Public Intelligence.nt & NowPublic.com & Al Jazeera – 2010-10-04 00:41:42
We had hoped to post the complete transcripts of the two recent tapes attributed to Osama bin Laden but, despite the attention that the media devotes to the release of bin Laden’s latest tapes, it remains virtually impossible for the American people to actually read bin Laden’s words. The content is always delivered second-hand and Web sites like As-Sahab that originally release the tapes remain inaccessible to Web browsers in the West.
Osama Bin Laden October 2010 “Pakistan Floods” Videos
(October 3, 2010) — This video was released by As-Sahab around October 1, 2010. It includes a person claiming to be Osama bin Laden discussing aid support to Pakistan. He recalls his own experience with farming in Sudan, calls for creating a “unique relief agency,” and describes watching a father in Pakistan holding his two young children above chest-high floodwater.
Latest Osama bin Laden tape released October 1, 2010
(October 1, 2010) — The latest Osama bin Laden tape was released today, October 1, 2010. The mastermind of terror across the world has denounced Muslims for their disregard of national emergencies. He talked at length about the flooding situation in Pakistan and is concerned that the government has done very little to aid in this situation while spending so much more on armies that have not succeeded in its missions.
He discussed the Yemen and Sudan prisoners that are being held and names at least ten of them that he thinks should be released. He threatens European governments by saying without the cooperation and release of at least ten named prisoners that Al-qaeda is unable to assist in its services as a peaceful organization.
Should they be released, he says that his organization will come to the aid of the Pakistanian people by helping them handle situations such as, natural disasters. He thinks that since the opposing countries at war have done so little to help the Pakistani citizens address their immediate needs and that with the allegiance of the citizens behind Al-qaeda that so much more progress would happen quicker for everyone involved. There are two men speaking on the video.
“Osama bin Laden has gone green. In a new 11-minute audio tape released by al-Qaeda today, bin Laden denounces Muslim governments for spending more on their armies than their citizens, and calls for the creation of a relief organization to help victims of wars and natural disasters. The tape, which has not yet been verified by intelligence officials, comes in the wake of flooding in Pakistan that displaced more than 8 million people and apparently has been weighing heavily on the al-Qaeda leader. If confirmed, the tape would mark his first media release since March 25.”
Bin Laden Addresses Climate Change
In an unauthenticated tape, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden’s expresses concern over climate change.
Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaeda network, has expressed concern about global climate change and the recent flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape posted on the internet, which would be his first public remarks in six months, a monitoring group has said.
“The number of victims caused by climate change is very big… bigger than the victims of wars,” said the voice, whose authenticity could not be immediately verified and was made available by SITE Intelligence Group, which released the recording on Friday.
The tape would be the first time Bin Laden has spoken publicly since March 25.
It was not clear when the tape was made, but Bin Laden congratulated Muslims on the holy fasting month of Ramadan which ended on September 10.
“The catastrophe [in Pakistan] is very big and it is difficult to describe it,” he said.â€¨
Bin Laden made a series of recommendations to deal with climate change, namely preventive measures that he said should be taken by governments in the face of disasters.
“Providing tents, food and medicine is a duty… but the disasters [facing many Muslim countries] are much bigger than what is being offered. Action should not be confined to providing emergency aid… but to set up a capable relief task force that has the knowledge and experience needed” to meet the challenges.
One of them, Bin Laden said, is “setting up studies of urban areas that lie by rivers and valleys in the Muslim world,” pointing to floods that hit the Saudi city of Jeddah earlier this year. He also called for a review of security guidelines concerning dams and bridges in Muslim nations and said more should be done to invest in agriculture to guarantee food security for all. “Investment in agriculture needs a lot of efforts and yields small gains. The issue today is not about gains or losses, but about life or death.”
In one of two tapes issued in January, Bin Laden blamed major industrial nations for climate change, a statement the US state department said showed that he was struggling to stay relevant.
In his most recent remarks, he warned that Al-Qaeda would kill Americans if the alleged mastermind of the 2001 attacks on the United States, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, was executed.
Plans to send Mohammed to trial just steps away from his alleged crime scene in New York had to be put on hold after a furious public backlash over potential costs and security threats.
In another statement in January, Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt of a US airliner, vowing further strikes on American targets. Bin Laden also referred to US support for Israel in the January message. “God willing, our attacks against you will continue as long as you maintain your support to Israel,” he said.
Bin Laden’s whereabouts are unknown, but in August, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, said bin Laden is “far buried” in the remote mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistanâ€¨and that capturing him remains a key task.
This video was released by As-Sahab around October 2, 2010. It is entitled “Help Your Pakistani Brothers” and features a person claiming to be Osama bin Laden discussing the reluctance of Arab and Muslim countries to help Pakistanis following recent floods. In the recording, the speaker says more people are affected by climate change than wars.
‘Bin Laden’ Urges Help for Pakistan
Al-Qaeda leader calls on Muslims around the world to mobilize aid for flood victims in new audiotape.
(October 1, 2010) — Muslims around the world have been urged to mobilize more aid for Pakistan’s flood victims in a new audio message purportedly from Osama Bin Laden.
The 13-minute unauthenticated audiotape, issued on Islamist websites on Saturday, is said to be the second tape to be released by the fugitive al-Qaeda leader in two days.
In a speech entitled “Help Your Pakistani Brothers,” the al-Qaeda leader focuses on the reluctance of Arab and Muslim countries to help Pakistanis, singling out Gulf states, Malaysia and Turkey, the US-based Intelligence Group Site said.
In the recording, the speaker says more people are affected by climate change than wars, and refers to recent flooding in Pakistan.
“The response did not match the level of the disaster,” he said. He said Arab and Muslim leaders had not paid any visits to flood-hit areas unlike Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, and added Arabian Peninsula’s oil wealth should be used as it “belongs to all Muslims.”
Saturday’s audiotape is the second in two days. On Friday, Bin Laden expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan in an 11-minute audio message.
“The number of victims caused by climate change is very big … bigger than the victims of wars,” the voice said — his first public comments since March, but its authenticity has not been confirmed.
Paul Pillar, a former US intelligence official, said that the message by “Bin Laden” was aimed at polishing his battered image among Muslims. He aims “to counteract his loss of support among people who have come to perceive him as an uncaring terrorist who has no hesitation about spilling the blood even of fellow Muslims,” Pillar said.
Bin Laden’s whereabouts are unknown, but in August, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, said he is “far buried” in the remote mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and that capturing him remains a key task.
Bin Laden is the world’s most-wanted man, with the US offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading to his capture.
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