The big story they hurried from our master investigators combing through the cache of materials at the bin Laden compound:
Mark Hosenball and Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters, 13 May 2011.
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.
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.
O.K. it is interesting. If found to directly connect with bin Laden, mildly amusing. Presumably they are trying to show that he is not some sort of religious acetic living the pristine monastic life. But the guy had multiple wives with a number of children, so we sort of already knew that. I imagine that a lot of Jihadist types are single men, and there probably are not a lot of women around in their camps, so it isn’t stunning that some would find lurid representations of women interesting.
But apparently bin Laden’s sex life is a major point of interest with various investigators.
Captured wife being grilled on Bin Laden’s sex life
They want to know what he did night and day, including all about their sex life and she is talking because she is so scared of going to prison or never seeing her children again.
Amal, the wife in question, was apparently a mail order bride from Yemen. So we are already in some unusual territory. But she is said to have been injured by throwing herself at the Navy seals in an attempt to protect her husband, so I think she passes the loyal wife test.
For myself, I would have preferred that he spent more time with sex tapes, and less with trying to blow people up. At some point a person reaches such a pinnacle of evil, that your garden variety misdeeds just don’t seem to be particularly relevant.