An apparent application to join al Qaeda is among the slew of newly released documents U.S. intelligence officials say were seized in the May 2011 raid that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death.
A questionnaire titled “Instructions to Applicants” is one of 103 newly declassified documents released and published on the Director of National Intelligence website Wednesday in a collection called "Bin Laden's Bookshelf."
The three-page survey includes questions about personal history, military experience, religious beliefs and even hobbies -- one item asks applicants if their “favorite material” is “science or literature.” Questions more specific to al Qaeda appear further into the document:
A screenshot from the translated questionnaire. Though “jihad” in this context appears to be a call to violence, the word itself is widely misunderstood and does not always refer to violent acts.
Instead of simply asking for an emergency contact, the questionnaire concludes by asking, “Who should we contact in case you become a martyr?”
The English-language version is "fully translated" from the original Arabic-language version, according to the DNI. The site's link for the Arabic-language questionnaire originally directed readers to an unrelated letter, but this was corrected later Wednesday.
In addition to the newly declassified material, officials also released hundreds of documents that include books and articles in English and Arabic, U.S. government documents, letters and religious writings.