Every minor and major expense of the terror organization was meticulously recorded by hand on scraps of paper, Post-it notes and lined math books.
Many of the receipts were for daily groceries which suggested that their meals often consisted of macaroni, pasta, meat and vegetables.
These petty amounts were documented with as much care as expenses for advances to al-Qaeda commanders and purchases of ammunition and transportation.
According to the Associated Press report:
Taken together, the evidence suggests that far from being a fly-by-night, fragmented terror organization, al-Qaeda is attempting to behave like a multinational corporation, with what amounts to a company-wide financial policy across its different chapters.