The Sunday edition of the English Telegraph reports that in a video which has been circulating for 2 weeks among bin Laden?s supporters, he admits he was behind the attacks on the World Trade Towers. The video, showing a smiling bin Laden, was shot in the Afghan mountains at the end of October. It was not released on the al-Jazeera T.V. network, as is usually the case, because it?s believed to have been made as a propaganda tool to inspire al Qaeda members.
In the video, bin Laden says, ?The Twin Towers were legitimate targets, they were supporting U.S. economic power. These events were great by all measurement. What was destroyed were not only the towers, but the towers of morale in that country.? The hijackers were ?blessed by Allah to destroy America?s economic and military landmarks.? He freely admits to being behind the attacks and says, ?If avenging the killing of our people is terrorism then history should be a witness that we are terrorists. Yes, we kill their innocents and this is legal religiously and logically.? Since Islam forbids the killing of innocent civilians even in a holy war, he justifies killing the workers inside the Twin Towers by stating that ?The towers were supposed to be filled with supporters of the economical powers of the United States who are abusing the world. Those who talk about civilians should change their stand and reconsider their position. We are treating them like they treated us.?
Bin Laden goes on say, ?There are two types of terror, good and bad. What we are practicing is good terror. We will not stop killing them and whoever supports them.?He directly threatens the lives of President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair. ?Bush and Blair don?t understand anything but the power of force. Every time they kill us, we kill them, so the balance of terror can be achieved.? He calls on all Muslims to join him. ?It is the duty of every Muslim to fight. Killing Jews is top priority.?
Bin Laden warns other nations to keep out of the conflict, implying that they could face terror attacks if they do not. He also claims responsibility for an unspecified terrorist outrage in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which he claims was set off when he gave a secret message to his followers in one of his videos.
Throughout the video he says ?I? and ?we? to claim responsibility for the attacks. In the past, he has spoken of the attackers only in the third person. He has issued four previous videos since September 11, on which he denied carrying out the attacks.
He now claims to have access to nuclear and chemical weapons and says, ?If America uses chemical or nuclear weapons against us, then we may retort with chemical and nuclear weapons. We have the weapons as deterrent.?
Defense analysts dismiss these claims. They say that although he could have gotten nuclear bombs from Pakistan or former Soviet republics, he is unlikely to have the technology to cause an explosion. They say, ?We know that he was looking for that capability. We believe he does not have it.?
So far, bin Laden has not claimed responsibility for the anthrax attacks, and the FBI now believes these originated in the U.S. rather than abroad.
To read more about this,click here. FBI agents say they have built up a psychological and linguistic profile of the anthrax terrorist. Like the Unabomber, he?s a loner who avoids face-to-face confrontation and tries not to draw attention to himself. He is rational and methodical but ?lacks the personal skills necessary to confront others.? The FBI says the suspect is probably an adult male who may have referred to the September 11 attacks in his messages as a way to draw suspicion away from himself. He could have no more scientific knowledge than a lab technician and his equipment could have cost less than $2,500 and be set up in a garage or attic. However, they feel he may have links or sympathies with terrorist organizations. The FBI hopes that this analysis of the terrorist will prompt a friend or relative to tip them off.
So far, we have had conflicting reports about whether the anthrax used in these attacks could have been prepared by an amateur like the one being described by the FBI, or whether it had to have come from one of the few countries known to have developed biological weapons, such as Iraq or the Soviet Union.
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