May 13, 2011
"Exclusive: Pornography found in bin Laden hideout"
The title of this post is the headline of this breaking news via Reuters. Here are the prurient details:
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.
The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.
Reports from Abbottabad have said that bin Laden's compound was cut off from the Internet or other hard-wired communications networks. It is unclear how compound residents would have acquired the pornography....
Three other U.S. officials familiar with evidence gathered during investigations of other Islamic militants said the discovery of pornography is not uncommon in such cases.
Of course, my first reaction and question in response to this story is whether the discovered porn was all just legal stuff or contraband kiddie porn. (If is was the illegal kiddie stuff, Bin Laden might have scored a record-high on the federal sentencing guidelines had he been captured and tried in a civilian court. After all, mass murder scores high on the federal sentencing guidelines, but mass murder plus possession of kiddie porn could really set a record.)
Needless to say, on a Friday afternoon, readers are encouraged to fill the comments with (tasteful?) Bin Laden porn jokes. To get you all started, consider this closing line from a media post titled "Debbie Does Abbottabad: Bin Laden Had A Porn Stash":
OBL’s porn locker does prove one thing, however: Hollywood and its influence may have a mixed perception globally, but the San Fernando Valley is loved the world around.
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I guess that explains why he never left the compound for six years and most likely why no one visited him from Al Qaeda. He didn't want to be exposed. I wonder if the 3 wives that were living there knew.
Posted by: DaveP | May 13, 2011 3:32:26 PM
Bin Laden's Booty: "The Search for the 17 Virgins"
Posted by: DaveP | May 13, 2011 4:49:48 PM
Osama Bin Labia.
Posted by: anon | May 13, 2011 9:07:04 PM
Osama Bin Wankin.
Seriously, Berman, did you actually expect anything even remotely tasteful in the comments section on this one?
Posted by: anon | May 13, 2011 9:17:19 PM
This may lend credence into some prosecutors being allowed to use the term "domestic terrorist" when it comes to trying sex offender cases.
Posted by: Eric Knight | May 13, 2011 10:00:27 PM
An interview study of internet porn use required a control group of people who had not seen porn on the internet. The study had to be abandoned when not a single subject for the control group could be found.
Those imams are offering 72 virgins, what I call the nightmare scenario, after one's martyrdom. If the feminists here believe that Islamic woman are obedient and submissive, they should visit any Islamic home. They are the boss. Mohamed married Aisha at age 9. She was such a brat and a bully to his kindness, and peacefulness, her father, Abu Bkr, took pity on him. He had to come over and spank her to straighten her out.
The USA is offering DVD quality porn while still alive. No contest. The Bin Laden offspring look and speak as if they grew up in Cali. Right down to their entitlement mentality and litigiousness, planning to sue the US government for its extra-judicial actions.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 13, 2011 10:49:22 PM
One wonders if Bin Laden had a credit card account. If he did, the credit card company knew his billing address.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 13, 2011 10:51:26 PM
This is a distraction. The only reason to release it, if it's even true, is to divert attention. Ransack a US military base and you'd find porn by the truckloads.
Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | May 14, 2011 9:12:56 AM
I have no doubt the U.S. "special" forces would have had to plant porn in the Bin Laden compound if it hadn't already existed there in the first place. It's just the way we roll in Amerika.
Posted by: brian williams | May 14, 2011 9:54:30 AM
This is an info-op intended to discredit OBL in the eyes of his sympathizers. The "plant" is in the MSM and internet, not in his compound.
Posted by: Fred | May 14, 2011 11:13:56 AM
Anti terror proposal: turn yourself in, cooperate. Lose your virginity to your porn fav,
And we throw in a lifetime subscripción to your fav porn site.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 14, 2011 1:33:44 PM
"...whether the discovered porn was all just legal stuff or contraband kiddie porn."
What is legal porn in Pakistan? Anyone know? I would expect there is no such thing.
Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | May 14, 2011 4:30:53 PM
Posted by: John Floyd | May 14, 2011 10:05:11 PM