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Report: Videotape Shows Bin Laden Discussing Sept. 11 Trade Center Bombing
AP ^ | 12/9/01 | The Associated Press

Posted on 12/08/2001 9:31:44 PM PST by Jean S

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials have obtained a videotape of Osama bin Laden that provides the strongest evidence to date that the al-Qaida leader was connected with the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

In the 40-minute tape, bin Laden described the damage around the fallen twin towers in New York as greater than expected and praised Allah for greater success than anticipated, the newspaper said, quoting unidentified senior government officials.

The tape was said to have been found in a private home in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and Bush administration officials are debating whether and how to make it public, the Post said.

While officials have said they intercepted communications that allegedly tied bin Laden or associates to the attacks, they have refused to release any materials, citing intelligence concerns.

Some officials hope that making the tape public could counter concern in the Muslim world that bin Laden has been unjustly accused of involvement in the attacks, the Post said.

The videotape makes it "very clear that bin Laden not only had advanced knowledge but is proof he was responsible for planning," one senior official who had seen a transcript of the tape told the Post.

AP-ES-12-09-01 0110EST

This story can be found at : http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAFNDPG0VC.html


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 12/08/2001 9:31:44 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
bump
2 posted on 12/08/2001 9:34:29 PM PST by Eva
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To: JeanS
Interesting....I have speculated before (though I was soundly rebuked my most of my friends) that the terrorists actually did not expect the towards to completely collapse, but may have only anticipated killing a few hundred or a thousand people. I wonder now if that may actually be the case...they may have actually soiled their undergarments when they saw the towers fall, because that would have removed any doubts that there'd be a decisive response rather than some meaningless symbolic cruise missile strike.
3 posted on 12/08/2001 9:34:46 PM PST by American Soldier
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To: JeanS
Release the tape to all networks, all cable channels, including al-Jeezera. Play it again and again and again, until every damn person in the world has seen it at least twice.
4 posted on 12/08/2001 9:35:31 PM PST by onyx
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To: COB1; ladyinred; wardaddy; onyx; Gracey; Howlin
FY!
5 posted on 12/08/2001 9:38:11 PM PST by nopardons
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To: JeanS
The people at DU will be upset ...they think its a plot by the Bush family to make our president look good
6 posted on 12/08/2001 9:39:20 PM PST by woofie
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To: All
The Washington Post article is here:

U.S. Says New Tape Points to Bin Laden

7 posted on 12/08/2001 9:41:16 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Sabertooth; F16Fighter; Fred25; monkeyshine
FYI
8 posted on 12/08/2001 9:42:34 PM PST by onyx
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To: JeanS; *taliban_list; *TerrOrWar
Well that surely will remove any doubt in the Muslim world ... well maybe not. They will simply claim it was manufactured with magic by Hollywood.

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9 posted on 12/08/2001 9:46:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: onyx
Arab muslims will just say that it is a fake smearing the name of innocent arabs. El-Jism will probably bury it on the graveyard shift. It seems that the arab street is mostly radicals who want to grow up to be defense attorneys.
10 posted on 12/08/2001 9:46:14 PM PST by Righty1
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To: woofie
The people at DU will be upset ...they think its a plot by the Bush family to make our president look good.

They won't be upset. They'll just change their rhetoric to say that the Bush and Bin Laden families have close ties and were working together.
11 posted on 12/08/2001 9:47:30 PM PST by Azzurri
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To: American Soldier
I have speculated before (though I was soundly rebuked my most of my friends) that the terrorists actually did not expect the towards to completely collapse, but may have only anticipated killing a few hundred or a thousand people.

I've thought that too. Consider the effect on American morale if the buildings had not been collapsed but were damaged to the point that they had to be dynamited.

12 posted on 12/08/2001 9:47:55 PM PST by supercat
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To: American Soldier
Of course they were surprised the towers completely collapsed. Duh. No one thought that would happen, even after the buildings were hit, until it happened.
13 posted on 12/08/2001 9:48:12 PM PST by Torie
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To: Foghat
FYI
14 posted on 12/08/2001 9:49:24 PM PST by suni
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To: Righty1
From the WP article:

A decision on whether to release information on the newly discovered tape is in the hands of presidential counselor Karen Hughes, according to a senior official familiar with the situation.

Shortly after the September terrorist attacks, President Bush gave Hughes the task of managing the White House information flow on the Afghan war. Hughes heads a special White House-based public relations operation that the United States and Britain began early last month to win international public support, particularly in the Islamic world, for the anti-terrorist campaign.

The public relations group has been concerned with the lack of U.S. credibility in the Muslim world, and recent discussions about release of the tape have focused on how to get Arab audiences to believe its contents – something that might not happen if Washington was the source of the release.

15 posted on 12/08/2001 9:53:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: American Soldier
I've been saying the same thing ever since 9/11 . . . I don't think these terrorists ever, in their wildest dreams, expected the towers to collapse . . . burn, yes, death and suffering, yes, but never the total collapse. It's like that old commercial showing a start-up online ordering company . . . the orders start coming in faster and faster . . . at first everyone's excited, then, as the pace picks up, there is a sudden realization of fear . . . a realization that they'll never be able to fill all the orders. That's what Osama experienced, I believe . . . a big grin that gradually turned to a fearful frown as he realized what would result from his unexpected "success".
16 posted on 12/08/2001 9:54:34 PM PST by LikeLight
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To: JeanS
Memo to: Mullah Omar

Here is that evidence you were asking for.

regards,

17 posted on 12/08/2001 10:03:52 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: onyx
I think we have enough proof by now -- Now let's dispose of the corpse...
18 posted on 12/08/2001 10:05:18 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: JeanS
Evidence won't make any difference to the true believers. At least it hasn't in the last 1500 years.
19 posted on 12/08/2001 10:08:47 PM PST by bayourod
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To: supercat
There were blasts heard in and out of the building as stated by firemen. So that question is still out there and the photos seem to show that. I would hook up to cable again just to see OBL admit it. lol (dang tv I hate it)
20 posted on 12/08/2001 10:19:02 PM PST by horsewhispersc
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