U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has requested to see photos of dead al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and said the photos should be made public.
Gohmert said the photos would bring “finality” for Americans and would enrage only those who already wish the nation harm. He said he understands both sides of the argument regarding the decision to release the photos but added “Americans are adult enough” to see the grisly photos.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said one of the reasons he opposed releasing the photos was the fear that they would be altered in ways that could provoke a backlash.
One added football players sitting at the table, and another dressed the officials in flamboyant hats like one worn at the royal wedding in London.
He said questions will persist about whether the photos were real. He said in spite of al-Qaida acknowledging bin Laden's death, conspiracy theories will continue.
Gohmert said the president should make the photos available to Americans who want to see them. He said the president was making excuses when he said releasing the photos would be “spiking the ball.”
“He spiked the ball anyway. He went to ground zero and had the ceremony and made speeches. I think the ball has already been spiked, so we ought to let the people have the finality of seeing the pictures.”