NC U.S. Democratic Senator Kay Hagan tells WITN she has seen the pictures of Osama Bin Laden after he was killed.
In an interview with WITN, Hagan says she felt it was her duty as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, which she says has jurisdiction over special forces, to view the photos.
Hagan saw the pictures Tuesday at CIA headquarters and says, "Well obviously it is Osama bin Laden, obviously this man is dead. It brings me great satisfaction knowing that the last thing that Osama bin Laden saw was our special forces from America kicking in his door."
While Hagan saw the pictures, she doesn't think they should be made public. Hagan said, "Ultimately this is the President's decision, and I do agree with him, that based on national security issues, these photos should remain private. I think it's verified that Osama bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda has verified this, DNA has verified this, and I want to be sure that we don't put any of our troops at harm because of these photos, and so I do agree with the President from a national security perspective not to put these photos out in the public."
While Hagan says retaliation is a concern, especially if the photos were made public, she doesn't think the recent deaths of two Eastern Carolina Marines by an Afghanistan police officer were retaliation. Hagan says, "I have not read any information to comment, but think I would have if that would have been the case."