The two top lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee say President Obama may have to release photographic, video or DNA evidence that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, say the decision lies with the Obama administration whether to release photos of bin Laden's corpse, but warned that not doing so might make it hard to extinguish bin Laden's influence.
"There is a problem that unless there is an acknowledgement by the people in al Qaeda that bin Laden is dead it may be necessary to release the pictures, as gruesome as they may be, to quell any doubts that this is a ruse that the American government has carried out," Lieberman said.
Lieberman went on to say that he is "absolutely convinced that the man killed was Osama bin Laden."
Collins said she also has no doubts he was executed, "but I recognize that there will be those that try to generate this myth that he's alive and that we missed him somehow."
"In order to put that myth to rest, it may be necessary to release some of the pictures or video or DNA tests to prevent that from happening," Collins said.
The Obama administration said there are photos of a dead bin Laden, but has not released them.