Kirk: White House May Need To Release Photo Of Bin Laden’s Corpse

CHICAGO (CBS) – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says President Obama should be prepared to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse to counter skepticism in some quarters about whether U.S. elite forces truly killed the terror figurehead over the weekend.

President Obama announced Sunday the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks had been killed by Navy SEALs who raided bin Laden’s Pakistani compound.

Officials said bin Laden was shot in the head and chest and that DNA tests proved his identity. It’s not clear whether bin Laden’s features were discernible after the firefight with the U.S. commandos.

His body was quickly buried at sea from a U.S. aircraft carrier, in accordance with Islamic tradition.

Kirk, a North Shore Republican, says the method of disposal was a sound strategy.

“We denied al Qaeda a burial site, a meeting ground,  a place where they can organize against the Pakistani government,” he told reporters Monday night at O’Hare International Airport. “The administration made the right call.”

But Kirk says that the U.S. government may ultimately have to release a photo or two of bin Laden’s dead body.

“Conspiracy theorists, especially in the Islamic world, may gain some traction, and in the end, while grisly, it will probably in the end confirm that … Osama bin Laden is dead,” he said.

Kirk says it’s “completely certain that we got our guy,” but he added: “The media’s pretty rough in the Islamic world, and releasing a photo probably would help the United States.”

  • Barb

    After all the years we’ve tried to catch Bin Laden, I don’t know that everyone is comfortable with being told that his body has been dumped in the Sea … and so soon after his death? This just doesn’t seem normal in any way.

  • White and Always Right

    If this were a republican Kirk would not have said a word you supremacist panderer. I do have doubts as well to certain extent but my doubts are not politically based as this guy’s doubts or need appears to be you loser. And yet low information Chicago white voters will run to the polls for this guy cause he speaks directly to them yet takes away pretty much all their resources . No wonder we are failing as a country …

  • Ahmed Haitham

    3amloooooooooooooohh bardooo

  • Toon

    I’m wondering if Kirk wants to have these pictures published for the Arab world to see, or if it’s his own curiosity he’s trying to satisfy? He is, after all, a Republican who would hate to admit that a Democratic Prez. actually did what his pal and inept friend, Dubya Bush, couldn’t get done. Showing Bin Laden’s bullet-riddle body could serve very little useful purpose to anyone except a doubting Republican like Kirk.
    To the question of his quick “burial”….I was also a bit uneasy about that, but have been informed that Islamic Law requires burial within a 24 hour period. I know very little about Islamic Law, so don’t take that to the bank….Maybe someone of Islamic faith could elaborate upon this question?

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