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May 13th, 2011


Pornography Found in Bin Laden Hideout, Officials Say

Fairly extensive collection consists of modern, electronically recorded video

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Onslaught of info paints clear portrait of bin Laden (NBC Nightly News, May 13, 2011) – For years, Osama bin Laden was a mysterious figure, portrayed simply as the embodiment of evil; but in the 11 days since his death, an avalanche of information from U.S. officials has eroded his mystical status. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports. (02:55)

Reuters and NBC News via MSNBC.com
May 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

The pornography recovered in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity. …

Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials. …

But a video released by the Obama administration confiscated from the compound showed bin Laden watching pictures of himself on a TV screen, indicating that the compound was equipped with video playback equipment. …

Three other U.S. officials familiar with evidence gathered during investigations of other Islamic militants said the discovery of pornography is not uncommon in such cases. …

Full story

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Porn stash found at bin Laden compound (MSNBC, May 15, 2011) – An “extensive” stash of pornography was among the items seized when U.S. Navy SEALs raided the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden. MSNBC’s Alex Witt talks with the Washington Post’s Toby Warrick. (01:56)

Commentary

The discovery of pornography in Osama bin Laden’s possession is consistent with his psychological profile, which I developed at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics in the months following the attacks of 9/11 and presented in June 2002 at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in Berlin.

According to the profile, Bin Laden, whom I classified as a “unprincipled narcissist,” did not fit the profile of the highly conscientious, closed-minded religious fundamentalist, nor that of the religious martyr who combines those qualities with devout, self-sacrificing features. Far from being a religious zealot, the profile suggests that Bin Laden – in Machiavellian fashion — was adept at exploiting Islamic fundamentalism in the service of his own burning ambition and personal dreams of glory.

Bin Laden’s personal psychology stands in stark contrast to that of his No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, a true-believer “abrasive negativist” inclined to take the moral high ground, dogmatically and contemptuously expose their antagonists’ perceived hypocrisy, and contemptuously, derisively, and scornfully turn on those who cross their path.

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5/21/2015 Update

The bin Laden Library the U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You to See: The Porn Stash

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By Adam Taylor
The Washington Post
May 20, 2015

Newly declassified documents from the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 have revealed the late al-Qaeda leader’s remarkable English-language library, including books by Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward and even 9/11 conspiracy theorist David Ray Griffin.

Yet the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the files on Wednesday, has not released all the material found in the compound. In fact, there’s a rather notorious stash that the U.S. government apparently doesn’t want you to see: a cache of pornography.

“We have no plans to release that at this point in time,” Brian Hale, a spokesman for the DNI, told the Telegraph’s Raf Sanchez. “Due to the nature of the content the decision was made not to release it.” The Guardian was also told that the pornographic material would not be released.

Reports that pornographic material was found in the compound were first published by the news agency Reuters on May 13, 2011, just weeks after a U.S. military raid on the site left the al-Qaeda leader dead. Unnamed officials told Reuters that the pornography was modern and the collection extensive. …

Full report

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Related reports on this site

Bin Laden Watching Himself on TV (May 9, 2011)

Osama bin Laden Psychological Profile (May 2, 2011)

Osama bin Laden Dead (May 1, 2011)

Osama bin Laden Personality Profile (Dec. 6, 2009)

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — May 13, 2010

Tough Days Ahead in Afghanistan

Image: Afghan protesters shout anti-American slogans during a protest rally in Kandahar
Protesters shout anti-American slogans during a rally in Kandahar in April 2010, after NATO troops opened fire on a bus carrying civilians killing four people. (Photo credit: Allauddin Khan / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that President Barack Obama warned that the war in Afghanistan would get worse before it got better, though he remained committed to his plan of beginning to withdraw U.S. forces in July 2011.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — May 13, 2009

Tinklenberg Challenger Speaks

Dr. Maureen Reed speaks in St. Joseph, Minn., May 12, 2009 (Photo: Dave DeMars / St. Joseph Newsleader)
Dr. Maureen Reed speaks in St. Joseph, Minn., May 12, 2009.
(Photo: Dave DeMars / St. Joseph
Newsleader)

Two years ago today, on May 13, 2009, I summarized and evaluated remarks by Dr. Maureen Reed on May 12, 2009, at a special DFL Minnesota Senate District 14 meeting in St. Joseph, Minn. At the time, Reed was challenging 2008 Democratic candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg for the Democratic Party endorsement in the 2010 Sixth Congressional District race for U.S. Representative against incumbent Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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