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Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the these-drives-hold-what-we-say-they-hold dept.

The Military 537

Hugh Pickens writes "Reuters reports that a stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the US commandos who killed him. The pornography consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity. Officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials and it is unclear how compound residents would have acquired the pornography but a video released by the Obama administration confiscated from the compound showed bin Laden watching pictures of himself on a TV screen, indicating that the compound was equipped with video playback equipment. Officials familiar with evidence gathered during investigations of other Islamic militants said the discovery of pornography is not uncommon in such cases." Is it too cynical to mention that the US government has a vested interest in denigrating Bin Laden, and that he's no longer around to deny this claim?

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Human after all! (1)

j35ter (895427) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125948)

Ok, I guess this makes him human again...

Re:Human after all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125974)

...and like Bin Ladin's record for, say mass murder, suggests some need to be further "denigrated" by the U.S. Government? Come on!

Re:Human after all! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126196)

"...and like Bin Ladin's record for, say mass murder, suggests some need to be further "denigrated" by the U.S. Government? Come on!"

You are clearly a self absorbed U.S. citizen. The denigration isn't aimed at you, it's aimed at his followers.

Re:Human after all! (4, Insightful)

mrclisdue (1321513) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125998)

Doe anyone really find this strange, since my own personal made-up statistics show that most men have some porn stashed somewhere....?

It would be more discomforting if they couldn't find his porn....

cheers,

But muslim porn is different ... (3, Funny)

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126160)

Obviously nobody actually read the article. It was stuff that is offensive to muslim beliefs. Here's the top 12 videos:

1. "Miss Piggy does Dallas"
2. "Makin' Bacon"
3. "2 Pigs in a Blanket"
4. "Porky Pig Got Fingered"
5. "Ham and Cheezy"
6. "Doing the 'Flying Pig'"
7. "3 Little Pigs, One Cup"
8. "Hogzilla Attacks"
9. "Pearls Before Swine"
10. "Squeal Like a Pig!"
11. "The Adventures of Peter Porker, Spider-Ham"
12. "Swine Flew Epidemic - Attack of the Killer Hogs"

Re:Human after all! (4, Informative)

binkzz (779594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126162)

Yeah, but very strict religiously Islamic or Christians shouldn't have porn according to their respective teachings. Especially if they're in a position of leadership and example.

Saying that, I consider myself pretty devout Christian, and I watch porn even though I feel I really shouldn't.

Re:Human after all! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126234)

Which is incredibly stupid. Sex is a natural and good act. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing it, watching it or just rubbing one out when you feel tense.

Re:Human after all! (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126186)

most men have some porn stashed somewhere

... like under their wife's clothes?

Re:Human after all! (5, Funny)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126182)

I think this will backfire against the US... it will actually make him appear super-human. He had porn _without_ internet access... I mean how does that happen???

Human - and flawed (5, Insightful)

DG (989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126226)

One of the things that made Osama so dangerous was that he had set himself up as a kind of religious aesthete who, to his followers, had claimed the moral high ground and was thus an example to be emulated.

He was claiming to be more pious than Islamic religious leaders who were preaching a more moderate course of action.

If his claims of piety can be shown to be demonstrably false; if he can be shown to be as flawed and "sinful" as every other man, much of the righteous indignation that mobilizes his followers can be neutralized.

Having disillusioned former terrorists and jihadists renounce their former ways and return to the Muslim mainstream is a win for everybody - it's a win for Islam, a win for the West - and a win for the former jihadists, who will get to live more normal lives that won't have to end violently.

Killing one's enemy is never the ideal course of action. Sometimes it is necessary. But far better for everyone if they become your friends - or at the very least, renounce being your sworn enemy.

DG

WMD? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125956)

Did they find any weapons of mass destruction too?

Re:WMD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126230)

Of seamen, perhaps. The attacking Navy Seals where very cautions because of that.

Too cynical? (5, Insightful)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125958)

Is it too cynical to mention that the US government has a vested interest in denigrating Bin Laden, and that he's no longer around to deny this claim?

No, probably not. I'm not sure why they would release this detail if it's true. It's not like people's opinion is going to change. "Well, I sort of liked bin Laden until I found out there was PORNOGRAPHY in his compound." Also, it's not like Muslims are going to believe the US government anyway, whether they were bin Laden supporters or not.

Re:Too cynical? (2, Interesting)

hamvil (1186283) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125992)

I do not get it. How owning some video with pornographic content qualifies as "denigrating"? Are you US people so sexophobic that watching pornos is equavalent to be some kind of sex offender or pedophile? I you discovered that Obame and michelle actually watched porn together would that make him less qualified to run your country?

Re:Too cynical? (3, Informative)

the_one(2) (1117139) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126016)

No, it's the muslim extremist that are so sexophobic....

Re:Too cynical? (5, Insightful)

Xeranar (2029624) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126044)

He would be less revered by muslims if he was found with pornography which is what our imbecilic author is implying. Because the US government has to resort to this sort of denigration after executing him. The odds are it's true, most of the extremist leaders use the religion as a draw to their personal egomaniac ideals. We're finding now most "terrorists" are really disillusioned young men in third world countries with a moderate amount of education, essentially the same men who in the US would have become part of the counterculture are being drawn into a cycle of violence by angry leaders who tout religious ideals but just want to wage a personal war because of their own self-loathing. Back on the pornography note, numerous times they've found porn in the various raids, they're men with access to the internet and markets. Regardless of how "religious" they may be (which it seems very little) they tend to just be massive hypocrites.

Re:Too cynical? (0, Flamebait)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126086)

... which is what our imbecilic author is implying.

Are you implying that Timothy has a less-than-perfect IQ score?

Re:Too cynical? (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126158)

Because the US government has to resort to this sort of denigration after executing him. The odds are it's true, ....

Not at all . The USA government knows that killing him just kills the man, not the organisation. They need to turn as many supporters of al Qaeda away from it as they can; causing disillusionment with the last leader is a good way of doing this. As regards the odds of this, I just don't know. If it were not true I would not be surprised if the USA were to ''find'' some.

Re:Too cynical? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126048)

Fuck you and your "US people" comment. We are a country of 300 million people and are not all the same. Stop it already.

Re:Too cynical? (-1, Troll)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126068)

You're right, you don't get it. I think slashdot is way over your head. Perhaps you'd be better off somewhere less demanding on your low IQ. I mean come on, this place makes your head hurt. Why do you keep coming here?

Re:Too cynical? (3, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126114)

The US is not the only (or even most) sexphobic society in the world. This news is intended for the one that is.

Re:Too cynical? (0)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126208)

The US is not the only (or even most) sexphobic society in the world. This news is intended for the one that is.

It's intended for the catholic church? :-)

Re:Too cynical? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126236)

The US is not the only (or even most) sexphobic society in the world

Have any of you describing the US as "sexphobic" actually watched any US TV, movies, etc? Just about all mainstream media is saturated with examples of sexuality, some of it borders on pornography.

So what would the US have to do to be thought of as NOT sexphobic by you? Have a picture-in-picture on every channel of hardcore intercourse? People having sex openly in the streets? There is a difference between sexphobic and civilized.

As to Bin Laden--when you have a man preaching his religion, which vilifies those who do things like watch pornography, it's a very useful tool against him to say "Hey, this jackass does exactly what he tells you not to do" ... that kind of a thing happens all the time in the world, but in this case the roll model is promoting suicide missions to kill others, so anything that can be done to expose what a hypocrite he is is worthwhile... and as someone pointed out, the man is dead, but his mission and mantra are not. He must be 100% exposed as the cruel and insane genocidal maniac he was, he is a cult leader, and it's now time to make sure that his former cultists can break from his spell.

Re:Too cynical? (3, Interesting)

ccandreva (409807) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126214)

Because every bit of propaganda helps. Frankly, I would think they were idiots if they DIDN'T announce they had found porn, whether they did or not.

It has nothing to do with what "US people" think of porn. The idea is to show he was a hypocrite. People may be less willing to die for his cause, if it can be shown that he didn't follow his own words. Anything that went against his own supposed ideology would serve the purpose.

Re:Too cynical? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126000)

It only makes him more human.

Re:Too cynical? (1)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126054)

Keep in mind, they aren't even trying to claim he watched it. You have hundreds of sneakernet couriers moving messages around, you'll end up with some porn on your USB sticks. I don't know (or care) whether Bin Laden himself watched it.

Re:Too cynical? (2)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126222)

He didn't have hundreds of sneakernet couriers. He had one trusted courier. At least that's what I have heard. Maybe there were several. Definitely not hundreds. His having a large number of couriers would mean his location was well known, which we know he did not want.

Re:Too cynical? (0, Troll)

Jeek Elemental (976426) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126104)

I find the whole celebrating the execution of an old man in front of his family thing pretty distasteful.
Maybe the execution was necessary, the gloating is just sad.

Re:Too cynical? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126192)

Ah, the execution of an old man in front of his family. You've phrased it that way to encourage sympathy.

I can't help thinking he had a quick, easy death. Compared to those people who had to choose between jumping to theirs, or getting burned alive in one of the Towers. What do you imagine their last moments were like?

Re:Too cynical? (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126242)

It's almost like we have become the same as the millions in the 'Arab Street' who gloated when thousands of innocent people were killed on 11 September.

Maybe there's just human nature at play.

Re:Too cynical? (4, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126106)

Whether it's true or not, I don't know, but disclosing this does have propaganda value. Most Americans (and people in general) have made up their minds that Bin Laden was a horrible human being. And there's a population of bitter and persecuted-feeling Muslims who believe that Osama could do no wrong. But there are some who fall in between: such as Muslims who agree with his criticisms of the US, but are uncomfortable with some of his tactics, or people who shared his hatred for the West but don't buy his theology. Those people might be swayed away from him (and al-Qaeda) by news that (seemingly) exposes him as a porn-watching fundie hypocrite. They may not be convinced that it's true... but the seed of doubt has been sown, and that can grow.

Re:Too cynical? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126132)

Well, the fucked-up thing is that you are more right than you think.

Only because the amount of hypocrites in the US/Iran (and UK/Australia/Pakistan/Afghanistan to some extend) is so very high, and those types (who have a zero percent overlap with Slashdotters ;) actually act, like it would be something weird, unusual or even bad, for a grown man, to have/watch porn.
(The ones who feel so extremely ashamed after it, that they repress their instincts, until it bursts out, and the rape someone^Wanyone^Wanything really.;)

Which is severely sick and on the brink of mental illness, as you will agree. But "It's a Jersey^Wreligion thing.", so we assumed that anyway. ;)

P.S.: I told a friend from the middle east yesterday: Why can't the US just go back to when they got a man on the moon after only 10 years of work!? Now that was awesome! Every child on the planet wanted to wear that (US-flagged) space suit!

Re:Too cynical? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126140)

Also, it's not like anyone that doesn't believe FAUX news is going to believe the US government anyway, whether they were bin Laden supporters or not.

Fixed it for you.

Re:Too cynical? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126166)

Also, it's not like Muslims are going to believe the US government anyway, whether they were bin Laden supporters or not.

So everyone who is Muslim, wherever they may be, whatever their nationality, never believes the US government?

Re:Too cynical? (1)

aBaldrich (1692238) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126246)

Really? So you think potential AlQuaida members are not going to reconsider their membership if it was true that Bin Laden had pornography?
This is an obvious PR stunt, I mean, it's the most basic of the basics. I'm astonished that everyone believes this.

Re:Too cynical? (5, Insightful)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126252)

Also, it's not like Muslims are going to believe the US government anyway

You don't have to believe something, it doesn't have to be true, for it to have significant propaganda value. There was a study done...I don't remember the exact details...where people who had been told terrible things about a person were more likely to have a negative reaction toward that person, even after they'd been told later that they'd been lied to.

That's really the deal with, say, the whole Obama-Socialist-Commie-Muslim-Terrorist-Foreigner thing. It's been consciously played up by right-wing propagandists, not because they think that people will consciously change their minds because they are actually convinced: the people who are out calling for birth certificates were already voting Republican. It's because even if you recognize it as lies and manipulation, it's still an effective tactic for shifting (not necessarily changing) attitudes.

Richard Gere stuck a gerbil up his asshole as a gay sex thing. It's not true, but it's certainly one of the first things I think of when I see Richard Gere. Or was it a hamster? I don't know, it's a totally made-up story anyway. That pervert.

In Answer To Your Question (1)

R0UTE (807673) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125960)

Yes

Assume everything they say is a lie. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126002)

I guess he was watching porn with two of his wives before using on of them as a meat-shield, this after a long day of threatening kids who'd lost their toys over the 30ft reinforced luxury castle walls.

Let the jokes begin... (5, Funny)

emailandthings (844006) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125962)

Guy walks into a bar and orders a "bin laden"

What's that? replies the bar tender

"Two shots in the head and a splash"

Re:Let the jokes begin... (1)

SpankR (929572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126080)

"Two shots and a splash of water" sounds better...

Re:Let the jokes begin... (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126220)

In light of this article, I guess the "splash" can refer to multiple things.

Bin Laden's last words: "Doesn't anybody knock anymore!?!"

Not too cynical (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125964)

No, it's not too cynical to mention that. It's also not too cynical to mention that such behavior is also fairly predictable among religious extremists of any stripe.

The things they want to deprive others of on religious reasons are usually the things they are most guilty of.

Yes, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125966)

Was it child pornography?

Re:Yes, but... (0)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126142)

If the government says so, yes, that's what you're supposed to believe. Slashdot stoops so low to print every little thing that the government puts out, verified or not. I would expect better, but the feeding frenzy must go on. Of course most everybody is going to believe it. You people are sick.. I wish I knew the name for this pathological bullshit.. But make no mistake, you people are illin'

Re:Yes, but... (1)

CapOblivious2010 (1731402) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126198)

If the government says so, yes, that's what you're supposed to believe. Slashdot stoops so low to print every little thing that the government puts out, verified or not. I would expect better, but the feeding frenzy must go on. Of course most everybody is going to believe it. You people are sick.. I wish I knew the name for this pathological bullshit.. But make no mistake, you people are illin'

Wait, you're saying that because the gov't says something is true, it must NOT be true? Talk about pathological illin! You should look at a mirror some time.

It must be pretty good... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125968)

...since it took this long for the commandos to report it.

Who doesn't... (1)

scuzzmonkey69 (1423885) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125970)

...have a stash of porn lying around? I mean seriously, come on.

Steganography (5, Interesting)

shoppa (464619) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125976)

If I wanted to distribute hidden terrorist messages broadly around the world, leveraging willing dupes who would use their PC's to host the filesharing/torrents, for sure I would embed it in porn using steganography. It's really the obvious choice.

Re:Steganography (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126052)

Yeah because we all know that a young kid like Bin Laden was running alphas of Unity (could make anyone angry), compiling truecrypt from source, and keeping up with the fascinating world of steganography whilst using P2P to share the daily compound news... more likely he was some paranoid moron who trusted a few couriers with his USB sticks or primitive videos thinking about how if he had a phone line and internet connected to his compound the US would "use satellites to track me".

The only thing this does if it was true (not that anybody who hates the USA would believe it) it prove what everyone knew... he was a hypocrite, before he became a terrorist and moved to Afghan he was partying and drinking in Lebanon very frequently as you'd expect from a worthless kid from a family of oil billionaires. The usual, we must cut off the hands of anyone who is doing western stuff, and please ignore my partying past and porn present.

Re:Steganography (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126118)

more likely he was some paranoid moron who trusted a few couriers with his USB sticks or primitive videos thinking about how if he had a phone line and internet connected to his compound the US would "use satellites to track me".

If you're paranoid, but right, are you still paranoid? If he had (and used) an internet connection, I'm sure the US would be tracking him (or rather, tracking the whole area in a bid to find him), and I'm quite sure satellites would enter into it somewhere.

Re:Steganography (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126254)

... embed it in porn using steganography. It's really the obvious choice.

Steg sticks out like a sore thumb. So, yes, it is really the obvious choice.

Related: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125978)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100903/us_yblog_upshot/pentagon-declined-to-investigate-hundreds-of-purchases-of-child-pornography

Don't believe it (1, Interesting)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125980)

After the Obama administration clearly fabricated details most favorable to them immediately after the raid came to public knowledge, like there was a firefight and he refused to surrender, I don't believe this at all. I think it's mean to undermine his standing in the world among Muslims and probably isn't true.

Re:Don't believe it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126112)

I guess I am confused why you think this idiot should have a standing in the world among Muslims? He was a terrorist, He was not Mother Teresa. Muslims need to really decide once and for all do they support radical terrorists beliefs of killing the infidels (all Americans or our allies) or do you actually believe you can be at piece with people from all walks of life. If a Muslim tells me they had any respect for Osama bin Laden that equates to someone saying they loved Ted Bundy, Charles Manson,Jeffrey Dahmer.

The First Report Is Never Right (5, Insightful)

DG (989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126134)

I have worked in a variety of military operations centres.

What you are seeing is likely not willful deception, but rather a common phenomenon that "The first report is never right".

When people are under stress, they report the details wrong, or they mis-hear, or they make assumptions to fill in gaps in knowledge, or there or misunderstandings, etc etc.

So the details in an initial report are almost always wrong. You learn to not leap into action based on an initial report, but to be patient and wait for follow-up reports, because they tend to be more accurate. As time goes by and people calm down, the true details start to resolve.

So for example, if the operative on the ground reported that Osama was "resisting" (by which, he meant that he did not immediately surrender) the next guy up the chain may have interpreted "resisting" to mean "armed and shooting" - and that's what he reported. Later debriefs would reveal what actually happened, and the story would change.

That's nothing nefarious; that's just the nature of crisis reporting.

If you are old enough to remember 9/11, for the first few hours of the attacks, all kinds of crazy crap was being reported. It wasn't until later in the day the the actual nature of what had happened had resolved itself.

By the way, Bin Laden's standing amongst the world's Muslims is not very high, and never was. His standing amongst the worlds Jihadist Terrorists was much higher. Please don't confuse the two.

DG

News For Nerds (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125984)

And why is this story relevant to slashdot? It has absolutely nothing to do with tech, or any nerd topic that slashdot covers. Porn is not exactly a nerd specific enjoyment.

he had the women in the house (1)

mousse-man (632412) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125986)

I doubt Osama needed to have wank movies in his house - after all, he hed enough women who wanted to be together with a terror czar. And if one remembers where most traffic came from (until blocked) - it was arab and muslim countries.

Re:he had the women in the house (4, Insightful)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126006)

You must not be married if you think having a wife around means someone will usually fulfill your desires :)

Electronically recorded video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125994)

As opposed to... what? 16mm film?

So? (1, Redundant)

AVryhof (142320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36125996)

So he has porn. I bet there are plenty of Slashdotters who have more illustrious collections than he did.

Why is this news for nerds?

Why is this news anyway?

I'll tell you why, because the whole "War on Terror" is just the Crusades continuing on, and many Christian religions will tell you "porn is bad" or "fornication is bad". They have even gone so far as to get it passed into public lewdness laws so everyone has to abide by it. Guess what people, I'm pretty sure that if you go to church, about half or more of the adult congregation probably owns porn, but are afraid to mention it because their fellow Christians (of which many also own porn) will look down their noses at them.

He's a guy, he owns porn.... big whoopty doo

Re:So? (0)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126014)

since the obama administration is starting this rumor, you can be sure it has nothing to do with Christianity.

It's all about them trying to undermine Bin Laden and stop revenge attacks from happening.

Re:So? (1, Insightful)

Aaron32 (891463) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126024)

The Koran expressly forbids pornography of any kind. Hell, all the women have to be covered from head to toe... literally!

Since Bin Laden was an extremist, finding that he has porn which is totally against the Koran IS pretty big news.

Re:So? (1)

cyber-vandal (148830) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126058)

Hell, all the women have to be covered from head to toe... literally!

It does?

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126096)

afaik it doesn't. there is a commandment that mandates "decent" clothing - which is not really specified any further...

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126042)

Uhhh... He was a Muslim leader and Muslims aren't meant to look at porn? That is probably why.

What's the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126008)

I don't understand what the big deal is about...

If you searched any house anywhere you'd probably find some porn somewhere..

He hadn't bin laden how long? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126012)

He hadn't bin laden how long? Time for some porn and a little alone time!

In breaking news: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126026)

In breaking news: Air reportedly found at Bin Laden compound!

Porn? (4, Funny)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126030)

I heard one of the DVD's was "Monica does Bill".

Re:Porn? (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126240)

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar... except in the White House, were it is a sex toy.

Worth mentioning? Probably not... (4, Interesting)

Jahava (946858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126032)

Is it too cynical to mention that the US government has a vested interest in denigrating Bin Laden, and that he's no longer around to deny this claim?

Only if you mention that even if he were around, he'd probably deny it regardless of whether or not it is true.

Then again, the story isn't unbelievable. Just take a look at some interesting Google Trends results:

I suppose, either way, we're going to have to judge for ourselves whether or not we believe the story, and to what extent. I, personally, feel that it's not unlikely or surprising, but also that I don't really case. Who'd have thought someone able to morally justify slaughtering thousands wouldn't also find a way around whatever porn-related barriers they face?

Limewire (0)

Aaron32 (891463) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126034)

He just had limewire on his computer. Nuff said

Later on Slashot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126038)

Later we'll explore revelations that Osama most likely ate, drank and slept too! Further speculation suggests that the reason photos of his body haven't been released is because when shot, he bled. And his blood was red!

Uh... (2)

GoneAwry (1953340) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126040)

Is it too cynical to mention that the US government has a vested interest in denigrating Bin Laden, and that he's no longer around to deny this claim?

Is it too hard to believe that people at the top of fanatical religious organizations like Al-Qaeda might consider themselves above the rules they preach to the desperate men that give their lives for him/their cause blindly?

Anyone else? (4, Informative)

Ender_Wiggin (180793) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126056)

Seems like a dozen people lived in the compound, and porn was found on one of the PCs there. People are hoping it's Bin Laden's, since it fits with the idea he's a bad person, and a perv on top of it. Maybe it was his son's.

I'm skeptical it's Bin Laden's. I can't find the story now, but there were recordings of Al Qaeda leaders watching Al Jazeera, and then covering over the screen whenever an "immodestly-dressed" woman anchor came on.

Re:Anyone else? (1)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126070)

Yes, they will act like that when other Al Qaeda people are around to keep the facade up.

Re:Anyone else? (1, Redundant)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126138)

Wow, what a crazy idea...bin Laden might be a bad person. Defending the world's #1 religious fanatic, here live in Slashdot. Isn't this the place where theists are regularly trashed for hypocrisy and guilt is presumed for any offense?

Re:Anyone else? (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126264)

"I believe that God has planted in every human heart the desire to live in freedom. And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again." - GWB

Inside every gook is an American dying to get out...

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A football game?

Yeah, yeah, we put up a few bets, five thousand maybe, and have a little fun. Special services in Tokyo says it's one of the best gimmicks we've got to keep the American way of life going here in Asia.

Betting?

No, football!

Re:Anyone else? (4, Insightful)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126144)

If you watch porn you're a perv? Ouch.

Shocking! (1)

SpankR (929572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126066)

This is shocking! What with his well known respect for women and all... Next you're going to tell me he was a mass murderer!

stegapornography ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126078)

It has been previously reported that steganography porn is used by Islamic terrorists and it must be true as I read it on the Internet ...

Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists [timesonline.co.uk]

link [sans.org]

All the news you can eat... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126082)

First we heard that the pathetic Osama Bin Laden grabbed a woman and held her in front of himself in a cowardly attempt to save his own skin as the brave SEALs risked their own lives while diligently avoiding civilian deaths.

Unfortunately for them they crocked one of their choppers on the way in and had to leave behind witnesses. Damn! They must be regretting that now.

Still, they quickly dumped the body where no one could view the evidence and as if by a miracle the video record of events has evaporated into thin air. The photographs of the body which they rashly acknowledged early on will not be released - out of respect for the dead...Ha! Don't make me laugh.

Now they are continuing their efforts to besmirch Bin Laden's name by helpfully informing the world that - shock horror - there was porn in that building! The sub-text here is that no good Muslim should jack off to pictures of naked women and so Bin Laden must have been a bad Muslim.

The US is doing itself few favours by continuing to withhold evidence while maintaining the slow drip drip of mud slinging. Far from being a victory this is a huge, though slow burning, PR disaster for them. Day by day an increasing number of people are loosing respect for the honesty of the current administration.

That's what happens when you get your hands on all that power. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Obama is no different to Bush on that score.

Bad USA (1, Insightful)

fluor2 (242824) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126092)

Hey, kill him if you want, but digging into his porn collection and going public with it is beyond good manners. Boo on you, USA!

Cynical or Typical? (2, Insightful)

Fringe (6096) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126100)

Is it too cynical to mention that the US government has a vested interest in denigrating Bin Laden, and that he's no longer around to deny this claim?

That level of "cynicism" does pass over any rational line, sounding more like Les Nesman finding a conspiracy under every rock. Who else don't you trust? Just a general paranoia or specific techie-anarchist? The submission would have been better without cheapening yourself that way.

Fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126102)

Bin Laden

He didn't seem all that ba... wait,he had PORN!?!? (2)

thesandbender (911391) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126116)

I don't know why they even bother mentioning this... it's not like the whole world was on the fence about the guy and looking for some reason to love him or hate him. The only people who this would possible impact are those who do think he's a hero. And guess what, they're not going to believe a word of it.

Denigrating porn as well? (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126126)

Is it too cynical to mention that the US government has a vested interest in denigrating Bin Laden, and that he's no longer around to deny this claim?

It's not just finding more bad stuff about bin Laden. It also goes well with their mentality that porn leads to terrorism. I wouldn't be surprised if they also found pirated music, movies and software, and use the findings to promote the **AA agenda.

Now we know why he was killed (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126128)

Legal prosecution of copyright violators just hasn't had the desired deterrant effect.

Jihadists Gone Wild? (2)

Flipstylee (1932884) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126164)

or was it "Rear Cave Entrance Sluts 9"?

Wouldn't be shocking.. (5, Interesting)

feidaykin (158035) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126180)

Is anyone shocked when one of those "family values" politicians, preaching about the sanctity of marriage and the evilness of a culture that glamorizes homosexuality comes out of the closet? Or in the case of Larry Craig, gets busted trying to have sex in a men's room? It doesn't shock me anymore, since it seems the most passionate moral crusaders are really crusading against their own personal desires.

Hell, look at "culture warrior" Bill O'Reilly. Remember the Andrea Mackris thing? She had transcripts of alleged phone conversations that are clear examples of sexual harassment (and the detailed nature of the transcripts lead people to believe she had recordings). Bill O paid her a bunch of money to shut up and never spoke of it again. Sexual harassment is wrong when anyone does it, but it seems doubly wrong when you preach day in and out about morals and the "dangers" of things like rap music.

I guess, essentially, the gist of my post here is that people are often hypocrites, so hypocritical behavior does not shock me at all. So a group of extremist Muslims who feel strongly enough about their religion to blow up thousands of innocent (including Muslim) Americans happen to enjoy porn when nobody is looking. Not surprised. In fact, it makes me wonder aloud here if the religion is just an excuse for the killings, and if what people like bin Laden were really upset about was Israel and our support of it, that it's more of a territorial dispute than a religious one, but it's just a lot easier to get people to fly planes into buildings if you tell them 72 virgins will greet them afterward. I mean, I tend to notice the folks at the top of these terrorist organizations aren't the ones blowing themselves up. Think maybe they have some doubts about whether or not they end up anywhere afterward?

But then again I shouldn't read too much into this one incident, it is after all just some porn. Just a thought though - maybe if bin Laden's wives didn't have to be covered head to toe, he wouldn't need a stash to get off.

Is there something wrong about that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126190)

I don't get it, what's the point? Everyone needs to rub one out now and then. Is there something wrong with that?

Religion and Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126194)

It isn't like this is the first (or last) religious zealot who will have porn on his computer. If he broke laws, well, I guess that doesn't matter anymore.

At least Bin Laden isn't known to have molested children.

How come we never hear about an Atheist or women being caught with porn on their systems? Certainly those other groups have porn too?

How severe???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126202)

Soft porn - women with their eyes visible

Hard porn- women with their faces visible

or

Extreme porn - women with their whole heads uncovered

Probably knees, elbows, shoulders. (1)

SickLittleMonkey (135315) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126210)

I hear that ballerina costumes offend the prophet.

Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound (-1)

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I believe It (4, Informative)

jesseck (942036) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126228)

When I was in Iraq, we found porn in a few houses on raids. Videos (arab and French), Playboy, and a few other things.

I don't want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36126232)

I don't think I want to know if Osama bin Laden watched them or not... I think that would be too much information...

Out of Curiosity (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126258)

Was it legal retail copies, or should the RIAA get involved

Score for Censorship! (2)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#36126262)

Now those groups that want to censor everything adults consume can assert that not only does pornography lead to rape, but terrorism!

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