Senator Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday that she supports President Obama's decision not to release graphic photos of Osama bin Laden after he was killed by Navy SEALS. The California Democrat, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CBS News: "I don't think that the timing is such that something incendiary is the right thing to do."
The pictures show bin Laden with gunshot wounds to his head and face. On Wednesday, the President told the CBS news magazine '60 Minutes,' "It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," said the president.
"We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Mr. Obama added. "The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received."
Some have called for the pictures to be released to put an end to conspiracy theories and rumors suggesting the al Qaeda terror leader is still alive.
The President's decision not to release the photos came three days after Navy SEALS raided bin Laden's compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. According to CBS, the question of releasing the photos was the subject of "intense debate" within the Obama Administration. The network says that CIA Director Leon Panetta wanted the photo released and made that clear in an interview with Katie Couric.