Skip to comments.BIN LADEN'S JULY 4 TERROR BROADCAST
Posted on 06/22/2002 7:55:04 PM PDT by RCW2001
Osama bin Laden is to give another televised address to the world.
The al-Qaeda leader is to deliver a hate-filled video on July 4, American Independence Day.
The announcement was made on the Arabic Sahab website which issues daily information on the war in Afghanistan.
Bin Laden was pictured on the site, kneeling between two al-Qaeda officials.
His spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith says: "America should get ready and fasten its safety belt.
"We will come to them from where they don't expect. Yes, we will wage attacks but at the right time, at the place we want, in the way we please."
On Friday the FBI were taking seriously a Lebanese-born man's claims to have overheard a mobile phone conversation in Arabic about an attack on Las Vegas.
But yesterday they said they had no evidence of any threat on July 4.
According to Michael Hamdan, the speakers said: ``"We are here in the city of corruption...the city of gambling and prostitution, the city of the unbelievers.
The warlord, who was behind the September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, has not been heard from since he was detected on December 11 at his eastern Afghan hideout in Tora Bora.
American intelligence sources believe he is surrounded by al-Qaeda's high command either in Afghanistan or Pakistan. The FBI has also been tracing another website, alneda. com, the mouthpiece for al-Qaeda.
The site has audio and video clips of bin Laden and photographs of al-Qaeda suspects in detention in Pakistan.
There also appear to be coded messages for followers to transmit instructions for attacks.
It has been closed down twice by US intelligence forces after appearing in Malaysia and Texas.
Earlier this month the site posted a message of condolence from terrorist and Taliban chief Mullar Mohammed Omar after the death of a Pakistan scholar.
It was revealed yesterday that the man believed to have recruited September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta to al-Qaeda was investigated in 1999.
Mohammed Haydar Zammar, 41, attracted the attention of German intelligence after making contact with bin Laden's suspected financial chief.
Zammar was arrested in Morocco this week along with other suspected al- Qaeda members, including Abu Zubair al-Haili.
Al-Haili is thought to have been pivotal in training hijackers for September 11.
A positively proven 'it's alive' video from ole binny right now, is all that would be needed for now.
If that could have been done I believe that it already would have been done.
I see the war against al-Quaida as now being a war of attrition.
It seems that way. Because the only Islamists we ever hear about are either a.) al-Qaeda, b.) al-Fatah, c.) Hezbollah, d.) Hamas, e.) Islamic Jihad or some other crackpot radicalist group.
But the best estimates are that no more than 10% of the population of Islam, from Morocco to the Philippines, actually sympathizes with the radical Islamist factions and is actively anti-American.
If there are 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and only about 150 million hate our guts, it doesn't serve our purposes to gratuitously make another billion enemies. We're better off trying to keep them from joining up with the bad guys.
For a very good perspective and some valuable insights on how not to fight an Islamic terrorist war, check out this thread.
In my estimation, from a learning standpoint, this is one of the most valuable threads ever on Free Republic.
Yeah, I will be going to work, just like always. I will get double pay though.
You're just freaking BRILLIANT, aren't you? I guess you want all ONE BILLION Muslims hating us and trying to kill us instead of just the *relatively* few who feel and act that way now.
I'm just glad people like you don't hold any power...
Personally I'd rather see the Rednecks and Hillbillys "outta here". At least we can target them through their actions rather than their affiliations...
And BTW, apologies for your silly and uninformed comments will not be neccessary. Most people in the west have afforded Islam the same assumption of innocense that you evidence in your above comments. A bit of study will cure you of such foolishness, and you can then help spread the word on what a horror Islam is.
Ok, I usually do not involve myself in random conjecture and amateur 'deduction,' but look at that statement. Is it not possible that his 'televised' address may not be an 'actual' televised speech by UBL but instead a 'message!'
Let me explain: 9-11 could be said to have been a 'televised address' by UBL since in essence he 'broadcast' his message and goals to the enitre world in one fell swoop by attacking the Twin Towers. The media was basically covering the whole event live, everyone was glued to their screens, and it permeated every corner of the world.
Thus essentially he 'broadcast' a 'televised address' to the world....just not in the orthodox manner most people expect when the phrase 'televised address' is employed in a statement!
Now UBL is supposed to deliver another 'address,' this time on the 4th of July. Although this is mere speculation on my part, is it not possible (if not probable) that this message (if it actually is to be and not some mindless rambling by Jehadis afraid their leader is dead) may be in the form of some act? Think of it...attacking the US on the 4th would have such powerful impact due to the dates importance!
Something like hurting your enemy....and then rubbing salt on the wounds!