Osama bin Laden’s Personal Notes and Letters To Be Declassified on Thursday

Combating Terrorism CenterThis will be interesting to check out Thursday (but I guess the press has already gotten wind of what is in the documents). Osama bin Laden reads like a troubled CEO who was frustrated by the lack of new talent and struggling with a failing brand. Brian Bennett writes in the LA Times:

Osama bin Laden’s personal notes and letters, which were seized a year ago in the U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan, show a leader removed from day-to-day operations of the terrorist organization he founded and increasingly frustrated with the new generation of managers who were rising in the ranks.

A declassified selection of the vast trove of material — large enough, officials say, to fill a college library — will be published online Thursday by the Combating Terrorism Center, a think tank at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In correspondence with his senior leaders, Bin Laden lamented the inexperience and poor judgment shown by the rising crop of Al Qaeda leaders. He urged his followers to move out of the tribal areas of Pakistan and to areas that were far from the cameras and missiles of the CIA’s fleet of armed Predator drones, and he said Muslims around the world have “lost their trust” in Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials who have read the documents.

Read More: LA Times

5 Comments on "Osama bin Laden’s Personal Notes and Letters To Be Declassified on Thursday"

  1. Even with the filter, it should be interesting.

  2. Unsympathetic Reality | May 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm |

    Whenever you see official sources bandying the word terrorism around, replace it with “resistance to the empire”.

  3. Nerf Herder | May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    I wonder who the notes and letters are really written by when they come out.

  4. Released excerpt no. 1 of Osama Bin Laden’s personal notes:
    Day 175- Beat hi-score on Donkey Kong and had chinese for lunch, can’t wait until I get new porn videos in mail today.

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