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Bin Laden Portrayed as a Hands-On Leader

When the senior al Qaeda planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks wanted to drop a hijacker from the plot because he was ignoring his training, the boss overruled him. When he wanted to expand the plot to the West Coast and even into Asia, the boss said no. And when other al Qaeda leaders expressed eleventh-hour reservations about striking the United States using passenger jets as missiles, the boss — Osama bin Laden — bulled through the opposition and gave the fateful green light. This portrait of the terrorist-as-CEO emerges from a chilling report released yesterday by the commission investigating the attacks and is based on interrogations of captured bin Laden associates. Although the report cautions that some evidence is contradictory, the document nevertheless provides the most detailed glimpse yet of bin Laden’s management of his war on America and of tensions inside his al Qaeda as the group undertook its most brutal project to date. Full Story

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