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bin Laden Photographs Should Be Witheld

Nunes supports decision to keep photographs out of the media

In response to concerns about the availability of photographs taken during the raid of the bin Laden compound, Congressman Devin Nunes released the following statement:

"As a Member of the Intelligence Committee, I have examined some of the photos taken during the raid of the bin Laden compound. In my view, proper oversight requires full disclosure to Congress and that is what we are pursuing. After viewing the photos, I am in complete agreement with Chairman Rogers that public disclosure must not occur.

The cost benefit analysis leaves no question about the appropriateness of the President’s decision. Simply put, the marginal benefits of releasing the information — namely to support the established fact that bin Laden is dead — is far outweighed by the reality that releasing the photographs would make the work of our soldiers and national security professionals more dangerous.

In addition, it is important to understand that those who do not believe bin Laden is dead will not alter their view simply because the government parades graphic photographs before the public."

Representative Nunes is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.