Inside bin Laden's lair

2012-04-30 22:21

Washington - The United States plans this week to publish documents seized from Osama bin Laden's hideout in which he complained of "disaster after disaster" befalling al-Qaeda.

"In documents we seized, he confessed to 'disaster after disaster'," said top White House counter-terror official John Brennan, announcing the material would be published online by West Point's Combating Terrorism Centre.

On the eve of the anniversary of bin Laden's death in a US special forces raid, Brennan said that US intelligence analysts had learned that al-Qaeda had experienced trouble replacing commanders killed in US operations.

Things got so bad for the group which plotted the September 11 attacks, the deadliest terror strike in US history, that bin Laden's considered changing the group's name.

"With its most skilled and experienced commanders being lost so quickly, al-Qaeda has had trouble replacing them," Brennan said.

"This is one of the many conclusions we have been able to draw from documents seized at bin Laden's compound.

"For example, bin Laden worried about - and I quote - 'the rise of lower leaders who are not as experienced and this would lead to the repeat of mistakes'," Brennan said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.

Brennan said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars that the documents show that bin Laden urged his movement's leaders to flee Pakistan's tribal regions and seek refuge in areas free of "aircraft photography and bombardment".

Next generation

And he added that al-Qaeda was still struggling to fill the top ranks of its leadership under intense US assault.

"Under intense pressure in the tribal regions of Pakistan, they have fewer places to train and groom the next generation of operatives.

"They're struggling to attract new recruits. Morale is low, with intelligence indicating that some members are giving up and returning home, no doubt aware that this is a fight they will never win.

"In short, al-Qaeda is losing, badly. And bin Laden knew it," Brennan said.

  • Fred - 2012-04-30 23:31

    Taken from Bin Laden's compound on the night of the raid: 5 computers 10 hard drives 100 storage devices (essentially hard-drives) CD's, DVD's & Flash-drives If he was feeling the pressure then. Now it's pretty much over. There's enough information there to end Al-Quaida's operations. Not all terrorism, of course.

      Stirer - 2012-05-01 09:05

      Fred, your comments are valid if it were a conventional war, but nobody wins in a guerrilla war. Unfortunately, They're right among you and you don't know it.

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 09:33

      Sh*t he must have been a prolific writer. I bet most of it was turgid garbage. My heart bleeds for the analysts who had to read it all. Warlord is unthinking and stupidly paranoid.

  • DREGstudios - 2012-05-01 01:54

    One year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe? Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the twin towers fell. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year are attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 09:36

      Right on! You do not defeat Al Quaeda and their ideas by adopting their style of rule and abrogating the rule of law!

  • Sipho - 2012-05-01 04:16

    AGH, Americans, with so much pride dat dey hv, dey showed us how dey killed Gddafi, n how dey murdered Hassam Hussen, n y in de world dey wont show us bin Laden

  • Sipho - 2012-05-01 04:17

    AGH, Americans, with so much pride dat dey hv, dey showed us how dey killed Gddafi, n how dey murdered Hassam Hussen, n y in de world dey wont show us bin Laden

      Paul - 2012-05-01 07:16

      Sipho, why dont you talk properly ? and they dident kill Gaddafi the Libians did

      Burtfred - 2012-05-01 07:31

      Sipho - please put your teeth back in before you speak. You're drivelling again.

      Paul - 2012-05-01 08:32

      Very well put thank you

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 09:40

      The US doesn't show their videos, only Libyans, Iraqis, Syrians, Iranians etc all the wellknown democracys.

  • jlushaba - 2012-05-01 07:52

    Eish, another scam in securing Obama d elections..... I just wish d world would stand up against d American Government. They want 2 re-colognise d middle east n Africa. Leaderz r killed 4 changing frm trading their nations oil 4 dollarz to Euros or Gold, eg Saddam n Gaddafi. If u care abt ppl, why dnt u do sumthng abt Syrians who die everyday, instead u want 2 invade Iran. What for? Dnt u also hav Nuclear? Who decides who must hv n not hv nuclear? U r d only Nation 2 hv used it 2 bomb ppl anyway

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 09:50

      jlushaba your education, such as it was, was wasted. It was the US that stood against British, French, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish colonialism after the 2nd World War. The countries that owed the US the most money gave up their colonies first, and the country that owed the least gave up their colonies last (Russia). Lets put nukes in the hands of all the fanatics and you will not have to worry about your favourite fantasy (colonisation) as the planet as we know it will be turned into a nuclear wasteland ( Read Neville Shute's book "On the Beach"). On the subject of reading start reading and critically analysing what you read, it will give you the education the you are so sorely lacking.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 15:20

      You're carrying the pseudo-colonial chip around on your shoulder. It's weighing you down. The US is not colonizing anything. Wanting people to be able to vote for their leaders in free and fair elections is about as far from colonialism as you can get. The whole changing of the trading currency from the dollar was made-up up the mad-man Gaddafi and his gullible followers. Russia and China are blocking effective help to the Syrians. Have you not been following? I bet of the US helped them militarily you'd then cry that the US is colonizing Syria. The Iranian regime has stolen the Iranian state from the Iranian people. It adjusts elections. It is not the true government of the Iranian people. It supports the stoning of women, is the biggest funder of international terrorism, threatens to destroy Israel, and denies the existence of the Holocaust which was the single biggest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind: six million Jewish people exterminated. Six million. Is this who you want to have a nuclear weapon? Really? The US used nuclear weapons twice, to end the second world war.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 15:22

      I do agree though about electioneering. Truly great leaders wouldn't be broadcasting their achievements, which would make the achievements even more visible.

  • tnmunyai - 2012-05-01 11:55

    It is a big lies. Al Qaeda is growing a day after a day and it expanded its operations to Africa. It did not take one day to plan an 11/09 attack by Al Qaeda. The USA must not think Al Qaeda will use the same tactics that it used before. The next attack will be more serious than that of 11 September. Don't forget that the biological and nuclear weapons are already being on the hands of Al Qaeda. One day is one day.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 12:09

      Tnmunyai, I would not write all this crap for FREE!!! Why don't you start your own conspiracy site, and sell it ?? What more do you want, making money and having fun !!

      Fred - 2012-05-02 20:44

      Al-Quaida is being decimated. Twenty of its thirty leaders have been killed, and counting. Bin Laden himself was worried, sensing his own demise.

  • Nande - 2012-05-01 15:42

    The peace of westphalia treaty of 1648 which was signed by European countries to establish sovereign nations-states and to allocate internationally recognised borders no longer exists in the globalized world(post-world war era); this point is typified by the Kosovo 1999 invasion and the Iraqi War of 2003. Both wars have been subject to much debate, as to the legality of both wars and its legitimacy.\r\n Another controversial aspect of Geo-politics has been the legal adoption of the Electronic act and the Patriotic Act which has devoured the inherent right to privacy most Americans used to have, because if someone is identified to being a terrorist threat they are placed on the \terrorist watchlist\ which has removed the American dream\ as any American can be trialled without legal representation, they can be detained and tortured if need be.\r\n The war on terror has led to invasions such as Iraqi war which failed dismally as no WMD were retrieved during the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Which was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council under two resolutions one being 1337 of the UNSC which authorised a legal intervention of Iraq under the directive of retrieving Weapons of Mass Destruction, under the Bush Administration. The war on terror against terrorist groups such AL-QAEDA and AL-Shabaab and other extremist fundamentals has been America's top priority agenda in Post-September 11 world. A clear illustration of the disregard of the sovereignty of states was seen with the May 2011 Pakistani Raid by American Security Forces, this Special Force Unit raided a proposed Bin-Laden Compound without the consultation with the Pakistani authorities just again expounds the hegemonic control the U.S. Foreign policy has a grip on the international system.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 15:51

      The US does not have "hegemonic control of the international system". Academia's simplifications. This is absurd. If it did, Syrians would be free.

      Nande - 2012-05-01 16:03

      @fred America only invades were there are interest's involved. Syria poses no gain to the perpetual system, take a look at Libya Nato intervened during this civil war and cleary played a hand in exacberating the conflict by getting involved . With obvious national interest! I.e oil

      Fred - 2012-05-01 16:24

      The idea that countries just do what the US tells them to do is plain wrong. A multi-polar world is emerging. In any event, Nato's second-largest member is Turkey, a country of 73 million Muslims. Nato's UN mandated intervention shortened the conflict in Libya. It DID NOT exacerbate it. Can you not imagine how many Libyans would have lost their lives had Gaddafi been allowed to do what he said he would do, and was doing? Just look at Syria. How many oil contracts were US companies awarded in Iraq? One.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 16:29

      The lion's share of oil revenues are received by the governments of the countries in which the oil exists. Same with all natural resources. I recommend exploring the international tender system for oil contracts.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 21:30

      Nande, The USA, did not buy Libyan oil, before the uprising, during the uprising, nor after the uprising!!!! As the former US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates said at the time " Libya has no strategic interest for the USA" You were saying ????????????????

      Fred - 2012-05-02 20:45

      Mindless rhetoric Patrick. If the US "went to hell" so would you. Do you not realize this? The world would be over. Total chaos and destruction.

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