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Al Qaeda was plotting cruiser hijackings, gun attacks similar to Norway's terrorist

In the category of news items that might explain why an excess of petroleum jelly was found in the home of deceased terrorist supervillain Osama Bin Laden, the international intelligence community claims to have found a massive treasure trove of plans from top ranking Al Qaeda officials hidden inside a pornographic movie.

The surprising contents were found almost a year ago during the May 16, 2011 detainment of Austrian Maqsood Lodin, 22, who returned overland to Germany after a trip to what is known as militant regions of Pakistan.  The investigators found a memory card hidden in his pants.  On that card were numerous files including one which seemed typical enough for a 22 year old male -- porn.

But hidden inside the pornographic movie -- "Kick Ass" -- German investigators discovered an encryption-protected data file, which was also masked by sophisticated software.  When they finally decrypted the file four weeks later, they gained access to a treasure trove of over 100 documents, detailing high-level Al Qaeda plans for terrorists attacks in the U.S. and Europe.

The documents hint that Al Qaeda is facing an identity crisis, having been unable to carry out a major attack in several years, its vision of destruction continually thwarted.  One document suggests faster training for Al Qaeda operatives, to avoid law enforcement scrutiny.  Traditionally Al Qaeda recruits trained for months or years, fighting in Afghanistan or Pakistan.  However, the international intelligence community has learned to flag anyone who goes on one of these "extended stays" as a person of high interest, making it nearly impossible for them to effectively attack.

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A member of Al Qaeda hid hundreds of documents detailing terrorist plots inside an encrypted extension to a porn movie, housed on a memory card. [Image Source: Radioshack]

Terrorist training manuals in English, Arabic, and German were found hidden inside the porn movie.

The documents also hint at a change in strategy for Al Qaeda.  While they mentioned plans for a flashy cruiser hijacking, which would be geared at forcing America to release detained terrorism suspects from Guatanamo Bay, a second wave of simpler attacks was also planned.

The key strategy would be to buy automatic and semiautomatic weapons and use gun violence to kill many people, a successful strategy employed by a recent terrorist in Norway (76 confirmed deaths) and by terrorists in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 (164 confirmed deaths).

Mr. Lodin is now awaiting trial on terrorism charges in Germany.  He has plead not guilty.

Source: CNN





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