Congressman Tom Latham says President Obama should reverse his decision and release photos showing the corpse of Osama bin Laden.
“You know, it’s a tough call…but I honestly think that it is very, very important that people see Osama bin Laden dead and if people say, ‘Well, it’s going to be gory and all,’ well, they’ve released all the other pictures that are out there,” Latham says. “Why not have the American people know for sure what happened?”
Latham, a Republican from Ames, says it would help provide closure to the families of those who died on 9/11. President Obama has said there was no need to “spike the football” and show the photo of bin Laden’s dead body and others have suggested such a photo might incite attacks against the U.S.
“If they could give me credible evidence that it would endanger anybody, yes, I could accept that,” Latham says.”And it’s a close call. It really is.”
Latham made his comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program which airs tonight at 7:30 on Iowa Public Television.