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Senators call for bin Laden death photos

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Senators call for bin Laden death photos
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Ind-Conn., called on President Obama to release pictures proving Osama bin Laden is dead. (UPI Photo/Kamenko Pajic) | License Photo

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins said Monday photos of Osama bin Laden's body should be released to resolve any doubts about his death.

Lieberman, Ind-Conn., and Collins, R-Maine, said they would defer to President Barack Obama's judgment on whether to release the photos, but said they would prefer the photos or some other evidence be released, Politico reported.

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Both are senior members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Earlier, Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, told reporters the White House would decide later on whether any pictures should be released.

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Politico reported Lieberman said, "Unless there's an acknowledgment by people in al-Qaida that bin Laden is dead, then it may be necessary to release the pictures -- as gruesome as they inevitably will be because he's been shot in the head -- to quell any doubts that this somehow is a ruse that the American government has carried out. So my own instinct is it's necessary to release those pictures, but I will respect whatever decision the president makes."

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Lieberman and Collins said they personally have no doubts bin Laden was killed Sunday.

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