Bin Laden’s last words released online

by Nickalas Tabbert

 Letters from Osama bin Laden during his last hideout have been posted online.

A selection of documents seized in last year's raid on bin Laden's Pakistan house were presented online Thursday by the U.S. Army's Combating Terrorism Center, the Pioneer Press said.  The documents reveal difficult times for al-Qaida and its leader after years of attacks by the United States and what bin Laden saw as bumbling within his own organization and its terrorist allies.

"I plan to release a statement that we are starting a new phase to correct (the mistakes) we made," bin Laden wrote in 2010.  "In doing so, we shall reclaim, God willing, the trust of a large segment of those who lost their trust in the jihadis."

Bin Laden remained focused on attacking Americans and coming up with plots, however improbable, to kill U.S. leaders, the Press said.  He wished especially to target airplanes carrying Gen. David Petraeus and even President Barack Obama, reasoning that an assassination would elevate an "utterly unprepared" Vice President Joe Biden into the presidency and plunge the U.S. into crisis.

But a U.S. analysts’ report released along with bin Laden’s correspondence describes him as upset over the inability of spinoff terrorist groups to win public support for their cause, their unsuccessful media campaigns and poorly planned plots that, in bin Laden’s view, killed too many innocent Muslims, the New York Daily News said.

Bin Laden adviser Adam Gadahn urged him to disassociate their organization from the acts of al-Qaida’s spinoff operation in Iraq, known as AQI, and bin Laden told other terrorist groups not to repeat AQI’s mistakes.

The correspondence suggests that al-Qaida carefully monitored U.S. cable news networks and generally didn't like what it saw. "We can say that there is no single channel that we could rely on for our messages," Gadahn wrote.  He suggested sending videos of bin Laden's remarks to all the U.S. news networks—except Fox News. "Let her die in anger," he wrote.