CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky was escorted into CIA headquarters this afternoon where she became one of a select few people to get a look at the death photos of Osama Bin Laden.

Schakowsky was among members of the House Intelligence Committee who were invited to see the photographs for themselves.

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“Obviously the pictures are quite graphic, and it’s something you think about.” she said. “It wasn’t something I relished the idea of going to see them. I wanted to see them to be able to confirm in my own mind that it would be a serious mistake for them to be widely circulated and I certainly have convinced myself of that.”

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Schakowsky said there was no good reason to release the photos publicly.

“You can just imagine that if they were released they would go viral on-line, and we’ve already seen one retaliatory action in Pakistan,” she said. “I think it would incite violence and there’s no need for that.”

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Schakowsky said the pictures are “quite graphic.”