Intelligence agencies in the United States have decided to make public more than 100 previously classified documents purportedly seized during a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
“Today the ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid,” Jeff Anchukaitis, spokesman for the ODNI, said.
The alleged tranche of documents was announced days before the US PATRIOT Act is set to expire.
The documents appear as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul promises he will do “everything humanly possible” to keep the Senate from reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act.
Paul says he will try to filibuster a reauthorization of Section 215 of the act which was used to justify NSA surveillance of the American people.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has characterized the raid that purportedly killed Bin Laden as “one big lie.”
“Not one word of it is true,” he said.
According to a report by the AFP the documents show that Osama bin Laden was grooming his son to take over leadership of the al-Qaeda terror network.
“More than 100 newly declassified documents were provided to AFP by the Central Intelligence Agency, including two letters to Bin Laden from his son and one from Hamza’s mother imploring that he follow in his ‘father’s footsteps,’” The Telegraph reports.
Moreover, Osama urged his followers to focus “on killing and fighting the American people and their representatives.”
If the documents can be believed, the Saudi read a wide variety of books, including Bob Woodward’s “Obama’s Wars” and Noam Chomsky, a noted critic of US foreign policy.
“Bin Laden was interested in books with a conspiratorial bent, and he had tomes about the Illuminati and the Freemasons and even, somewhat ironically, a book that asserted that 9/11 was an ‘inside job,’” CNN reports.