A videotape purportedly showing Osama bin Laden confessing to the 9/11 attacks was made public on December 13, 2001:
The videotape was supposedly physically located.
|The size of a standard VHS videotape is 7.5 inches wide by 4.2 inches deep by 1 inch high -
if you look in a video cabinet you'll see they're not very big. The satellite photograph on the right shows
Jalalabad - it is very big and it contains a lot of buildings (not all single storey). |
Don't you find it somewhat fortuitous that a very small video tape of Osama confessing to the 9/11 attacks was found in this very big city? Were squads of video watchers sent in to view every tape found just in case one showed Osama confessing?
Here's what was said of the "lucky find":
Satellite photo of Jalalabad.
The video was very effective in diverting media attention away from the deportation of five Israelis who danced as the twin towers burned - "Osama" certainly picks his moments to appear.
The quality of the video was very poor and the authenticity of the tape was questioned. This annoyed President Bush:
Okay, let's take a closer look at bin Laden and his views.
The following is an extract from bin Laden's September 28, 2001 denial of involvement in the 9/11 attacks...
...and his views were the same in 1998:
The above demonstrates that bin Laden publicly aired very strong views about Israel and Jews when he was given the chance.
Below are still images from bin Laden videos released in 2001. The images are in chronological order. A point to note about bin Laden is he was suffering renal failure...
...therefore his health in the videos is very relevant.
Videos 1, 2 and 4 show the real bin Laden, video 3 shows the "lucky find" bin Laden.
Points of note regarding the videos:
The "bin Laden" in video #3 has the wrong beard color, and his views and health are inconsistent with those of the real bin Laden. Also, if video #3 was a true bin Laden confession then why didn't he attribute 9/11 to avenging the suffering of Muslims, especially since America was attacking the country in which he was living?
The poor image quality of video #3 stands out when compared to the genuine bin Laden videos. There is also excessive noise on the video's audio track, making it impossible to really hear what is being said. Given that the tape was recorded in an area supposedly devoid of audio urban signature there should have been little ambient noise, yet the speech is masked with a great deal of noise.
There is clearly good reason to doubt the November 9 tape.
...and this never-to-be-seen video also appeared right on cue:
Even hard line secular Pakistanis were unconvinced by the released bin Laden video tape. Iqbal Haider, a former senator from the party of ousted prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said he found it hard to believe that bin Laden would allow himself to be filmed confessing to the crime. "It is hard to believe that a man who masterminds the September attacks with such secrecy and finesse could be that stupid and imprudent," he said. "I hate Osama and the Taliban because they inflicted incalculable damage on Muslims ... but it is hard to digest that he can be such a fool."
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