The U.S. Government this week released a list of the books and documents that were found on Osama Bin Laden's 'bookshelf' (a number were actually digital) when special forces soldiers killed the terrorist leader at his Pakistan hideout in 2011.
Surprisingly, among the 39 English-language books in Bin Laden's possession were a number of 9/11 conspiracy books and other books about powerful secret cabals, including:
Also in this tranche of documents was a webpage discussing how game designer Steven Jackson (the American one, not the British one) seemed to have predicted the Twin Towers catastrophe in his game Illuminati: New World Order (which took its inspiration from the Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shae). Not to mention also in OBL's collection were documents about the CIA's 'mind control' project MK-ULTRA!
Perhaps the book that surprised me most to see was Manly P. Hall's classic of esoterica, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, the content of which seems very much at odds with Al-Qaeda's terrorist agenda. Perhaps Bin Laden's interest was simply in the chapter on Islam, in which Mohammed is described as having "a knowledge of that secret doctrine which must needs constitute the core of every great philosophical, religious, or ethical institution". Or was his interest once again in the idea of secret groups steering history and religion from behind the scenes?
What do we make of all this? Basically, we have the (alleged?) mastermind behind 9/11, reading about how his attack was predicted before it happened in a game about the Illuminati; reading Manly Hall's masterwork about secret teachings and esoteric societies; reading other books about the Illuminati and powerful secret cabals; and also reading 9/11 'truther' material about how *he* didn't actually commit the crime!
Was he simply fascinated by the weird things people saw in the attack? Was he wondering how to take advantage of the multiple mythoses growing around 9/11 and the Bush 'New World Order'? Was he just setting us all up for a massive troll when he did eventually get caught? Or did he not actually do it and thought it may truly have been an Illuminati conspiracy?