The reaction to President Obama's decision not to release a photo of a dead Osama bin Laden got mixed responses from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, with many higher-ranking members, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., fully supporting the decision.
But some prominent lawmakers disagree with the move. Among them is Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. who said the photo should be released to counter claims that bin Laden is still alive.
“The whole purpose of sending our soldiers into the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, was to obtain indisputable proof of bin Laden’s death,” Graham said Wednesday. “I know bin Laden is dead. But the best way to protect and defend our interests overseas is to prove that fact to the rest of the world. “
Obama told CBS News he will not release the photo, in part, because he did not want the image to become “a propaganda tool.”