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Bin Laden Documents: Here's What's on Al Qaeda's Job Application

"Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?" one question asks.

Some of the questions are H.R. boilerplate, the stuff you’d find on a form anywhere in white-collar America: List your previous occupations. What are your career objectives? Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

And then there’s this: “Who should we contact in case you become a martyr?”

Among the hundreds of Osama bin Laden documents released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was what has to be one of the stranger artifacts in the history of human resources bureaucracy — a job application for al Qaeda.

“In the name of Allah the compassionate and merciful,” it begins before an instruction to please write clearly and legibly.

Here are some of the questions. You can read the whole thing here.

  • How much of the holy Qur’an have you memorized? Did you study Shari’a? Who was your instructor?
  • Any hobbies or pastimes?
  • What is your favorite material: science or literature?
  • Are any of your relatives or friends in the jihad theater?
  • List the types of passports you possess. Did you use a real or forged passport for your current travel?
  • Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?
  • What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path?
  • Do you have any chronic or hereditary disease(s)?
  • Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?

Address __________________

Phone numbers __________________


— Erin McClam