U.S. President Barack Obama say he will not release death photos of Osama bin Laden taken after he was killed early Monday by U.S. commandos.
The president made the comments to U.S. television network, CBS, in an interview to air Wednesday.
The White House has debated releasing a photo to offer proof that bin Laden is dead. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that the photo was gruesome and could be inflammatory.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday defended the raid in Pakistan, saying the killing was lawful and an act of national self-defense.
Holder said the United States will ultimately be more safe because of bin Laden’s death. However, he warned of possible retaliatory attacks and said the fight against terrorist threats is far from over.
Holder said he has ordered law enforcement agencies to be on alert, and said there are still serious concerns the United States must address.
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder said bin Laden’s death is a “tremendous step forward” in obtaining justice for the thousands killed in the September 11, 2001 al-Qaida attacks against the United States.
He called on Congress to reauthorize for a “substantial period of time” provisions in the Patriot Act that expire at the end of the month.
The provisions set to expire allow roving wiretaps on people with suspected terror ties, access to records, and tracking someone with no ties to a terrorist group, a so-called “lone wolf.” Holder said those provisions are needed now more than ever.
The chairman of the Senate committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy, welcomed the successful raid that killed bin Laden.
He said bin Laden paid for his actions against innocent Americans and people around the world, calling him a terrorist and murderer who “perpetuated hate and destruction.” voa