The Bin Laden Papers

So that’s what he was thinking! Pam Benson and Joe Sterling report on the release of Osama’s seized papers for CNN:

The United States published several documents online Thursday that it seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year.

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point published the papers on its website.

They are among the more than 6,000 documents U.S. Navy SEALs seized during their raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. Among the revelations from that larger batch of documents is that bin Laden worked until his death to organize another massive terrorist attack in the United States, even while steering affiliated groups away from using the terror network’s name so they would not attract as many enemies.

The documents were found on the five computers, dozens of hard drives and more than 100 storage devices, such as thumb drives and discs, confiscated from the compound after bin Laden was killed.

U.S. officials have described the cache as the single largest collection of senior terrorist material ever obtained. It included digital, audio and video files, printed materials, recording devices and handwritten documents.

Michael Birmingham, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, would not say this week what percentage of the overall material is being made public, but he did say some documents will remain classified for security and operational reasons…

[continues at CNN]


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7 Comments on "The Bin Laden Papers"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm |

    I still maintain that Osama was already dead and the raid was a lie.

    •  I agree.  How can we take the US Army/Governments word on this?

    • Liam_McGonagle | May 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

      But you still have to be surprised at the volume of of unicorn drawings and glittery rainbows in the stack of wire-bound notebooks the SEALs came back with.

      At a certain point a course of events becomes more about how they’re perceived than the factual sequence of actions.  That’s why I honestly don’t think they had to lie about his involvement in 9/11 or the circumstances of his death.  The media establishment owns the narrative machine, which can be spun any countless number of ways, regardless of the factual realities.

  2. ALLEGEDLY seized during the raid that ALLEGEDLY killed Bin Laden…

  3. Yeah, there are tons of documents, from the raid . . . on the compound where no one in the area heard any gunshots . . . to capture a man that was reportedly dying back in early 2000 . . . based on hearsay and a video of the back of some guys head. . . who was a major asset to the CIA for years . . . claimed to have been killed by other assets . . . now claimed to have been killed by nave seals, who failed to produce a body under false pretenses (burial at sea according to Muslim custom (which is actually AGAINST Muslim custom and actually an insult)) . . . the same navy seals who then were reported to have died in a helicopter crash they weren’t supposed to have been on . . . with a white house who posted a room full of people’s reaction to a video we can’t see . . . with pictures decidedly unreleased . . . of which all this happens right before election season.

    Let’s summarize:

    No witnesses
    No living person directly involved
    No body
    No evidence

    I believe it was Sherlock Holmes who said the real strength of a detective is to observe what’s missing. I especially like these supposed plot documents show up way after the fact, AFTER the team that supposedly did the deed and seized said documents are mysteriously killed and are therefore incapable of contradicting said findings. Did I miss anything? 

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