"It Really Brings It All Out": Seized Documents Detail Depth Of ISIS Bureaucracy

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On Saturday, we brought you “Secret" Documents Show ISIS May Be Flesh-Eating, Organ Harvesters, US Says,” in which we highlighted “Fatwa 68”, a decree handed down by Islamic State’s Research and Fatwa Committee and recovered in the raid that killed the group’s “gas minister” back in May. 

Fatwa 68 sanctions organ harvesting from enemy captives when it would mean saving the life of an ISIS fighter. Amusingly (in a morbid kind of way), the group’s “scholars” justify pulling organs out of prisoners by noting that “a group of Islamic scholars have permitted, if necessary, one to kill the apostate in order to eat his flesh, which is part of benefiting from his body.” In short, if you can eat an enemy combatant, it’s not clear why you should be allowed to harvest his organs. 

The document was part of a cache of evidence discovered in the raid, Reuters contends. More specifically, the US allegedly seized “seven terabytes of data in the form of computer hard drives, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs and papers.” 

We suspected at the time that we’d likely see more of these “top secret” documents in the days and weeks ahead as the US attempts to provide the public with a plausible excuse for why - gun to our heads - America will be forced to take a more active role in Syria and Iraq in order to eradicate “the terrorists.”

Sure enough, Reuters is out with more leaked ISIS papers including - hilariously - a fighter application form. Here's more:

Islamic State has set up departments to handle "war spoils," including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.


They provide insight into how a once small insurgent group has developed a complex bureaucracy to manage revenue streams - from pillaged oil to stolen antiquities - and oversee subjugated populations.


"This really kind of brings it out. The level of bureaucratization, organization, the diwans, the committees," Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's special envoy for the anti-IS coalition, told Reuters.


For example, one diwan, roughly equivalent to a government ministry, handles natural resources, including the exploitation of antiquities from ancient empires. Another processes "war spoils," including slaves.


"Islamic State is invested in the statehood and Caliphate image more so than any other jihadist enterprise. So a formal organization, besides being practical when you control so much contiguous territory and major cities, also reinforces the statehood image," said Aymenn al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle East Forum think tank and an expert on IS's structure. 


In the documents, there is a ruling on proper procedure for filling out the personal details of prospective fighters: name, gender, and communications method - telephone, telegram, Skype or the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

So once again, we're to understand ISIS not as a brazen band of desert bandits armed and funded by Washington's regional allies for the sole purposes of destabilizing the Assad regime, but rather as an organized quasi-state with multiple levels of government and a hierarchy of officials who control everything from "natural resources" to the slave trade.

The punchline, of course, is the contention by Brett McGurk that the US needed these documents to understand that there's an bureacratic element to Islamic State's operation. After all, it was The Pentagon which said the following more than three years ago:

"...there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime."

So while the establishment of a proto-state located in the exact same place that ISIS currently operates was "exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition wanted" in 2012, Washington is somehow surprised at the "level of bureaucratization."

And while we're skeptical of Reuters' contention that the stash of documents "provide insight into how a once small insurgent group has developed a complex bureaucracy" (because again, that was the goal all along as proven by the "Salafist principality" quote), we would encourage Washington to study the "secrets" of Islamic State's administrative structures closely because if you know anything about the bureaucracy in Washington, you know ISIS has to be doing a better job almost by default.

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alexcojones's picture

Documents Traced ALL the way back to -


McMolotov's picture

I think they're just yanking our chains now. Wonder if there's a Department of Torture, Beheading, and Caged Immolation.

I think I saw Emmanuel Goldstein's signature on one of the documents...

WTFRLY's picture

ISIS is a CIA-Mossad lie

beemasters's picture

Is it all written in English? How convenient, when we were led to believe most members were Arabs.

flyingcaveman's picture

religion of peace -Americans

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) flyingcaveman Dec 28, 2015 7:35 PM

I don't believe in any of this.

This was a CIA color revolution from the start.

We armed them, Saudi's fund them, Israel patches them up when wounded.

Most are likely contractors wearing ski masks. Some MK UTLRA's join,

some kooks jump on the bandwagon.

The videos are all fake, the beheadings are fake, when that doesn't work

they come up with this bunk.

The oil is stolen, sent to Israel from there to Sardinia where the soccer team owner

refines and sells it to Europe.

The whole thing is a scam to get US boots on the ground to steal Syria, then they will run into Iraq

so we must follow them. After that they run to Iran then to Russia.

These people are psycho's running this Jew Empire.

gonetogalt's picture

Whilst Mordor on the Potomic's fingerprints are all over virtually all Jihadist organizations, that doesn't detract from the fact that Islam in many places is philosophically aligned with the Whabbi culture...


Reading through the actions of private citizen members of 'the religion of peace' it seems we (Christians, we few) have a global problem.

johngaltfla's picture

Only thing missing is a message from the Emir of Qatar and Saudi King guarnateeing them 72 virgins if killed  or free transit to work in porn in Southern California if they are only wounded.

Freddie's picture

More like the doc writers are probably Ivy League grads in The State Department, See Eye Aye and maybe even The Pentagram.

Funny how Captagon (used by ISIS head choppers) sounds a lot like Pentagon.


Jstanley011's picture

It says, "Beginning of Translation," so I'm thinking this document may be a translation. Duh.

Crush the Infame's picture

Half of my job involves converting old PDFs into Word documents for law firms, and I can tell you with 100% confidence that these documents and the one from the article a few days ago (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-25/secret-documents-show-isis-may-...) were either written in English in the original or intentionally altered to look like old documents. Here's how:

The look of these three docs can only be created by 1) printing with an outdated printer, 2) letting the document get aged and wrinkled, and 3) making photocopies of it, most likely with an older photocopier. You know it has been photocopied because of the way the text is slanted and the black specs and faded lines, especially as seen on the second document and the one from the other article linked above. 

It's a little suspect that they would put the logos back into their translation, but it's harder to believe that they would print it off with a dot matrix printer and then make a few copies with Grandpa's Xerox machine.  It's possible that ISIS did the translation, but that contradicts the Reuters story, which says "For a U.S. Government translation of the document, click here." 

Clearly it's within the CIA's abilities to fake this "old document" look after the translation, but why? 

sam i am's picture


In previous Cold War, USSR had plenty of reasons not to use nukes. These reasons are gone now (mostly due to US foreign policy)


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) sam i am Dec 28, 2015 8:21 PM

Nobody is using nukes unless they themselves want to die along with their own families.

On a lighter note on Christmas Eve  someone hacked into freeway sign in SoCal inland empire (near San Bernadino)

Officials stated that tens of thousands of people saw this since it was Christmas and it stayed up two days.

I guess they fear too many people seeing this. haha


Vote Trump.



Lockesmith's picture

Very incorrect. Free-er humans are economically more productive. The USSR was a slave state, therefore had veryow productivity and collapsed economically. There was nothing voluntary about this.

Has implicating for the USSA today. Obombacare, endless regulation and taxation. What other result do people expect?

Freddie's picture

Ha Ha!  Bureaucratic and USAA run?  Probably a lot like the state of California.  

My guess is ISIS probably has golden pensions too by way of the vile State Dept and See Eye Aye and paid for by US taxpayers. .

McMolotov's picture

They probably get free dental, too.

flyingcaveman's picture

No they would otherwise be asking about your ethnicity, your finances, or your medical coverage, or want two forms of identification with a current address and want to know how many firearms you have and how many times you can vote for Hillary.

junction's picture

The American Democratic and Republican Parties should sue the Daesh for intellectual property theft, for stealing the way they run their terrorist caliphate from our national parties.  We should send DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz over there to confirm this property theft.  If Debbie never comes back, all the better. 

lincolnsteffens's picture

Interesting how this new vicious group managed in a couple of years to organize itself in such a professional manner to establish a well functioning government including an army. Notice Iraq and Afghanistan with all our help is still unable to pull that off. This does not make sense by comparison.

flapdoodle's picture

Actually, the ISIS script comes across as written by a in-between real jobs Jewish Hollywood comedy writer. Its actually pretty funny stuff, and even more fun if people actually take it as face value.

Perhaps the same one that invented Kwanzaa.

Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) alexcojones Dec 28, 2015 11:21 PM

OK, I don't have a problem with that, but WHO gave the order? Or did they just go rouge? As far as I'm concerned Oblama is guilty of one of two crimes against America. One, have gave the order and has full knowledge of what has gone on in which case it is treason, or (2) He told them he didn't care or want to know how it was done so long as they met their objective of getting Assad out, in which case he is guilty, as Commander in Chief, of derliction of duty. Either way, I think he will end up wearing it.

chunga's picture

Peyton Manning should give his phone to Ted Wells if he didn't take HGH?

holmes's picture

Religion of Peace except there hasn't been any peace in the ME for a 1000 years


McMolotov's picture

Likewise, the US has been involved in some sort of war for 222 out of its 239 years of existence.


Freddie's picture

Jiminy Carter was incredibly shitty but no wars. 

Reagan had Grenada which last about 2 hours and Lebanon which he wisely decided was a bad idea but not before 200+ Marines died. 

The Afghanistan thing was stupid but my guess is that was more Poppy Bush.  They tried to kill Reagan first then the See Eye Aye aka Poppy's pals gave Reagan a prion.

TurnwiseWiddershins's picture

Our "friend" Israel blew up that barracks anyway.

Same deal with USS Liberty.

Same deal with 9/11 (which worked that time)

The next false-flag will be even larger.  They've gotta keep upping the ante.

Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) holmes Dec 28, 2015 11:14 PM

Yeah, well, despite the all too obvious interference from 'our guys' trying to make this sucker fly with one engine, the Arab's notion of peace is when you kill everybpdy else who doesn't agree with you.

alexcojones's picture

Eating Infidel flesh is Okay but eating bacon is Verbotten?


OldPhart's picture

I guess Long Pig IS on the menu.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Just tell them you've been eating pork every day since you got your first tooth.

alexcojones's picture

Some of the Infidel flesh and organs are probably on the menu where the Satanist Mofo Neocons dine.


Do You Suffer From Putinitis? 
JustObserving's picture

ISIS founded and funded by the US and its allies.  No wonder it has a deep bureaucratic structure not unlike that found at Langley.

Truth is treason in an empire of lies:


Syrian journalist & filmmaker who exposed ISIS Aleppo atrocities assassinated in Turkey



beemasters's picture

Russian Defense Ministry accuses Pentagon of imitating fight against Islamic State


"He [Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov] thus commented on a recent statement by the Pentagon spokesperson Michelle Baldanza who confirmed that the US military did not intend to share with Moscow the information on IS targets until Russia changes its policy towards Syrian President Bashar Assad. "We are not going to cooperate with Russia on Syria until they change their strategy of supporting Assad and instead focus on ISIL (IS)," Baldanza said."

What was it again about Seymour BS Hersh's claim that the Pentagon passed intelligence infos on IS targets to Syria via Russia and laughably... Israel?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) JustObserving Dec 28, 2015 7:38 PM

They want their inbeded journalists back.

moonmac's picture

 Barbaric ISIS turns people into Slaves. The Fed only makes them into Debt Slaves.

Freddie's picture

ISIS and The Fed are the same outfit.

Freddie's picture

New USSA/NWO/ZWO/MSM meme is that Syria is a "quagmire" for Russia and Putin!  LOL!  Oh like the poppy fields of Afghanistan is a not a Langley quagmire.

Good stuff from Moon of Alabama about the ZWO "mainstream" Bloomberg/Soros/Yahoo/Zuckerberg/Bezo/Haim Saban/Speilberg/Katz media about how the Russians and Putin are in a quagmire in Syria.

Pretty funny as the Russians blow those"ISIS" oil trucks back to hell.


Russia's "Quagmire" In Syria Turns Out To Be A Well Designed Campaign
83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Eat more pork. They may still take your liver but the recipient will roast in Allah hell for all eternity. These ISIS dudes are a real tragicomedy. Evil too.

Dragon HAwk's picture


Bureaucracy without Corruption.. I'm Impressed   /s
bankonzhongguo's picture

This stuff is not meant for ISIS.

It's meant for YOU!

Why would salafist jihadists fighting the US/UK way of life issue bureaucratic forms in English?

How many of these "fighters" even know how to read?

I feel sorry for all the junior US "intelligence" guys that are stove-piped this crap and required to make a strategic analysis on its "value" to keep the "war" fires burning for twilight's last gleaming.

This is indeed a propaganda war against American citizens.

Remember those people?

Ban KKiller's picture

"...you know ISIS has to be doing a better job almost by default."  I doubt it. Mix a fucked up religious cult of bullshit with bureaucratic bullshit? Come on, bet these sister fuckers don't even know their health care plan. Oh, right, dodge bullets and stay healthy. Good luck with that! 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Islamic State has set up departments to handle "war spoils," including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

They provide insight into how a once small insurgent group has developed a complex bureaucracy to manage revenue streams - from pillaged oil to stolen antiquities - and oversee subjugated populations.

"This really kind of brings it out. The level of bureaucratization, organization, the diwans, the committees," Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's special envoy for the anti-IS coalition, told Reuters.

Helping peek under the covers of the Reuters "seal of approval"...

Langley Inc.! Or is it Langley LLC?...


Congratulations Seymour Hersh on your latest "prize" work of journalism spoon feeding the American public on the notion that the Obama Administration is so out of control that certain select member(s) within the JCS at the Pentagon decided to go AWOL and commit there own version of treason against the "treason" they were already committing?!!!

My only question and concern at this point Seymour along with "Reuters/APS" on this one is do you really think Russia is stupid enough to buy the shit you're actually trying so desperately to push?... Especially after what you've been doing in that neighborhood the past 14 years based on the ultimate lie that got Russia into Syria in the first place???...  As if anyone is going to believe you ANYMORE anyway!!! 

My advice?... Keep playing the "bad ass" that is by himself in the bathroom looking in a mirror...

You're even worse at it given the outcome of everything you've done since 9/11, but at least your story and image will be believable and consistant as the total loser that you are to the rest of the World looking on before you finally get your ass completely handed over to you!

To the Langley Pentagon contingent that helped Israel in making ISIS such a successful business enterprise with the option of going "public" with a stock offering on the NYSE!

Job well done boyz and girlz!

You know how to bankrupt your own government better than anyone could have ever thought possible!  Here's to NEVER saying "WHEN"!!

You've gotta lot to celebrate this coming Thursday!!!

Herdee's picture

Supply those terrorists with Toyotas,Nike running shoes and AK47's,train them in Turkey and Jordan and nobody stops them after gaining half the territory of Iraq and most of Syria?Come on,the whores at the State Department and CIA make awful goddam liars at best.If you look at the list of WhiteHouse spokespeople,especially the dumb bitch with the red tinged hair,you'll understand that  imbeciles and pyschopaths in Washington were overseeing the operation which was overseeing the gang of two-bit Wahabiists.