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Will Scott Brown view the Osama bin Laden death photo? 'No comment'

May 11, 2011 |  4:56 pm

Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott BrownYou know Northeasterners.

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who once exposed virtually everything he owns in a women's magazine photo shoot, isn't sure he wants to see Osama bin Laden's death photo.

Because of its alleged gruesomeness, President Obama has decided that the American people and the world should not see the photos of the slain al Qaeda founder, killed by Navy SEALs in his Pakistan bedroom 10 days ago.

The announced fear is that jihadists will become insanely homicidal, although the White House has said it is "entirely appropriate" for the president to tout the Muslim's killing in Obama's two most recent political fundraising speeches, which raised $2 million in Texas on Tuesday evening.

This despite the likelihood that such U.S. government censorship combined with the announced hastiness of the disposal of Bin Laden's body will feed conspiracy theories that Bin Laden lives.Faked Osama bin Laden Death Photo

Last week, soon after the president's decision to withhold the image against the advice of his CIA director, Brown announced that he had seen the death photo and was convinced the terrorist plotter was dead. Afterward, Brown aides admitted the senator had, like millions of others, been fooled by this fake death photo widely published in Pakistani newspapers.

Now, however, because members of Congress are presumed adults (see mirror photo of ex-Rep. Chris Lee), Obama has decided a few select committee members may see the photo at CIA headquarters.

Asked if the freshman senator would be visiting Langley for a photo peek, his spokeman said, "No comment on this."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Josh Reynolds / Associated Press (Brown); unknown.

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