An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden emerged on radical Islamist Web sites on Sunday, just two days after the United States marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
“To the American people, this is my message to you: a reminder of the reasons behind 9/11 and the wars and the repercussions that followed and the way to resolve it,” the message said.
“From the beginning, we have stated many times … that the cause of our disagreement with you is your support of your allies, the Israelis, who are occupying our land in Palestine. Your stance along with some other grievances are what led us to carry out the events of 9/11.”
He admits it now, but denied it previously.
[ “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle,” Bin Laden told the Pakistani-based Ummat newspaper.]
I interviewed a professor who has translated every Bin Laden tape and he says there is no indication in any of them that Bin Laden was involved in 9/11.
Back to the story…
The video plays the audio over a undated photograph of bin Laden. The video also shows a banner with the American flag as the backdrop and an image of the New York City skyline with the twin towers of the World Trade Center — destroyed in the 9/11 attack — still standing, said terrorism analyst Laura Mansfield.
CNN could not independently authenticate bin Laden as the speaker in the 11-minute video posted by As-Sahab Media — al Qaeda’s production company.
I guess they won’t broadcast the audio because there could be hidden messages in the way it is worded or something?
In the message, President Barack Obama is accused of being “a vulnerable man who will not be able to stop the war, as he promised, but instead he will drag it to the maximum possible extent.” Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, promised to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq.Though U.S. troops no longer patrol Iraq’s major cities and a large number have left, tens of thousands remain in the country and are expected to stay for years to come.
The message claims that the Obama administration is under the influence of the Republican White House it replaced, pointing out that the president kept Robert Gates as defense secretary — a holdover from the Bush administration.
“Prolong the wars as much as you like. By God, we will never compromise on it (Palestine), ever,” the message continued.
Mansfield noted that the video brings no new images of the elusive bin Laden, who was last seen in footage two years ago on the sixth anniversary of the terror attacks.
Bin Laden has released audio messages since then, most recently on June 9.
Here is President Obama on why we are currently fighting a war in Afghanistan:
“Many people in the United States — and many in partner countries that have sacrificed so much — have a simple question: What is our purpose in Afghanistan?” the president said. “After so many years, they ask, why do our men and women still fight and die there? And they deserve a straightforward answer. “So let me be clear: Al Qaeda and its allies — the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks — are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the United States homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan. And if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged — that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.”
When he says “the terrorists who planned 9/11” he’s talking about … who? Osama Bin Ladin? Why not name names? The FBI does it with their most wanted list. (Here is the FBI’s Osama Bin Laden: Most Wanted Terrorist page. Still no mention of 9/11, however.)
Wikipedia has this to say about Opium production in Afghanistan:
Afghanistan is, as of March, 2008, the greatest illicit (in Western World standards) opium producer in the world, before Burma (Myanmar), part of the so-called “Golden Crescent“. Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the downfall of the Taliban in 2001. Based on UNODC data, there has been more opium poppy cultivation in each of the past four growing seasons (2004-2007), than in any one year during Taliban rule. Also, more land is now used for opium in Afghanistan, than for coca cultivation in Latin America. In 2007, 93% of the opiates on the world market originated in Afghanistan. This amounts to an export value of about $4 billion, with a quarter being earned by opium farmers and the rest going to district officials, insurgents, warlords and drug traffickers. In the seven years (1994-2000) prior to a Taliban opium ban, the Afghan farmers’ share of gross income from opium was divided among 200,000 families.
Opium production is reportedly down this year:
Afghanistan’s opium production fell 10 percent last year and prices are at their lowest in a decade, meaning “the bottom is starting to fall out” of the world’s largest opium market, the U.N. said today.
A key finding of the 2009 Afghan Opium Survey, released today, was that cultivation in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold where U.S. and British troops have launched major operations this summer, dropped by about a third from 2007 to 2008. Helmand produces almost 70 percent of Afghanistan’s opium.
“At a time of pessimism about the situation in Afghanistan, these results are a welcome piece of good news and demonstrate that progress is possible,” Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N.’s office on drugs and crime, said in a statement. – independent
I wonder if we will need to fight terrorists in Burma. There seems to be more opium there than Afghanistan… at least at one point. No, China is big in Burma.
Anyway, since Bin Laden is out there still taunting us, I’m wondering how he attached a “pod” underneath the 2nd aircraft that hit the towers on 9/11. Rather than a drone as people suggest in the following video, what if Bin Laden was able to have the hijackers land and then, perhaps as they had planned for years, attach a missile launcher pod to the bottom to give a bigger explosion when it hit the tower. Fireworks. Would that fit is MO in other attacks? I don’t know enough to know.
That BBC reporter saying Building 7 was down when it wasn’t in the background? That’s just, uh, some kind of time difference… no, she was in New York… I’m thinking.
What doesn’t make sense to me is that Osama Bin Laden, if he is paying attention, should have positive things to say about Obama regarding Israel. “Barack Obama is to deliver a blunt warning to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that the era of the blank US cheque is over.” (4 months ago, telegraph)