May 3rd, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Bin Laden documents published online

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.

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  1. Philip

    Wow. 6,000 pages of info. That's a lot of info. Not as much info as, say, Usama Bin Laden's wives have in their heads, but a lot nonetheless.
    @CNN. Just for the fun of it, try setting-up a town hall type meeting where OBL's wives openly discuss their experiences. You'll no-doubt need to get past US security forces guarding the ~Royale House of Saud compound in Saudi Arabia to arrange it, but I guarantee it would be the number one rated TV show that evening, hands down.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. @Mrs.'sses Bin Laden(s)

    Your[s] husband became one of the most-wanted terrorists in US History in 1998, the year OBL made the FBI's most-wanted fugitives from justice list.
    So, how long before that did your family help get HW Bush's Carlyle Group off the ground and running in Afghanistan?

    May 3, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. @Mrs.'sses Bin Laden(s)

    ...and our condolences to Salim Bin Laden, your brother in law. RiP. And pardon George Dubya Bush for not paying back the 5 million bucks Salim loaned him to get his fake 'Arbusto Energy' corp. off the ground and up-and scamming.
    Has your family ever considered suing Dubya for waht he did even before he was groomed for office? 9/11 victims families are ya know.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    My take on this story has not gone thru. Thanks CNN.
    May try later.
    Good morning @Philip.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs. Bin Laden # 1

    I still say that was a neat *trick* how you all got BUILDING 7 to fall when NOTHING hit it.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Much ado about little.
    What I have gathered so far is an Al-Qaeda as a fringe group struggling to show its missing fans. And leaders like Osama & Al-Awalki losing it.
    Their pleas for attacking western interests and dreams of turning it into a mass movement appear desperate & pathetic.
    No way they could have carried out something like 9/11. Other major powers and many in our own establishment rightly doubt that & say so.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    See you guys a little later on this thread.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    Some crazed Muslin holy man will edit these ramblings and turn it into a "New testament" of the Quran.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @saywhat. Good morning, friend. 🙂
    The way I see it is Al-Qaeda ('the base', in english) began on a US Military base near Darfur, Qatar, the same place that the Al-Jazeera news agency, the "official voice of Al-Quaeda began broadcasting.
    I also see true Muslims refusing to join with the invading infidels just as the Koran commands. Not to mention what the Quran calls "Renegade" Muslims who have joined forces with the infidels against their own brothers.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mrs. Bin Laden # 1

    That's right,
    Doing business with the enemy is nothing new to the Bush family. Much of the Bush family wealth came from supplying needed raw materials and credit to Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Several business operations managed by Prescott Bush – the president's grandfather – were seized by the US government during World War II under the Trading with the Enemy Act.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @PTony. The phrase "New Testament" is a misnomer as far as God's word the bible is concerned. Few of Jesus' words were his own, as he constantly quoted from what some call the "Old" Testament. A more accurate way of putting it would be 'The Holy Bible. 66 books bound in two volumes; The Hebrew Scriptures, along w/the Greek Scriptures conclusion. (simply denoting the common and ordinary languages used rather than implying one part of a bound volume is outdated and "old")

    May 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    You are right. The whole Al-Qaeda agenda began when we established our bases in S.Arabia & the Emirates. To oust the 'infidels' from Arab lands was Osama's stated goal.
    However they could not generate the kind of all out support within the general muslim population in muslim dominated countries, they had hoped for. In fact majority of muslims reject Al-Qaeda and Taliban brand of philosophy.
    Had we handled this sentiment to our advantage with wisdom, we would have been more successful in curbing their activities.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    According to Islamic traditions you cannot add to or subtract from the Quran which is considred the final word of God after the Torah & Bible.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @Mrs. Bin Laden #1.? I highly doubt the wives would know of Prescott Bush's helping Hitler well into the War anymore than they would know of Chase Manhattan Bank funding the illegal buildup of the Nazi War machine. (after WWI, Germany was forbidden from having a War Machine by the entire world)
    Wives are more interested in diamonds. So they would be more likely to know of Oppenheimer refusing President Roosevelts orders for machine quality diamonds while at the same time supplying Nazis.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @ Philip, @ Mrs.B.L
    Come on now why do an expose so late in the day. Let bygones be bygones. We are a forgiving nation. See we didn't even question Bush,Cheney Inc. on Iraq debacle.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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