Brady views bin Laden death photos

May 12, 2011

Congressman Bob Brady walked into CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., this morning and was granted access to classified photos that few Americans have seen: Osama bin Laden's corpse.

"Oh, he's dead," Brady said of the late al Qaeda leader, who was shot to death in Pakistan last week in a daring Navy SEALs raid green-lighted by President Obama.

The photos are gruesome.

Brady, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the fatal round practically destroyed bin Laden's head.

"The bullet went in the left eye and probably exited the right ear, but in passing through it blew his skull open," Brady said. "It's quite graphic. His brain and everything are coming out."

Other photos show bin Laden during different stages of his life to illustrate unique facial features. His corpse was also photographed as it was cleansed and wrapped in white cloth "like a mummy" before being buried at sea, Brady said.

He said bin Laden's beard was dyed black, perhaps an indication that he was preparing to film another video.

"Maybe it was to get ready to say hello to us" with a new video from his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Brady said. "No more though."

Brady agrees with Obama's decision not to release the photos to the public.

"I don't think that's something I would want my family to see. I think the president made the right decision," Brady said. "It's a real gruesome picture and I think there are people that would exploit it in ways that may be harmful to us."

"We killed him. He's dead. It's over," Brady said.

May 12, 2011|By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com215-854-5255