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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Some Thoughts On Osama (Updated)

Well while I was sleeping it appears that both the right and the left have jumped on the fake tape bandwagon.
We have this from the Booman Tribune
Osama Bin Laden's widely publicized video address to the American people has a peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video freezes at about 1 minute and 36 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The audio track does appear to be in the voice of a single speaker. What I suspect was done is that an older, unreleased video was dubbed over for this release, with the video frozen when the audio track departed from that of the original video.
Even uber wingnut Michael Ledeen thinks it's fake:
Third, is it really Osama? As you know, I was reliably told something like two years ago that Osama had died. Nothing in this speech sounds at all like the “old” OBL. That man knew how to give a stemwinder, he used elegant language, his threats were blood-curdling, his calls to the faithful inspiring. This man talks like, well, a high school dropout. In fact it reads like an “Onion” spoof. And the sound is bizarre, at least on my IBM desktop. It sounds almost as if there was enough garble in it to make it difficult to match with voice prints of the “real” guy. I’m not convinced.
So who did it? Rick Moran has some thoughts:
It's it possible that this “tape” was manufactured by the Bush Administration and released just days before the Petreaus Report to Congress on Iraq in order to sway nervous Republicans into standing firm while reminding the American people that Iraq is part of the War on Terror?

The question has to be asked because it will probably be the number one topic of conversation on lefty blogs today. And the answer is a qualified no, it is not possible. One can accuse the Bush Administration of incompetence in many areas but you would think if they were going to run a fake video, they might have done a better job of manufacturing it so that some guy in pajamas sitting in his mother’s basement couldn’t expose them.

And al-Qaeda shutting down it’s various websites immediately after the tape’s release is an interesting tell as well. They wouldn’t want their sympathizers telling the world that the video is an obvious fake.

Yes, I suppose it is possible that the Administration ordered up the video for the Iraq debate. Anything is possible. But there is not one scintilla of evidence that points the finger at the Administration while logic and inference finger this as an attempt by al-Qaeda to stick their nose into the debate themselves – just as they tried to do with the 2004 election when they released the last Osama video.
Rick also questions the CIA:
Funny that the CIA concludes that it’s Bin Laden on the tape but never mentions – or perhaps didn’t catch – the freeze framed video. It is hugely significant because as Maschke points out, all of the topical references that “prove” the tape is recent are uttered when the “video” is in freeze frame.

If our government is going to release a tape showing that Osama is alive, one would think that this kind of little detail would be hugely important to point out to the press and the American public. If anything, this video chicanery buttresses the case that Osama has been worm food for a while.

Wheels within wheels: The CIA knows Osama is dead but doesn’t want al-Qaeda to know that we know. Why? Perhaps they have someone close to al-Qaeda’s inner circle. Not close enough to know where they are, but close enough that our intelligence people are kept abreast of a few things. Letting on that we know Osama is dead might expose that source to al-Qaeda.

And how about the idea that this is a speech that may have been written by some poor deluded leftist twit pretending to be a jihadist read by the world’s number one terrorist? Adam Gadahn may be a useful idiot to al-Qaeda but I hardly think they have grown so unsophisticated that they would be using him as Osama’s ghost writer – literally. Besides, CNN International is seen all over the world. If they want to copy leftist propaganda spouted here in the United States, they can do no better than use Ted Turner’s creation for that.
This fake was truly poorly done which would lead one to believe it was not done by either the US government or al-Qaeda. But how about some not too bright, not too talented freelancers who thought they might be doing the Bush administration a favor?

....End of Update......

Now I don't know if the latest bin-Laden tape is real or a fake although there are reasons to question it. One rather interesting thing happened this weekend - suddenly Osama is irrelevant again. Perhaps the Bush administration and the Republicans did some focus groups or something and they found that the Osama fear mongering is now a minus - people are wondering why the Bush administration let him get away. There is even an early attempt to create an alternate villain, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Of course they are both right, Osama is irrelevant and al-Zawahiri always was the greater threat. Of course the Bush administration let al-Zawahiri get away at the same time they let Osama get away.

Osama bin-Laden is nothing more than an icon, a figure head. He inspires and may well have been even more of an inspiration dead or in prison once Bush invaded and occupied Iraq.


  1. Even the Bullwinkle video of UBL is better than the original.

  2. Anonymous9:44 PM

    Hard to imagine, that with all our
    very high tech spy abilities that
    we don't have an xray view of the Bin
    Ladin cave from some sattelite. IF
    there really is a boogie man under
    our bed then why haven't we boarded
    up the side rails, (secured US boarders)?
    IMHO I feel it's all a
    ploy now to gain repube votes, keep
    people scared, and color control the
    stock market, just watch as the money
    flys from yellow to orange, and after
    many buy ups back to yellow again.
    Just who calls the colors, and who
    do they let know b4 they officially
    change the color?


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