A total of 113 additional documents from the material seized in the raid of the Osama bin Laden compound in 2011 were declassified on March 1, 2016. Prior to this, some of the material was declassified in May, 2015. The collection of information provides a window into bin Laden’s way of thinking and his concerns, especially evident in his letters to his family and closest friends. For example, he left a handwritten will that specifically asked his family to use his remaining fortune of 29 million to continue the fight against the United States and other enemies of al-Qaida.
He speaks about his fears of those closest to him being followed and tracked. Here is a portion of a letter addressed to his wife:
I was told that you went to a dentist in Iran, and you were concerned about a filling she put in for you. Please let me know in detail about anything that bothers you about any hospital in Iran or any suspicions that any of the brothers may have about chips planted in any way. One of the ways, the syringe can be of the same size, but its head is slightly bigger than normal, that way, as I previously mentioned to you, they can insert a small chip in it to implant under the skin. The size of the chip is about the length of a grain of wheat and the width of a fine piece of vermicelli. I would like you to tell me the reasons they mentioned to you for your release and every detail to help me from the security point of view. I need to know the date you had the filling, also about any surgery you had, even if it was only a quick pinch. If you cannot remember the date, it is fine to give me an approximation. I also want to know in boring detail all that is related to their approval to allow you to enter Pakistan.”
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Desiree Huitt is an Army Veteran serving 11 years as a Military Intelligence officer and prior to OCS as a combat medic. She is a graduate from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies.