Friday, September 08, 2006

Al Jazeera AirsTape of bin Laden & Planners of 9/11

Update:Thanks to LGF and Hot Air, I've found the link to what appears to be a partial clips from this video--on the CBS News web site of all places! CNN also appears to have aired the video, or parts of it, but they are not carrying a clip of it on their web site (yet). Watch the RealPlayer story on this embedded on the CBS News site now. There's a link to the RAW video, too.

On Thursday, four days before the fifth anniversary of the Al-Qaeda attacks on US soil, a tape was made public and broadcast on the news channel Al Jazeera showing Osama bin Laden meeting with some of the men involved in planning the 9/11 attacks. Al Jazeera, a satellite broadcaster based in Qatar, did not say how it received the video, and it was not available on the Web sites normally used by militant Islamic groups, including Al Qaeda, to post messages. Al Jazeera said that the tape was 90 minutes long but that it chose to broadcast only three minutes of it.

According to the NY Times, the tape shows bin Laden meeting with a top lieutenant, Muhammad Atef, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2001, and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of the men accused of helping plan the 9/11 attacks, who was captured four years ago.

The Al Jazeera web site, itself, admits
Reports say the footage is the fourth in a series of videos that al-Qaeda planned to release to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The previous footages were released in April and September 2002 and September 2003, each showing the planning of the attacks and the hijackers’ last testimonies, said Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, a private U.S. company that provides counterterrorism intelligence services for the American government.

The Arabic TV station didn’t say how it obtained the video or the audiotape and did not have a link to play the video over the internet on its web site.


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