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Extensive pornography collection found in in Osama bin Laden hideout

A hidden stash of pornography was found in the compound of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials reported to Reuters news agency.

The extensive collection of pornography videos recovered in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was modern and electronically recorded according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.


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The officials did not identify the location in the compound where the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Officials would not say if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.

If bin Laden was the primary consumer, it adds to a troubling portrait. “A lot of men without a father figure turn to pornography,” says Steve Arterburn, author of “Every Man’s Battle,” a landmark book about men’s battle with pornography, written from a Christian perspective. The book has sold four million copies since its release.

“Osama bin Laden was one of 50 kids; he was number 17, and his father died when he was 10-years-old,” Arterburn notes. “When there is the loss of a father-figure it is not unusual for men to turn to pornography so they can feel like a man.”

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Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for ASSIST News Service and the founder of  He is available to speak to groups about the plight of the church in restricted countries, to share stories and testimonies from the mission field, and to preach the gospel.


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