The Osama journal

May 11, 2011 1:47:44 PM PDT
It's not exactly a "dear diary," but Osama bin Laden did keep a handwritten journal about the operations of al Qaeda, the non-centrist terrorist organization he founded and, despite no phone or Internet service, apparently still ran.

The Navy Seals who raided his compounded in Pakistan, and then killed him with a bullet to the head, found a handwritten journal about al Qaeda, and U.S. intelligence officials now say it was indeed authored by bin Laden.

One source describes bin Laden as a "meticulous note taker," and that the journal, while not offering much about bin Laden's life personally, does peel the onion skin back to give insight into al Qaeda's politics and goals.

Some entries in the journal include bin Laden pushing his followers to find new ways to hit the U.S. That includes striking smaller cities and, as we reported last week, targeting trains.

Meanwhile, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, today vowed revenge against the U.S. for the killing of bin Laden. In fact, Nasir al-Wahishi tells Americans that "what is waiting for you is far greater and more dangerous, and you will then count your regrets, wishing for the days of Osama."


We'll have the latest on the bin Laden intelligence and on the war on terror, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, quite a kerfuffle at the White House over tonight's appearance of the rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known as "Common." His invitation to a White House poetry reading tonight has brought criticism from the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Assn. because one of his songs was about Joanne Chesmard, a member of the Black Liberation Army, who was convicted in 1977 of murdering a state trooper. She was sentenced to life in prison, but escaped in 1979. She remains on the lam.

There are some who maintain her innocence, including the aforementioned "Common."

Today, the White House condemned some of his lyrics and prose, and took the opportunity to reiterate Pres. Obama's previous criticism of "violent and misogynistic lyrics." But still, the invite to the rapper stays in place.

It's a fascinating dilemma and story.

We're also taking a closer look at the dark side of Facebook. Consumer Reports has studied the incredibly popular social networking site, and found that in the past year, more than 5 million American households experienced problems on Facebook, including virus infections and identity theft. The study also found that 1 million children were victims of cyber bullying.


Speaking of "oy" - a quick follow up to our story last night at 11 about that senior at Shelton High School in Connecticut, who asked a girl to the prom by taping a sign on the school wall. The school's reaction was to ban him from the prom for trespassing. The story has gone viral, but the school ain't budging. No comment today from school officials, and no change of mind either.

Meanwhile, online support for the student banned from the prom after what many feel was a super-sweet invitation, is off the charts. When our reporter Lucy Yang left the newsroom to do the story last night there were 17 people signed on to James Tate's Facebook community page. Right now there are more than 29,000.

I'm just sayin'. And did you see this freshly scrubbed honors student on our air last night? Trespassing?

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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