Browsing in bin Laden’s library

May 20th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — always interested in other people’s books, & with a keen eye for eccentric choices ]

Steve Jackson Games Illuminati WTC card

Steve Jackson Games Illuminati WTC card


Every terrorism library – and every terrorist’s library, too, maybe – should have at least one conspiracist book in it, and Bin Laden’s library apparently had several – I’d likely count America’s “War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins among them — but I’m impressed he had a copy of Michael Ruppert’s Crossing the Rubicon, my own choice for that category on account of its chapter on games.

Interesting, too, that he had a copy of the Select Committee on Intelligence report on Project MKULTRA, “the CIA’s program of research in behavioral modification.”

Way more interesting, though, is his seemingly owning a copy of Manley P Hall’s great opus, The Secret Teachings of All Ages – “An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy: Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings Concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of All Ages” — the date 1928 is given in ODNI’s listing of his English language books, so I’m wondering if he had the same huge, wood-boxed early edition I once had, now retailing for $1,500.

And then there’s the kicker. Bin Laden apparently had a copy of the article Website claims Steve Jackson game foretold 9/11 — still up on the web — see illustration above.

That’s just too rich!

Human ping-pong

May 18th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron – reports from the twitter-stream — and this is only the game as played at sea ]


In more detail:


Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean:

Egypt, ex-professors, death sentences, strange loops

May 16th, 2015

[by Charles Cameron — hunh? ]


The Mufti must sign the death warrant of the man who appointed him. The professor who worked on authoritarianism in Egypt is sentenced to death by Egyptian authoritarianism. Strange loops indeed, Dr Hofstadter!

Dr Shahin has responded: Statement by Prof. Emad Shahin on his death sentence:

In another travesty of justice, an Egyptian court today issued a mass death sentence against more than 120 defendants in two cases known as the “Grand Espionage” and “Prisons Break.” I was falsely charged in the first case and I received the death sentence pending referral to the mufti. I repeat my absolute rejection of the charges against me and note that I am hardly the only victim of injustice in this case. Furthermore, I condemn the sham trials engulfing Egypt since July 2013 where wholesale death sentences on flimsy or no evidence have been the mark of the current military regime.


May 16th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — is there an OODA loop specific to the respective tempi of adaptation? ]

Here, I suspect — as an admitted novice — is the crux of the news from Ramadi:

SPEC DQ Ramadi



  • Pat Lang, Sic Semper Tyrannis
  • Martin Dempsey, Small Wars Journal
  • The two paths of the Islamic State

    May 15th, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — guide books for the perplexed ]

    In his latest audiotape, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi offers two paths to those willing to follow him:

    So there is no excuse for any Muslim who is capable of performing hijrah to the Islamic State, or capable of carrying a weapon where he is, for Allah (the Blessed and Exalted) has commanded him with hijrah and jih?d, and has made fighting obligatory upon him.

    And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be.

    Conveniently, there are two guidboos available in the Black Flags series, each of which deals with one of those paths:

    SPEC DQ 2 books IS


    My own recommendations would be somewhat different:

  • do no harm
  • on the whole avoid anyplace mentioned in Robert Young Pelton‘s The World’s Most Dangerous Places, and
  • find joy in the fleeting moment
  • **

    SPEC DQ double pelton

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