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Bin Laden plans video on 9/11 3 minutes ago
CAIRO, Egypt - Terror mastermind Osama bin Laden plans a new video addressing the American people regarding the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, terror monitoring groups said Thursday.
This is absolutely sickening. This man, who is not the mastermind of 911, but works for the "secret government" is planning to address the American people regarding the anniversary of 911. Stop referring to this HORRENDOUS ACT as an ANNIVERSARY. An anniversary is something you celebrate unless you're satanic pigs and love the smell of death. Why is it that this "bogeyman" thinks he has the right to address the American people? I'll tell you why. Because the "secret government" has given him power over the American people, so they think. If the television networks had any sense they would not air this video and give this man any publicity. Internet included.
SITE Intelligence Group said an Internet announcement of the plan included a photo of the al-Qaida leader from the upcoming video — his beard, which in previous messages had been streaked with gray, was entirely dark.
I don't care what color the man's beard is. Why does he still have a beard? Why is he still living and breathing?
Intelcenter, which is based in Alexandria, Va., and also monitors Islamic Web sites, said the video was expected within the next 72 hours, or by Sunday. That would come before the sixth anniversary next Tuesday of the World Trade Center attack. The last bin Laden video was in October 2004, shortly before the U.S. presidential elections.
Rita Katz, director of the Washington-based SITE Institute, said bin Laden's beard appeared to have been dyed, which she said is a popular practice in the Middle East.
"I think it works for their benefit that he looks young, he looks healthy," Katz said of the new image.
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By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
48 minutes ago
CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden will release a new video in the coming days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in what would be the first new images of the terror mastermind in nearly three years, al-Qaida's media arm announced Thursday.
The terroist entertainment networks has announced that Osama is releasing a new video. The media arm of al-Qaida has informed us this is his first production (images) in nearly three years. Oh, boy. We sure have missed him. Where does the CIA keep him hidden? One of their underground bunkers, perhaps.
The White House said any new video from bin Laden would serve to highlight threats the West faces. Analysts noted that al-Qaida tends to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary with a slew of messages, and the Department of Homeland Security said it had no credible information warning of an imminent threat to the United States.
I would say that any new video would serve to highlight what the "secret government" has planned against the citizens of America. This is so bizarre. A "bogeyman" giving us hints. How come he didn't hint before 911? Scare tactics. Let the rat out of his cage. Like Osama bin laden is going to drop clues as to where he might strike next. Right!! If he did, then the US would be able to stop him or would they? Homeland had no credible warning. I guess they forgot about Chertoff's GUT feeling.
Still, bin Laden's appearance would be significant. The al-Qaida leader has not appeared in new video footage since October 2004, and he has not put out a new audiotape in more than a year, his longest period without a message.
His appearance is significant. Why? Why is it so important that he put out video tapes. Why is his appearance significant. Is this man the leader of America? It's like they're attempting to control us with "big brother" Bin laden.
One difference in his appearance was immediately obvious. The announcement had a still photo from the coming video, showing bin Laden addressing the camera, his beard fully black. In his past videos, bin Laden's beard was almost entirely gray with dark streaks.
Who cares about the man's beard. Like I said, why does the CIA house him instead of killing him? Because he's their bogeyman; their pet rat. Our leaders certainly aren't going to make videotapes from undisclosed locations and threaten us; although we know they're responsible for 911. They use bin laden to do their dirty work for them.
Bin Laden's beard appears to have been dyed, a popular practice among Arab leaders, said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Institute, a Washington-based group that monitors terror messages.
OMG! They're talking about his beard again.
"I think it works for their (al-Qaida's) benefit that he looks young, he looks healthy," Katz said.
The announcement and photo appeared in a banner advertisement on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, frequently posts messages.
"Soon, God willing, a videotape from the lion sheik Osama bin Laden, God preserve him," the advertisement read, signed by Al-Sahab. Such announcements are usually put out one to three days before the video is posted on the Web.
IntelCenter, which monitors Islamic Web sites and analyzes terror threats, said the video was expected within the next 72 hours, before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 suicide hijacker attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The anniversary has always been a major media event for al-Qaida — a chance for it to drum up support among extremists, tout itself as the leading militant group and show off its continued survival.
Stop referring to 911 as an anniversary. It is nothing to celebrate.
"They've always gone out of their way to commemorate it," said Ben Venzke, chief executive officer of IntelCenter, which is based in Alexandria, Va. "Historically the anniversary of 9-11 has never been drawn to attacks. It's drawn to video releases."
But the fact that bin Laden is delivering the message is significant, he said. Whether the message will indicate a potential attack will depend on what bin Laden says.
Right! He's going to tell us where he's striking next. If he did, like I said, the US would be responsible for stopping him this time instead of calling a STAND DOWN.
The White House said that any new video message from bin Laden would only underscore the threat the United States and other nations face from extremists.
Well, of course. What else would you expect that it underscore. Isn't that why you house him and allow these tapes to be made and aired? What's he having for dinner tonight?
"Six years after 9/11, the arrests in Germany and Denmark this week and the battles we fight against al-Qaida in Iraq, Afghanistan, southeast Asia and around the world remind us of the continuing threat we face from extremists and why we must continue to take the fight to them wherever they are," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House.
Take the fight to them?? Why are we in Iraq killing innocent people and our own?
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said he could not confirm the existence of a tape, "and there is no credible information at this time warning of an imminent threat to the homeland." But he said increased activity overseas and recent arrests of militants in Germany reinforce the department's assessment that the country is currently in a period of increased risk.
We're always at risk with the current criminals in the White House and the "cabal" that controls the world.
If bin Laden does appear in new footage, it would be the first images of him since an Oct. 29, 2004 videotape, just before the U.S. presidential elections. In that appearance three years ago, he said America could avoid another 9-11 style attack if it stopped threatening Muslims.
The American people don't threaten muslims.
The new video would also end the longest period bin Laden has gone without releasing a message. His last audiotape was on July 1, 2006, in which he welcomed new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq succeeding the slain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Oh, great. In his last video we were able to see him welcome the newest leader to the terrorist organization.
Bin Laden went silent for a similar long stretch before — from Dec. 28, 2004 to Jan. 19, 2006. That absence sparked widespread speculation he was ill, wounded or possibly dead.
There has been little such speculation since then. U.S. officials have repeatedly said over the past year they believe the al-Qaida leader is alive. He is thought to be hiding in the tribal regions of western Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.
Is it that hard to find one man. You know the area in which he is residing. You seem to have been able to nap all suspects involved in thwarted terrorist plots since 911.
During bin Laden's silence, his deputy Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri has been frequently issuing videos and audiotapes.
Al-Zawahri appeared in a 2006 video marking the 9-11 anniversary. An anniversary video in 2003 showed footage of bin Laden and al-Zawahri walking through mountain paths, with voice-over messages from both leaders.
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"CIA" = ZIONISTS
Can also substitute - NEO-BOLSHEVICKS, JUDEO/MASONRY, JUDAIC SUPREMACISTS. All are perfectly acceptable.
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Those at the top, of course, are ZIONISTS who comprise the secret government, the shadow government.
The ZIONISTS have their octopus' tentacles in all aspects of government, military, education, banking, CIA, etc., through the use of agents within each who operate for them and, IMO, they are not all ZIONISTS, but nonetheless a part of the network.
So, I see where you're coming from TB.
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U.S. scrutinizes bin Laden video By Randall Mikkelsen
1 hour, 14 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has obtained a copy of a purported new videotape of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is studying it, U.S. officials said on Friday.
"We can confirm that the U.S. government has the video and it is being analyzed," one official said on condition of anonymity.
An Islamist Web site said earlier on Friday it would soon show a new video of bin Laden -- the first in nearly three years -- to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
The Web site published a still photograph apparently from the video, which showed bin Laden looking older than in previously available pictures. However, a photo that Western analysts said accompanied the video announcement showed bin Laden's beard black rather than gray as in pictures from recent years.
Al Jazeera television said the footage, produced by al Qaeda's media arm, was likely to be shown within 72 hours.
A U.S. intelligence official said of the tape, "We're analyzing it. We need to take a look at it to see whether it's old or new and we're doing it very quickly."
Bin Laden was last seen in a video statement on the eve of the November 2004 U.S. presidential election. Since then, he has issued several audio messages, the last in July 2006 when he vowed al Qaeda would fight the United States across the world.
Some intelligence officials and security analysts suspect bin Laden has limited his appearances to maximize their impact, perhaps saving his next one to coincide with a dramatic attack.
Others say bin Laden, aged 50 and believed to suffer from a serious kidney ailment, may be too sick or too tightly pinned down in his hiding place to smuggle out a tape.
U.S. terrorism monitoring firm IntelCenter said the tape fits an al Qaeda pattern of releasing one or more videos to commemorate the September 11 attacks, and a new tape featuring bin Laden had been expected for much of this year.
"There may be very significant reasons for Osama bin Laden's decision to appear now or it may be nothing more than he just felt like he wanted to say something," IntelCenter head Ben Venzke said.
A year ago, a leaked French intelligence report said Saudi secret services thought bin Laden had died of typhoid in Pakistan but Saudi Arabia said such reports were mere speculation.
Michael Taarnby, specialist in militant Islam at the Danish Institute for International Studies, said the new video would be significant as "proof of life" but would probably be more scrutinized for clues to bin Laden's health than for its message.
"I don't think we'll find any major surprises -- the usual threats, the usual diatribes against the West," he said. "Osama bin Laden is an iconic figure now but it doesn't seem he has that much control over actual events or operations."
I'd agree with that. Bin laden doesn't have much control over actual events or operations. The ZIONIST PIGS do and bin Laden is their messenger to the American people. I simply cannot believe that the ZIONISTS are attempting to hold America hostage to their "bogeyman." But, I do.
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe, accompanying President George W. Bush at an Asia-Pacific leaders' summit in Sydney, said in reaction to news of the new video:
"Six years after 9/11, the arrests in Germany and Denmark this week, and the battles we fight against al Qaeda in Iraq, Afghanistan ... remind us of the continuing threat we face from extremists and why we must continue to take the fight to them wherever they are."
Germany on Wednesday foiled a plot by Islamist militants to attack U.S. installations there and arrested three suspects believed to be members of an al Qaeda-affiliated group.
The previous day, Danish police arrested eight young Muslims on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack and having links with al Qaeda.
U.S.-led forces have been searching for bin Laden since they toppled Afghanistan's Taliban government after it refused to hand over the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks.
Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri are believed to be hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a mountainous, inaccessible region that U.S. intelligence has described as a safe haven for al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The U.S. Senate voted two months ago to double the bounty on bin Laden to $50 million.
(Additional reporting by Mark Trevelyan, Firouz Sedarat and Tabassum Zakaria)
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Bin Laden Tape
Bin Laden Speaks (rubbish.)
"One should pause, think and reflect," the speaker says, according to the transcript. "Why have the Democrats failed to stop this war, despite them being the majority?"
The answer to that question, he later says, is "the same reasons which led to the failure of former President Kennedy to stop the Vietnam War. Those with with real power and influence are those with the most capital. And since the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there shouldn't be any cause for astonishment -- and there isn't any -- in the Democrats' failure to stop the war." Watch segment of reported bin Laden tape »
The transcript also shows bin Laden blaming global warming on large corporations.
"The life of all mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories the major corporations," it says.
"And despite this brazen attack on the people [referring to global warming], the leaders of the West -- especially Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown -- still talk about freedom and human rights with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of humans?"
The reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy and new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggests that the tape was done this summer.
In the transcript, bin Laden urges conversion to Islam.
"To conclude, I invite you to embrace Islam, for the greatest mistake one can make in the world and one that is uncorrectable is to die while not surrendering to Allah, the Most High, in all aspects of one's life -- i.e., to die outside of Islam," the transcript says.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Friday would not confirm that a new tape had been received, saying only that the United States follows a standard procedure to analyze any tapes it receives.
"We review it for authenticity, we review it to see when we think it was made, if it's a single tape or a compilation of outtakes. We look to see if there are overt messages or hidden messages," he said.
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Bin Laden urges Americans to convert
By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 10 minutes ago
CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden appeared for the first time in three years in a video Friday released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end.
Bin laden has the power to end the war in Iraq!!! I thought that war ended years ago when Bush landed on the aircraft carrier and declared victory.
The 30-minute video was obtained by the SITE Institute, a Washington-based group that monitors terrorist messages. American officials said the U.S. government had obtained a copy earlier and intelligence agencies were studying the video to determine whether it was authentic and looking for clues about bin Laden's health.
In the video, a short excerpt of which was broadcast to the Arab world by Al-Jazeera television, bin Laden wears a white robe, a white circular cap and a beige cloak seated behind a table while reading an address to the American people from papers in front of him.
His trimmed beard is shorter than in his last video, in 2004, and is fully black — apparently dyed, since in past videos it was mostly gray. He speaks softly, as he usually does, and has dark bags under his eyes, but his appearance dispelled rumors that he had died.
The footage gives a rare look at the al-Qaida leader, who has likely avoided appearing in videos as a security measure. His emergence comes at a time when terrorism experts believe his terror network is regrouping in the lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
Bin Laden makes no overt threats and does not directly call for attacks, according to the transcript, which was first posted by ABC News on its Web site.
Instead, he addresses Americans, lecturing them on the failures of their leaders to stop the war in Iraq despite growing public opposition in the U.S.
"There are two solutions to stopping it. One is from our side, and it is to escalate the fighting and killing against you. This is our duty, and our brothers are carrying it out," bin Laden said.
"The second solution is from your side. I invite you to embrace Islam," he said.
One result of that, bin Laden said, would be an end to the Iraq war. He said "warmongering owners of the major corporations" would rush to appease voters who showed they are looking for an alternative, "and this alternative is Islam."
We know it's your duty. You work for the CIA.
He derided President Bush, saying events in Iraq have gotten "out of control" and the American leader "is like the one who plows and sows the sea: He harvests nothing but failure."
Bin Laden frequently criticized capitalism, calling its leaders the real terrorists and threats to human freedom.
"This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system," he said.
Noting that and similar comments, a counterterrorism official in Washington said bin Laden appeared to be putting a new focus on attacking capitalism, multinational corporations and globalization. The official, who had read the transcript but not viewed the video, agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.
The video appeared to have been recently made. At one point, bin Laden mentions that "several days ago" Japan marked the 62nd anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. He also refers to the Democratic Party's congressional victory in last fall's election and to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was elected in May.
He also shows a grasp of current events, dropping mentions of global warming and saying Americans are "reeling under the burdens" of a mortgage crisis.
And he praises author Noam Chomsky, an early critic of the Iraq war, as well as Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit, who has said poor U.S. leadership was losing the war against terrorist groups.
Bin Laden "knows Bush has low approval ratings, knows the significance of a growing awareness of global warming," said Thomas Sanderson, deputy director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "He's trying to capitalize on what he sees as a shift back to the middle in American politics."
Al-Qaida annually uses the anniversary of the Sept. 11 suicide attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as a propaganda opportunity, issuing videotapes to rally supporters and mock the United States.
But the appearance of bin Laden this year makes a bigger splash. The al-Qaida leader had not appeared in new video footage since October 2004, and he had not put out an audiotape in more than a year, his longest period without a message.
His deputy, Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri, has issued numerous videos and audiotapes in the meantime as al-Qaida has increased the sophistication and speed of its media operations.
Seth Jones, a terrorism expert at the RAND think tank, said that while the anniversary gives the pretext for the tape, it also comes at a time when the main al-Qaida leadership has managed to regroup.
"There clearly has been a resurgence of core al-Qaida in the tribal areas of Pakistan" along the frontier with Afghanistan since 2005, Jones said.
He said sympathy in that region for the Taliban has made it more receptive to militant Sunni groups, including al-Qaida. "It's really created a sanctuary," Jones said.
Rita Katz, director of the SITE Institute, said she believes "strongly that al-Qaida has regrouped" but that its core bases are more scattered than previously, comprising several training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She said it was likely bin Laden is hidden in a more secure location, away from any of those sites.
During the video, bin Laden's image moves for only a total of about 3 1/2 minutes in two segments, staying frozen the rest of the time while his remarks continue.
Katz said it appeared to be a technical problem rather than intentional, speculating the video might have been made with a cell phone. A former senior U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it might have resulted from a technical glitch while al-Qaida passed the video through a variety of computer sites to mask its cyber trail.
The United States intercepted the video before it was released on Islamic Web sites where al-Qaida usually posts its messages, a U.S. counterterrorism official said in Washington. U.S. officials had analyzed the video for hours before transcripts and videos were leaked, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The official said analysts were studying bin Laden's physical characteristics — for clues about his health after unconfirmed rumors earlier this year that he had died of kidney disease.
Soon after word emerged that the United States had the video, Islamic militant Web sites that usually carry statements from al-Qaida went down and were inaccessible. The reason for the shutdown was not immediately known.
Evan H. Kohlmann, a terrorism expert at globalterroralert.com, said he suspected it was the work of al-Qaida itself, trying to find how the video leaked to U.S. officials.
"For them this is totally disruptive that the U.S. government could have a copy before their targeted audience does," he said. "They could be concerned and trying to plug the leak quickly."
Bin laden, their tool, speaks poorly of our leaders, shines light on some issues that might AWAKE those who are otherwise sleeping; global warming; corporations; Congress; etc.
Drops hints that he is informed as to America's situation; (i.e., mortgage crisis, etc.).
(1) Coded messages could be contained in the video to awake sleepers.
(2) This "psychops" (bin Laden's informing the American people as to our corrupt government) has been ongoing in his videos since September 11, 2001.
So, we have to ask ourselves, since he is owned by the CIA, why is he deliberately stating what is obvious to us about the government, but not the masses.
Why would the ZIONISTS want him to say this?
In this message, he is clearly looking to encourage those who are not as aware as other Americans as to our corrupt leaders, toward anger/hatred of our government; to turn them to Islam and perhaps recruit for the terrorist network from inside America's borders.
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SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush said Saturday that Osama bin Laden's first video appearance in three years is a reminder of "the dangerous world in which we live."
The world wouldn't be so dangerous if the CIA didn't fund, support, develop, own, operate and train terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda. So glad you use your "bogeyman" to reinforce how dangerous a world we live in when the world is dangerous because of people like you who seek to destroy America, control the population, create famine and disease and allowed 911 to occur. Why was a STAND DOWN ordered on September 11, 2001? To make the world a more dangerous place? Why hasn't Bin laden been captured and/or killed? So he can be used to instill fear and remind all of us how dangerous a world we live in while he is being sheltered in a CIA safe-house.
"It's important that we show resolve and determination to protect ourselves, to deny al-Qaida safe haven and support young democracies, which will be a major defeat to their ambitions," Bush said about the video released just days before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In a 30-minute speech addressed to Americans, bin Laden boasts about the impact of the 2001 attacks, mocks the democratic system of government in the United States and lambastes the Bush administration for initiating the war in Iraq.
"I found it interesting that on the tape, Iraq was mentioned, which is reminder that Iraq is a part of this war against extremists," Bush said. "If al-Qaida bothers to mention Iraq it's because they want to achieve their objectives in Iraq, which is to drive us out and to develop a safe haven. And the reason they want a safe haven is to launch attacks against America or any other ally."
Why is it because bin Laden mentions Iraq it's a reminder that Iraq is a part of this war against extremists? Bin laden lambasted the administration for launching a war in Iraq. A war that was based on false intelligence which you knew was false. Al-Qaeda was not there until you invaded. And, if they are there now, the CIA is arming and funding them so we CAN'T get out until the "Illuminist's" goals have been met. They didn't have a safe-haven in Iraq. Seems when all is said and done, they just might now that you've drawn them there. Isn't that an objective?
Bush spoke about the al-Qaida video during a photo opportunity with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders are in Australia for the annual summit of 21 Pacific Rim nations. He talked about the tape after thanking Japan for its support of the war.
"The tape is a reminder about the dangerous world in which we live, and it's a reminder that we must work together to protect our people against these extremists who murder the innocent in order to achieve their political objectives," he said.
You murdered the innocent on 911 and continue to murder innocent American military personnel and innocent Iraqi citizens. You and your ilk.
(This version CORRECTS that Bush spoke about the video on his own, not in response to question.)
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Another "cameo" role for bin Laden coming to a theatre near you soon courtesy of CIA PRODUCTIONS.
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Bin Laden wants 'caravan' of martyrs By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
14 minutes ago
CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden urged sympathizers to join the "caravan" of martyrs as he praised one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers in a new video that emerged Tuesday to mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Al-Qaida traditionally issues a video every year on the anniversary, with the last testament of one of the 19 hijackers involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This year's video showed hijacker Waleed al-Shehri addressing the camera and warning the U.S.: "We shall come at you from your front and back, your right and left."
The new message came days after the world got its first current look at bin Laden in nearly three years, with the release of a video Saturday in which the terror leader addressed the American people.
The latest videotape, of the hijacker's testament, had not yet been posted on extremist web sites. But IntelCenter, a monitoring group in suburban Washington, said it had obtained the 47-minute video and provided it to Associated Press Television News.
It begins with an audiotape introduction by bin Laden. While his voice is heard, the video shows a still image of him, raising his finger. In the image, bin Laden has the same dyed-black beard and the same clothes — a white robe and cap and beige cloak — that he had in Saturday's video.
But it was not known if the audiotape was recently made. In the past, al-Qaida has used footage and audio of bin Laden taped long ago for release later.
In the tape, bin Laden praised al-Shehri, saying he "recognized the truth" that Arab rulers were "vassals" of the West and had "abandoned the balance of (Islamic) revelation."
"It is true that this young man was little in years, but the faith in his heart was big," he said.
"So there is a huge difference between the path of the kings, presidents and hypocritical Ulama (Islamic scholars) and the path of these noble young men," like al-Shehri, bin Laden said. "The formers' lot is to spoil and enjoy themselves whereas the latters' lot is to destroy themselves for Allah's Word to be Supreme."
"It remains for us to do our part. So I tell every young man among the youth of Islam: It is your duty to join the caravan (of martyrs) until the sufficiency is complete and the march to aid the High and Omnipotent continues," he said.
At the end of his speech, bin Laden also mentions the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in an U.S. air strike there. Al-Zarqawi followed in the footsteps of al-Shehri and his brothers who "fulfilled their promises to God."
"And now it is our turn," bin Laden says.
After bin Laden speaks, the video of al-Shehri appears. Al-Shehri — one of the hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11, which hit the World Trade Center — is seen wearing a white robe and headscarf, with a full black beard, speaking in front of a backdrop with images of the burning World Trade Center.
"We shall come at you from your front and back, your right and left," al-Shehri said, asserting that America would suffer the same fate as the Soviet Union.
He also praised the losses the United States suffered in Somalia in the late 1990s.
"As for our own fortune, it is not in this world," he said. "And we are not competing with you for this world, because it does not equal in Allah's eyes the wing of a mosquito."
Al-Shehri warned Muslims who strayed to return to their religion and deplored the state of those who abandoned Muslim holy war, or jihad.
"The condition of Islam at the present time makes one cry ... in view of the weakness, humiliation, scorn and enslavement it is suffering because it neglected the obligations of Allah and His orders, and permitted His forbidden things and abandoned jihad in Allah's path," he said.
Suicide attacks for al-Qaida and other militant groups often videotape last testaments before carrying out their attacks. Every Sept. 11 anniversary, al-Qaida has used the tapes in a bid to rally its supporters by glorifying its "martyrs."
Bin Laden's new appearances underline the failure to find the terror leader that President Bush vowed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to take "dead or alive."
On Sunday, Bush's homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend sought to play down bin Laden's importance — and added a taunt, saying he was "virtually impotent."
But terrorism experts say al-Qaida's core leadership is regrouping in the lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. The latest National Intelligence Estimate says the network is growing in strength, intensifying its efforts to put operatives in the United States and plot new attacks.
Bin Laden's video on Saturday was his first message in over a year — since a July 1, 2006 audiotape. The images came under close scrutiny from U.S. intelligence agencies, looking for clues to the 50-year-old's health and whereabouts.
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