CIA says Osama bin Laden used to watch Tom & Jerry cartoons, 9/11 conspiracy films in Pakistan hideout

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first_imgOsama bin Laden, the dreaded Al Qaeda chief who lived out his last few years in a secret hideout in Pakistan, seems to have spent his time watching Tom and Jerry videos, filling up pages in his personal journal, and studying his own life in the form of biographical documentaries.And, in contrast to popular imagination, Osama bin Laden did not seem to have entirely given up on his terrorist activities. He was in contact with the wide network of his group Al Qaeda and, interestingly enough, even watched movies based on conspiracy theories about the major mayhem that he masterminded – the infamous September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.This and much more was revealed last night when the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States of America’s premier spy organisation released a massive trove of material that was recovered by US special forces during the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden a decade after the 9/11 attacks.The CIA had previously released the books that were stored at bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout. Yesterday, the agency released mostly digital files that were stored in one of the several devices used by the slain Al Qaeda chief.Today we released nearly 470,000 files recovered in 2011 raid on Usama Bin Ladins compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. CIA (@CIA) November 1, 2017The information in the CIA repository contains never-before-seen videos of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza as well as an over 200-page journal believed to contain the terrorist mastermind’s thoughts and reflections.advertisementHere are some of the biggest discoveries and details that have emerged from the CIA’s Osama bin Laden files:TOM & JERRY VIDEOSAmong the many, many videos the CIA made public were episodes of the internationally popular cartoon show Tom and Jerry.Of course, it will probably never be known whether the Tom and Jerry episodes were for bin Laden’s personal consumption or for that of his family, who stayed with him at his Pakistani safe house.Osama Bin Laden appears to have had 138 episodes of “Tom and Jerry” downloaded ….There are over 160 episodes in existence. Gene Park (@GenePark) November 1, 2017HAMZA’S WEDDINGOne of the most interesting materials among the CIA’s Osama files is an hour-long video showing bin Laden’s son Hamza. The video is from Hamza’s wedding and, according to an Associated Press report, bin Laden’s son is seen sporting a trimmed mustache but no beard and sitting on a carpet with other men.The video shows Hamza and the men surrounded by bowls of bananas and apples, bottles of cola, sweets and tea. Hamza is seen smiling, revealing his dimples, and while Osama himself is not seen, a man notes that the “father of the groom, the prince of the mujahedeen” is overjoyed about his son’s marriage and his happiness will “spread to all the mujahedeen”, the AP report said.Images sourced from lengthy video of Hamza’s wedding day: #OBLdocs Long War Journal (@LongWarJournal) November 1, 20179/11 TRUTHER VIDEOS Osama bin Laden had a strange way of checking up on his inhumane handiwork – the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in the US, birthed America’s “war on terror”, and changed the nature of terrorism in the world forever.Among the video files recovered from bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout was a movie series called ‘Loose Change’. The series explores and argues in favour of several conspiracy theories that have surrounded the 9/11 attacks. Think, ‘jet fuel can’t melt steel beams’.THE HATE FOR WESTERN LIFE & SHAKESPEAREAccording to a report in The Guardian, which citied entries in Osama’s personal journal, bin Laden visited the United Kingdom as a teenager. There, bin Laden visited the home of the world renowned playwright William Shakespeare and, according to The Guardian report, was left unimpressed.”I got the impression that they were a loose people, and my age didn’t allow me to form a complete picture of life there,” the UK daily quoted bin Laden writing in his journal. “We went every Sunday to visit Shakespeare’s house. I was not impressed and I saw that they were a society different from ours and that they were a morally loose society.Reuters file photo of former US President Barack Obama and other top officials watching the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin LadenClick here to EnlargeTHE ILLUMINATI The 9/11 conspiracy theories weren’t Osama bin Laden’s only tin foil hat moment, apparently. He also seemed to have an interest in The Illuminati, a supposedly secretive organisation consisting of some of the most elite personalities of the world.advertisementIts existence is disputed even as conspiracy theorists advance claims that the group secretly controls the entire world. Osama bin Laden had with him documents about The Illuminati, the CIA release from last night shows.It must be noted that The Illuminati had also crept up when the agency released Osama’s books a few years ago.Osama Bin Laden also had a lot of interest in the “Illuminati”. Here’s one such image: #BinLadenDeclassified F. Jeffery (@Natsecjeff) 1 November 2017BIN LADEN WAS STILL AL QAEDA CHIEF According to a report in the Long War Journal, an American website focussed on covering the war on terrorism, the CIA’s release provides more proof that Osama bin Laden, while hiding in Pakistan, hadn’t entirely broken contact with his terrorist group the Al Qaeda.According to the report, bin Laden was in touch with his subordinates around the world and memos that are part of the CIA files talk about the various committees and lieutenants who helped him manage his terrorist group.NARCISSIST OSAMAAmong the films and documentaries that Osama bin Laden watched were a few that were about himself. ‘In the footsteps of bin Laden’, a CNN documentary, and ‘Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?’ a 2008 comedy/war film.Per CIA press release, copyright restricted files found at bin Laden compound included Pixar’s Cars, Final Fantasy VII, and Resident Evil Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) November 1, 2017last_img

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