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Sects, Lies, and Videotape

In this latest video tape, Osama bin Laden repeats an old threat and tells a new lie.


Bin Laden regards any American as a legitimate target, confirming that he is the ultimate, merciless terrorist.

Today, bin Laden threatened Americans ahead of the November 2 elections stating that “Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands.”

Bin Laden has made this threat before. Back in January 1999, bin Laden said that “any American who pays taxes to his government” is a target.

In June 2002, al Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith said that “We have the right to kill 4 million Americans – 2 million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. It is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the Americans’ chemical and biological weapons.”


Bin Laden insults Americans by attempting to blame the US government for the mass murder of 9/11. Bin Laden said today “It never occurred to us that the commander-in-chief of the country would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone … because he thought listening to a child discussing her goats was more important.”

Bin Laden is a liar, there was no advance warning of the 9/11 attacks and the US government had little time in which to respond.

Bin Laden has changed his position. Immediately after 9/11, bin Laden denied all responsibility for the terrorist attacks, stating in a September 28, 2001 interview with Ummat (a Pakistani newspaper) “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.”

Yet in an undated video captured in Afghanistan in December 2001, bin Laden gruesomely admitted responsibility stating that “we calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower. We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all.”

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