U.S. can't confirm 'bin Laden' tape authentic

U.S. can't confirm 'bin Laden' tape authentic
Speaker claims responsiblity for Dec. 25 bombing attempt
Last Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
The Associated Press

A new audio message purportedly made by Osama bin Laden has the al-Qaeda leader claiming responsibility for the plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner last month on Christmas Day.

The man speaking on the tape, broadcast Sunday, also vows further attacks on the United States.

A White House adviser said he could not confirm whether the voice was actually that of bin Laden. David Axelrod told CNN's State of the Union that whatever the source, the message "contains the same hollow justification for the mass slaughter of innocents."

The message suggests that bin Laden wants to show he remains in direct command of al-Qaeda's many branches around the world.

In the minute-long recording carried by Al-Jazeera, the man the Arabic news channel identifies as bin Laden addresses U.S. President Barack Obama, saying the attack was a message similar to that of Sept. 11 and more attacks against the U.S. would be forthcoming.

"The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the Sept. 11," the voice says.

"America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine," he says. "God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your support for the Israelis continues."

On Christmas Day, Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, attempted to blow up the Northwest Airlines flight he was sitting on as it approached Detroit Metro Airport from Amsterdam. But the bomb hidden in his underwear failed to explode.

He reportedly told federal agents shortly afterward that he had been trained and instructed in the plot by al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula originally took credit for the attack, but the audio message seems to give bin Laden credit for ordering attacks, rather than just putting his seal of approval on events afterward.

Analysts had previously suggested that al-Qaeda's offshoots in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and elsewhere operate independently from bin Laden, who is believed to be somewhere in Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

In the past year, messages identified as coming from bin Laden have concentrated heavily on the plight of the Palestinians in an apparent attempt to rally support across the region.

Many analysts believe that bin Laden is worried about Obama's popularity across the Middle East with his promises to withdraw from Iraq, so the al-Qaeda leader is focusing on the close U.S.-Israeli relationship.

The suffering of the Palestinians, especially in the blockaded Gaza Strip where 1,400 died during an Israeli offensive there last year, has angered many in the Arab world.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Andy David dismissed the latest al-Qaeda message and its attempt to link Israel with attacks on the U.S.

"This is nothing new, he has said this before. Terrorists always look for absurd excuses for their despicable deeds," he said.

The last public message purportedly from bin Laden appears to have been on Sept. 26, when he demanded that European countries pull their troops out of Afghanistan. The order came in an audiotape that also warned of "retaliation" against nations that are allied with the United States in fighting the war.

In the past, the CIA has usually confirmed Al Jazeera reports on tapes attributed to bin Laden.

I love it!!!

Check this out. "In the past, the CIA has usually confirmed Al Jazeera reports on tapes attributed to bin Laden." That says it all.......... Well back to watching football.

Comments on CBC online

Unbelievably, the comments here at "CBC.ca online world news" almost unanimously agree Bin Laden is probably dead and 9/11 was an inside job.
My contribtion is as follows;

"Amazing. I have read most of the comments here and I am amazed how many people realize 9/11 was an inside job. 3 years ago these comments wouldn't get past censors, much less be in the majority. I would never have believed this could happen back then when "truthers" were a very small and ridiculed minority.
Now that most of us can see through the Orwellian facade and realize we are the benificiaries of the powers that control the message, do we resist or go along like sheep?????"

nullius in verba.

The Very Reason USA Major Media Do Not Allow Comments

"almost unanimously agree Bin Laden is probably dead and 9/11 was an inside job"

You are not exaggerating!


I live in Canada, and have noticed a shift in the CBC's positioning of 9/11 in news reports in recent years.

They produced the Fifth Estate piece, and also have repeatedly aired a few of the other 9/11 documdentaries - some of the few less inflamatory pieces (ie: not asserting missile in pentagon, and those which avoid blame with bush/cheney....just the ones which ask questions about why the towers fell).

Moreover, the CBC no longer refers to 9/11 as "the day that Al Qaeda orchestrated by OBL hijacked planes and flew them into buildings causing them to fall". They simply say "Hijacked planes (but not indicating by whom), flew into buildings and then those buildings fell (but not citing a cause)".

If you pay attention to the coverage (say, at the anniversary dates) to the letter, then they are indeed coming around and not regurgating the official story. But they are negligant through not taking a position and not pointing out their delicate omissions. The uninformed viewer/listener would not catch on to the omissions of "al queda / obl", and the omission of "fell due to the fire".

The forum on the Fifth Estate site are about 95% pro-Truther, with a few lone comments on the side of the OCT, which generally sound somewhat inarticulate. The CBC is "on side" indeed....but just lack guts....so Canadian of them.

This approach is very inconsistent with this perpetual "background" story on cbc.ca, where they unfortunately still blame OBL and AQ.
Likely written by a staff writer and not thoroughly vetted for cbc "official positioning".