Seeing things

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 11, 2011


Early last week, US Senator Scott Brown claimed to have seen pictures of the dead Osama bin Laden, which he implied were shown to him in briefings. Hours later, his office put out word that the photos Brown had seen were not "authentic."

The very brief statement left a lot of open questions. Was he shown the photos at briefings? Were they the same obviously fake ones that we all saw floating around the Internet? Why did he think they were authentic? And why would a member of the Senate committees on the Armed Services and Homeland Security go spouting off publicly about what he thought he had seen in intelligence briefings?

Brown's office did not respond to phone calls from the Phoenix on the subject — so instead, we resorted to the wisdom of the masses. David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) asked on Twitter — with the hashtag #ScottoSawIt — what else do you suppose Brown thinks he has seen? Here are some of our favorite answers.

@IanDavidB (Ian David) The Great Pumpkin is real because #ScottoSawIt

@johnzorabedian (John Zorabedian) Tiger's dirty text messages. #ScottoSawIt

@bmenoza (Ben Menoza) Russia, from his window. #ScottoSawIt

@JHKleschinsky (John H. Kleschinsky) The secret formula for Coca-Cola. #ScottoSawIt

@hilldoc Scott Brown thought he saw a puddy tat. He did, he did, he did see a puddy tat. #ScottoSawIt

@BrianYoung (Brian Young) Scott Brown just saw Tupac and Biggie. #ScottoSawIt

@eli_reusch (Eli Reusch) Turns out Schrödinger's cat is doing just fine. #ScottoSawIt

@conoryunits (Conor Yunits) Scott Brown has seen the first cut of the Arrested Development movie. #ScottoSawIt

@JoeKeohane (Joe Keohane) Scott Brown has a Polaroid of the guy in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also: Hoffa. #ScottoSawIt

@JMaddenMass (James Madden) Breaking: Apple iPhone 6 3D screen details announced. Steve Jobs briefed Scott Brown. #ScottoSawIt

@alexdpratt (Alex Pratt) In support of #MBTA security campaign, Scott Brown says that if he sees something, he'll say something. #ScottoSawIt

@CMassPolitics (Lance Harris) Scott Brown saw the sign, and it opened up his mind, he saw the sign. #ScottoSawIt #AceofBase

@nkcahill (Nicole Cahill) Scott Brown has seen Donald Trump sans toupee. #ScottoSawIt

@dfresh (CavsDoug) Scott Brown has seen Saddam's WMD. #ScottoSawIt

@chrismatth (Chris Matthews) Elvis = alive. #ScottoSawIt

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