Commonwealth National Podcast

Michael Scheuer: Discovering Bin Laden (2/23/11)

Duration: 
1:00:24

Michael Scheuer: Discovering Bin Laden


Michael Scheuer, Former Chief, Central Intelligence Agency’s Bin Laden Unit; Author, Osama bin Laden


A 20-plus year veteran of the CIA, Scheuer provides a rare, detailed look at Osama Bin Laden, showing him still to be a formidable and implacable enemy of the West. Scheuer draws from a wealth of information about bin Laden and his evolution from peaceful Saudi dissident to America's Most Wanted. Shedding light on bin Laden’s development as a theologian, media manipulator and paramilitary commander, Scheuer makes use of all of the speeches and interviews bin Laden has given as well as lengthy interviews, testimony and previously untranslated documents. From 1996 to 1999, Scheuer served as the chief of the bin Laden unit, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorism Center. He then worked as special adviser to the chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.


This program was recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco on February 23, 2011