Bin Laden Ignored Own "Hiding Places" Rules

Al Qaeda boss did not heed his terror manual’s tips

Osama bin Laden

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Hiding Places

MAY 2--While an al Qaeda training manual offered tips on “hiding places” for jihadists on the run, Osama bin Laden appears to have ignored a couple of his own suggestions when it came to hitting the mattresses.

The terrorism manual, "Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants," was seized during a raid on the Manchester, England home of a bin Laden follower. An English translation of the 180-page Arabic document was prepared by federal investigators.

The manual’s “Fourth Lesson,” seen here, addressed “Apartments--Hiding Places” for disciples of the al Qaeda leader.

Bin Laden was killed yesterday when U.S. forces stormed his walled compound outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The residence (pictured at right) was built several years ago in the Bilal Town development, about two miles from the center of Abbottabad.

The terror manual notes that it is preferable to live in apartments or houses “in newly developed areas where people do not know one another. Usually, in older quarters people know one another and strangers are easily identified, especially since these quarters have many informers.”

But such new construction did have a drawback, according to the manual: “In a newer apartment, avoid talking loud because prefabricated ceilings and walls…do not have the same thickness as those in old ones.”

Despite the manual stipulating that “avoiding police stations and government buildings” was a must, bin Laden’s Abbottabad roost was adjacent to a Pakistani military training facility.

Hiding places, bin Laden instructed, were to include “secret locations” where “documents, records, arms, and other important items” could be hidden. But when the al Qaeda leader’s residence was raided, U.S. forces scooped up computer equipment and other prospective intelligence information that apparently was out in the open.

The “Military Studies” manual also suggested that the radicalized prepare “ways of vacating the apartment in case of a surprise attack.” Judging by the early reports, however, bin Laden’s Abbottabad “security precautions” did not include him attempting to flee with the aid of one of those suggested stands or “wooden ladders.” (4 pages)

Comments (28)

No surprise here. These two-bit, tin horn community organizers are all "do as I say, not as I do" types. Take Obama's racist "...typical white person..." bigot mentality, for example...
You all (including some of the reports/writers working here on this news site) can find the correct spelling of Usama's first name, ironically located on the "Home page" of this news site in an exert from a court document. Take a look, it's there! Usama bin Laden!!!!
Who gives a crap how you spell his name, everyone knows who we are speaking about. Can you spell I-D-I-O-T. G-Pa has to correct everyone's spelling, what a shiat bag.
"an exert [sic] from a court document" Spelling expert? Not so much...
There is more than one way to spell the terrorist's name. If you want to spell it using a "U" there's also an "H" in it. Usamah. I love it when people, in your case a bigot, spouts off and shows how much of an idiot they truly are.
From Mo Ma', ... "No..on the job .... it's clowns like you that makes our job difficult... " Working for TSA doesn't make you a crime fighter! What an a$$-hole!!
TSA? I was thinking more on the lines of crossing guard or junior high hall monitor.
you, tobysissy, and your girlfriend sfbadger should just get a high rise hotel room and play leap frog from the roof.
You called him "tobysissy" then challenge his maturity? Just from what I see on this page alone, it's clear you're an absolute moron. Watch for foreign nationals leaving their homes quickly? Wtf kind of retarded advice is that? How do you manage to not forget to keep breathing?? You sound fat, middle aged, white, and afraid. In other words, like a Fox News viewer. If you want me to show you how you're a moron in chalk instead, I'll be happy to do so, as it's likely what you're accustomed to.
So be've won..have it your way
I never worked tsa....Your mother should have taught you better manners while addressing grown time you see an a$$-hole like me...step up and give it your best shot "hero"...
Osama's last thought when the Seals came in, "I hope farts have lumps, otherwise I just shiat myself."
I heard they tracked him down through his ipad. And Steve Jobs was with SEAL Team 6 when Bin Laden died.
this is the kind of house a million dollars buys you when the dollar is worthless
obama should have done the following: 1. Had a fast camel nearby 2. Stayed in a motel 6-he could have heard the helicopter coming 3. Not been smoking devil weed 4. Not been bangin' an infidel 5. Not been watching reruns of Kate and Bills wedding 6. Stayed off facebook 7. Stayed off the porn network
Did you intentionally substitute Osama bin Laden's name for that of the President of the United States in your inane comment or was that an honest typo? Inquiring minds want to know. If you don't like it here in America, wingnut, I suggest you get out. (How does it feel now that the shoe's on the other foot?)
Ummm, I see that someone did use the Presidents name in an inflammatory way but, no one here has been correctly spelling Bin Laden's name. It is Usama bin Laden. His name doesn't have an O in it. Not sure where this spelling being used here came from but, I might suspect someone started it to cause such confusion with the Presidents name. Look it up.
Incorrect. It's Arabic and there's no universally accepted way to translate it. Neither version is right or wrong, but both indicate to everyone who they're speaking of. Please, stop correcting people. You're terrible at it.
Relax butthole. Stop drinking at Starbucks.
Now is the time you should keep an eye-out in your neighborhoods for foreign nationals suddenly leaving their apartments, rented dwellings in a hurry, headed for locations unknown. People suddenly deciding to leave the US via commercial air for no apparent reason, if you see this you should contact your local JTTF/FBI location with details times, dates and descriptions.
Did you learn that at stereotyping school? GET BACK TO THE KITCHEN AND MAKE ME A SAMMICH!
DexterTheCerebralsissy-I got your sausage sandwich right here, and some salty nuts for your dessert
No..on the job .... it's clowns like you that makes our job difficult...
no kidding! it looks like something the US abandoned in the 60s. My chickens live better than that!
if i were looking for a "million dollar compound" i would have never guessed it.
I'm glad he didn't listen to his own advice. The intelligence we received from the facility might be more valuable than nabbing this dude.
Why does even a million-dollar mansion in Pakistan look like a shiathole?
You should see where they take a shia't