Maine’s congresswomen say ‘no’ to bin Laden photos

Posted May 11, 2011, at 5:09 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation are saying “no thanks” after being given the opportunity to view photos of Osama bin Laden’s body.

U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree were given the chance to view photos of the slain al-Qaida leader because they serve on the Armed Services or Intelligence committees.

The three said that they have no desire to see the photos because they have no doubts that bin Laden was shot dead by Navy SEALs in a May 1 raid on his home in Pakistan. Collins further said that al-Qaida has publicly conceded that bin Laden is dead.

The photos are not being made available to the public.