Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Bin Laden’s bookshelf: the gaming connection revealed!

Today the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report on some of the reading material Osama bin Laden had on his (digital) bookshelves in Abottabad when he was killed by US special forces.


One of those items will be of particular interest to gamers: a saved webpage from the geek culture business website noting that some conspiracy theorists had claimed that the “Steve Jackson Games’ Illuminati New World Order card game foretold the attacks on the World Trade Center.”



And there you have it. Doubtless there will be further releases from the US intelligence community revealing that al-Qa’ida was also interested in jihadi Munchkins and giant cybernetic tanks.

3 responses to “Bin Laden’s bookshelf: the gaming connection revealed!

  1. Charles Cameron 21/05/2015 at 1:51 pm

    FWIW, under the heading “Documents Probably Used by Other Compound Residents” we also find listed:

    Delta Force Extreme 2 Videogame Guide
    Game Spot Videogame Guide

    One wonders (idly) whether ODNI canbnot believe OBL would play such games, or whether that classification was arrived at on the basis of the location in the compound where these materials were found.

  2. hipshotau 21/05/2015 at 9:17 am

    Reblogged this on See link in body of POST and commented:
    That Steve jackson guy! Who wants to be on dead Binny’s bookmarks!?

  3. Charles Cameron 20/05/2015 at 5:09 pm

    Rex, all —

    There’s another gaming connection — the Michael Ruppert book has a chapter on war games, Chapter 19, availavble here:

    Click to access 9780865715400_excerpt.pdf

    For that and some other curiosities, see my post overlapping with yours, Browsing in bin Laden’s library:

    Regards — C

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