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.”