Dutch Describes Bin Laden Death Photo
Rep. Ruppersberger was one of eight people to see the photo.
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said it only took one photograph to identify the lifeless body of America’s “No. 1 target”—Osama bin Laden.
As the top-ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Ruppersberger was one of eight people who was shown the death photos of bin Laden during a Thursday morning meeting at CIA headquarters.
The Intelligence Committee, or the “gang of eight,” as Ruppersberger called them, verified that the mission to eliminate bin Laden had been carried out.
Eight photos were laid out across a table, he said. The first in the set depicted a dead bin Laden. The following seven depicted an alive bin Laden to verify his features.
“They had arrows pointing to the nose, lips, ears, that type of thing,” Ruppersberger said. “From my point of view, the first picture that I saw—without any doubt, without any equivocation—I knew that was Osama bin Laden.”
The Intelligence Committee had been briefed on the events leading up to the raid and they continue to receive updates following bin Laden’s death. Six Navy Seals carried out the raid on May 1 that killed the mastermind behind 9/11.
“It showed trauma. Osama’s face went away,” Ruppersberger said. “There was a bullet [hole] in his upper eyebrow. … It did show some blood. But you could distinguish who he was very easily.”