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'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the i-saw-an-unclelode-once dept.

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itwbennett writes "The raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan Sunday also turned up an 'intelligence harvest' of computer-based data that was described by an anonymous government source as 'the motherlode of intelligence.' The data is being sifted through at a secret site in Afghanistan. An unnamed official was quoted by Politico as saying: 'Hundreds of people are going through it now. It's going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable. They cleaned it out. Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?'"

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Sounds like a photoshop contest (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014024)

Not necessarily a photoshop contest I'd want to see the results of, though.

Re:Sounds like a photoshop contest (0, Redundant)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014192)

I'm pretty sure his hard drive has lots of this:

http://pw0nd.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/icanhas72virgins-500x423.jpg [pw0nd.com]

I know mine does!

Re:Sounds like a photoshop contest (1)

Sectoid_Dev (232963) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014424)

Hot burqa on burqa action!

Osama Missed Wikileaks Tweet Of Location? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014204)

on or near April 25, 2011 [guardian.co.uk] .

Re:Sounds like a photoshop contest (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014280)

this would be an awesome new game...

007: Bin Laden to Rest.

My bet (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014028)

Goat porn

Re:My bet (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014298)

I'll bet on Unity source code.

Re:My bet (1)

rapiddescent (572442) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014360)

"They cleaned it out. Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"

it turns out that Osama Bin laden is ... Anonymous Coward.
hard drives are therefore useless and have been sold on ebay. There's the repayments on that helicopter you see.

Re:My bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014560)

Goat porn

Goatse?

Porn? (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014030)

Lot and lots of it

Re:Porn? (5, Funny)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014058)

Yeah, lots of pictures sexy...ankles!!

lots and lots of nude women wearing burqa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014374)

the answer is obvious, lots and lots of pr0n with women wearing burqa.

They found terrorist porn (5, Funny)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014034)

Lots of snuff films

Heh... (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014036)

I would imagine there is a lot of goat porn.

Re:Heh... (1)

No.2 (258174) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014240)

That was Baaaaa

We know what's on Bin Laden's hard drive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014042)

Furry porn... all the big gay sex spooge all over furry porn.

Can you imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014052)

>> Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?

Pictures of naked virgins?

Truecrypt (3, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014054)

I would imagine a big old truecrypt partition, though perhaps he didn't encrypt things for some reason?

Re:Truecrypt (2)

bjdevil66 (583941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014110)

If he didn't encrypt his HDD and it burns terrorists everywhere, the smart terrorists in the future won't make the same mistake. This is probably a one-time "motherlode" of intel...

Re:Truecrypt (5, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014152)

Suicide bombers rarely make the same mistakes twice.

Re:Truecrypt (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014160)

Can you imagine the hardware and algorithms that the NSA has? This encryption would stop the average joe from cracking your stuff, but hell, Google or Microsoft could crack this in a week.

Re:Truecrypt (2)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014208)

or apple could tap the unused power of all the iDevices connected to the internet and give it to you in real time.

Re:Truecrypt (2)

Hultis (1969080) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014542)

Even if you somehow synchronized all the hardware in the world with no overhead you wouldn't be able to crack 4096 bits RSA within reasonable time. Unless the NSA has some algorithms they haven't told the world about (frankly it wouldn't be all too surprising) it's not going to happen. However, I doubt Bin Laden used such crazy encryption.

Re:Truecrypt (4, Insightful)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014304)

Hopefully (if it were encrypted and we cracked it), we would continue to put out statements in the media that we couldn't crack it...

(while we were kicking doors at his safehouses and rounding up the remainder of his minions around the world)

Re:Truecrypt (4, Interesting)

Cytotoxic (245301) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014550)

Hopefully (if it were encrypted and we cracked it), we would continue to put out statements in the media that we couldn't crack it...

(while we were kicking doors at his safehouses and rounding up the remainder of his minions around the world)

Agreed! Didn't we learn anything from the whole "we tracked him by his cell phone" braggadocio fiasco? STFU about your intel sources. Sheesh....

Re:Truecrypt (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014458)

If he didn't encrypt his HDD and it burns terrorists everywhere

Why use something which can be defeated with a $5 wrench [xkcd.com] ?

Re:Truecrypt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014510)

He's dead. Hitting him with a wrench isn't going to give you the encryption keys.

Re:Truecrypt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014524)

That trick only works if you didn't shoot the guy who knows the password in the head and dump the body in the ocean though.

Re:Truecrypt (1)

Nimatek (1836530) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014146)

Maybe this is exactly the kind of success the truecrypt honeypot project was made for.

Wikileaks (4, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014172)

I would imagine a big old truecrypt partition, though perhaps he didn't encrypt things for some reason?

Well I'm reading through the files from bin laden's drives that were posted on wikileaks an hour ago and it looks like they he used steganography based on goat porn.

Re:Truecrypt (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014186)

You assume that the NSA can not crack a Truecrypt partition. Also you assume that they thought that physical security would fail.

Re:Truecrypt (2)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014232)

He further assumes that Truecrypt does not provide a backdoor to NSA for this in the first place.

Re:Truecrypt (1)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014286)

He further assumes that Truecrypt does not provide a backdoor to NSA for this in the first place.

Truecrypt is open source. No, I haven't looked at it myself, but it only takes one person to rat such a thing out. It's not probable that nobody has seen it yet, save the ones in on the conspiracy. Possible yes, but highly unlikely.

Re:Truecrypt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014358)

Not. Quite the NSA, but the Dutch police could not decrypt the truecrypt partition of a child porn suspect recently.

They eventually did manage to make him tell them their password though, but that's a bit of a problem if you shoot someone first :)

Re:Truecrypt (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014540)

Depends where you shoot them.

Re:Truecrypt (2)

dougmc (70836) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014388)

Truecrypt is open source. No, I haven't looked at it myself, but it only takes one person to rat such a thing out.

Encryption is hard. Really hard to do right.

The NSA can hire the best. It's entirely possible that they (or some other comparable agency) hired somebody to inject a weakness into it's algorithms that would only be noticed in a code audit by somebody extremely skilled in the art. I'm not saying there's a backdoor such as "if you == NSA, decrypt everything!" but there may be something that greatly restricts the key combination that must be tested to crack it or something.

If you're in a situation that the authorities would give anything to get access to your encrypted data, a lot of paranoia is a very healthy thing.

I do agree that I'd trust open source code more than closed source code in this regard, but it's certainly possible for open source code to have backdoors or weaknesses -- intentional or accidental -- and for nobody to notice it for a long time.

Re:Truecrypt (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014460)

He further assumes that Truecrypt does not provide a backdoor to NSA for this in the first place.

He also further assumes the NSA don't have a wizard on hand who can utter an incantation to call on the dark powers of the Ancient Ones to reveal the password. That's probably because the evidence so far makes both a tad unlikely.

Re:Truecrypt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014290)

At first I was thinking the same thing but then I realized these guys were probably pretty arrogant, selfish and lazy considering how long they had been on the run and living in a nice well defended palace. The selfish part comes from thinking that if Osama was captured then the whole gig was up anyway so screw everything. They probably had little to no encryption on anything.

However, from what I have seen these terrorist organizations tend to be loosely run and they have very little useful electronic data in the first place. This is actually my bet if I was going to make a conjecture.

So who knows.

Re:Truecrypt (1)

GweeDo (127172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014512)

His technical assistant might have worked for Sony.

Re:Truecrypt (5, Insightful)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014576)

I would imagine a big old truecrypt partition, though perhaps he didn't encrypt things for some reason?

The guy was 54 and the latter part of those years was spent in some pretty remote areas. I doubt he had much expertise in computer security. They probably relied much more on physical security, i.e. being to blow all their stuff up if the shit hit the fan (or their stuff going up in same bombing raid as them.)

Was it full of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014064)

Was it full of pr0n?
Or do they mean a different type of mother-lode?

Either that or all the PSN stolen account data! :)

I bet he used a Mac (1)

jongalbreath (1621157) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014068)

No reason in particular, I just think it'd be funny to see him hunched over in front of an iMac. Or playing Angry Birds on his iPad.

Re:I bet he used a Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014222)

They wasted years looking for him when they could have traced him through his itunes account.

The American Way (1, Insightful)

RogueRat (1710322) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014070)

This is simply another step in the American plan to stop all terrorism, everywhere. Forever. I have a dream that we will someday be able to enjoy our Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and apple pie without fear of being bombed by suicidal Jihad warriors!

Where's wiki-leaks? (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014072)

In all seriousness, how long until this finds it's way onto Wikileaks?

Re:Where's wiki-leaks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014164)

Hopefully a while. War intelligence does not belong in the public domain.

Re:Where's wiki-leaks? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014226)

Yeah, too bad we aren't legally at war with anyone.

Re:Where's wiki-leaks? (1)

men0s (1413347) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014474)

I was going to give the Hopefully a while answer but for completely different reasons.

They stated that they have hundreds of people going through it. If one of those hundreds leaked it, I imagine it wouldn't take many resources to figure out who it was. I mean, these guys just killed the Hide and Seek World Champion; surely a mole in their own group would be much easier to locate and neutralize.

Also, is this information relevant? With Wikileaks, lots of the information and cables were in the vein of what the United States government was doing or saying without letting the US citizens know. The data that is contained on some spinning platters in OBL's compound could be, well, anything. It might not even be pertinent to any country's citizens.

Re:Where's wiki-leaks? (1)

Sectoid_Dev (232963) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014480)

I would like to read what they find someday, but I think it's reasonable to have to wait 10 years before doing so.

Re:Where's wiki-leaks? (1)

DaScribbler (701492) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014482)

About as long as it would take for some schmoe to decide it's worth signing his/her own death warrant.

Unfortunately... (2)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014088)

... he wasn't actively commanding his organization since going into hiding. However I would hope that his data contains names of most of the AQ leadership, so perhaps some new names will come to light. It would be nice if the location of his #2 was discovered and exploited.

Re:Unfortunately... (1)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014258)

his #2? I would think that is probably in some nearby hole. I don't think they have a municipal sewer system there.

Re:Unfortunately... (3, Interesting)

brainboyz (114458) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014328)

Imagine the shitstorm if several names turn up from the recently re-established governments.

Re:Unfortunately... (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014382)

Good point, I wonder if any Pakistani officials are sweating right now.

Umm (1)

trifish (826353) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014090)

"Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"

I would imagine properly encrypted... something?

Re:Umm (5, Insightful)

chill (34294) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014178)

Encryption only really works if you do it right, every time. Screw up only once, and you could leave enough crumbs to compromise it all.

He's been holed up in that place for 6 years now, with no one even coming close. Time for him to get comfortable and slipshod. The odds of him not slipping up at all during that time are slim.

Maybe it is all encrypted, or maybe there are enough clues left around to provide some real, useful information.

Besides, the real question isn't what is on there. It is who in the various governments and industry are quaking in their boots thinking THEY may be on a list identifying them as supporters.

Sticky Note (2)

medv4380 (1604309) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014380)

Did they remember to grab the sticky note with the 128 bit key written down?

Re:Sticky Note (1)

Sectoid_Dev (232963) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014526)

Yes, his passphrase was "d3ath 2 amer1ca"

Re:Sticky Note (2)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014548)

So insightful.

As I sit here looking at the note with mine I had to write after I was required to change my password about 5 times in 30 days and the last change entirely invalidated my existing secure scheme.

Re:Umm (4, Funny)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014408)

Encryption only really works if you do it right, every time. Screw up only once, and you could leave enough crumbs to compromise it all.

We're talking about the NSA getting this drive. So by doing it right you mean everything's encrypted and in the event of a raid the drive is melted with thermite, mixed with neodymium magnet dust, placed in a 5T magnetic field, stepped on by five elephants, mixed into bird food and fed to a flock of >100 migratory birds.

Re:Umm (4, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014478)

And then the guys at the NSA say: hmm, interesting challenge!

It could be a trap (4, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014456)

If he's smart he would've not only encrypted everything but most of the information would be intentionally misleading or low-value, making whoever got it not only have to work to decrypt it but to have sort out what's real and useful and what's not.

Re:Umm (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014552)

Encryption only really works if you do it right, every time. Screw up only once, and you could leave enough crumbs to compromise it all.

Right, and 'do it right' is very specific. How much entropy did his passphrase have? Was he smart enough to store a certificate offsite and only bring it in to boot the computers? They only have 14 hours a day or so of power there, but presumably he could afford some batteries.

He's been holed up in that place for 6 years now, with no one even coming close. Time for him to get comfortable and slipshod.

Or bored out of his mind with plenty of time to implement proper security.

Re:Umm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014308)

That was my first thought too. Then again, if he and the folks he surrounded himself with weren't on the internet (the house didn't have any, or phone lines), they probably were not keeping up at all on technology, and what is needed for computer security. They might just have known that any cell/land-line/internet stuff could be traced, and so stayed away from that, relying on couriers instead. And so never bothered to take into their inner circle anyone that had a clue about computer security.

Re:Umm (4, Informative)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014442)

This is, this is just the kind of ultra important stuff where some is _actually_ going to use obscene amounts of processing power and analysis if required to get access to the data.

Encryption is a deterant.. 99% of the time the effort required to break said encryption is out of imagination for the value of the data... in this rare case, all the resources of the US military and possibly even other governments are available for use. They'd analyse every IC in the machine and put entire server farms to work on it to get the key.. unless he was very good with his computing practices... they'd get their data.

goat porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014094)

Goat Porn?

Whats on Bin Laden's hard-disk? (1)

joesteeve (2002048) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014098)

"Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"

Porn? :P

Re:Whats on Bin Laden's hard-disk? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014126)

Goat porn.

Can you imaginne what's on Osama's hard drive? (1)

moberry (756963) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014108)

Bur-qua porn?

obl (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014112)

Eh, why speculate on what was found when we'll be seeing it on Wikileaks within a news cycle, anyway?

No doubt it will emerge that Osama Bin Laden had been negotiating with two presidents for his safe surrender and talks broke down because Hilary wanted to raise the price of Indian Subcontinent opium to $140/kilo and Osama wasn't having any of it.

Re:obl (1)

sfunk1x (2085698) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014224)

No doubt it will emerge that Osama Bin Laden had been negotiating with two presidents for his safe surrender and talks broke down because Hilary wanted to raise the price of Indian Subcontinent opium to $140/kilo and Osama wasn't having any of it.

That is a dirt cheap kilo of opium. Many, many times cheaper than it is now.

I think he cheated (4, Funny)

SuperCharlie (1068072) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014128)

Nobody has a score that low on minesweeper...

Try the fish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014132)

Q: Do you know what the first thing was that they found on Bin Laden's computer?
A: His brains!

[badump-tish]

Thank you very much, I'll be here all week.
Please tip your waiter, and try the fish!

Can you imagine what's on Osama's hard drive? (5, Funny)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014134)

Obama's real birth certificate?

Ten Most Wanted (2)

dasdrewid (653176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014142)

He was on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted" list, right?

Yeah, I'm going with porn [slashdot.org] .

My guess is ATM porn (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014200)

Though I understand that bin Laden was disappointed to find out that goatse didn't have anything to do with goat porn.

Also, bin Laden's harddrive is said to contain every game released by SKIDR0W since 1998. He's big into hidden object and adventure puzzle games. Also Team Fortress 2. His handle was "donteatswine69".

Something tells me that an upcoming episode of South Park will have more details regarding the raid on the bin Laden compound. Something else to look forward to.

Seriously, though, I've got a feeling that if you look in bin Laden's Outlook contact list you'll find George W Bush's personal email address.

Re:My guess is ATM porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014366)

"George W Bush's personal email address."

You seriously think GW knows how to use a computer? I suspect the TV remote is a challenge for him.

I know how they found him! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014212)

And I bet Osama regrets having a playstation account with Sony now.... should have had an xbox live account instead.

He hasn't left the compound in years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014238)

Obviously his World of Warcraft account.

It's Obvious. (2)

Zarjazz (36278) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014254)

Angry Birds

could be a trap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014256)

He may also have put misleading and false information on his computer to foil the good guys in case the good guys ever get him. I'd use that data with caution.

RIAA cease-and-desist letters (3, Funny)

enaso1970 (759924) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014260)

In the end, sharing that Black Eyed Peas song came back to haunt him much more than leading a worldwide terrorist movement.

Disappear (5, Insightful)

More Trouble (211162) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014262)

If I thought I'd appear in any of that data, I'd already have disappeared.

Re:Disappear (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014522)

All kidding aside, I'm amazed they announced this for exactly this reason. Unless the bad guys are completely incompetent, they are gonna be doing anything they can to mitigate the impact of this data getting out. Sure, there is gonna be a big chunk that can't be changed.. but why announce it. Is the PR value from this really worth decreasing that "actionable data" percentage?

how to find a terrorist, 5/3/11: look for poop (1)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014266)

I'm guessing there are lots and lots of cells of Al Qaeda whose presence can be identified by the giant brown stains spreading across the floor.

Certainly, OBL wasn't stupid - he'll have kept himself as cut-out as possible, against just this eventuality. Nevertheless, most intelligence is valuable when triangulated with other data, and oh man did we just gain a doozy of a viewpoint.

The immediate targets this will provide may only be good for about 6 months before the value evaporates. The subsequent ripples of suspicion and fratricide however could be good for 2+ years in the future.

so bin Ladin was a moron ? (1)

cinnamon colbert (732724) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014270)

The guy has a 25 *million* dollar bounty on his head, he knows the worlds biggest military is hunting him 24/7, and he has large amounts of data near his person ?
?Whenever you hear or read of someone who is descrbing bin Ladin as the evil mastermind, you can take out the mind part....
Or, as Smiley says, Moscow rules - you write on edible paper, one sheet of paper at a time on a glass surface, and always have a means of disposing of hte info should you be captured.

Re:so bin Ladin was a moron ? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014500)

He managed to hide from the most power nation in the history of the planet for 10 years with a $25 million bounty on his head. To paraphrase an investigator I once heard, at ONE million dollars moms start turning in their children. They had a helluva system and probably political protection from the Pakistanis. That's not something a moron can pull off.

3 to 1 (1)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014274)

Let me guess he had a lot of child pornography as well as an Outlook contact list chock full of marihuana suppliers?

Finally we'll see how the war on terror, child pornography and drugs mesh together!

I'll bet the Siemens has been there. (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014302)

Did they find Stuxnet too?

I know ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014312)

A bootleg copy of "72 Virgins, One Cup"?

I searched Bin Ladin's hard drive... (1)

cadeon (977561) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014316)

And all I found was Burka Porn.

Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard d (1)

SlashDPC (931574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014370)

"Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"

Lots and lots of porn! Why else would the feds want to raid his compound?

And they found ... (5, Funny)

gfreeman (456642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014372)

22 million email addresses in a file marked "sony.dat"

Comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014400)

The comments here are abit distressing. I sincerely hope people in the comments dont work in IT where they have to handle other people's data with privacy, tact and respect.

The way people are reacting in the comments, with sick insinuations about the contents of hard drives shows a clear lack of maturity.

Data is data, respect and due diligence is just that, no matter if you like the person who it belongs to. Basic ethics 101

RIAA is gonna open up a can of whoop-ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36014410)

Once they find unlicensed music on there, al Qaeda is soooo gonna be in a world of pain.

Hope it is not full of reports like this: (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014428)

To the most exalted Emir of the al-Umma: Hope this report finds Your Caliphate in excellent health and kind disposition. Our Third Sher-e-Umma division has breached through the shores of Dover, England and we hope to annex it and bring the UK from dar-ul-haarb to dar-ul-islam in a few days, inshah allah. On the other side of the Atlantic the Zulficar-e-Islami army has conquered Alabama, Texas and Kentucky. We will soon be besieging the capital of the Great Satan next month. inshah allah.

To reward the commanders of these armies, we humbly request your highness to authorize a sum of 250,000 USDollars from the Treasury of the new Ummah. Signed your most faithful and obedient servant al- Zawahiri.

Glossary:

al-Umma = the (islamic) world

Sher-e-umma = Tiger of the islamic world

dar-ul-haarb = World at war (where the usual Quaranic rules of kindness and charity does not apply. Usually the countries not ruled by muslims)

dar-ul-islam = World at peace (!dar-ul-haarb)

inshah allah = God willing

Zulficar-i-islami = Sword of peace

'Mother of all loads' (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014434)

'Mother of all loads' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

There, fixed that for you.

On his hard drive? (1)

Cable (99315) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014454)

Divx "my little pony" video files.

The Koran in LOLCAT.

Elton John MP3 files.

How to form a terrorist network for dummies in ms word 2.0 format.

Bacon, ham, and shellfish recipes.

Nude photos of Bea Authur in Mac paint format.

The plans for a "Death Star" to be put on the Moon to hold the world ransom for one million dollars because the sharks with frigging lasers on their heads plan didn't work. :)

Hard Drive Contents? (1)

Striikerr (798526) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014506)

"Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"

I'm going to guess pirated copies of Different Strokes and The Cosby Show... Osama probably loved walking around his compound saying "what you talkin' 'bout Ahmed" while wearing some loud, multi-colored sweaters...

Osama martini recipe found (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36014538)

2 shots and a splash of water.

I stole that from the KC Star newspaper blogs.

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