Osama bin Laden - al Qaeda
11,400 pages of U.S. government documents covering the activities of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda (Arabic for the Base) network. Osama bin Laden (Osama bin Ladin) and al Qaeda (al Qaida) have been accused of several acts and conspiracies against the United States, including the September 11th, 2001, attack on New York's World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon building.
Material chiefly covers Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network's alleged involvement in the bombings of the U.S. military's Khobar Towers barracks in Saudi Arabia, the United States' embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the attack on the USS Cole.
The material is principally comprised of trial transcripts, court documents, and government reports dealing with terrorism.
Highlights of the material include:
Testimony of former Osama bin Laden associate Jamal Ahmed Al-Fadl. Al-Fadl broke from al Qaeda after stealing $110,000 of the group's funds. Al-Fadl testified that in 1996 he warned US officials that its embassies may come under attack from al Qaeda. Al-Fadl, who once ran al Qaeda's payroll, gave account of Osama bin Laden extensive network of companies involved in import-export, currency trading, construction, and farming. Al-Fadl also spoke of his role in the seeking of uranium.
U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General (JAG) report on the USS Cole attack. The report shows the investigation of the incident found shared responsibility for the failure to anticipate and protect the USS Cole from a terrorist attack on October 12, 1999, which killed 17 sailors and injured 42 others. The 1,600-plus page report notes, among other things, that because no one on board spoke Arabic, the Cole crew "had no means of making meaningful queries" during its brief refueling stop in Yemen.
A brief CIA document outlining Osama bin Laden's activities against the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan and his later dealings with al Qaeda.
A report from the Defense Department on failures by command to safeguard the Khobar Towers against attack.