Thursday 27 October 2016

Conspiracy theories on 9/11 among Osama's books

Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011 (AP)
Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011 (AP)

THE terrorist built up a collection of English-language books that included a publication examining conspiracy theories surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

The books recovered from Osama bin Laden's hideout included self-proclaimed exposes of the US banking system, secret world cabals and Jewish plots.

Several US think-tank publications on terrorism and al-Qaeda illustrated his interest in reading what was being said about him in Washington.


Most strikingly, some of the literature developed elaborate conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terror attacks themselves - the very atrocities he financed and masterminded from Afghanistan in 2001.

In America's War on Terrorism, Michel Chossudovsky is described as "blowing away the smokescreen put up by the mainstream media that the attack was conducted by Islamic terrorists".

In The Secrets of the Federal Reserve, Eustace Mullins, an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier, alleged that America's central banking system was created by conspiracy of politicians, tycoons and European and Jewish bankers.

Also recovered was Bloodlines of the Illuminati, described as an expose of a secret society that controls the world, and two works by Noam Chomsky, the philosopher and noted critic of the US.


Bin Laden had an unsurprising interest in books that analysed American foreign policy after the 9/11 attacks. There was Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer, the former CIA agent who once led the hunt for the al-Qaeda chief.

And he would have found himself featuring prominently in Obama's Wars, the account of President Obama's policies in Afghanistan and Iraq by Bob Woodward.

He had works about Iran's nuclear ambitions, Pakistan security, al-Qaeda's media strategy and histories of Islam. There is also a guide to international law by Anthony Aust, who served as a legal adviser to the Foreign Office for 35 years.

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