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Dispatches from the Paywall Liberation Front: Peter Bergen’s ‘The Last Days of OBL’

Posted by The Agonist on April 27th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

For those unwilling to pony up for a TIME sub to bypass the Great Paywall of Luce, the New America Foundation has kindly posted the full text of Peter Bergen’s big OBL last days of disco cover piece. Where does the line between truth & fiction fall? That, dear friends, is above my pay grade, though I’m sure there are many here who can/will do their goddamndest to liberate subtextural reality from the margins.

A brief excerpt to whet your appetites:

Bin Laden was always scheming about how to grab more media attention. He instructed his team, “The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack is coming and due to the importance to this date, the time to start preparing is now. Please send me your suggestions on this.” He proposed reaching out to the correspondents of both al-Jazeera English and al-Jazeera Arabic and wondered if he could get a hearing on an American TV network: “We should also look for an American channel that can be close to being unbiased such as CBS.”

Until the end, bin Laden remained fixated on mounting another large-scale attack on the U.S., prodding one deputy, “It would be nice if you could nominate one of the qualified brothers to be responsible for a large operation against the U.S. It would be nice if you would pick a number of the brothers not to exceed 10 and send them to their countries individually without any of them knowing the others to study aviation.”

Have at it, Agonist massif.

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