Friday, July 03, 2015

Bin Laden's books

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (who remembers there is such an office?) in May listed some of Osama Bin Landen's last assets - his books. Below is the list of the books in English. There is also an interesting list of Think Tank white papers he possessed.

Looking at anyone's - well almost anyone's - book collection is interesting. (Once on this site I riffed on a collection of Thomas Pynchon as I took it to be.) It is hard to tell if someone read the books at all, sometimes. But let's assume for purposes of rhetorical argument that Bin Laden read a good part of these. Many of them show a pretty strategic bent. To me, Bin Laden always seemed like a chess player. He seemed to know that the US would attack Afghanistan after the 2001 assaults. I also feel that he expected the Iraq incursion, and that, while he was prescient enough not to think he could totally foresee the exact number on the dice he threw, that he expected something along the lines of what we see now in the Middle East and Africa, which is trouble brewing of such proportions that it is not extreme to imagine a world war bubbling. "Know Your Enemy" - it works both ways. - Marcus Tullius Jr.

Bin Laden's books

The 2030 Spike by Colin Mason ■ A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by I. A. Ibrahim ■ America’s Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias ■ America’s “War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky ■ Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan ■ The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast ■ The Best Enemy Money Can Buy by Anthony Sutton ■ Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris ■ Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier ■ Bounding the Global War on Terror by Jeffrey Record ■ Checking Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions by Henry Sokolski and Patrick Clawson ■ Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 A.D. by C. R. Haines ■ Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies by Cheryl Benard ■ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins ■ Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 by John Coleman ■ Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert ■ Fortifying Pakistan: The Role of U.S. Internal Security Assistance (only the book’s introduction) by C. Christine Fair and Peter Chalk ■ Guerilla Air Defense: Antiaircraft Weapons and Techniques for Guerilla Forces by James Crabtree ■ Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust ■ Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky ■ Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer ■ In Pursuit of Allah’s Pleasure by Asim Abdul Maajid, Esaam-ud-Deen and Dr. Naahah Ibrahim ■ International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific by John Ikenberry and Michael Mastandano ■ Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II by William Blum ■ Military Intelligence Blunders by John Hughes-Wilson ■ Project MKULTRA, the CIA’s program of research in behavioral modification. Joint hearing before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, August 3, 1977. United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence. ■ Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky ■ New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin ■ New Political Religions, or Analysis of Modern Terrorism by Barry Cooper ■ Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward ■ Oxford History of Modern War by Charles Townsend ■ The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy ■ Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum ■ The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (1928) ■ Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins ■ The Taking of America 1-2-3 by Richard Sprague ■ Unfinished Business, U.S. Overseas Military Presence in the 21st Century by Michael O’Hanlon ■ The U.S. and Vietnam 1787-1941 by Robert Hopkins Miller ■ “Website Claims Steve Jackson Games Foretold 9/11,” article posted on (this file contained only a single saved web page)

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