Lieberman urges administration to release bin Laden photos

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Monday said the Obama administration "probably" should publicly release photos of Osama bin Laden's body. 

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said he has no doubt that U.S. forces killed the former al Qaeda leader on Sunday, but said that such a move might be necessary "to quell any doubts" that the operation was somehow a "ruse."

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"It is probably necessary to release those pictures," Lieberman told reporters during a press conference at the Capitol.

Liberman's comments come as Obama administration officials are debating whether or not to release the reportedly gruesome images of bin Laden's corpse, which was disposed of at sea less than 24 hours after his killing. 

Some believe their graphic nature precludes them from being released, but others say the photos would help erase any public skepticism, especially in the Muslim world, about bin Laden's death. 

"There will be those who try to generate this myth that he is alive and that we missed him somehow," said the panel's ranking member, Susan Collins (R-Maine). "In order to put that to rest, it may be necessary to release some of the pictures, or video or DNA tests."

DNA tests have also confirmed bin Laden was the one who was killed, according to the Obama administration.

Lieberman said that he would respect whatever decision the administration makes, and assured reporters that he believes bin Laden is dead. He praised Obama as "cool and decisive" in executing the operation.

"To put it mildly, I trust the Navy SEALs," Lieberman said.