To join al-Qaida, first a few questions

AP News
Posted: May 20, 2015 2:44 PM

In Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida, applicants for the terrorist roster were asked a battery of sometimes surprisingly mundane questions, according to a U.S. translation of captured documents.

Among them:

—"Any hobbies or pastimes?"

—"What is your favorite material: science or literature?"

—"Date of your arrival in the land of Jihad"

—"Have you ever been convicted by any court?" When and for what offense?

—"Do you have any chronic or hereditary diseases?"

Other questions were of a more chilling variety:

—"Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?"

—"Who should we contact in case you become a martyr?" Provide address and phone numbers.