At a press conference today with John Brennan, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser, not only was Pakistan discussed, but the emerging controversy with Osama bin Laden’s burial was also addressed. Brennan stated bin Laden’s body was buried at sea within 24 hours in accordance with Islamic tradition, but many journalists in the press room loudly expressed their puzzlement, asking “why?”
Brennan explained that the burial took place earlier this morning and that “it was determined that it was in the best interest of all involved that this burial take place again – according to Islamic requirements – at sea.” It was unanimous among Muslim experts that this was the best way to handle it, Brennan said, and he also comforted anyone worried about how easy it might be to retrieve the body by saying that secure burials at sea take place on a regular basis. Plus without a site where the body was buried, Brennan said they would not have to worry about bin Laden’s followers thinking about making a pilgrimage to visit it.
Watch the clip below from C-SPAN:
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