Saxby Chambliss may have been victim of fake Osama bin Laden photo

Saxby Chambliss may have been one of a handful of U.S. senators snowed by a fake picture of the indisputably dead Osama bin Laden. From CNN’s “Political Ticker:”

“[Chambliss}, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN and other news organizations Wednesday morning he had seen photos. He described them as “what you would expect from somebody who’s been shot in the head. It’s not pretty.”

He went on to argue that the photos should be released.

“One of these days they’re going to be released; it’s a question of whether it be now on our terms or (let) somebody else do it,” said Chambliss.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Chambliss admitted to reporters a photo he had described earlier in the day was not an “official photo,” but rather a picture he was shown on an electronic device, and he does not know if it was authentic.

“Let me make this clear, the photo I saw was shown to me by somebody who represented it as being a picture of him after he was shot. I have no idea where it came from,” Chambliss said.

Chambliss was asked if he believed he was being shown an authentic photo. He responded, “Well it looked like it was a picture of bin Laden.”

Other senators who were handed the same information included Scott Brown, R-Mass, and Kelly Ayotte, R-NH. From the liberal blog site, Talking Points Memo:

“I was shown a picture — it looked like a picture of bin Laden,” Chambliss told TPM. “It appeared to be accurate but it was not.”

Chambliss said the photo was electronic and someone — not a senator or government official — had shown it to him, but he declined to elaborate.
About an hour before admitting the photo was a fake, he sent out a vague statement that basically conceded his mistake.

“While I am supportive of making pertinent information regarding this historic event available to the public, we must seriously consider the impact these photos could have if they inflame or provide an excuse to those wishing to harm the United States, both at home and abroad,” he said. “When I see the photos, I can make an informed judgment about the potential damage they may do.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
10:36 pm

Obama is so worried about the feelings of foreign and domestic muslims. Oh and his muslim faith!
To hell with muslims feelings..I paid for this raid as a US taxpayer and I will be filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the photos and the videop of the burial.

Saxby has been getting more and more left leaning..he thinks he is safe in the primary..well saxby I think Bennet thought that in Utah too..Whoever we nominate will decimate the dem in the general, so we can spend all ouur time from 2012 to 2014 concentrating on defeating YOU in the primary. All you do anymore is buddy up to leftists.

In the I AM LAUGHING SO HARD category..

Report: Nearly Half of Detroiters Can’t Read

According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are “functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

what party has run detroit..forever? DEMS

I can see ‘lil Barry Hussein-o soetoro now, ” Some call you illiterate..But I call you my base!”

Amazing

May 4th, 2011
10:42 pm

The President made the right call. Showing the pictures would not satisfy those who believe there is conspiracy. See how the nut jobs behaved after the release of his long form birth certificate.

Dave

May 4th, 2011
10:49 pm

Mike

May 4th, 2011
10:57 pm

Saxby Chambliss is a joke. I can see why he is ranked at one of the worst Senators in congress. I am in my sixties and he is the worst Senator that I can ever recall representing Georgia.

vuduchld

May 4th, 2011
11:10 pm

Doesn’t surprise me. This idiot, like all the other idiotic politicans in your pathetic state will fall for anything. You fools continue to vote for them so I sure as heck don’t feel sorry for you sheep.

Ric

May 4th, 2011
11:19 pm

There’s a Nigerian prince who’d like to get in touch with Senator Chambliss.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
11:20 pm

A kenyan commoner too, most likely.

Centrist

May 4th, 2011
11:21 pm

Chambliss has slowed down considerably these past few years, and unfortunately may also be duped by the liberal members in his “Gang of Six” who want real increased taxes and more smoke/mirror false spending reductions.

Ben Dover

May 4th, 2011
11:25 pm

TrishaDisha, have you ever had the sugar licked off your girl scout cookie?

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Dennis

May 4th, 2011
11:32 pm

Please keep Chambliss far away from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Artie

May 4th, 2011
11:40 pm

The retards calling to see the pics have short-term memory. Look at the increased risk our troops faced in the wake of the Abu Ghraib pics.

double

May 4th, 2011
11:49 pm

Ben I would think she is an Oreo type.

iHATEcommieSCUM

May 4th, 2011
11:49 pm

@trishadishawareagle People like you, on both side of the political spectrum, are evidence of the fact that, the less someone knows/is informed (and usually the less intelligent they are), the more likely they are to be so certain that they are right, and everyone else is dumb, that they shout it at the top of their lungs.

what a fine state of denial we live in

May 5th, 2011
12:00 am

TrishaDishaWarEagle Use your head for a change- I suspect that the pictures are nothing short of brutal and will do more harm than good with the entire Muslim world. Oh by the way that means 2 billion people.

what a fine state of denial we live in

May 5th, 2011
12:05 am

Centrist- Chambliss has slowed down recently???? He has never had an original thought in his life just like the Rep from Cobb Phil Gingrey. But they both do know how to do whatever the Republican leadership says to do.

Realist

May 5th, 2011
12:22 am

Our Government is Broke–and it is getting too late to fix it…

UGA graduate

May 5th, 2011
12:38 am

I agree that he is worst Georgia senator in my lifetime and I remember Richard Russell, who must be turning in his grave right now. Chambliss used propaganda tactics to win office against a real war hero to paint him a friend of terrorist. He is right up there with Newt Gingrich and Lester Maddox as one of the Three Stooges of Georgia politics.

curious

May 5th, 2011
2:56 am

Where did Trisha….. come from? Did she just return from a butt kicking expedition in the Middle East?

At this time of day, she probably just left her job at some strip joint.

A real credit to the AJC for letting her on.

Jessi

May 5th, 2011
4:21 am

Trish fits a certain profile: She’s white, poor, uneducated, likely is either a stripper or a cashier at Walmart or Family Dollar, and hates her life.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 5th, 2011
4:39 am

Thank you Sigmund Fraud.

I am White, Upper middle Income , Educated, and love myself. I do, on the other hand, hate all collectivist leftists, and Muslims..this includes ‘lil Barry big ears. At this point, it will no longer be worth your effort to respond, because I have written you off as a non entity having no value and no worth.

curious

May 5th, 2011
4:49 am

I got it! She’s white trash.

MissAnthrope

May 5th, 2011
5:50 am

Ms TrishaDishaWarEagle, do you hate ALL Muslims or just some Muslims? If it is ALL, I cannot see how you could call yourself educated. Oh, excuse me, you said educated, not intelligent. My bad.

The Centrist

May 5th, 2011
6:09 am

How would Clarence or anybody else really know what bin Laden looks like dead if all they have ever seen were pictures?

American

May 5th, 2011
6:12 am

It is not too surprising that Chambliss was duped as his only military experience is dodging it.

Junior Samples

May 5th, 2011
6:12 am

Trish,

At least you’ve admitted you’re an elitist…
Calling out our President as a commoner certainly defines yourself as such.

Road Scholar

May 5th, 2011
6:17 am

Trish: Maybe we should shut all the “Christian” churches for all the molestation and deaths done in the name of god? Grow up! Have a little respect! Oh, that’s right, you went to Auburn!

mehlman rings twice

May 5th, 2011
6:18 am

I’m just glad Scooter “Leaky” Libby wasn’t given advance notice of this operation.

ByteMe

May 5th, 2011
6:24 am

Wait… these Senators all go public claiming they’ve seen pictures of bin Laden… and those pictures didn’t come from any government official and they still thought the pics were real?? What is this, the “I got a friend who knows a guy who happened to be at the compound…” story?

Sad. Unfortunately, they’ll still have supporters just because of the team letter after their name.

mehlman rings twice

May 5th, 2011
6:25 am

A better headline would be: “Georgia may have been the victim of a fake Senatorial term.”

mehlman rings twice

May 5th, 2011
6:34 am

J. Edgar Hoover and the Birmingham police department suppressed evidence that could have been used to apprehend or convict the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers. When you think about it, that makes them no better than the Pakastani military.

mehlman rings twice

May 5th, 2011
6:35 am

ByteMe @ 6:24 am:
Good point.

Rush's paid caller

May 5th, 2011
6:45 am

That fake photo must have been attached to a farm subsidy. That’s the only thing that will get
Sen. “Taxme’s” attention.

Brian

May 5th, 2011
6:46 am

Falling for this does not make Chambliss a ‘victim’; it makes him a rube.

Jim

May 5th, 2011
6:49 am

My grandson is in the military and stationed in the Middle East. The horrors he faces daily can only be imagined by those who are there, on the front lines with him and the other brave patriot who chose to voluntarily put their lives on the line for our beloved Republic.

As so many (both republican and democrat) have pointed out: why put these brave warriors in additional harm’s way by publishing pictures of the dead murderer? What do you think that will accomplish? Do you actually believe any of the “deniers” would then say, “Oh, yes I can now see clearly that Bin Laden is dead. Sorry about questioning this claim”. Oh sure, I bet you will say something along the line that those murderers don’t need any more excuses to kill and they will kill anyway. You may be right. Again, easy to say unless you have a loved one in harm’s way.

Everything does not have to become some political football. Let’s celebrate the death of this murderer and the success of our brave warriors and also acknowledge the decision of our military leaders, including the Commander in Chief, who gave the order to have this done in the manner it was accomplished.

It is so easy for a politician like Sarah Palin or that democrat senator from Michigan to say, “show the pictures, quit messing around, who cares about the consequences”.

This person who is first to post here today is so consumed by her hate of President Obama that nothing takes greater priority. She “paid” for those pictures, so show them to her. My grandson is “paying” for those pictures by putting his life in harm’s way in order to protect this person’s right (no matter how misguided it might be) to “demand those” pictures.

For this grandfather who worries every minute of every day and prays constantly for the safe return of his beloved grandson, it is a different story. I hope one day you will experience the pride and honor of having a loved one voluntarily step forward and defend our Republic but I must warn you, along with the pride and honor comes constant worry and dread every time the phone rings, every time there is a report of another brave warrior dying in the Middle East, every time there is a knock on the door and every time I click on my email.

Normal Dad

May 5th, 2011
7:03 am

RE: TrishaDisha

Please do not feed the troll.

Thank you. Now back to our reasonably intelligent discussion.

Buzz G

May 5th, 2011
7:04 am

How is it that a conservative state like Georgia is represented by two liberal Republican Senators? Why can’t we ever seem to put conservatives into national office?

Name (required)

May 5th, 2011
7:36 am

Nobody ever accused Saxby of being smart. Now he’s just reinforcing it.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 5th, 2011
7:36 am

The folks in Georgia would elect a serial killer if he ran with an (R) behind his name.

michael roberson

May 5th, 2011
7:39 am

I don’t understand how you can blame the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Chamblis is not a responsible senator . He released the photos …..NOT THE PRESIDENT.

Brenda

May 5th, 2011
7:40 am

Candidate Obama and the rest of the lefites were not nearly so concerned about our brave troops when we wre considering releasing pictures of prision abuse. While the rest of the left is still acting like children, I suspect that the President learned the signficance of the threat and had to actually act like a grown up. Sorry that so much of the rest of the left did not take the clue.

Rush's paid caller

May 5th, 2011
7:47 am

Uh Brenda, those prison abuse pictures were secretly released by concerned members of our military not politicians. Nice try though.

dd

May 5th, 2011
8:08 am

Screw em, we’ll release the pictures on our terms if and when we want to.

Hey, AQ, prove that OBL is still alive.

Susan

May 5th, 2011
8:22 am

Jim. . .

I thank you for your thoughtful commentary and I sincerely hope your grandson and all of the other young men and women return safe and sound.

Obama 2012

May 5th, 2011
8:22 am

this was probably the same photo that has been floating around since Sunday, …shown on a cell phone, yeah right Saxby, way to represent GA.

Jay

May 5th, 2011
8:23 am

There’s a much darker reality with the Osama Kill Reality Show than a photograph. Think timing: Obama’s election kick off … Gates’ legacy as he retires … Petraeus with two failed wars under his belt as he accepts a consolation prize (payback from Obama) of CIA director … and aging Panetta needing a boost from some macho thriller. No doubt the remarkable Seals captured Osama but most likely our so-called leaders could have made it happen several years ago. But for economic reasons (and for the sake of some big careers), the Afghan War had to go on. Not a conspiracy theroy – a political one.

Pinche Huevos

May 5th, 2011
8:25 am

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO !…….GOP ……..PENDEJOS>>>>

mule train

May 5th, 2011
8:34 am

don’t upset the muslims–they get violent quick!

Freedom lover

May 5th, 2011
8:35 am

Don’t feel bad Saxby, americans have been suckered in by the lies of the federal government for decades and decades now. The sad part is that you are normally part of the problem. Glad to hear they suckered you too. Its about time. Hey, you believed the lie that we needed TARP, to invade and occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, a Medicare Drug benefit that is bankrupting us MORE, and all the other criminal things you have voted for. Maybe if you had principles instead of just bloodlust and blind obedience we could be more proud of the job you were doing.