Al Jazeera aired a brand new video of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden Friday afternoon. bin Laden insinuated his terror group was responsible for the
9-11 attacks and heavily criticized George Bush. He also suggested new attacks were possible by saying "...the reasons are still there to repeat
"We had agreed with the overall commander Mohammed Atta, may God rest his soul, to carry out all operations in 20 minutes before Bush and his
administration take notice," bin Laden said in the video. "This had given us three times the time needed to carry out the operations. Thanks be to
Excerpts of tape:
Usama bin Ladin appeared on Aljazeera television on Friday accusing US President George W. Bush of deceiving the American people.
In an address just days ahead of the US presidential election, bin Ladin also said the US administration resembled "corrupt" Arab governments.
He accused Bush of reacting slowly to the September 11 attacks, saying: "I never thought that the supreme leader would leave 50,000 of his people in
the two towers to face the terrifying events alone at the time they were in need for him."
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"O American people, my talk to you is about the best way to avoid another Manhattan, about the war, its causes and results...
"Security is an important pillar of human life. Free people do not relinquish their security. This is contrary to Bush's claim that we hate
"Let him tell us why we did not strike Sweden, for example. It is known that those who hate freedom do not have proud souls, like the souls of the 19
people, may God have mercy on them...
"We fought you because we are free and do not accept injustice. We want to restore freedom to our nation. Just as you waste our security, we will
waste your security...
Bin Laden said President Bush was still practising "distortion and deception" four years after the 11 September, adding: "The motives still exist
for repeating what happened."
Bin Laden added that the idea of striking the towers in New York occurred to him when "we saw the injustice of the US-Israeli alliance against our
people in Palestine and Lebanon", when, in 1982 "the United States gave permission to the Israelis to invade Lebanon" with, he alleged, the help of
the US Sixth Fleet.
He said that these events had generated a "strong determination to punish the unjust ones".
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According to Reuters, in the tape Osama Bin Laden will be addressing the American people directly, explaining the "reasons behind the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks and their repercussions."
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