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U.S. State Dept. Web Site Posts Purported Bin Laden Letter
ABC News Online ^ | 9/1/02

Posted on 09/01/2002 2:22:27 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!

The US State Department has posted on one of its web sites a translation of a letter purportedly written this month by Osama bin Laden.


The site, which offers threat assessments to US companies doing business abroad, does not say the letter is genuine.


However, advertises a link to the translation under the heading "new security incident report" and asks readers to look at it.


"The attention of web site readers is invited to a purported letter by Osama bin Laden to the people of Afghanistan in late August 2002," the site said.


A password is required to access the actual translation of the four-page, handwritten, Arabic language letter, which was first released on Sunday by the Pakistan-based web site www.IslamOnline.net.


The two-page typewritten verbatim English translation was posted on the State Department web site a day later as a "special topic" of global interest.


Two State Department officials say the posting of the translation is not intended to imply bin Laden has written the letter.


"It's something that is out there that we think people should be aware of but we are not speaking to its authenticity," one official said.


"We're not making any comment on the contents of the letter but we thought the information in it was certainly topical and of interest to our constituents," a second official said.


However, in the past, Washington has been reluctant to publicise documents and videotapes purported to come from bin Laden.


US officials have balked at such releases even when the material supports their contention the Saudi dissident and his Al Qaeda network were behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.


In the undated letter posted to the web site, the writer urges Afghans to launch a new jihad against US troops now in Afghanistan and predicts the fall of the United States.


IslamOnline said the document had been received by its correspondent in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, from an Afghan source who asked to remain anonymous.


US officials have said repeatedly that they do not know if bin Laden is dead or alive.

© ABC 2002 | privacy


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1 posted on 09/01/2002 2:22:27 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
What?? It's posted as a matter of global interest, but you have to have a password to see it?

What's the point?

2 posted on 09/01/2002 2:30:47 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
The article has links posted to two of the spoken about sites I did not even post for this very reason. The media is on one hand doing their job (I guess) reporting a new new new alleged threat against us I guess.
3 posted on 09/01/2002 2:35:18 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Don't worry Bunker has a copy.

Dear President Bush,

I'm sorry about the Twin Towers that really sucked. I don't know what got into me. I hope you can forgive me.

OBL

PS can you grant me a visa. I need to see an American Dr about a kidney transplant.

4 posted on 09/01/2002 2:35:20 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I can't find it on the State Dept website. Best I can do is share their DATES TO WATCH

SEPTEMBER 05, 2002. MEXICO. The 14th annual meeting of the APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation]finance ministers takes place in Los Cabos, Baja California State. The meeting will last two days. SOURCE: [APEC Website]
SEPTEMBER 12, 2002. SRI LANKA. Talks open in Thailand between representatives of the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers insurgent/terrorist group.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2002. MACEDONIA. Parliamentary elections.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2002. INDIA. The first of four rounds of voting begins in the troubled Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Thus far, Kashmiri separatists have refused to participate, and polls in previous years have been marked by violence and poor voter turnout.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2002. NEPAL. Maoist insurgents call for a countrywide general strike.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2002. INDIA. Phase two of the state elections in Indian-administered Kashmir.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2002. MOROCCO. Local and parliamentary elections
SEPTEMBER 28, 2002. SOUTH KOREA. Asian Games open in Pusan. The event will last until Oct 14.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2002. UNITED STATES. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will hold their Annual Meetings in Washington DC. Anti-globalization protests are expected.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2002. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA. Serbian Presidential Elections.
OCTOBER 01, 2002. INDIA. Phase three of the state elections in Indian-administered Kashmir.
OCTOBER 01, 2002. SOUTH AFRICA. Two-day general strike begins. The strike is being organized by COSATU as a kickoff to its revived anti-privatization campaign. A program of more comprehensive protests will follow the strike.
OCTOBER 05, 2002. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. Parliamentary elections.
OCTOBER 06, 2002. BRAZIL. Elections to choose a successor to Pres. Fernando H. Cardoso, who ends his second 4-yr term. Main parties contending are leftist Workers Party (PT) and conservative Liberal Front Party (PFL).
OCTOBER 07, 2002. PAKISTAN. National and provincial elections scheduled. The polls will run until Oct 11.
OCTOBER 08, 2002. INDIA. Final stage of the state elections in Indian-administered Kashmir. A result is expected October 12th.
OCTOBER 20, 2002. ECUADOR. Presidential elections.
OCTOBER 24, 2002. BAHRAIN. Elections for a restored parliament take place. [The parliament has been abolished since 1975].
OCTOBER 26, 2002. MEXICO. The 10th annual meeting of APEC [Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation] economic leaders takes place in Los Cabos, Baja California State. The meeting will last for two days

5 posted on 09/01/2002 2:36:13 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
It also looks like The U.S. State Dept. thinks that the United Nations business is the biggest news.
6 posted on 09/01/2002 2:39:31 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I can't even find it on Islam Online.

Not that it matters. I've been convinced that bin Laden didn't survive Tora Bora for many months now, so any communique from him has no credibility with me.

7 posted on 09/01/2002 2:42:11 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
State Dept. Travel Warnings. ( Gee just when I was planning a desert tour in Pakistan or Afghanistan) :::tongue in cheek:::
8 posted on 09/01/2002 2:50:43 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
A dead man writing a letter does not impress me.
9 posted on 09/01/2002 2:50:59 PM PDT by finnman69
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To: Dog Gone
Even if OBL is dead there are still nutty enough followers to carry on with even more vengence as he is dead.
10 posted on 09/01/2002 2:52:25 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Dog Gone
I don't believe he is alive but if we are wrong...we can take some comfort that he is hiding and in constant fear every minute of each day that we will find him.
11 posted on 09/01/2002 2:52:54 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
FBI.gov: "MOST WANTED TERRORISTS"

$$-REWARD$ FOR JU$TICE-$$

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: ATTACK ON AMERICA! (click here)

ISLAM ONLINE.net: "OSAMA BIN LADEN SENDS HIS GREETINGS TO AFGHANS" (August 25, 2002)

PBS.org: "OSAMA BIN LADEN LETTER" (September 24, 2001)

12 posted on 09/01/2002 2:54:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Dog Gone
Islam online (some newspaper?) is posted at the end of the abc news article if you click on the articles source.
13 posted on 09/01/2002 2:55:19 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Cindy
LOL here is a picture of the alleged OBL letter. He sure didn't use one of his wives as a secretary as he sent his LOL rough copy.


14 posted on 09/01/2002 2:58:24 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: ruoflaw
Or he is on some yacht floating around in luxury working on the copyright for FIND BIN LADEN books so he can make more $$$$$$$$$$ than the WHERE'S WALDO series.
15 posted on 09/01/2002 3:01:54 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: All
Can anyone read Arabic or chicken scratch? Translate post 14.
16 posted on 09/01/2002 3:03:55 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: All
BTW: ABC News online is --Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I thought it was our ABC News until I saw the article on WorldNetDaily.
17 posted on 09/01/2002 3:07:30 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Two loaves of bread

Carton of eggs

Playboy Magazine

Return DVD of Caddyshack

18 posted on 09/01/2002 3:08:19 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Would anyone be surprised to see the State Department produce the Protocol of the Elders of Zion on its website?
19 posted on 09/01/2002 3:08:25 PM PDT by gaspar
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I think the English version of the alleged letter is this: Greetings friends and countrymen. It sure is as hot as Hell down here!
20 posted on 09/01/2002 3:08:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
He misspelled Caddyshack.
21 posted on 09/01/2002 3:09:05 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: gaspar
Why not they produce the laws and writings of the United Nations like we have no country anymore.
22 posted on 09/01/2002 3:10:21 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Can anyone read Arabic or chicken scratch? Translate post 14.


23 posted on 09/01/2002 3:12:40 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
U.S. State Dept. Web Site Posts Purported Bin Laden Letter

U.N. State Dept. Web Site Posts Purported Bin Laden Letter

24 posted on 09/01/2002 3:15:05 PM PDT by USA21
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To: Cagey
LOL he forgot 72 virgins and fresh hashish for his bong.
25 posted on 09/01/2002 3:23:34 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: USA21
Is there a difference anymore? oh no, that's right, our representative (s) that were appointed make crucial decisions for US.
26 posted on 09/01/2002 3:26:04 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Cagey
That list JUST HAD to have CHEESE on it... LOL
27 posted on 09/01/2002 3:27:43 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Dog Gone
Better Caves and Gardens September Issue

Pick up covert delivery of Charlee's Gourmet Beef Jerky

KY

PlaySheep Magazine

Jihad for Dummies Second Edition Third Edition

Call Saddam about that flat in East Baghdad

28 posted on 09/01/2002 3:33:13 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Experts should be able to tell from the language used -- sentence construction, word choice, even punctuation -- whether this is from bin Laden's hand.

Personally, I doubt it, since I don't believe worm dessert can write.

29 posted on 09/01/2002 3:33:36 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
LOL..... KY? as in kentucky or jelly LOL
30 posted on 09/01/2002 3:41:29 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: IronJack; Dog Gone
But wait a minute our media has reported that 'experts' say OBL is indeed alive.
31 posted on 09/01/2002 4:42:16 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Translation:

This is a terrorist attack, but because I don't have access to any planes or weapons of mass destruction, or even electricity at the moment, you are on the honor system.

Kindly destroy two of your largest buildings, and please make sure there are plenty of people inside.

I really mean it. Just look at how many exclamation marks I'm using.

32 posted on 09/01/2002 5:03:56 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: savedbygrace
LOL
33 posted on 09/01/2002 5:13:43 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: savedbygrace
LOL
34 posted on 09/01/2002 5:14:19 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: savedbygrace
LOL
35 posted on 09/01/2002 5:14:23 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Hunting Bin Laden
36 posted on 09/01/2002 5:16:11 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: All
Where's Bin Laden?
37 posted on 09/01/2002 5:20:16 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
LOL..... KY? as in kentucky or jelly LOL

Those high-altitude Afghanistan sheep just aren't as, ah, well-lubricated as his old favorites in Saudi Arabia.

38 posted on 09/01/2002 6:11:52 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
LOL nor are his "take in caves" wifes.
39 posted on 09/01/2002 6:24:57 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I think the last two words/symbols translate to "up yours" ;)
40 posted on 09/01/2002 7:15:10 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: terilyn
LOL there is a "UP,Y" there LOL
41 posted on 09/01/2002 7:16:58 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Out of all that chicken scratch, leave it to me to pick up on that! LOL
42 posted on 09/01/2002 7:34:43 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: Dog Gone
He's got to protect women through mutilation of their genitals, hooding them, or whatever. Islam sure is a peculiar way of being in the world.
43 posted on 09/01/2002 7:44:31 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: Dog Gone
Dates to watch-

Darn...I was hoping to see IRAQI INDEPENDENCE DAY :)

44 posted on 09/01/2002 10:35:23 PM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: IronJack
Experts should be able to tell from the language used -- sentence construction, word choice, even punctuation -- whether this is from bin Laden's

Not the same "experts" the FBI used for the anthrax letters, I hope. They'd have come closer with a Chinese fortune cookie from Loui's....

45 posted on 09/01/2002 10:46:48 PM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: Lion's Cub
Okay. The "experts" aren't as expert as they used to be.
In fact, they're doddering dolts. But hey, it's our government. And they're here to help.
46 posted on 09/02/2002 12:32:46 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Yes I know... I should preview before posting ;-)

I always learn things the difficult way....
47 posted on 09/02/2002 9:30:10 AM PDT by Frogg
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To: Frogg
In the very end did you really mean UP YOURS? :-) :-)
48 posted on 09/03/2002 3:24:19 AM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: IronJack
"EXPERTS SAY" IRAQ HAS CHEMICAL WEAPONS
49 posted on 09/03/2002 3:28:03 AM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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