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  • Maybe He's Only Mostly Dead

    07/15/2007 2:39:25 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 30 replies · 1,683+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 14 July 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>Osama bin Laden stresses the importance of martyrdom for Muslim causes in a videotape that purportedly contains a 50-second message from the al Qaeda leader. ...</p> <p>The videotape was made in the last four weeks, but the clips appear to be old, said Octavia Nasr, CNN's senior editor for Arab affairs. There is no indication of where it was shot, and CNN cannot verify its authenticity. ...</p>
  • Examination of Tape Raises Questions about Osama bin Laden's Health

    01/15/2009 8:11:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 587+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | BRIAN ROSS
    In the years following the September 11th 2001 attacks, Osama bin Laden seemed very eager to appear on camera releasing numerous Al Qaeda propaganda videos. For the last 18 months, however, his public messages have been audio only, like the tape posted on the internet Wednesday. Between the threats and the rhetoric on this tape, however, one can also hear that bin Laden is quite short of breath for a man who is just 52 years old, suggesting a possible health issue. "This is the first real indication that we've had of a bin Laden health problem," said John Kiriakou,...
  • Can't confirm bin Laden tape authentic: White House

    01/24/2010 12:29:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies · 753+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 24,2010 | Vicky Allen
    I can't confirm that (al Qaeda's responsibility for the attack) nor can we confirm the authenticity of the tape, but assuming that it is him, his message contains the same hollow justifications for the mass slaughter of innocents that we've heard before," David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" program. The audiotape that aired on Al Jazeera television on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of the Detroit-bound plane. A Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has been
  • Bin Laden threatens France in new message

    01/21/2011 5:29:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 87 replies
    AP ^ | 1/21/11
    l-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden called on France to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in exchange for releasing French hostages being held by affiliates of the extremist group, according to a new audio message broadcast on an Arabic news channel Friday. "The exit of your hostages out of the hands of our brothers depends on the exit of your troops from Afghanistan," bin Laden said in the message broadcast by al-Jazeera. Bin Laden reminded the French people of President Nicolas Sarkozy's refusal in November to withdraw the French troops from Afghanistan and to negotiate with al-Qaida over the hostages.
  • Bin Laden Tape Aired (Just Breaking!)

    04/23/2006 5:15:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 476 replies · 14,667+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 23, 2006
    unday April 23, 2006 A new audiotape from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be aired today on the Arabic news station al Jazeera, the organisation claims.More follows . .
  • The Significance of Bin Laden's New Audio Statement

    02/01/2006 6:43:55 AM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies · 793+ views
    Terrorism Focus ^ | January 31, 2006 | Michael Scheuer
    Volume 3, Issue 4 (January 31, 2006) The Significance of Bin Laden's New Audio Statement By Michael Scheuer On January 19, 2006, al-Jazeera Television broadcast a new statement by al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The statement was bin Laden's first since October 31, 2004. The U.S. government announced that the voice on the tape almost certainly is that of bin Laden (Bloomberg, January 20, 2006). Al-Jazeera speculates that the tape was recorded in December 2005 (al-Jazeera, January 20, 2006). As always, bin Laden was calm and dispassionate, reminding the American people and the West that the mujahideen cannot be deterred,...
  • Deconstructing Bin Laden's Talking Points

    02/01/2006 6:15:58 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 5 replies · 698+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 01 february 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We don't know whether the latest and much-discussed Osama bin Laden tape was recorded recently. But the harangue is still a valuable reflection of the current Al Qaeda hierarchy that broadcast it to the world. First, things must be going very badly for the terrorists to propose a cease-fire: "We don't mind offering you a long-term truce." In truth, the winning side does not ask for a reprieve. Losing autocrats--whether the officers of the German army in the summer of 1918 or Hitler's cadre in the spring of 1945--always "don't mind" sending out peace feelers in the 11th hour to...
  • Naval Graduate School Professor, Rumsfeld Advisor Want Truce with bin Laden

    01/30/2006 11:21:14 AM PST · by Venator · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Never Yet Melted ^ | 1/30/06 | JDZ
    Would anyone living outside America’s coastal enclaves of leftism actually believe that any major American newspaper would run an editorial arguing that we ought to be accepting Osama bin Laden’s recent truce offer? Remarkable, isn’t it? But we can top that. Would you also believe that the editorialist, one John Arquilla (a man with these kinds of views) is employed by the Defense Department as a professor of Defense Analysis, no less (in his case, clearly: Surrender Analysis), at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Arquilla is additionally a senior consultant for the RAND Corporation, and an advisor to...
  • New al-Qaeda phase begins

    01/27/2006 11:27:51 PM PST · by gandalftb · 23 replies · 1,040+ views
    Pakistan Asia Times ^ | Jan 21, 2006 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    An audio tape featuring Osama bin Laden marks al Qaeda's announcement that a new strategy is now in place. Al-Qaeda has lost hundreds of operatives through killings and arrest. By the end of 2003, the organization was in the doldrums and infested with spies. Its vertical, centralized structure was abolished and its various groups and cells - apart from a few - were abandoned and allowed to scatter. These issues were later linked with two conditions: The acquisition of bases to launch a war in the open. The reorganization of sympathizers and new recruits to launch a worldwide battle. Throughout...
  • Al Qaeda's Big Boast (BARF ALERT)

    01/26/2006 8:29:20 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 11 replies · 768+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 01/25/2006 | DANIEL BENJAMIN and STEVEN SIMON
    Al Qaeda's Big Boast By DANIEL BENJAMIN and STEVEN SIMON IF Osama bin Laden's aim in releasing an audiotape was to gauge his enemies' reaction, he must have been gratified to find that America's leaders and opinion-makers understand him little better than they did on 9/11. The proof is in how his offer of a "long-term truce" was treated. The White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, declared: "We do not negotiate with terrorists." Vice President Dick Cheney saw Mr. bin Laden's offer as "some kind of ploy." SNIP Yet, while Osama bin Laden has seldom used the word "truce," the vision...
  • Mark Steyn: Osama doesn’t matter any more

    01/26/2006 6:50:11 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 1,966+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 01/28/06 | Mark Steyn
    You know this fellow David Cameron? Well, obviously you do. But I’m thousands of miles away and I don’t, not really. I mean, I know who he is, and I read The Spectator, and I buy the London papers when I’m up in Montreal. But I’m not sure I’ve ever knowingly seen this Cameron guy on TV and I wouldn’t recognise the sound of his voice on the radio. And if I had to give a speech to, say, some Tory ladies in Banbury about the challenges facing David Cameron, I’m not sure I could plausibly pass myself off as...
  • Bin Laden's harangue reveals terrorists are losing the war

    01/26/2006 2:00:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 837+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | 01.26.06 | Victor Hanson Davis
    We don't know whether the latest and much-discussed Osama bin Laden tape was recorded recently. But the harangue is still a valuable reflection of the current Al-Qaida hierarchy that broadcast it to the world. First, things must be going very badly for the terrorists to propose a cease-fire: ``We don't mind offering you a long-term truce.'' In truth, the winning side does not ask for a reprieve. Losing autocrats -- whether the officers of the German army in the summer of 1918 or Hitler's cadre in the spring of 1945 -- always ``don't mind'' sending out peace feelers in the...
  • Deconstructing Bin Laden’s Latest Propaganda

    01/24/2006 8:32:16 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 415+ views
    Heritage Organization ^ | Jan. 24, 2006 | James Phillips
    Osama bin Laden’s latest audiotape message, broadcast by Al Jazeera on January 19, is ostensibly aimed at the American people but also addresses important audiences in the Muslim world. Bin Laden’s message is multifaceted: He is still alive and still in charge of al-Qaeda despite his long absence from public sight; he is a rational leader who claims to speak for all Muslims; and he is willing and capable of delivering a truce, if Americans will only stop their “aggression.” Bin Laden’s message continued some of the themes of his October 29, 2004, videotape message, which broached the possibility of...
  • bin Laden bin Readin'

    01/24/2006 6:47:07 PM PST · by hope · 15 replies · 735+ views
    The Omega Letter ^ | 1-23-06 | Jack Kinsella -
    Terror - Islam Monday, January 23, 2006 - Omega Letter Editor In his first message in more than a year, Osama bin Laden made a return appearance on al-Jazeera to dictate what were, in effect, terms of surrender to the United States. Not Osama's surrender. AMERICA's surrender. The CIA has since authenticated the voice on the tape as Osama bin Laden's and time references contained within the body of the message confirm that Osama was alive in mid-December when the tape was made and is probably still alive today.Intelligence authorities were examining why bin Laden would be speaking out after...
  • A Truce, But Why?

    01/24/2006 10:38:29 AM PST · by untenured · 9 replies · 725+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | Jan. 23, 2006 | Lee Harris
    History is what no one ever expects to happen, and last week it happened again. A tape was released, purportedly from Osama bin Laden, in which he offered a truce “under fair conditions” with the United States, in order to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. For the sake of argument, I am going to assume that the tape from Bin Laden is authentic, and that he is sincere in offering a truce. I am aware that these are both bold assumptions, but neither of them affects the question that I want to address, which is, even if it is a ploy,...
  • Sister-In-Law of Osama's Warning

    01/23/2006 5:22:11 AM PST · by Quilla · 10 replies · 1,412+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2006 | Cindy Adams
    CARMEN Bin Ladin, wife of Yeslam Bin Ladin, who is brother to Osama bin Laden - the spelling is differ ent, the men's mentality is the same - is in New York. We talked about the new truce tapes. She believe they're real? Does she feel her bastard brother-in-law is actually still alive? "The tapes are absolutely, definitely real. I know for a fact," she said. Out of Saudi Arabia and in her native Switzerland fighting for a divorce 14 years, she can know this for a fact? "I know his voice. That is not another pretending to be Osama....
  • Al Qaeda's Olive Branch

    01/23/2006 4:06:14 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 11 replies · 624+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 23 january 2006 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    By now, there can be no doubt that al Qaeda's message to the West has been distilled down to two simple concepts. The first is that the terrorist group can be appeased. The second is that, if they aren't appeased, Westerners face grave consequences. The latest Osama bin Laden audiotape, released on January 19, makes these points explicit and shows how bin Laden intends to fashion his message for Western ears. In the tape, bin Laden offers a truce in return for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. "We have no objection to responding to a long...
  • U.S. weighs Bin Laden's words --- (inference > SUPER BOWL?)

    01/23/2006 4:10:56 PM PST · by Neo and the PC Matrix · 36 replies · 1,001+ views
    CBS News ^ | 1/19/2006 | AP
    ...Michael Scheuer, a former CIA officer who tracked bin Laden for 10 years as part of a unit he created, told CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer that this latest threat should be taken "very seriously." (video) The important thing about bin Laden, Scheur says, "is that the coordination between what he says he's going to do and what he does is very nearly 100 percent over the past decade. He's a very deadly serious man." Scheuer said the offer of a truce is "very similar to one he made to the Europeans about two years ago. They paid no attention...
  • Matthews Explains His Bin Laden "Sounds Like an Over-The-Top Michael Moore" Remark

    01/22/2006 5:23:18 PM PST · by Only Waxing · 17 replies · 1,504+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/21/06 | Noel Sheppard
    MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews got himself into some hot water Thursday evening when he suggested that Osama bin Laden in his recently released tape sounded “like an over-the-top Michael Moore here, if not a Michael Moore” (video link to follow). On last night’s installment, Matthews invited on MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to discuss this issue in greater detail (video link to follow). After being asked by Matthews if bin Laden was playing politician, Scarborough moved the discussion in a media direction: “You look at, like, for instance, him saying that George Bush went to war because of -- because he...
  • More Media Representatives Wonder if Osama bin Laden is Reading the NY Times

    01/22/2006 4:44:56 PM PST · by Only Waxing · 12 replies · 1,001+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/21/06 | Noel Sheppard
    As reported yesterday by NewsBusters’ Mark Finkelstein, Katie Couric of NBC’s “Today Show” wondered aloud on yesterday’s program if Osama bin Laden might be getting information from the New York Times. It turns out that Couric isn’t the only media representative asking this same question. A just released Editor and Publisher article reported on more such media opining. First, MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson said the following on that network’s “Scarborough Country” Thursday evening (full transcript to follow): “By the merchants of war who financed Bush's presidential campaign, in the words of Osama bin Laden and many on the left...
  • The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden (WANTS BUSH TO APOLOGIZE TO THE WORLD - WEASEL!!)

    01/22/2006 7:43:17 AM PST · by paulat · 24 replies · 684+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/23/06 | David Montgomery
    The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden Historian 'Glad' of Mention As Sales of Book Skyrocket By David Montgomery Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, January 21, 2006; Page C01 Twenty-four hours after Osama bin Laden told the world that the American people should read the work of a little-known Washington historian, William Blum was still adjusting. Blum, who at 72 is accustomed to laboring in relative left-wing obscurity, checked his emotions and pronounced himself shocked and, well, pleased. "This is almost as good as being an Oprah book," he said yesterday between telephone calls from the world...
  • Freeper Prof on FNC

    01/22/2006 7:54:41 AM PST · by Desertdoc · 105 replies · 3,306+ views
    Fox News Channel | 1/22/06 | Tim Furnish
    Friends, Romans, Countrymen/women, Yours truly will be interviewed by Greg Jarrett on Fox News Channel at ~3:40 PM EST today, Sunday 1/22 talking about UBL's latest statement. Take a quick break from the Broncos-Steelers and check it out!
  • Osama plug makes book a bestseller

    01/21/2006 5:29:15 PM PST · by Fair Go · 19 replies · 758+ views
    The Australia ^ | 22 Jan 06
    OSAMA bin Laden has turned an obscure book by a radical Washington historian into one of the nation's best sellers by recommending it in his latest verbal attack on the United States. Since the Al-Qaeda leader mentioned "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" in his tape last Thursday, William Blum's book has gone from 205,763 on the Amazon.com list of best sellers to number 27 on Saturday. As he fought off media attention, Mr Blum, 72, who lives in a one-room apartment in the US capital, told US media he had no regrets about the boost from...
  • Bin Laden Expert: Muslim Tradition to Offer Truce Before Attack

    01/21/2006 5:18:21 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 77 replies · 2,952+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    The former chief of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit says bin Laden’s “truce” offer comes from a long-established Muslim tradition of warfare -- sending a clear signal to the United States that an al Qaeda attack is more than likely. Twenty-two-year CIA veteran Michael Scheuer, who wrote “Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror,” says bin Laden has offered his final warning before launching his next strike. “Warning your enemy before you attack him is very much a tradition in Islam from the prophet to the times when Saladin was fighting the Crusaders, he would...
  • US author’s sales jump after Osama mentions book

    01/21/2006 6:32:00 PM PST · by voletti · 15 replies · 622+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 1/22/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON: An unexpected endorsement from Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has resulted in a huge jump in sales for a book by a critic of US foreign policy. William Blum’s “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower” was ranked 209,000 on Amazon.com’s sales list before bin Laden mentioned it in an audiotape released on Thursday. By Friday, the book was No. 30 on the Amazon.com list. Bin Laden said Al Qaeda group was preparing more attacks in the United States but also told Americans, “It is useful for you to read the book ‘The Rogue State.’“ “I...
  • Bin Laden's New Tape Narrated From The Astral

    01/21/2006 2:53:15 PM PST · by StoneGiant · 1 replies · 683+ views
    The People's Cube ^ | 1/20/06 | Red Square
    Bin Laden's New Tape Narrated From The Astral By Red Square1/20/2006, 2:22 pm "I made bin Laden's audio recording and passed it on to a friend at the DNC," says Miss Courvoisier, psychic worker of Brooklyn, New York An Interview With Bin Laden's Personal PsychicSo is Osama bin Laden dead or alive? On January 19, 2006, Al-Jazeera provided another clue, airing a new audiotape purportedly from bin Laden, who offered the U.S. a truce, while also threatening to strike again. CIA experts have confirmed the authenticity of bin Laden's voice, but they didn't elaborate about why the al Qaeda...
  • Tucker Carlson: Bin Laden Getting 'Talking Points' from 'NY Times'

    01/21/2006 10:29:51 AM PST · by abb · 41 replies · 1,606+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | Jan 21, 2006 | Staff
    Published: January 21, 2006 12:10 PM ET NEW YORK While much of the liberal blogosphere, and political figures such as Sen. John Kerry, remain inflamed over comments by MSNBC's Chris Matthews on "Hardball" on Thursday--in which he suggested that Osama bin Laden, in his latest video tape, sounded an awful lot like fillmmaker Michael Moore--The New York Times has also now been linked to Osama by another cable news pundit. On Friday night, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough weighed in on the subject, going beyond Moore to claim that bin Laden was also borrowing language or ideas from the likes of Howard...
  • Author's sales jump after Osama mentions book

    01/21/2006 9:32:33 AM PST · by ARealMothersSonForever · 20 replies · 1,601+ views
    Reuters via Yahoooo ^ | January 21, 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unexpected endorsement from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has resulted in a huge jump in sales for a book by a critic of U.S. foreign policy. ADVERTISEMENT William Blum's "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" was ranked 209,000 on Amazon.com's sales list before bin Laden mentioned it in an audiotape released on Thursday. By Friday, the book was No. 30 on the Amazon.com list. Bin Laden said al Qaeda group was preparing more attacks in the United States but also told Americans, "It is useful for you to read the book 'The...
  • The Author Who Got A Big Boost From bin Laden

    01/21/2006 9:33:51 AM PST · by grandpa jones · 54 replies · 1,262+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2006 | David Montgomery
    Twenty-four hours after Osama bin Laden told the world that the American people should read the work of a little-known Washington historian, William Blum was still adjusting. Blum, who at 72 is accustomed to laboring in relative left-wing obscurity, checked his emotions and pronounced himself shocked and, well, pleased. "This is almost as good as being an Oprah book," he said yesterday between telephone calls from the world media and bites of a bagel. "I'm glad."
  • Bob Schieffer: Osama bin Laden Used John Kerry's Talking Points

    01/21/2006 8:49:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 1,573+ views
    Bob Schieffer: Osama bin Laden Used John Kerry's Talking Points 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden may have borrowed some of Sen. John Kerry's talking points for the audiotaped message he released on Thursday - veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer said Saturday. Asked whether bin Laden had expressed "almost the same" sentiments that Kerry did during an appearance on Schieffer's "Face the Nation" broadcast in December, the CBS anchorman told WABC Radio's Mark Simone: "Well, he did. That's exactly right." Back then, Kerry complained to Schieffer: "There is no reason that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes...
  • Analysts search bin Laden tape for clues

    01/21/2006 1:25:07 AM PST · by AlfAlpha · 1 replies · 416+ views
    Sun Herald.com ^ | January 21, 2006 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    Analysts search bin Laden tape for cluesLARA JAKES JORDANAssociated PressWASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden's warning this week about an upcoming attack on the United States answered at least one question about the al-Qaida leader: He is still alive, or at least was until very recently. But it opened a new inquiry by counterterror officials who are analyzing the bin Laden audiotape for clues about when and where it was made - and, most importantly, whether it sends a signal to carry out his threat...
  • Author's sales jump after Osama mentions book

    01/21/2006 1:03:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 33 replies · 1,066+ views
    Reuters & Yahoo News ^ | January 20, 2006
    An unexpected endorsement from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has resulted in a huge jump in sales for a book by a critic of U.S. foreign policy. William Blum's "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" was ranked 209,000 on Amazon.com's sales list before bin Laden mentioned it in an audiotape released on Thursday. By Friday, the book was No. 30 on the Amazon.com list. Bin Laden said al Qaeda group was preparing more attacks in the United States but also told Americans, "It is useful for you to read the book 'The Rogue State.'" "I was...
  • MEMRI: Bin Laden Makes Promise in Advance to Accept and Uphold A Long-Term Truce

    01/20/2006 8:08:18 PM PST · by dervish · 40 replies · 1,032+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 1/20/05 | MEMRI
    On January 19, 2006, Al-Jazeera TV broadcast excerpts from a new audiocassette by Osama bin Laden, in which the Al-Qaeda leader threatens further attacks on the U.S., "immediately with the completion of the preparations.” At the same time, bin Laden makes a plea to accept and uphold a long term truce under fair conditions [if America offers it to him], which will provide security and stability to both sides and will make it possible to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. "We are a nation forbidden by Allah to betray and lie," promises bin Laden. Contrary to mistranslations in the media, from...
  • Osama's 'Peace' Pitch

    01/20/2006 3:23:41 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 3 replies · 665+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 20, 2006 | Amir Taheri
    Is Osama bin Laden looking for contracts for his family's construction firm? -- snip -- The second reason for issuing the tape is to prepare Arab opinion for the turning of the tide against the Jihadists in Iraq. With the Arab Sunnis now part of the democratic process in Iraq, the foreign Arab Jihadists fear that they will soon face the ire of the Iraqis rather than occasional operations launched by the U.S. forces. And if things come to that, the Jihadists know that the Iraqis will not be fighting them in accordance with the Marquis of Queensbury rules.
  • Truce-wielding Demo-bin-Laden-crats

    01/20/2006 6:44:33 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 14 replies · 692+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | Kevin McCullough
    OK, quiz time. Tell me who said this: Insurgents are winning the conflict in Iraq and [be] warned that security measures in the West and the United States cannot prevent attacks there. And tell me who offered up this gem: The idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong. But before you answer, consider this one as well: The U.S. Army is broken, worn out, and living hand-to-mouth from fighting in Iraq. They may not be able to meet future military threats to this country's security. They're barely getting by....
  • Duke Professor Skeptical of bin Laden Tape

    01/20/2006 5:23:34 AM PST · by bw17 · 39 replies · 1,846+ views
    ABC11 Eyewitness News ^ | 01/19/06 | Amber Rupinta
    A Duke professor says he is doubtful about Thursday's audiotape from Osama bin Laden. Bruce Lawrence has just published "Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden," a book translating bin Laden's writing. He is skeptical of Thursday's message. "It was like a voice from the grave," Lawrence said. He thinks bin Laden is dead and has doubts about the tape. Lawrence recently analyzed more than 20 complete speeches and interviews of the al Qaida leader for his book. He says the new message is missing several key elements. "There's nothing in this from the Koran. He's, by...
  • Bin Laden Echoes Dem War Critics

    01/20/2006 8:34:34 AM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 26 replies · 1,012+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Osama bin Laden is nothing if not a quick study - as his audiotaped message, replete with echoes of complaints from Iraq war critics on Capitol Hill, amply shows. In fact, the terror mastermind invoked one Democratic Party talking point after another in his bid to convince America that George Bush was leading to U.S. down the path to ultimate destruction. When Ted Kennedy, for instance, complained last year that Saddam Hussein's torture prisons had been reopened "under U.S. management," Osama was clearly listening. Warming to Kennedy's theme, the al Qaeda chief griped: "Jihad (holy war) is ongoing, thank God,...
  • Bin Laden Threat Points to Imminent Attack, Analyst Says

    01/20/2006 8:23:03 AM PST · by warpcorebreach · 90 replies · 2,437+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 1-20-06 | Sherrie Gossett
    An audio statement by Osama bin Laden broadcast on al-Jazeera television Thursday appears to be related to recent threats made by an al Qaeda front in Europe and points to an imminent attack, according to a Washington-based analyst. Christopher L. Brown of the Hudson Institute earlier this month analyzed the Jan. 6 videotaped message of Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's chief deputy. The tape, Brown said, and other al Qaeda communications indicated a high probability that al Qaeda would launch a major terrorist attack in the next 30 days and that the United States was the likeliest target. Cybercast News Service...
  • Bin Laden 'Truce' Offer Reveals Terror Network in Tatters

    01/20/2006 7:33:26 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 15 replies · 1,411+ views
    HumanEventsOnline ^ | 1/20/06 | Editorial
    Osama bin Laden's taped message is the strangest evidence to emerge that the U.S. is winning the "information war" with al Qaeda and is new proof that al Qaeda's famed media unit is in tatters, says Rich Miniter, author of Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror. (Click here to order from Amazon.) It was not long ago that the propaganda arm of al Qaeda could easily get videotapes onto al Jazeera in hours. But the new tape played on al Jazeera took upwards of five weeks to move from bin Laden to al Jazeera. Could al...
  • Squeaks from a Rat Hole

    01/20/2006 6:20:11 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 9 replies · 546+ views
    NY Post via Yahoo News ^ | January 20, 2006 | NY POST EDITORIAL STAFF
    <p>Osama bin Laden emerged from his rat hole long enough to release yet an other tape in which he taunts Amer ica. But beneath all the bluster, invective and threats may reside some real news: It seems that the evil Osama wants to sue for peace.</p>
  • Terrorism: New Al-Qaeda strategy behind Bin Laden message

    01/20/2006 9:22:16 AM PST · by Wiz · 13 replies · 1,067+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Jan 20
    Karachi, 20 Jan. (AKI) - (Syed Saleem Shahzad) - Osama bin Laden’s reappearance after a one-year absence marks a new strategy that al-Qaeda has been honing for two years or more, senior intelligence officers have told Adnkronos International (AKI). An audio message from Osama bin Laden, which has been authenticated by US intelligence officials, was aired by Al Jazeera on Thursday. The al-Qaeda number one said new attacks on the US were being planned and offered a 'truce' if Washington pulls troops out of Iraq. Sources told AKI that Pakistan's lawless Waziristan region is a haven and a training hub....
  • Let's Call It a Draw (Osama Bin Ladin's Generous Offer)

    01/20/2006 12:44:41 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 27 replies · 1,140+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/20/2006 | James Robbins
    Let’s Call It a Draw Osama’s generous offer. He’s still got it! With the release of his latest audiotape, Osama bin Laden took complete control of the news cycle. He was the top story on every news channel, front-page headline in print. His words seized the world’s attention, and demonstrated that the public fascination with him remains his greatest power. His terrorist armies are scattered, his state sponsors overthrown, his safe havens reduced to a slowly diminishing cluster of temporary sanctuaries on the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. But with ten minutes of rambling into a tape recorder he can take over the...
  • 73% of DUmmies Believe Osama is Not a Real Threat

    01/20/2006 11:44:28 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 327+ views
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  • Meanwhile, from aljazeera.com [not to be confused with aljazeera.net]: Bin Laden tapes: Fact or fict

    01/20/2006 1:57:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies · 946+ views
    aljazeera.com ^ | 01/20/06
    The audiotapes of OSAMA BIN LADEN have become an important medium between AL-QAEDA network and the outside world. If authentic, these tapes could enable BIN LADEN to convey his opinions to his enemies and followers, issue threats and even claim responsibility for terror attacks carried out by his group. It is obvious that the usefulness of such tapes cannot be questioned, but how can people be sure of their origin and authenticity? Little time is dedicated to such examinations. But an analysis can really influence the way we judge similar evidence in the future. There is no reason whatsoever to...
  • Osama bin Laden's Propaganda Offensive

    01/20/2006 1:35:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies · 863+ views
    Accuracy in Media (aim.org) ^ | January 20, 2006 | By Cliff Kincaid
    He may be in a cave somewhere, but it is apparent that Osama bin Laden has a very effective means of global communications. By the same token, the far left-wing in the U.S. has an effective way of conveying its message to the rest of the world. They succeeded in getting an obscure anti-American book into the hands of bin Laden, who is now promoting it worldwide. The significance of the latest bin Laden tape is that the world's top terrorist has made common cause with the blame-America-first crowd, which finds the U.S. guilty of everything that goes wrong on...
  • Terrorism: Bin Laden reappears to threaten U.S. (agrees with libs for US withdrawing from Iraq)

    01/19/2006 7:57:21 AM PST · by Wiz · 60 replies · 1,918+ views
    AKi ^ | 2007 Jan 19
    Doha, 19 Jan. (AKI) - An audio message purportedly by Osama bin Laden, aired by the pan-Arab channel Al-Jazeera, threatens new attacks on the United States. "We are preparing new strikes and you will see them sooner rather than later" said the recording of what the network says is bin Laden's voice. "Iraq is not the only battle ground, as you have seen with other recent attacks in European territory". The three minute message also offers a "long truce" in returnh for an American withdrawal form Iraq. "We propose a long truce to allow the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan...
  • Bin Laden Warns of Attacks, Offers Truce

    01/19/2006 7:44:00 AM PST · by blogblogginaway · 86 replies · 2,783+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2006 | breitbart.com
    Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. The voice on the tape said heightened security measures in the United States are not the reason there have been no attacks there since the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackings. Instead, the reason is "because there are operations that need preparations, and you will see them," he said. "Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he said. "We do...
  • White House On Bin Laden Tape: NO NEGOTIATIONS

    01/19/2006 10:32:12 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 55 replies · 1,412+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/19/06
    STERLING, Va, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that the United States "does not negotiate with terrorists," responding to questions about a reported audio tape by Osama bin Laden that warned al Qaeda was preparing new attacks but said the group was open to a conditional truce with Americans.
  • AP/Yahoo: Osama bin Laden = Dissident

    01/19/2006 10:04:32 AM PST · by Republican Red · 33 replies · 988+ views
    Exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is seen in this April 1998 file photo in Afghanistan. Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)
  • 'Bin Laden tape' warns of attacks

    01/19/2006 10:52:48 AM PST · by Arabs only 600 years behind us · 88 replies · 1,866+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/19/06
    'Bin Laden tape' warns of attacks Opinion is divided as to whether the voice really is Bin Laden's Arabic TV station al-Jazeera has broadcast an audio tape it says is by the al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden. In it, the speaker says new attacks on the US are being planned, but offers a "long-term truce" to the Americans. If confirmed, it would be the first time Bin Laden has been heard from since December 2004. People familiar with Bin Laden's voice are divided as to whether the voice really is his. US experts are trying to determine the tape's authenticity....