One year ago today, on May 1, 2011, Osama
bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a daring raid on his compound near
Islamabad, Pakistan. Through thousands of documents seized during the
assault—many of them slated to be declassified later this week—we've learned a lot
about the terror leader since his death.
He wanted to kill President Obama
According to the trove of documents
uncovered by U.S. forces, bin Laden "regularly ordered his subordinates to plan
new attacks, including assassinations of President Barack Obama and Gen. David
Petraeus," NBC News reported.
According to the Washington Post, bin Laden wanted to kill Obama, in part,
because he felt Vice President Joe Biden was "unprepared" to step in as
commander in chief. Bin Laden's planned assassination of Obama involved
hijacking Air Force One, the Post said.
"Obama is the head of infidelity and
killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency," Bin Laden
wrote in a message to one of his top lieutenants, the paper said. "Biden is
totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis." And
all of this, despite an "increasingly limited cadre of operatives capable of
carrying out such attacks."