Bachmann views Bin Laden photos: ‘We got our man’

WASHINGTON — Michele Bachmann this morning, as part of her role on the House Intelligence Committee, went to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., to view photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse.

“This morning at the CIA headquarters I saw the photos of a dead Osama bin Laden,” Bachmann said. “I am convinced that this was bin Laden. We got our man.”

President Obama has said he will not publicly release the photographs, though they’re being made available to lawmakers who are on panels that deal with classified national security information. Nearly two thirds of Americans in a recent NBC poll said they supported that decision. The Associated Press, citing freedom of information laws, is suing to have the photos released.

Bachmann did not describe the photos she’d seen, but Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (who viewed the photos Wednesday night) said they were “gruesome.” His description of said photos, which is pretty gruesome in and of itself, is here if you’re interested.

Some in Pakistan, where Bin Laden had been living for years before he was killed by U.S. special forces, have expressed doubt that Bin Laden was actually dead, though his terror network, Al Qaeda, has also confirmed the death.

While Bachmann said the photos conclusively prove it’s Osama, she’d like the DNA evidence that confirmed Bin Laden’s body as his to be publicly released, saying “the best evidence of bin Laden’s identity is found through the release of the terrorist’s DNA match.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Eric T on 05/12/2011 - 01:08 pm.

    Just wanted to make two points:

    1) Those congressmen who were agitating for the release of the photos (Inhofe being one of them) – once they’ve seen them, I think they’re obligated to express their view on whether the photos convinced them of Bin Laden’s death. I don’t think Inhofe has made that statement yet, and that’s annoying. His position on the Armed Services Committee isn’t to simply satisfy his own curiosity. You can’t view the photos and simply say “hummm, disgusting, interesting…” and then just go about your normal day. Make an official statement. At least Bachmann did has made that statement – but then she messes up by following it with a request to see the DNA test.

    2. I don’t understand how release of the DNA evidence would help. We’ve at least seen Bin Laden’s face, so one could argue a picture would be proof of death. But DNA? Do we have an existing DNA sample that we know is Bin Laden’s, so that we can compare it? Or is Bachmann asking for a release of a long series of A-T-C-G? Is a piece of paper that saids “MATCH” more convincing than the pictures?

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/12/2011 - 03:50 pm.

    Contrary to popular (mis)conception, DNA matches do not provide conclusive proof of identity; just a high likelihood.
    DNA sequences are not unique; there are a number of people whose DNA matches bin Laden.
    So, enough already.

  3. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 05/13/2011 - 07:13 am.

    Bachmann says, “We got our man!”

    Al Qaeda agrees.

    Now there’s a newsy scoop made in media heaven…wow.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/13/2011 - 12:31 pm.

    They’re both reactionaries who want to turn things back a century or two (or ten).

  5. Submitted by David Willard on 05/13/2011 - 07:11 pm.

    Kind of surprised at the lack of snarky posts here considering the clientele.Not sure where Beryl is going, but have no fear, we have Paul to Meeee-aow away! paul is frightened of women.

  6. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/16/2011 - 06:53 pm.

    For one woman’s point of view, see
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-reinbach/michele-bachmann-called-o_b_862554.html

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