This week's "Brian Ross Investigates" show also looks at the materials found in Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after he was killed by Navy SEALS earlier this month. Among the items seized was a diary that reveals his sordid plans to kill as many Americans as possible.
Bin Laden's writings were discovered in his compound both in a written journal, and on computer flash drives.
U.S. officials said that in his writings, the former al-Qaeda leader urged his followers to find targets beyond New York, to strike smaller cities, and find ways to kill as many Americans as possible in single, coordinated attacks. On this week's show, former White House counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, said that the U.S. is "much safer" with bin Laden dead rather than in custody. "If we had him in custody, it would be a complete media circus. It would be a security problem, where do we try him? It would also be the threat of them taking hostages, American hostages, to trade for bin Laden," said Clarke. U.S. officials continue to sort through the materials seized at the compound. In what appears to be a sign that the Pakistani government is trying to make things right, a U.S. official said Pakistan might soon allow American officials access to the wives of Bin laden. These women are said to have been fiercely loyal to their husband and willing to do anything Bin Laden wanted. The women could provide details of their lives as "The Real Housewives of Abbottabad."
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