Pentagon Releases Bin Laden Home Videos

By Tom Liddy on May 7, 2011 9:40pm 

Osama bin Laden watches himself on TV in one of the five videos uncovered at his Abbotabad, Pakistan compound.
Osama bin Laden watches himself on TV in one of the five videos uncovered at his Abbotabad, Pakistan compound.
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Courtesy of the Department of Defense

By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - They're America's scariest home videos.

A series of clips released by the Pentagon Saturday provide a glimpse into the bizarre home life of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden - complete with terror tape outtakes, makeovers and hefty doses of narcissism.

In one, the fiend can be seen admiring himself on TV, holding a remote control in one hand as images of the World Trade Center in flames appear next to his face.

"In this video he has not dyed or trimmed his beard suggesting that this practice was one he reserved for films he planned to distribute," an intelligence official said, according to the DOD

The tiny color set sits on top of a desk in spartan surroundings of his Abbotabad, Pakistan compound as he lounges and flips through the channels.

Although his beard is grey in that clip, the date of which hasn't been determined, the seemingly vain bin Laden is meticulous about his appearance in public videos.

In one of the clips, dated between Oct. 9 and Nov. 5, 2010, bin Laden has trimmed his beard and dyed it black as he delivers a message to the American people condeming US policy and capitalism, according to the Defense Department.

The videos, which the Pentagon says are evidence that bin Laden was an "active player" in al Qaeda's operations, have no sound in order to prevent him from sending messages to his followers from beyond the grave.

The final three clips, outtakes from bin Laden's terror tapes, even include a blooper where he has to start over again.



Osama bin Laden, seen in a video uncovered at his compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan after his death.
Osama bin Laden, seen in a video uncovered at his compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan after his death.
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