An ICv2 article from 2004 was on the list of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s house in the Navy Seal raid in which he was killed. The list of documents
was released by the office of the Director of National Intelligence today. It's not clear if the article was saved in digital form or as a hard copy.
Why was bin Laden interested in our article from April 22, 2004? The title tells the story: “Website Claims Steve Jackson Game Foretold 9/11.” The game in question, Illuminati New World Order, included a card called “Terrorist Nuke” with an illustration of an explosion in one of the towers of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack planned and coordinated by bin Laden.
In 2004, CuttingEdge.Org published an article about Illuminati New World Order
, arguing that the Steve Jackson game, published in 1995, foretold the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, along with the attack on the Pentagon, which was pictured on fire in a card titled “Pentagon.” A third card examined by the website, “Population Reduction,” showed the World Trade Center in flames.
The article on CuttingEdge also posits that the Secret Service raid on the Steve Jackson Games offices in 1990, in search of evidence on hacker activity, was actually to prevent the publication of Illuminati New World Order, which would disclose the secret plan by the Illuminati to conduct the 9/11 attacks. (No hacking case was ever brought, and Steve Jackson Games was paid damages by the Secret Service for the raid.)
The conclusion of the CuttingEdge article? “This role-playing game called the Illuminati -- New World Order
, or INWO
is smoking gun proof that the Illuminati plan to produce Antichrist was well known in certain circles in 1995, when the game was distributed,” it said. “Too many details are presented by these cards too close to the actual event to be accidental.”
ICv2 covered this fantasy in the context of other attacks on games, such as those conducted by Jack Chick around the same time. And it looks like word got around.