Osama bin Laden death photo to be shown to some members of Congress

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An end to the "conspiracy theory" around the death of Osama bin Laden may be arriving: although two-thirds of Americans support the decision to not release the graphic images of bin Laden (who was reportedly shot in the head), some members of Congress will be allowed to view the photo.

After seeing the image or images, those who view the image can then describe it (if they so choose) to constituents or others. On the Norman Goldman show, on Progressive Talk Green 960 on Tuesday, Goldman said the lawmakers could then say "yes, he's dead; yes, it was ugly and should not be shared; and let's move on."

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, according to CNN. The viewings will take place at the CIA headquarters in northern Virginia at a time still to be decided, an official said.

Speaking to CNN, Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA), confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee would be given the opportunity to view the bin Laden death images. When asked whether or not she planned to view the images herself, she said, "I actually haven't thought much about it, but I likely will." Feinstein is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

In the poll mentioned above, nearly two-thirds of Americans backed President Barack Obama's decision not to unveil the photos taken after Osama bin Laden's death. Fifty-two percent said they "strongly believe" the Obama administration should not release the photos, while an additional 12 percent agreed, although not as strongly.

Interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Obama, when questioned by CBS' Steve Kroft, revealed the reasoning behind withholding the images. He said that "We discussed this, internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so, there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who is shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. You know, that's not who we (the U.S.) are."

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