I, for one, am shocked. SHOCKED, I tells ya.
The Independent contacted the dude who was tasked with the weirdest gig of his life — producing the specs for Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Here they are:1
A file held by the local authorities in the town shows that plans for the “pucca” (or proper) house were filed in the summer of 2004 by the man known as Arshad Khan, who is thought to have been Bin Laden’s courier. His ID card, Number CH 9613-753-20, believed to be fake, gives a date of birth as 09/06/1977. It is though the house was completed by September 2005, raising doubts about some reports claiming the property was raided by the Pakistanis in 2003. The file also shows that the occupants never paid any property tax, and that the completed building breached several guidelines.
OBL was notorious for his utter lack of respect for human life, but tax evasion? Really. How could he?
Also, reportedly, there was a bunch of wild cannabis growing around his compound.
Weed, man — it’s a gateway drug.
Day 1, smoke a blunt. Day 2, blow up a plane. Day 3, build compound. Day 5, bong hit. Day 6, forget to pay yer damn taxes. Day 7, profit.
Talk about reefer madness.
1 Someone is going to come up with some sort of video game using these plans. I just know it. Yikes.
[via Boing Boing][cross-posted in the kill zone]