Lindsey Graham: Release Photos of Dead bin Laden

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 02:08 PM

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Sen. Lindsey Graham is pushing the Obama administration to release the photos of the dead Osama bin Laden, saying it’s in the best interest of the country.

Lindsey Graham, Osama bin Laden, photos"I know the Geneva Convention very well. But this is a circumstance where I believe it's not a violation of the convention, it would be in our national interests to make a case, documented case, that this was Osama bin Laden, he is dead," the South Carolina Republican and member of the Armed Services Committee told Fox News Radio.

Graham said there will always be doubters and conspiracy theorists.

"I think [releasing the photo] would be a smart thing to do, and have it rolled out in a sensitive way, but prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, and some people still won't believe it," he said.

Graham was not alone in his assessment Monday. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, both of whom sit on the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, said that it may be necessary to release the photo.

Lieberman said that it was a "very difficult decision" to make, but that a photo release would help to quell doubts. Collins echoed her colleague, explaining that while she has "no doubt" bin Laden is dead there are some that could peddle a myth that he is alive.

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