped body dumped into the ocean? People think it will give them satisfaction or closure (whatever that means) or proof or justice? Media organizations clamor that they have the right to see this particular government record as a matter of First Amendment principle? I have no objection to any of this even though I have no interest at all in seeing bin Laden's (so we are told) brain tissue. Chacun a son gout, as they say.
I just don't think the Obama administration ought to give them up cheaply. And by that I don't only refer to the government's legal defense against the blizzard of Freedom of Information Act requests for the photographs already filed or on the way on behalf of individuals and media organizations alike. I refer also to simple market principles of supply and demand. The government is desperate for money. And it has a wholly unique "good" that many people in and out of Washington seem eager to view.
Never mind giving a "select" group of federal legislators a free private viewing of the photos at Langley sometime soon. I think the government should should charge everyone who wants to see the photo a set price -- say, $100 -- and then use the proceeds to help fund the ongoing war in Afghanistan or the war in Iraq or wherever else American troops are in harm's way fighting the war on terror. Or maybe fund scholarships for the child survivors and victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on America. Or maybe do better by our brave military families struggling to get by. Better yet, each person could select from one of those options when forking over their Benjamin.