Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Josh Hawley, Osama bin Laden
See no insurrection; hear no insurrection; speak no insurrection. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0) See complete attribution below.

On January 6, domestic terrorists had former President Donald Trump’s back. Now, the Republican Party is returning the favor.

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we have recently received a remarkable and previously unknown letter that Osama bin Laden sent to Congress in 2002. Its subject was al-Qaeda’s objection to the creation of a commission to investigate the September 11, 2001, attacks. 

In his letter, bin Laden argues that, as a major player in the events of that day, al-Qaeda should have a say in the establishment of the commission, its scope, membership, and authority.

You can find the full text of this extraordinary document below (links added). 

Typed Bin Laden Letter Page 1
Typed Bin Laden Letter Page 2

It should go without saying that this is satire and the letter is entirely fictitious. We feel compelled to state this, however, because it is not more absurd than Republican leaders wanting the power to impede the work of a commission investigating a domestic terrorist attack that they incited, aided, and abetted.

The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Kevin McCarthy caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Mitch McConnell caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0), Josh Hawley caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Osama Bin Laden caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), and US Capitol (bryan… / Flickr – CC BY-SA 2.0).

Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Hamid Mir / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).


  • Klaus Marre

    Klaus Marre is a writer, editor, former congressional reporter, and director of the WhoWhatWhy Mentor Apprentice Program. Follow him on Twitter @KlausMarre.

  • DonkeyHotey

    DonkeyHotey creates art to illustrate news articles and opinion pieces. His current work is a combination of caricature, photo collage, and photo manipulation.

Comments are closed.