Another State Of The Union Address preceded by the phantom menace
Monday, Jan 25, 2010
A purportedly new audio tape of Osama Bin Laden claiming responsibility for the failed Christmas Day underwear bombing attempt has surfaced, once again, at the most politically opportune time for the White House, with the State of The Union Address now just 48 hours away.
The voice on the tape, claiming to be Bin Laden, personally addresses the president with the opening “From Osama to Obama.”
The tape, aired by Al Jazeera yesterday, praises the actions of “the heroic warrior” Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and warns that “God willing, our attacks against you will continue as long as you maintain your support to Israel.”
It is unclear as to why Bin Laden waited over four weeks to deliver his message at a time when the underwear bomber story has all but dropped out of the headlines.
One thing is certain however, Al Qaeda seem to like running P.R. for the White House. Previously tapes have been released hours before the State of The Union Address in both 2006 and 2007. Bin Laden also previously popped up on the eve of the 2004 election, leading the late Walter Cronkite to muse that the whole farce was a Karl Rove orchestrated set-up.
With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq still at the height of unpopularity, Obama has found his approval rating lower at this stage than for any US president since Eisenhower.
Following decisive blows to his agenda, in the shape of last week’s health care setback in the Senate and the victory of Republican Scott Brown in a 47 year Democratic seat in Massachusetts, Obama has admitted he has “run into a bit of a buzz saw”.
Leading Democrats have begun to express disillusionment. Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) call to scale back the agenda, is just one example.
It has not been a good run in to the SOTU Address for Obama, until now that is. Now he can wax lyrical about Bin Laden being intent on killing us over here, killing us over there, killing us everywhere, justifying the expansion of the U.S. led wars in the middle east through the past year.
The new audio tape was again released by U.S. monitoring group IntelCenter, who have described it as an “indicator” of an upcoming attack. This was the exact same language used by the group the last time Bin Laden surfaced in September 2009.
As we have exhaustively documented, Intelcenter is an offshoot of IDEFENSE, which was staffed by a senior military psy-op intelligence officer Jim Melnick, who has worked directly for Donald Rumsfeld. The organization released the “laughing hijackers” tape and claimed it was an Al-Qaeda video, despite the fact that the footage was obtained by a “security agency” at a 2000 Bin Laden speech.
IntelCenter was also caught adding its logo to a tape at the same time as Al-Qaeda’s so-called media arm As-Sahab added its logo, proving the two organizations were one and the same.
The Pakistani based Al-Qaeda group Jundullah, formerly headed by the alleged mastermind of 9/11, an organization which enjoys the funding, support and protection of the CIA, also produces propaganda tapes and literature for As-Sahab and in turn IntelCenter.
We have just about lost count of the amount of times IntelCenter has released a tape from “Al-Qaeda” or “Bin Laden” at the most politically expedient time for the government, whether that be Bush or Obama.
“Intelligence officials say they can’t verify the authenticity of the tape, but they say there has never been a fake and there is no reason to believe this one is not real.” ABC News reports.
Clearly those intelligence officials have forgotten that several of the previous Bin Laden tapes have been denounced as fake, including a 2002 audio tape which was not authentic according to a Swiss research institute. Experts at the Lausanne-based Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence compared the tape with 20 earlier recordings of Bin Laden and concluded that the November 2002 tape was fraudulent, in other words that it was someone pretending to be Bin Laden.
In 2007, the last “new” video of Bin Laden, appearing with a dyed beard, was found to have freezes in the sections where the Al Qaeda leader referred to current events.
A leading expert on Bin Laden, Duke University professor Bruce Lawrence, is also adamant that the so called “9/11 Confession” tape, released shortly after the attacks, is an outright fake that has been used by US intelligence agencies to deflect attention from “conspiracy theories” about 9/11.
Every single notorious Bin Laden tape released since 2001 has contained vague non-specific messages and in many cases the footage is old and re-hashed.
“Some lawmakers say if bin Laden is now claiming Abdulmutallab as a soldier in his army, then the United States should treat him like an enemy combatant.” the ABC News report on the latest Bin Laden tape continues. Perfect – the underwear bomber stops talking as soon as he gets access to a lawyer, the solution? Connect him to Bin Laden and remove due process of law.
“Intelligence analysts say there’s no way to know how closely bin Laden is linked to the Christmas Day attack, if at all, but his message makes one thing clear.”
“Osama Bin Laden is still alive. He’s still having an influence on the al Qaeda movement and the al Qaeda narrative and he does have the ability to plan attacks,” Rick Nelson, a senior fellow with the Center for Security and International Studies in Washington D.C. said.
However, if by some chance everyone else is wrong and Rick Nelson is correct, and Osama Bin Laden really is still alive, then the CIA owe him a pay rise for his continued sterling efforts to bail out the incumbent president every time the administration is about to capsize.
The likely reality is that this is just another crude propaganda ploy and the latest installment in a series of hoax terror tapes edited and released at another politically expedient time as part of the illegitimate marriage between big government and the military industrial complex.
This article was posted: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:42 am