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Author: No Surprise Bin Laden Had Copy of My Book

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 07:23 PM

An author and former CIA agent tells Newsmax TV "it wasn't a great surprise" that Osama bin Laden had a copy of his book the night he was killed by U.S. special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

During an appearance on Newsmax Prime, Michael Scheuer tells host J.D. Hayworth his book about the terror mastermind appealed to bin Laden himself.

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"He's a very serious man. What attracted him to my book was that I had listened to what he had said for a better part of six years," Scheuer says. "I correlated what his organization did in response to what he said they were going to do and that was a very high correlation.

"The second thing I believe that attracted him is that I wrote very clearly and I would write it again today, that the war we're fighting has nothing to do with women's rights, it has nothing to do with democracy or elections or liberty or freedom. At least from the perspective of the people that declared war on us."

Bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida, was killed in a raid on his compound on May 2, 2011. A search turned up a trove of documents, books, and digital books.

On Wednesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the full list  of reading materials discovered in the compound.

Scheuer also discusses the differences between al-Qaida and the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

"Bin Laden always intended al-Qaida to be the vanguard of a movement," Scheuer says.

"He looked at himself in his group as the instigators and chiefs to get the Islamic people, if you will, off of their behinds and defend their interests in the world.

"It's a natural progression from al-Qaida to the Islamic State in the sense that they're moving from a small, compact vanguard into something approaching a nation-state."

As for the ongoing problems in the Middle East, Scheuer says the United States needs to focus more on getting out of the region as quickly as possible while letting the violence there continue.

"We should do whatever we can to get out of the Middle East, sir. It's near to treason for [Barack] Obama to have not completed our energy independence and made us be able to say to the Saudis, 'Don't call us, we'll call you,'" Scheuer says. "We need to reassess our relationship with the Israelis. At least come to the point where Americans are adults and we realize there's a cost to pay for our relationship with the Israelis. Whether we keep it or not is one thing, but we need to stand up and say this is an enormous problem — how do we handle it?

"Most of all, we stop intervening in the Muslim world where it's not necessary — in Yemen, Libya, and Syria now for crying out loud. The war on Syria has gone on for four years and no American is dead except an American who wanted to play around on the battlefield."

Scheuer has criticized the Obama administration on several fronts in recent years, ranging from the 2012 Benghazi attacks to America's offensive against ISIS.

Scheuer was chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996-1999 and 2001-2004.

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