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WAR: Osama tape leads U.S. to raise vigilance

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posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 02:30 PM
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The Department of Homeland Security has said they are not raising the National Threat level from yellow, but the FBI has put out a memo urging state and local authorities to be extra vigilant. This move is in reaction to the 2 recent tapes released. One by ABC of threats made in English, and one by Osama bin Laden speaking directly to the American people.
 



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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new videotape of Osama bin Laden could be a signal for an attack, government officials warned in a new bulletin that urges state and local authorities to be extra vigilant.

There is no immediate indication that the tape of the al-Qaida leader, which aired Friday, offered any sign of an impending strike, said a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Intelligence agencies are conducting further analysis on the tape.

The warning shortly before Tuesday's election follows public discussion by top Bush administration officials during the summer about the seriousness of a potential threat to disrupt the election.

"We remain concerned about al-Qaida's interest in attacking the American homeland, and we cannot discount the possibility that the video may be intended to promote violence or serve as a signal for an attack," according to the memo sent late Friday from the FBI and the Homeland Security Department.


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The terror alert status has remained unchanged. According to Sec. Ridge, the tapes are new, but the threat is not. Ridge states that they have taken the steps neccessary to ensure that any areas that need to be secured are.



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WASHINGTON - The Bush administration left the terror threat level unchanged Saturday, despite warning state and local officials that a videotape message from Osama bin Laden may portend a new terrorist attack.

"We don't have to go to (code level) orange to take action in response either to these tapes or just general action to improve security around the country," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told reporters.

Ridge urged Americans to go ahead with plans to vote in Tuesday's elections without undue concern.


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Related News Links:
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[edit on 10/30/2004 by phreak_of_nature]




posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 02:56 PM
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Fox New just ran some tape of Tom Ridge speaking. Ridge was dressed casually. He mentioned that they have taken steps to increase security in certain areas, but that they didn't feel it was necessary to raise the threat levels. He made refernce to the memo sent out by the FBI to local law enforcement to be vigilent in the coming days.

He also stated that the FBI will post portions of the Assam the American video on their website in the hope that it may help to identify the speaker.

He mentions that they have taken specific steps in the areas of shipping and control of HazMat transportation to increase the security of them.

He also mentions that the tapes are new, but the threat is old.



posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 03:28 PM
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I was reading Peter Bergen's Website today and he had some interesting thoughts on the Bin Ladin tape. For those who don't know Bergen is an expert on Terrorism and wrote Holy War Inc.

From his site:



A key visual message of the tape was how it presented bin Laden as an elder statesman, rather than as the leader of a paramilitary organization. That message was communicated by the fact that for the first time in one of his videotaped statements there was no weapon by bin Laden's side. That non-belligerent visual message mirrored what bin Laden said when he made a direct appeal to the American people saying that al Qaeda would suspend its attacks if there was a change in US foreign policy in the Muslim world. This appeal mirrored a similar kind of offer that bin Laden made following the terrorist attacks in Madrid in March when he offered a "truce" to European members of the coalition in Iraq if they followed Spain's lead and withdrew from Iraq. This past year bin Laden has increasingly tried to present himself as a strategically-minded political leader although he stepped on that message somewhat in Friday's tape by directly admitting for the first time his leadership role in the 9/11 attacks.


These mannerisms, the tone and the content of the message itself has been noted by many members at ATS. Is Bin Laden calling for a truce?

Peter Bergen


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posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 04:05 PM
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Well right now I am wondering what's in the other 13 minutes of that tape that causes them to feel as if they don't need to bump it? Maybe you are correct that he is being consilitory and they don't feel as if it is a go signal. BUT, big but, why are they not releasing that part of the tape?



posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 04:15 PM
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Could be anything from a hand gester to a certain word. Incase something like that is in the tape they don't want the people who are waiting for the signal to see it.



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