Osama boasts, gloats – but issues no new threats

first_img“It has Adam Gadahn written all over it,” said one former senior intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The official said the speech, laden with references to U.S. culture, appeared “pulled together by someone with a native American perspective who is attempting to influence his former countryman.” Bin Laden mocks the democratic system of government in the United States, calling the nation “unjust,” the transcript shows. He lambastes the Bush administration for initiating the war in Iraq. At one point, he jeers at President George W. Bush’s alliance with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Other messages Audio and video messages from Osama bin Laden since Sept. 11, 2001: Sept. 7, 2007: Osama bin Laden appears for the first time in three years in a 30-minute video, released to mark the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. He tells Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end. Bin Laden is seen seated in a white robe and turban and beige cloak, and with a trimmed beard, which in previous videos was mostly gray, now entirely dark. July 1, 2006: Bin Laden issues a 19-minute audiotape, posted on the Web, endorsing the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, and denouncing Iraqi Shiite leaders as traitors. June 30, 2006: Bin Laden issued an audiotape praising al-Muhajer’s predecessor, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had been killed in a U.S. airstrike. The message, also 19 minutes, was packaged with an old still photo of bin Laden as well as images of al-Zarqawi taken from a previous video. May 23, 2006: Bin Laden purportedly says in an Internet audiotape that Zacarias Moussaoui had nothing to do with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. April 23, 2006: In an audiotape on Arab TV, bin Laden says the West is at war with Islam and calls on his followers to go to Sudan to fight a proposed U.N. force. Jan. 19, 2006: Bin Laden warns that his fighters are preparing new attacks in the United States but offers the American people a “long-term truce” without specifying the conditions, in an audiotape broadcast on Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite channel. Dec. 28, 2004: In an hourlong audiotape, he endorses al-Zarqawi as his deputy in Iraq and calls for a boycott of Iraqi elections. Dec. 16, 2004: An audiotape posted on an Islamic Web site shows a man identified as bin Laden praising militants who attacked a U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia earlier that month and calling on militants to stop the flow of oil to the West. Oct. 29, 2004: Al-Jazeera airs a video of bin Laden saying the United States can avoid another Sept. 11 attack if it stops threatening the security of Muslims. May 6, 2004: In an online audiotape released on Islamic forums, bin Laden offers rewards of gold for the killing of U.S. and U.N. officials in Iraq. April 15, 2004: A man identifying himself as bin Laden offers a “truce” to European countries that do not attack Muslims, in an audiotape broadcast on Arab TV stations. Jan. 4, 2004: A speaker thought to be bin Laden says on an audiotape broadcast on Al-Jazeera that the U.S.-led war in Iraq is the beginning of the “occupation” of Persian Gulf states for their oil. He calls on Muslims to keep fighting a holy war in the Middle East. Sept. 10, 2003: In the first video image of bin Laden in nearly two years, he is shown walking through rocky terrain with top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri. In an accompanying audiotape, a voice purporting to be bin Laden’s praises the “great damage to the enemy” on Sept. 11 and mentions five hijackers by name. April 7, 2003: In an audiotape obtained by The Associated Press in Pakistan, bin Laden exhorts Muslims to rise up against Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other governments it claims are “agents of America,” and calls for suicide attacks against U.S. and British interests. The CIA determines that the 27-minute tape is likely authentic. Feb. 13, 2003: An audiotape purported to be of bin Laden reads a poetic last will and testament in a recording first obtained by the British-based Islamic Al-Ansaar news agency. Bin Laden says he wants to die a martyr in a new attack against the U.S. Feb. 11, 2003: Bin Laden tells his followers to help Saddam Hussein fight Americans in an audiotape broadcast on Al-Jazeera. U.S. officials say they believe the tape to be authentic. Nov. 12, 2002: Al-Jazeera broadcasts a brief audiotape in which a voice attributed to bin Laden threatens new terrorism against the U.S. and its allies, and calls the Bush administration “the biggest serial killers in this age.” U.S. experts say the tape can’t be authenticated because of its poor quality. Dec. 13, 2001: The U.S. Defense Department releases a videotape of bin Laden in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2001, saying the destruction of the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded even his “optimistic” calculations. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Nineteen young men were able – by the grace of Allah, the Most High – to change the direction of its compass,” bin Laden says of the nation in a transcript of the video obtained by The Associated Press. “Since the 11th, many of America’s policies have come under the influence of the Mujahedeen,” bin Laden says. “And as a result, the people discovered the truth about it; its reputation worsened, its prestige was broken globally and it was bled dry economically.” “Mujahedeen” is a term for Muslims fighting in a war or involved in any other struggle. Counterterror and intelligence officials confirmed it was bin Laden on the tape, which they said appears to have been recently made. Bin Laden mentions the Aug. 6 anniversary of the World War II bombing of Hiroshima, and includes British Prime Minister Gordon Brown among leaders of the West with a “flagrant disregard for the intellects of human beings.” Brown became prime minister June 27. Several current and former government officials said bin Laden’s speech may have been at least partially written by 28-year-old Adam Gadahn, an American charged with treason and supporting terrorism for serving as an al-Qaida propagandist. Authorities believe Gadahn tries to recruit supporters through videos and messages posted on the Internet. WASHINGTON – A new video of Osama bin Laden makes no overt threats against the United States but boasts about the devastating impact the 2001 terror attacks had on the nation – both domestically and overseas. The Bush administration called the video, which surfaced days before the sixth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, a reminder of al-Qaida’s continuing threat. The Homeland Security Department said it had no credible information warning of an imminent threat to the United States. In a rambling, 30-minute speech addressed to Americans, bin Laden references the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon several times, almost gloating about policy changes by the U.S. government in response. last_img read more