Al Qaida Secret Docs Encoded in Porn, Reveal Plans To Seize Cruise Ships

Remember when Osama Bin Laden was killed and government officials announced that not only was he a terrorist but he was a horn-dog to boot? Well, it seems that Osama’s hidden stash of pornography was not the only Al Qaida porn stash around.

CNN reports that over a hundred secret Al Qaida terrorist documents, including plans for future attacks and training manuals in several languages, were found encoded in an SD card confiscated by German law enforcement officials from suspected terrorist Maqsood Lodin.

Lodin has first aroused suspicion after returning to his home in Austria from Pakistan by way of Budapest, Hungary and Germany.

According to police, this trove is “the most important haul of al Qaeda materials in the last year”.

Among the files found encoded in the files named Kick Ass and Sexy Tanja were PDF training manuals in Arabic, English and German and plans for future attacks. Among the attacks listed in the documents are plots to seize cruise ships and to carry “out attacks in Europe similar to the gun attacks by Pakistani militants that paralyzed the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008” in which 164 people were killed.

According to German investigative reporter Yassin Musharbash, who saw the documents, the ship hijackers “would…start executing passengers on those ships and demand the release of particular prisoners.”

CNN elaborated, explaining that “The plan would include dressing passengers in orange jump suits, as if they were al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and then videotaping their execution.”

Lodin and a man called Yusuf Ocak, who allegedly traveled back to Europe with him, are now on trial in Berlin where they are pleading not guilty. Ocak was detained in Vienna two weeks after Lodin’s arrest.

According to a senior Western counterterrorism official, their names were on a watch list, and when they handed over documents at a European border crossing, their names registered with counterterrorism agencies.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges. Ocak is also charged with helping to form a group called the German Taliban Mujahedeen, and is alleged to have made a video for the group threatening attacks in Germany.

Prosecutors believe the pair met at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s tribal territories and were sent back to Europe to recruit a network of suicide bombers.