WASHINGTON — Three Maine lawmakers could view the photos of Osama bin Laden’s body – but won’t.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st, are declining the opportunity being made available to select members of Congress to see the top-secret photos of bin Laden after the al-Qaida terrorist leader was shot dead by Navy SEALs.

Pingree, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said today that, “I have full faith that the Navy SEALs killed him (bin Laden) and positively identified him with photographic and DNA evidence.  That’s good enough for me. I don’t intend to request a viewing of the Osama bin Laden photographs.”

Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said that after receiving “numerous top secret briefings” from agencies such as the CIA, FBI and finally today from the commander of the bin Laden operation itself, Vice Admiral William McRaven, “I am certain that Osama bin Laden is dead and have no need to see the pictures.”

Collins also noted that al-Qaida has publicly conceded that bin Laden is dead.

Snowe, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that “I don’t intend to see the photos. I have enough information to convince me beyond the shadow of a doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead. “

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees are being given access to the photographs, and can view them at CIA headquarters in suburban Washington, several news outlets have reported, including NBC and CBS.

President Barack Obama decided not to make the photos available to the public.

Among those who say they will view the photographs of the terrorist’s body: Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., a Senate Armed Services Committee member, and Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Among those who have said they won’t is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a Navy pilot and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, who told Politico that, “I’ve seen enough dead people.”