Bin Laden's Alleged Porn Stash Making Big News

Remember that time when we invaded and occupied Iraq and then found that there were no WMDs, and everyone was like, 'meh'?

Maybe we should have been hunting for Saddam's porn stash (which must have been awesome), because this is really huge news today:

A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

The pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad,Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.

I don't quite get why people are surprised at this development. I will be shocked when a conservative religious fundamentalist is found who's not a total perv. Paging Ted Haggard!


Spencer Ackerman makes the obvious assumption:

If this is a CIA information operation — and how could it not be? — it’s the greatest one of all time. In public, bin Laden is the pious, self-proclaimed vanguard of a violent Islamic uprising. Alone in his compound, he’s beating it like it owes him cash.

I don't know if he's right, but I do know that it's illegal for the government to disseminate propaganda for domestic audiences. I also know that hasn't prevented them from doing it!


AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at May 13, 2011, 10:17am

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