The decision to not release death photos of Osama bin Laden continues to spark debate. NPR and the Associated Press are pursuing a Freedom of Information Act request to get the photos released, and now the CIA might show the photos to “select lawmakers.” On The Ed Show on MSNBC on Tuesday night, The Nation’s John Nichols argues that “we don’t need our intelligence committee to be a priestly class," and that whatever lawmakers see, all Americans should be able to see. Nichols also finds it disrespectful to the Arab Muslim world to suggest that a release of the bin Laden death photos could spark anger in the Middle East.

—Kevin Gosztola