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Sen. Graham questions bin Laden's burial
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Posted on 05/02/2011 8:38:40 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Sen. Graham questions bin Laden's burial By Jordan Fabian - 05/02/11 11:09 AM ET

A leading Republican senator on Monday question the U.S. government's decision to dispose of Osama bin Laden's body within 24 hours.

Bin Laden, the former al Qaeda leader killed by U.S. forces on Sunday, was buried within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic law. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), a top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, is skeptical of the decision.

"To me, that didn't make a lot of sense," Graham said during an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

U.S. forces were able to capture bin Laden's body after killing him at a compound outside Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad, but he was buried at sea soon afterward, reportedly to not leave a shrine to him.

The Obama administration is debating whether or not to release photos of bin Laden's body after some have expressed concern that the U.S. needs to do so to prove his death.

But others in the administration have been hesitant due to the graphic nature of the photo.

Michael Scheurer, a former CIA official, said Monday morning that the U.S. will likely release the photos to erase any doubt that he is dead.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: graham; osama
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1 posted on 05/02/2011 8:38:41 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m surprised to hear this coming from Graham.

This whole thing smells fishy.


2 posted on 05/02/2011 8:40:21 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (Show me the body!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t care what makes sense to Flimsey Graham. His comments are irrelevant to any issue.


3 posted on 05/02/2011 8:40:34 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: Sub-Driver

If they don’t release these photos, and preferably some video, to prove this happened as described, there is going to be a backlash from many on the left and right, as well as throughout the world. There needs to be undeniable proof, or this becomes the biggest conspiracy since JFK.


4 posted on 05/02/2011 8:41:18 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Sub-Driver

A lot of things don’t make sense to Senator Graham. I am not going to starting counting them, because I have better things to do today.


5 posted on 05/02/2011 8:42:22 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

You’re saying burying bin laden at sea was a little fishy, hmmmm?


6 posted on 05/02/2011 8:43:22 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: NoKoolAidforMe
This whole thing smells fishy.

So does the body now ... but I agree something is ringing an alarm bell in my head

7 posted on 05/02/2011 8:43:22 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: Sub-Driver

It makes it all the more powerful that a RINO is saying this. The whole story is bizarre. One would think that someone in the military or the intelligence community would tell the Obama minions how important this is. They had/have ONE chance to get the truth out there, and it appears they are botching it, with different stories, and possible lies.


8 posted on 05/02/2011 8:43:52 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Photo of dead Ben Laden seems to be as difficult to get as a photo of a Hawaiian official holding the “real” certifiable presidential birth certificate.....hmmmm?


9 posted on 05/02/2011 8:44:25 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Sub-Driver

Wouldn’t purpose have been better served by killing him and quietly slipping away into the night, leaving Pakistan to explain the corpse? To think that American special forces could slip into a military compound, pop him off, and then slip away saying nothing would scare the living hell out of everyone?


10 posted on 05/02/2011 8:45:07 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: ilgipper

If Bin Laden wasn’t dead, don’t you think he would just release another video telling the world he wasn’t? Anyone who sees a conspiracy in this is nuts.


11 posted on 05/02/2011 8:45:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sub-Driver

Graham is not the only one asking this question.

It makes me sick that our dear leader finds it necessary to respect any Islamic “customs.” I’d like to know who made this decision.


12 posted on 05/02/2011 8:45:51 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m a fan of the “no shrine” burial at sea. It’s a good idea. I think the photos will either be released officially or leaked unofficially.


13 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:19 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Sub-Driver

Well. THIS presents a quandary, does it not?

Who to disbelieve more between these two lighter than air gasbags? Obama or Graham? I’ll take P. T. Barnum for $5.


14 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:25 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“in accordance with Islamic law”

Creeping Sharia?

Come on. WE are not an Islamic nation. Why are we obeying Islamic law?


15 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:25 AM PDT by garjog
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To: PghBaldy

They still don’t have the story about when the DNA test results were back right....lots of conflicting info.

I have seen before Obama announced ..I have seen just got them in.....and I have seen still not in.


16 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:51 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Sub-Driver

Graham is not the brightest bulb. The best thing we did is kill OBL rather than capture him. The second best thing was to dispose of the body at sea within 24 hours per Islamic tradition. No trial, no shrine—just ignominious death for a human cockroach.


17 posted on 05/02/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver

They should have stuffed him with pig fat and parts, and released pictures of it, before sending him to the sea.


18 posted on 05/02/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: NoKoolAidforMe
Obama makes the announcement and his credibility comes to question. The announcement should have been made by the military or joint chiefs.

Now it's a mess.

19 posted on 05/02/2011 8:47:41 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Sub-Driver

“But others in the administration have been hesitant due to the graphic nature of the photo. “

What a fricking joke! This man was responsible for the death of 3000 Americans on 9/11, some of them JUMPING from windows, families only getting fingers of a piece of bone to bury, this list goes on and on.

Do they really think people can’t handle looking at a picture of Osama bin Laden with two bullet holes in his head? This is the country that produces every form of graphic and bloody movie that can be imagined and we can’t SEE a photo of a dead terrorist?


20 posted on 05/02/2011 8:48:02 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic (It wasn't an election. It was a socialist coup.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
If Bin Laden wasn’t dead, don’t you think he would just release another video telling the world he wasn’t? Anyone who sees a conspiracy in this is nuts.

Straw man argument. Nobody at FR has been saying he isn't dead, only that we think he may have been dead for quite some time. After all, its been several years since we saw a confirmed video of him.
21 posted on 05/02/2011 8:48:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: ilgipper
If they don’t release these photos, and preferably some video, to prove this happened as described, there is going to be a backlash from many on the left and right,

And the "deather" movement will be born.

22 posted on 05/02/2011 8:48:56 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmm......

The SEAL team that breached the place will have lots of pictures and videos. As will those providing air cover. So it will be very easy to document the raid.

And what of all the “stuff”? The place this happened at was pretty big and had to be full of all sorts of documents and evidence. This is something else that must be shown to the public.

Call me cynical but I think that Obama and Co. have held back things and started rumors so they can come out with the “evidence” dispelling their own rumors and make the “point” that all these questions about what Obama does are nothing more than racism or whatnot. Classic rope-a-dope so that they can point to ANYTHING that they have made look fishy then after doing so “prove” nothing was fishy.

Psyc ops at work here?


23 posted on 05/02/2011 8:49:15 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Psalm 144

Did anyone notice the gray in OBL’s beard is exactly the same as ten years ago? No more, yet no less.


24 posted on 05/02/2011 8:49:36 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: ilgipper

Oh blah blah blah. I get the sense the world accepts this is true. The lefties can’t accuse Obama of making it up, and the conservatives are glad Bin Laden is dead as well.

It probably made sense to dump him so no one can make his grave a shrine. Worked for Hitler.


25 posted on 05/02/2011 8:49:39 AM PDT by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
If Bin Laden wasn’t dead, don’t you think he would just release another video telling the world he wasn’t?

Considering he hasn't released a real video since he was killed at Tora Bora in 2001, that might be difficult. :)

26 posted on 05/02/2011 8:49:50 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: garjog

“in accordance with Islamic law”

“Creeping Sharia?”

“Come on. WE are not an Islamic nation. Why are we obeying Islamic law?”

You have not been listening to Barry’s early speeches. He stated that the US is a Muslim nation. Before that I always thought we were a Christian nation. I felt like such a fool. LOL!


27 posted on 05/02/2011 8:50:30 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Sub-Driver
We have been told that we are not at war against Islam, which is a religion of peace and that OBL does not represent the faith of true believers of the Koran.

WTF then did we not wrap the SOB in a pig skin after his corpse was left exposed to the elements for a week?

Well, at least for 25 hours.

28 posted on 05/02/2011 8:50:43 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Going to Charlotte for the barbecue is like going to Minneapolis for the gumbo - John Reed)
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To: ilovesarah2012

You are missing the point..

It is quite possible he was already dead..and Obama is doing this now for his Wag the Dog show.

Do you remember when a Pakastani Prime Minister said Osama was dead..and then she was killed. She named his killer.


29 posted on 05/02/2011 8:51:07 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Sub-Driver

oh man, I have to say that I agree with Linseed on this.

Please remember that the Bush admin released news such as this directly from the military. The military made the announcement that the Hussein brothers were dead and we saw the bodies.

Bush did not make the announcement like Obama did.

We have seen a photoshopped pic from 2010 of Bin Laden. I think we can handle the real thing. After all, he was shot in the face, so it could be hard to tell it is even Osama. *cough* *snort*


30 posted on 05/02/2011 8:51:30 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, it’s ABOUT STINKING TIME that SOMEBODY questioned this ‘burial at sea’ business!

The guy was supposedly caught ON LAND. WHY go through the pains to cart his butt out to sea if you’re going to ‘bury’ him according to Islam rules???

Why didn’t they just bury him on land if that was the case???


31 posted on 05/02/2011 8:52:35 AM PDT by J40000
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To: KansasGirl
It makes me sick that our dear leader finds it necessary to respect any Islamic “customs.”

Not only that, but respecting enemy dead doesn't do anything to discourage another Bin Ladens from popping up. If fact, i believe it would encourage them.

Black Jack Pershing had the right idea.

32 posted on 05/02/2011 8:52:35 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ilgipper
Here it is:

Bin Laden Death

33 posted on 05/02/2011 8:52:44 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: clamper1797

It seems that completely getting rid of the body, leaving no trace is odd, but I also understand the idea of not allowing for a shrine. I don’t really know what to think.


34 posted on 05/02/2011 8:53:24 AM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: Sub-Driver

Here’s what will happen — The Islamists will teach that the reason Americans say “He was buried at sea” is because they can’t produce a body—because Osama ascended directly to heaven.


35 posted on 05/02/2011 8:54:06 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: indylindy

Compare and contrast with the announcement that Saddam was captured

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S02BHmWPZNs&feature=related


36 posted on 05/02/2011 8:54:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pecos

LOL! Have to tell ya I have to agree! :^)


37 posted on 05/02/2011 8:54:57 AM PDT by Republic (The entire White House presidential team needs to grow up and face facts!)
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To: EagleUSA

go to for pic.wwwblogdelnarco.com


38 posted on 05/02/2011 8:55:12 AM PDT by old gringo
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At least they didn't throw him down a well...

39 posted on 05/02/2011 8:55:15 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: cripplecreek

He did release audio tapes that America said were real. I am just not into conspiracy theories. He’s dead. That’s all that matters. And if Obama was doing it for a bump, he would have been wise to wait until closer to the election.


40 posted on 05/02/2011 8:57:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sub-Driver

Graham is questioning the decision to dump his body in the sea. Not bringing it up as a conspiracy.

Give it a rest.

This is FreeRepublic not PrisonPlanet.


41 posted on 05/02/2011 8:57:36 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: OldMissileer
Looks the creep to me.

Where are these being released? Thanks

42 posted on 05/02/2011 8:58:01 AM PDT by Republic (The entire White House presidential team needs to grow up and face facts!)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

He ‘s dead. I trust our seals. It is Obama honoring his burial that is odd. You don’t kill someone and then honor and respect them it is weird. The only thing that makes sense is I am sure the Seals didn’t mind making him shark bait dead or alive.


43 posted on 05/02/2011 8:58:07 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Actually I didnt know sleeping with the fishes was part of Islamic Law for burials

More likely at least one of the hero SEALS was Italian...


44 posted on 05/02/2011 8:58:40 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: ilovesarah2012

WHAT is with all this ‘conspiracy’ labels being slapped on EVERY single time an act of this administration is QUESTIONED??

Not JUST questioned, but for GOOD reason.

Burial at SEA?? What? Was Bin Laden an ex-Navy Seal?? They caught the guy on land.
Yet, it’s GOTTA be a conspiracy to question this?? hmmm...


45 posted on 05/02/2011 8:58:40 AM PDT by J40000
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To: ilovesarah2012
If Bin Laden wasn’t dead, don’t you think he would just release another video telling the world he wasn’t? Anyone who sees a conspiracy in this is nuts.

There are other possibilities, but I see no reason to speculate at this point.

46 posted on 05/02/2011 8:58:46 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: ilovesarah2012

When was the last time he released a video? Ask yourself that question. Try 6 years ago or even more.

The only thing that makes me think it might be real is because the intel came from Gitmo.


47 posted on 05/02/2011 8:59:41 AM PDT by CommieCutter (Promote Liberal Extinction: Support gay marriage and abortion!)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

They should have done what Israel did with Eichmann’s remains, cremate him then spread his ashes over the sea in an undisclosed location so nobody would know where they are.


48 posted on 05/02/2011 9:00:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RummyChick
It is quite possible he was already dead

A lot of us have believed that for quite some time. There was strategic value in keeping him alive as a mythical beast but after several years that value fades.
49 posted on 05/02/2011 9:00:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: evets

I don’t trust the WH, but I do trust the Seals. I am certain that they would not participate in a faking of his death. They don’t talk in public, but they do talk among themselves and they are a very dedicated portion of our military. If Obama and Clinton were lying..we would hear about it.


50 posted on 05/02/2011 9:00:16 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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