Al Qaeda’s Job Application Form: Do You Want to Be a Suicide Bomber?

Bin Laden bookshelf: Terror org asks that would-be jihadists write "legibly."

ByLee Ferran, James Gordon Meek and Ely Brown
May 20, 2015, 2:51 PM

— -- Prior to joining the terror group al Qaeda, some potential jihadists were apparently provided a job application form that would not be entirely out of place for an entry-level position at any American company – except for questions like the one about the applicant’s willingness to blow themselves up.

The form, watermarked with an al Qaeda logo, was released today along with dozens of other never-before-seen documents the U.S. government said were recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan after he was killed in 2011. The documents were published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as part of what it said is President Obama’s push for the intelligence community to be more transparent.

The al Qaeda application form as translated by the U.S. government involves a lengthy questionnaire about basic personal details, family history, marital status, and education level. It asks that applicants "answer the required information accurately and truthfully" and, "Please write clearly and legibly."

PHOTO: Among documents posted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence May 20, 2015 is this purported al Qaeda job application form.
Among documents posted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence May 20, 2015 is this purported al Qaeda job application form.
ODNI

It also asks what clerics the applicant listens to or knows and what kind of traveling they’ve done. Do they prefer science or literature?

But quickly the questions veer towards those that, depending on the answer, could give al Qaeda a tactical advantage in future operations: Is the applicant expert in chemistry, communications or any other field? Do they have a family member in the government who would cooperate with al Qaeda? Have they received any military training?

Finally, it asks what the would-be jihadist would like to accomplish and, “Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?”

For the final question, the application asks would-be killers that if they were to become martyrs, who should al Qaeda contact?

The notion of an al Qaeda application is not a new one. Back in 2007 the U.S. government entered into evidence a similar application form prosecutors said had been filled out by Jose Padilla, who was later convicted as an American member of al Qaeda.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of documents released by the ODNI.

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