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Bin Laden's Bookshelf

Bin Laden's Bookshelf
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  In the weeks following the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by United States forces, U.S. Intelligence Community analysts sifted through the recovered digital and hard copy materials in search of clues that would reveal ongoing al-Qa`ida plots, identities and locations of al-Qa`ida personnel, and other information of immediate importance.

On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered from the compound used to hide Osama bin Laden. On March 1, 2016, the ODNI released a second tranche of material gleaned from the Abbottabad raid.  On January 19, 2017, the ODNI released the final tranche of documents. These releases, which followed a rigorous interagency review, align with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release.
  Pointer Declassified Material - January 19, 2017  (49 items)  new  

  Pointer Declassified Material - March 1, 2016   (113 items) 

  Pointer Declassified Material - May 20, 2015   (103 items)

  Pointer Publicly Available U.S. Government Documents   (75 items)

  Pointer English Language Books   (39 items)

  Pointer Material Published by Violent Extremists & Terror Groups   (35 items)

  Pointer Materials Regarding France    (19 items)


  • Call for Submissions to French Culture, Politics, and Society Journal
  • “Did France Cause the Great Depression?” by Douglas Irwin, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Economic and Social Conditions in France during the 18th Century by Henri See (2004)
  • “Economic Survey of France 2009”
  • “France Country Report,” European Network and Information Security Agency (Jan 2010)
  • “France Economic Update,” Rabobank (11 Jan 2011)
  • “France Economy Profile”
  • “France on Radioactive Waste Management 2008”
  • “France Profile” from Government of Canada website (
  • “France Water Profile”
  • “France, NATO, and the European Defence,” by Tomas Valasek, Centre for European Reform Policy Brief
  • “French Military Health Services Overview” (1 Feb 2009)
  • “French-British Defence Treaty, Setting History Aside?”, Defense Report from the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare (Jan 2011)
  • “Lessons in Restructuring the Defense Industry, the French Experience,” Congress of the United States Office of Technology Assessment (June 1992)
  • List of French shipping companies
  • “Factsheet on France,” Network Enterprise Europe
  • Nuclear France Abroad by Mycle Schneider (2009)
  • “Smart Defense Acquisition, Learning from French Procurement Reform,” by Ethan B. Kapstein, Center for New American Security Policy Brief (Dec 2009)
  • “Wage Inequality in France” (appears to be an academic journal article, origin unclear)


  Pointer Media Articles  (33 items)

  Pointer Other Religious Documents   (11 items)

  Pointer Think Tank & Other Studies   (40 items)

  Pointer Software & Technical Manuals   (30 items)

  Pointer Other Miscellaneous Documents   (14 items)

  Pointer Documents Probably Used by Other Compound Residents   (10 items)

An interagency Intelligence Community taskforce, under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI,  reviewed all documents from Abbottabad. As of January 19, 2017, all documents whose publication would not jeopardize ongoing operations against al-Qa‘ida or their affiliates have been released.

This list contains U.S. person information that is being released in accordance with the Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act (section 309) requirement that the Director of National Intelligence conduct a declassification review of certain items collected during the mission that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, and make publicly available any information declassified as a result of such review.

All publications are unclassified and available commercially or in the public domain. The U.S. Intelligence Community does not endorse any of the publications appearing on this list.


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