When not ordering people to be killed, or watching porn, it appears Osama Bin Laden was a bit of a book worm.
The US Office of Director of Intelligence has released a list of the 39 books they found on his bookshelf during the Special Forces operation in which he was killed. They include two works by Noam Chomsky, and several conspiracy theory driven books, including one asking in fact if it was the Illuminati which was behind the 9/11 attacks.
Here are some highlights –
A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by I. A. Ibrahim.
Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan
Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins.
Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 by John Coleman
Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust
Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
In Pursuit of Allah’s Pleasure by Asim Abdul Maajid, Esaam-ud-Deen and Dr. Naahah Ibrahim
Project MKULTRA, the CIA’s program of research in behavioral modification. United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, August 3, 1977.
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (1928).
Other documents released tell us that Al Qaeda operates almost like a multinational company. When applying to join, a would be jihadist is asked ‘Do you have a criminal record’. This is of course best practice for an organization which hopes to stay under the radar until the deed of terror is committed. It also asks ‘Do you want to become a martyr?’ and, ‘In the event of martyrdom – who should we contact?’
You can find a full list of the books, and other documents found, here – http://www.dni.gov/index.php/resources/bin-laden-bookshelf?start=3