Since the 2011 assassination of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden by American soldiers, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been slowly publishing documents found at his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. However, the CIA recently announced that it will not publish the pornography they found there, disappointing the countless (and hopefully small) number of people curious about bin Laden’s sexual fantasies.
The secrets surrounding Osama bin Laden’s porn collection
In a Fox News interview conducted earlier last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that bin Laden’s compound library contained “some pornography” and copyrighted material that will never be released to the American public.
Pompeo mentioned that the documents sat for a long period of time “virtually untouched as different intelligence bureaucracies fought over control of access to them.”
Near the time of his death, different news outlets mentioned the Bin Laden’s porn collection was “extensive.” Considering that his compound was cut off from the internet, it’s unclear how he acquired the porn and whether he ever actually viewed it.
Some Muslim adherents say that pornography is forbidden by the Quran as fashish, something that is shameful and dirty. As an Islamic extremist, bin Laden should have abstained from viewing it.
Islamic extremists oppose pornography, so what gives?
A 2010 Google study of sex and porn-related searches found Muslim countries to be among the countries searching most often for porn.
Omid Safi, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the author of Memories of Muhammad, an analysis of the prophet Muhammad’s teachings and extremist misrepresentations of them, told The Daily Beast:
Interestingly and ironically, some of the Muslim societies that are the most repressive toward women or that have the strictest gender segregations also have some of the highest rates of pornography usage in the world. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt rank as among the highest consumers of pornography worldwide. I think what is true of bin Laden, the Taliban, and many of these extremist movements is that there seems to be a link between the dehumanizing of women and the dehumanizing of the entire block of humanity, Muslims and non-Muslims included.
In 2015, David Covucci, a writer with the American men’s website BroBible, filed a Freedom Of Information request for the porn collection. At the time, Covucci wrote, “I personally believe us dudes have a right to know what the world’s most wanted man masturbated to.” However, the CIA denied his request.