Posted: May 3, 2012 9:34 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - Documents seized in the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden show the al-Qaida leader was focused until the end on attacking Americans, but he also worried about bumbling within his terror organization and its allies.
A report by U.S. analysts released along with bin Laden's correspondence describes him as upset over the inability of spinoff terrorist groups to win public support for their cause, partly because of poorly planned plots that he believed killed too many innocent Muslims.
In 2010, he wrote of plans to release a statement announcing the start of "a new phase" to correct mistakes that were made.
The documents also reveal frustration that U.S. attention had shifted to the weak economy without giving credit to al-Qaida for the economic damage that terrorist attacks had caused.
And they suggest that al-Qaida monitored U.S. cable news networks but didn't like what it saw. Bin Laden's spokesman, Adam Gadahn (ah-DAHM' guh-DAHN'), wrote that "there is no single channel that we could rely on for our messages." He suggested sending videos of bin Laden's remarks to all the U.S. news networks except Fox News, which he said "lacks neutrality."
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