September 13, 2009
New Bin Laden Tape Released: Updated
Just two days after the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC by Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization has released a new message from its leader, Osama bin Laden.subscribers can download the video at lauramansfield.com.
The 11 minute, 19 second message, released on jihadist sites, was announced with a banner showing the United States flag as a backdrop, and showing the New York City skyline featuring the twin towers of the World Trade Center still standing.
The part of the video I saw had no English subtitles.
Site Intelligence apparently has a transcript for its subcribers. We'll update when a public transcript becomes available.
If anyone needs/wants a copy of the original in Arabic email Howie.
Update: excerpted transcript below via Memri:
Osama bin Laden: "Oh American people – I address this speech to you as a reminder of the reasons for 9/11 and for the ensuing wars and consequences, and as a reminder of the way to end them from the core. I especially address the relatives of the people harmed in those events, who have recently demanded that an investigation be started into their reasons. This is an important first step in the right direction, among many steps taken deliberately in the wrong direction in the past eight lean years that you have been through. The American people in its entirety should follow in their footsteps, because the delay in understanding these reasons has cost you dearly, with no benefit to speak of.
"The White House administration, which is one of the two sides to the conflict, has told you, in the years that have passed, that the war is necessary to maintain your security. But wise people should make sure that they listen to both sides in a conflict, in order to know the truth. So lend me your ear.
"First, let me say that we have declared many times, over more than two and a half decades, that the reason for our conflict with you is your support for your Israeli allies, who are occupying our land of Palestine. It was this position of yours, along with some other injustices, that drove us to carry out the events of 9/11. If you knew how much we suffer from the injustice that the Jews inflict upon us, with the support that your administration provides them, you would know that both of our nations are victims of the policies of the White House, which is, in fact, held hostage by the lobbies, especially by the large corporations and the Israeli lobby.
"One of the best people who can explain to you the reasons for 9/11 is one of your own citizens, a former top CIA agent, who had pangs of conscience in the eighth decade of his life, and decided to tell the truth despite the threats and to explain the message of 9/11 to you. He has several works, including a book titled Apology of a Hired Killer (sic)."