Peter King Will See ‘Satisfaction’ In Bin Laden Photos


Rep. Peter King says he’ll view the CIA’s photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse out of “curiosity” and because he thinks he’ll feel better from seeing the Al Qaeda leader dead.

In an interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman said that “after having lost so many friends and neighbors and constituents on September 11” — the New York Republican represents parts of Long Island immediately outside New York City — “to actually see the person with my own eyes who did it, see him dead … gives me some satisfaction.”

King plans to visit CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in the next few days to take up the agency’s offer to show the images to members of the House and Senate committees that deal with intelligence and national security. Sens. Harry Reid and Joe Lieberman have said they plan to see the photos. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, said he was not interested in seeing them, quipping: “I’ve seen enough dead people.”

King had called for President Barack Obama to release the photos of bin Laden’s corpse publicly, and he still thinks the president made the wrong call. “I’m not president, I’m not going to be president, so I disagree with the president but it’s not a strong matter of disagreement,” he said.

More than just sating his own curiosity, King said he thinks that seeing the photos will give him some credibility in talking about bin Laden’s killing. “I’ll be able to say, ‘yes, bin Laden was killed, I saw it’ and I think it will give some – again just in public appearances and talking to people if the debate does arise in the next year or so is he really dead.”

(Source: Politico)