Ruppersberger will view bin Laden photos
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a member of a small group of lawmakers that oversees intelligence issues in Congress, will view the photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body that were taken after the raid on his compound, a spokeswoman said.
The Baltimore County lawmaker, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, has been invited to see the pictures and plans to do so, said spokeswoman Heather Molino. The timing is uncertain but he may see them as early as today, she said.
President Barack Obama announced in an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday that he would not release photos to prove that bin Laden had been killed. “We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Obama said during that interview. "The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received."
Since then several members of Congress, including those who sit on armed services and intelligence committees, have said they have been invited by the Central Intelligence Agency to come to the agency's headquarters in Virginia to see the photographs.
Speaking at a Parkville retirement community last week, Ruppersberger said he agreed with the White House decision not to release the photos to the general public.
"Down the road," Ruppersberger said, "that situation might be reconsidered."