What was on his mind? Murder, of course. “‘We need another 9/11’: Bin Laden’s captured journal reveals horrifying glimpse into plans of terror mastermind,” from the Daily Mail, May 12:
It may be the most valuable find of all – an written record that takes readers inside the mind of America’s greatest enemy.
Osama Bin Laden’s handwritten journal has been found at the Pakistan compound where the terror chief was killed in a dramatic U.S. raid more than a week ago.
In it, he directed Al-Qaeda operatives to not only focus on New York City, but spread their operations to target smaller cities such as Los Angeles.
Sleepy little town.
The discovery shatters previously held beliefs that Bin Laden was a ‘has been’ – acting simply as Al-Qaeda’s spiritual leader rather than its operational chief.
The journal, as well as hundreds of computer ‘pen’ drives also containing directives, will only add to the heightened threat level across the U.S.
Among the edicts, one particularly macabre note reveals a mathematical calculation of how many people Al Qaeda would have to kill to finally force the U.S. out of the Middle East – concluding it would take another 9/11 at least.
Bin laden was banking on replicating the results of the Madrid bombings. But at the same time, a successful, mass-casualty attack would paint a giant target on Pakistan, posing some serious un-calculated, unintended consequences for the state and the jihadists it harbors.
U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Al Qaeda leader’s diary is filled with planning ideas and details of operations.
Among them were the notes for the potential plots against the U.S. rail system which prompted an advisory from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last week.
In the journals he tells his disciples that only a body count of thousands, something on the scale of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, would shift U.S. policy.
He also schemed about ways to sow political dissent in Washington and play political figures against one another, officials said.
No imminent plots have been discovered in the journal, which officials have been pouring over since the raid, officials said.
The journal was part of a huge cache of intelligence that included about 100 flash drives and five computers taken by a U.S. Navy SEALs assault team after they swept through the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Bin Laden has long been known to record his thoughts, but the discovery of his journal is a real coup for American intelligence chiefs.
His son, in a memoir, has described his father as recording his thoughts and plans, spending hours speaking into a Dictaphone.
The diary may also reveal more about the psyche of the man – his secret fears and terrors.
The treasure trove of intelligence recovered from the ‘safe’ house is producing a new lead every hour, it has emerged.
Intelligence officials last night told CBS News that Bin Laden had actually been killed ‘relatively early’ in the 40-minute operation inside the house.
At least half the time was then spent scooping up every single document, laptop, hard drive and CD that the hit team could find.
In the aftermath of the raid, the CIA has been analysing the information – which comes in at 2.7 terrabytes of data or 220 million pages of text – round the clock….