US Intelligence Not Going To Share Bin Laden’s Porn

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As it turns out, one of the categories of information recovered by U.S. Navy SEALs when they raided Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed him four years ago was his collection of pornography.  Little by little, the U.S. National Security Director is releasing the information that was gathered that night, but will not do so for the smut.  From The Guardian:

On Wednesday, the office of the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, confirmed for the first time that “some pornographic material” was contained in Bin Laden’s recovered papers and personal effects….

“We are not going to release these materials due to the nature of their contents,” Clapper’s spokesman, Jeffrey Anchukaitis, told the Guardian.

… despite the self-imposed limitations on interacting with the outside world, Bin Laden had porn in his possession. A Reuters report from 2011 described his collection as “fairly extensive”, and including recent-vintage video smut.

So bin Laden kept up with the underground film making community.  Fascinating.  Unfortunately, we will not be finding out bin Laden’s preference in smut any time soon.

While al-Qaida and other global jihadists project an image of religious asceticism, jihadist militants – comprising as they do men interacting under conditions of stress – often have pornographic material close to hand. According to Louise Shelley, a professor at George Mason University, porn smuggling routes operate in territory controlled by the Islamic State.

Stress… yeah, that’s it.  Not the sex obsessed Islamic cult that considers women to be chattel and objects for men’s lust….  Nah, couldn’t be that.

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