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White House: This was Osama bin Laden's Pakistan 'bookshelf'

The Obama administration has released what it calls “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf,” more than 400 documents, reports, books and other materials seized during the May 2011 Navy SEALs raid in Pakistan in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

The trove suggests that the Al Qaeda leader had eclectic interests, and closely followed U.S. policy and operations dealing with the terrorist network he founded.

He apparently regularly downloaded U.S. indictments of accused terrorists as well as applications for U.S. passports, visas and other immigration documents. His library of several dozen English-language books included works by Bob Woodward and Noam Chomsky.

And his collection of downloaded media included a Los Angeles Times column by Robert Scheer reviewing a BBC documentary that ran in January 2005.

Read more: Bin Laden's papers show he studied U.S. terrorism investigations and military history

Here's a look at some of the English-language material seized, as provided by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

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 ICV2.com (this file contained only a single saved web page)

Media publications

  • Business Week (19 Feb 2007 issue)
  • Doctrine: Journal of General Military Review, Issue 3
  • Foreign Policy in Focus, “Prospects for al-Qaeda” (24 Jan 2003)
  • Foreign Policy (Jan-Feb 2008)
  • Foreign Policy (March-Apr 2008)
  • Foreign Policy (May-June 2008)
  • Foreign Policy (Nov-Dec 2008)
  • Foreign Policy (Sept-Oct 2008)
  • Heft, “The Taliban, al-Qaeda, and the Determination of Illegal Combatants,” Issue 4 (2002)
  • “The Impact of the War in Iraq on Islamist Groups and the Culture of Global Jihad,” by Reuven Paz, Project for the Research of Islamist Movements (2004)
  • International News, “Governments’ Successful Measures against Terrorism” (21 Aug 2009)
  • Journal of International Security Affairs, “Future Terrorism, Mutant Jihads” by Walid Phares
  • Los Angeles Times, “Is al-Qaeda Just Bush’s Boogeyman? (11 Jan 2005)
  • Middle East Policy, “Terrorist Recruitment and Radicalization in Saudi Arabia” (Winter 2006)
  • Military Review, “Changing the Army for Counterinsurgency Operations” (Nov-Dec 2005)
  • Newsweek, part of an article on an attack within Israel
  • Newsweek, part of an article on President Bush’s business practices prior to his terms as President
  • Newsweek, part of an article on hawks and doves on Iraq within the Bush Administration
  • Newsweek, quotes column (unknown issue, but apparently from the years of the Bush Administration)
  • Osprey corporate advertisement featuring U.S. military troops rappelling from a helicopter
  • Parameters, “Al-Qaeda and the Internet: The Dangers of ‘Cyberplanning’,” Timothy L. Thomas (Spring 2003)
  • Parameters, “The Origins of al-Qaeda’s Ideology and Implications for U.S. Strategy,” by Christopher Henzel (Spring 2005)
  • Popular Science, “Best Innovations of the Year Issue” (Dec 2010)
  • “Pushing the Prize Up , A Few Notes on Al-Qaeda’s Reward Structure and the Choice of Casualties,” by Raul Caruso and Andrea Locatelli
  • “Studi Politico-Strategici: An Introduction to Unconventional Warfare,” by Joseph Gagliano
  • Time, part of an article on a dive of America Online’s stock
  • Tulsa World article on criminal charges against David Coleman Headley
  • U.S. News and World Report (fragment, issue unknown)
  • Washington Quarterly, “Counterterrorism after al-Qaeda” by Paul Pillar (Summer 2004)
  • Washington Quarterly, “The Post-Madrid Face of al-Qaeda,” by Rohan Gunaratna (Summer 2004)
  • Washingtonian Magazine profile of John Esposito (Jan 2005)

Publicly available U.S. government documents

  • The 9/11 Commission Report: The Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (2004)
  • Affidavit of U.S. Citizenship (Form)
  • “African Command: The Newest Combatant Command,” Paul Cale and the U.S. Army War College Graduating Class of 2005, U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute (2005)
  • “Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat,” Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (June 2006)
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Conduct of Joint Operations
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Vision 2020 Report
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction on Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects (1 June 2001)
  • “Conserving the Force, Adapting Guard Mobilization Policies for Homeland Defense to Enhance Retention,” by Major George F. Minde, Indiana Army National Guard, School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, “Al-Qaeda after the Iraq Conflict” (2003)
  • Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, “Al-Qaeda Profile and Threat Assessment (2005)
  • Congressional Research Service, “Al-Qaeda: Statements and Evolving Ideology” (2007)
  • Congressional Research Service, “The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations since 9/11”
  • Congressional Research Service, “Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom U.S. Casualty Statistics” 6 Dec 2006
  • Speech by CIA Director Michael Hayden (17 September 2008)
  • Guide to Popular U.S. Government Documents 2000-2002
  • House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Combating Terrorism (opening statement only)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency, “Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic”
  • International Atomic Energy Agency, “Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran”
  • Iraq Study Group Executive Summary
  • Iraq Study Group Fact Sheet
  • Iraq Study Group Report
  • IRC Alert Jan 2005
  • IRC Alert Feb-March 2005
  • IRC Alert Apr-May 2005
  • IRC Alert Jun-Jul 2005
  • IRC Alert Aug-Sept 2005
  • IRC Alert Oct-Nov 2005
  • IRC Alert Jan-Feb 2006
  • IRC Alert March-Apr 2006
  • IRC Alert May-Jun 2006
  • IRC Alert Jul-Aug 2006
  • “List of Detainees Who Went Through Complete CSRT Process”
  • “List of Taliban Members”
  • National Security Council, National Strategy for Victory in Iraq (2005)
  • Reassessing the Evolving Al-Qaeda Threat to the Homeland,” Hearing before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, Nov. 19, 2009, Serial No. 111-45
  • Strategic Studies Institute, “Iraqi Security Forces and Lessons from Korea” by Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager
  • “A Turkish al-Qaeda: The Islamic Jihad Union and the Internationalization of Uzbek Jihadism,” by Guido Steinberg, Strategic Insights, Naval Postgraduate School, vol. 7 issue 3 (July 2008)
  • U.N. Pakistan Daily News Highlights
  • U.N. Security Council Report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia
  • U.S. Army War College Guide to Strategy
  • U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated terms
  • U.S. Department of Defense Selected Manpower Statistics 2003
  • U.S. Department of Justice Complaint against Abdur Rehman Hashim-Syed
  • U.S. Department of Justice Complaint against David Headley
  • U.S. Department of Justice Complaint against Tahwwur Hussain Rana
  • U.S. Department of Justice Indictment against Ahmed Omar Abu Ali
  • U.S. Department of Justice Indictment against Jihad Jane
  • U.S. Department of Justice Indictment of David Coleman Headley
  • U.S. Department of Justice Motion to Detain Tahwwur Hussain Rana
  • U.S. House Bill to Establish the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Special Operations Command Capstone Concept for Special Operations
  • U.S. State Department, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy (Report of US Actions 2005-2006)
  • U.S. State Department, Country Reports on Terrorism 2005
  • U.S. State Department Form, Application for Additional Visa Pages
  • U.S. State Department Form, Application for Passport
  • U.S. State Department Form, Application for Passport by Mail
  • U.S. State Department Form, Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a US Citizen
  • U.S. State Department Form, Issuance of Passport to a Minor
  • U.S. State Department Form, Lost or Stolen Passport
  • U.S. State Department Form, Re-Application for Passport
  • U.S. State Department Magazine (July-Aug 2006)
  • U.S. Embassy Islamabad, “US Relief Efforts in Pakistan”
  • U.S. Embassy Pakistan Toys for Tots Program (2005)
  • U.S. Institute for Peace, Role of Women in Stability and Reconstruction
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 159, “Diversity of Muslims in the US”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 160, “Who Are Iraq’s New Leaders? ”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 163, “Afghanistan and Its Neighbors”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 164, “American Foreign Policy and Islamic Renewal”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 171, “Rise of Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 174, “Scenarios for Insurgency in Iraq”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Stabilization and Reconstruction Series 4, “Managing Natural Resource Wealth”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Working Group, “Role of Women in Reconstruction and Stability Operations” (Companion Article)
  • U.S. Marine Corps, “The Guerilla and How to Fight Him” (1990)
  • “Violent Extremism, the Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat,” US Senate Committee on Homeland Security
  • Wesley Clark 2004 Presidential Campaign Document, “Strategy for Addressing Threat Posed by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda”

Think tank and other studies

  • “Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007” by Hanna Rogan (2007)
  • Book Review (origin unknown) of Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror by Robert Cassidy
  • Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, “African Jihad: Al-Qaeda in Darfur”
  • Carnegie Papers, “Pakistan: The Myth of an Islamist Peril” by Frederic Grare (2006)
  • Carnegie Papers, “Islam, Militarism, and the 2007-2008 Elections in Pakistan” by Frederic Grare (2006)
  • Carnegie Papers, “Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations in the Post-9/11 Era” by Frederic Grare (2006)
  • Chatham House, “Al-Qaeda Five Years On” by Maha Azzam (Sept 2006)
  • Chatham House, “Security, Terrorism and the UK” (July 2005)
  • “Combating a Modern Hydra: Al-Qaeda and the Global War on Terror,” by Sean Kalic, Combat Studies Institute Press, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (2005)
  • Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, “Al-Qaeda Secedes from Iraq: Implications for Bleedout and U.S. Policy”
  • Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Harmony and Disharmony
  • Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Militant Ideology Atlas
  • Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Stealing Al-Qaeda’s Playbook
  • Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Sentinel (Feb 2009)
  • Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Harmony Program documents (AFGP 2002-000078, AFGP 2002- 000080, AFGP 2002-000103, AFGP 2002-000112, AFGP 2002-003251, AFGP 2002-600002, AFGP 2002-600045, AFGP 2002-600048, AFGP 2002-600053, AFGP 2002-600080, AFGP 2002-600113, AFGP 2002-600157, AFGP 2002-600321, AFGP 2002-601346, AFGP 2002-601402, AFGP 2002-601693, AFGP 2002-602181, AFGP 2002-602187, AFGP 2002-603856, AFGP 2002-801138, AFGP 2002-901188)
  • Global Terror Alert, “The State of the Sunni Insurgency in Iraq” (2006)
  • Global Terror Alert (March 2006 and February 2007 issues)
  • Heritage Foundation, “The Evolving Al-Qaeda Threat” by James Phillips (17 March 2006)
  • Hudson Institute, “Jihad Ideology in Light of Contemporary Fatwas” by Shmuel Bar (August 2006)
  • IntelCenter, “Al-Qaeda Targeting Guidance” (1 April 2004)
  • Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), In-Depth, “Guns Out of Control: The Continuing Threat of Small Arms” (May 2006)
  • International Crisis Group, “Islam and Identity in Germany” (14 March 2007)
  • Jamestown Foundation, Report on Turkish Arms Industry (June 2008)
  • Jamestown Foundation, Terrorism Focus (issues from 8 Jan 2008, 1 July 2008, 16 July 2008, 23 July 2008, 5 Aug 2008, 2 Sept 2008, 10 Sept 2008, 18 Sept 2008, 24 Sept 2008, 1 Oct 2008, 22 Oct 2008, 30 Oct 2008, 5 Nov 2008, 21 Jan 2009, 19 Feb 2009, 25 Feb 2009)
  • Jamestown Foundation, Terrorism Monitor (issues from 2 Nov 2006, 2 Feb 2007, 7 March 2008, 24 March 2008, 3 Apr 2008, 17 Apr 2008, 1 May 2008, 15 May 2008, 29 May 2008, 12 June 2008, 26 June 2008, 10 July 2008, 25 July 2008, 29 July 2008, 11 Aug 2008, 4 Sept 2008, 22 Sept 2008, 24 Oct 2008, 9 Jan 2009, 10 Feb 2009, 3 March 2009, 7 March 2009, 13 March 2009, 14 Jan 2010, 11 March 2010, 19 March 2010)
  • JihadUnspun.com content (23 Oct 2006)
  • JihadMonitor.org, “Considerations on the first (frustrated) action of ‘Hezbollah in Venezuela’,” by Manuel R. Torres (2 Nov 2006)
  • The Lipman Report, “Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Grassroots Terrorism: The Connection” (15 Nov 2009)
  • Transparency International, “Major Findings of the Pakistan National Corruption Perception Survey” (11 Aug 2006)
  • NEFA Backgrounder on Feiz Muhammad (2010)
  • NEFA Foundation (issues from 16 Aug 2009, 18 Nov 2009, 21 Nov 2009, 26 Nov 2009, 6 Dec 2009, 24 Dec 2009, 31 Dec 2009, 16 Jan 2010, 20 Jan 2010, 23 Jan 2010, 24 Jan 2010, 28 Jan 2010, 2 Feb 2010, 8 Feb 2010, 17 Feb 2010, 20 Feb 2010, 22 Feb 2010, 23 Feb 2010, 26 Feb 2010, 27 Feb 2010, 28 Feb 2010, 3 March 2010, 7 March 2010, 19 March 2010)
  • NEFA Foundation – Prominent Jihad Media Organizations in Central Asia 2009
  • NEFA Foundation product on Sgt. Hasan Akbar (Jan 2010)
  • International Crisis Group, “Oil for Soil: Toward a Grand Bargain on Iraq and the Kurds” (2008)
  • Program for the Study of International Organizations (PSIO), “Hizb ut-Tahrir: The Next Al- Qaeda, Really?” by Jean-Francois Mayer (2004)
  • RAND, Beyond Al-Qaeda (Parts 1 and 2)
  • RAND, Combating Al-Qaeda and the Militant Islamic Threat by Bruce Hoffman
  • RAND, Rethinking Counterinsurgency (2008)
  • RAND, Al-Qaeda: Trends in Terrorism and Future Potentialities by Bruce Hoffman (2003)
  • SITE Institute Report (27 July 2006)
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