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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A trove of documents found in Osama Bin Laden’s house was posted online this morning by U.S. Army’s Combating Terrorism Center. The papers and letters give us a peek inside the hard-knock life of a global jihadist — and teaches some valuable lessons about children, brand management, and the difficulties of telecommuting. Here are some of them:

Watch your damn kids so you don’t get caught: The Associated Press explains:

Bin Laden himself wrote that “controlling children” was one of the keys to hiding in cities, as he did for years while U.S. forces searched Pakistan’s rugged frontier. He encouraged his followers in hiding to teach their children the local language and not let them out of their homes “except for extreme necessity like medical care.”

Protect your brand! There was a lot of worry inside the group that the general public might accidentally believe that Al Qaeda — which means “the base” — was just an international terrorist group and not a unifying political force. How could they change that? One memo writer suggest taking on a new name, like “the Islamic party” (he had almost a dozen other suggestions), so new President Barack Obama could no longer say he was at war with a single group named Al Qaeda.

Go big or keep hiding: Osama compared the United States to a tree with branches all around the world and suggested the best way to “cut the tree” was to “concentrate on sawing the trunk.” In other words, he needed something like a repeat of 9/11, right in the heart of America. And he wasn’t entirely thrilled with failed efforts to recapture the magic like the 2009 failed bombing of an airplane in Detroit, although he did like the adventurous spirit shown by affiliates like Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which worked from Yemen. “We need to extend and develop our operations in America,” bin Laden wrote in 2010, “and not keep it limited to blowing up airplanes.”

Everybody makes fun of Joe Biden: There were plans to kill President Obama — the “head of infidelity” —  during  a visit to Kabul.  “Killing him automatically will make (vice-president Joe) Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there” read one document. “Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis.”

Reading media blogs is an important skill, even for terrorists. An American-born Bin Laden spokesman had advice in October 2010 on how to get Al Qaeda’s newest message across. “It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News, let her die in her anger,” wrote Adam Gadahn.  I used to think that MSNBC channel may be good and neutral a bit, but is has lately fired two of the most famous journalists – Keith Olberman and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese.” (Octavia Nasr worked for CNN, not MSNBC.)

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  • I am sorry, but why would we be surprised that Osama Bid Laden, be a horrible boss? After all, he was bent on murdering Americans and Westerners, and all they people he despised because of the human and civil rights that are the ways the West is better than any other nation so far? I know he hated the LGBT, independent women, child rights, but was more than willing to have as many wives as he could corral in his compound to serve him. The guy is gone and won’t do anything else! I doubt he will get his virgens in hell because he sure had them here on earth…the pervert.

    • The War in Vietnam was for the purpose of war profiteering and increasing the power of the military-industrial establishment, the one Eisenhower warned us against. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was a false flag (faked) by our government to get the war hawks and sheeple to follow. Who would you have declared war on in the US? The middle class who were fed up with being cannon fodder and bankrollers for the establishment’s useless war? What happened to your domino theory? If we had not destabilized Cambodia they would not have had millions enslaved and killed.

  • I would like to see a boss ANYWHERE in this country who can motivate anything but cloaked and decorated forms of prostitution on the part of his or her subordinates. The profundity of motivation and commitment seen in Al-Qaeda is almost unprecedented in our culture. My favorite article about BIN-LADEN was the one that claimed that he implored his own children to get Western educations and become bourgeois. The SMUGNESS of those who unquestioningly uphold cosmopolitan values is more noxious than the most malignant fanaticism. NO WONDER we are careening mindlessly into a global war that will make WW II look like a dress-rehearsal. If only we had the war we SHOULD HAVE HAD AT HOME DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, this upcoming war would have been avoided.

  • Albert DAgostino

    What is progressive journalism coming to if National Memo has fallen for this crap. Without any shred of evidence, the government has floated the bin Laden propaganda story to a dormant people. We, the people, have received about as much evidence of the bin Laden supposed murder as we did with 9/11. Both of these incidents will join the same cobwebbed corner as the single “lone nut” theory of the JFK murder.

    Our government has become adept false flag propaganda incidents to better control its people. But, they need not go too deeply as Americans are a gullible people with short -term memories. Each former lie of the Ministry of Propaganda is cast aside by the public in order to make room in the people’s memory for the next new lie which is subsequently believed by the masses.

    With each peripheral story and line that is written or spoken by media that references the 19 hijackers or bin Laden, the lie is further cemented into history and seared into our memories as gospel truth. Americans are constant victims of the best propaganda machine in the world. They eat up these lies with the voraciousness of a starving person, lies such as the phony threat of terrorists (brought to you by the CIA), the lies that North Korea and Iran will one day nuke us with their paltry weapons, the colossal lie of 9/11 and bin Laden’s death, the lie that we are the land of the free and noble, and hundreds of others that race through our overloaded and confused brains.

    The political milage gained from all these lies serves to enhance the faltering image of our government and its leaders. Each propagandistic incident has a specific purpose. Some are meant to spread fear, others are to pass draconian laws to limit our already limited “freedoms,” and some to aid in the re-election of those same individuals that want to make this world, their world, but the overiding purpose is control. If I can control the information you receive, I control you.

    I would like to congratulate the staff of National Memo for aiding and abetting the enslavement of its reader’s minds – way to go guys!

    • Thank you for writing better than I could my sentiments exactly. These are the people who brought us the Jessica Lynch and Kuwaiti incubator babies stories not to mention the fake video of bin Laden claiming success for 9/11 which was miraculously, supposedly found in Afghanistan. Scarcely a mention of the fact he had repeatedly condemned 9/11` because it is against the Muslim philosophy to attack innocent people. The side by side comparison shows a man with a bulbous nose and full face, yet so many people refuse to even look at the side-by-side comparison on the Internet.
      They pinned the anthrax attacks on a scientist who lacked the equipment to weaponize it. If he had attempted it with his lab setup he would have contaminated the whole building. The fact that White House insiders secretly started taking anti anthrax antibiotics on 9/11 gets no attention and the first victim coincidentally had published a photo of Jenna Bush sitting on another girl’s lap which also never made the public news media, to my knowledge. The whole ruse worked like a charm. It intimidated the press and political opposition, was readily accepted as a reason to go after Saddam, and the scapegoat was “suicided”, and cremated without autopsy.