In a powerful and comprehensive piece in The Weekly Standard, editor Stephen Hayes delineates in detail how the Obama Administration hid almost half a million documents seized from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in order to perpetuate the lie that Al Qaeda was defeated after bin Laden’s death, thus paving the way for Obama’s 2012 victory.
Hayes begins his odyssey into the Obama Administration’s duplicity by noting that the day before Obama left the White House, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issue a press release claiming the administration had declassified enough documents seized in the raid to “close the book” on bin Laden. The release was even titled, “Closing the Book on Bin Laden: Intelligence Community Releases Final Abbottabad Documents.”
Yet after the May 2, 2011 raid, Obama’s national security advisor, Tom Donilon, said the documents seized were extensive enough to fill a “small college library.” As Hayes points out, “A senior military intelligence official who briefed reporters at the Pentagon on May 7, 2011, said: ‘As a result of the raid, we’ve acquired the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever.’”
Hayes writes, “Why would ODNI think it could get away with such an aggressive lie? … In this context, ODNI’s bet wasn’t a crazy one. No one outside of a small group of terrorism researchers and intelligence professionals had paid much attention to the fate of the bin Laden documents. The likelihood that these ODNI claims would get much scrutiny in the middle of the frenzy that accompanies a presidential transition was low.”
The CIA has released a treasure trove of nearly a half million documents scooped up in the 2011 U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, including the al-Qaeda leader’s personal journal, home movies and a rare video of the wedding of his son and self-styled avenger, Hamza bin Laden.
The materials, recovered by Navy SEALs at the bin Laden hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, include audio files, documents, images, videos and software operating system files. They are posted in the original Arabic in as close to the original form as possible, modified only so the files cannot be edited, according to the CIA.
The 470,000 documents released Wednesday include information on the group’s preparations in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, efforts to exploit the “Arab Awakening” in the Middle East to promote global jihad, bin Laden’s efforts to maintain unity within the group despite disagreements over tactics and doctrine and attempts to rehabilitate the organization’s “tarnished image” about Muslims.