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No thanks: U.S. Rep. Adam Smith doesn’t want to see pictures of slain Osama Bin Laden

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on May 12, 2011 at 8:17 am |
May 12, 2011 8:17 am

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, was one of the “select members of Congress” invited to go to CIA headquarters today and see the photographic evidence that Osama Bin Laden was indeed killed.

Smith said no thanks.

Here’s the statement from Smith press office:

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Central Intelligence Agency granted clearance to members of the House Armed Services Committee to view photos of Osama bin Laden’s body:

“I have decided not to go to Langley to view the bin Laden photographs myself at CIA Headquarters.

I support the President’s decision not to release the photographs. These images are not necessary to confirm that the mission to eliminate bin Laden was a success. Distributing these violent images would also serve no purpose for our national security interests worldwide. Our focus should be on preventing new threats to the safety of the American people.”

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