Sen. Graham questions decision to dispose of bin Laden’s body

Posted: May 3, 2011 in US News

Jordan Fabian
The Hill
May 2, 2011

A leading Republican senator on Monday questioned the U.S. government’s decision to dispose of Osama bin Laden’s body within 24 hours.

Bin Laden, the former al Qaeda leader killed by U.S. forces on Sunday, was buried at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic law. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), a top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, is skeptical of the decision.

“To me, that didn’t make a lot of sense,” Graham said during an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

U.S. forces were able to capture bin Laden’s body after killing him at a compound outside Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad, but he was buried at sea soon afterward, reportedly not to leave a shrine to him.

The Obama administration is debating whether to release photos of bin Laden’s body after some have expressed concern that the U.S. needs to do so to prove his death.

But others in the administration have been hesitant due to the graphic nature of the photos.

Michael Scheuer, a former CIA official, said Monday morning that the U.S. will likely release the photos to eliminate any doubt that he is dead.


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