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Bin Laden Takes Credit For Xmas Attack

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Osama bin Laden claims credit for Detroit terror attack

Osama bin Laden has taken credit for a thwarted attempt to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent
24 Jan 2010

Speaking in an audio recording released after Britain raised its terror threat level, the al-Qaeda terror chief also threatened fresh attacks against American targets.

He praised Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to blow up a Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with explosives concealed in his underpants, as "a hero".

Although he did not claim direct responsibility for the attack, bin Laden said that Abdulmutallab’s mission was intended to "re-affirm" the message sent to the United States on September 11, 2001.

The one-minute recording, which bin Laden directed personally to President Barack Obama, sought once again to draw a direct link between al-Qaeda’s terror campaign and US support for Israel.

"America will never dream of living in peace unless we live it in Palestine," bin Laden is heard to say in the recording, which was broadcast by al-Jazeera television in Qatar. "It is unfair that you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in Gaza suffer greatly."

Despite warnings of a potentially imminent terror attack on British soil, possibly to coincide with conferences in London this week to discuss Yemen and Afghanistan, bin Laden made no specific threats, confining himself to a pledge to continue his struggle against the US.

"With God’s will, our attacks on you will continue as long as you continue to support Israel," he concluded.

While the voice on the recording appeared to resemble bin Laden, the audiotape has yet to be authenticated by Western intelligence. If confirmed, the recording would represent his first audio message released since Sept 25 when he issued a demand for the withdrawal of European troops from Afghanistan that was timed to coincide with federal elections in Germany.

Bin Laden’s latest recording appeared partly designed to show that he retained control of al-Qaeda even after it transformed itself into a series of loosely linked franchises extending from West Africa to Afghanistan…

Funny, he didn’t mention Guantanamo once.

By the way, when is Mr. Obama going to get this guy?

Isn’t everything else merely a distraction?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Bin Laden Takes Credit For Xmas Attack”

  1. canary says:

    The U.S. will still try the Nigerian terrorist as a citizen with full American civil rights as a loner that failed in his attempt to blow up a plane.

    • jobeth says:

      And with good behavior he will be out in 18 months, given a pocket full of cash…a trip home and he will be back to grace us with his presence just as soon as he graduates with a Masters from “Terrorist University”.

      (That’s assuming that he is even convicted)

      See? America is the land of opportunity for all.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “And with good behavior he will be out in 18 months.. (That’s assuming that he is even convicted)”

      Maybe the prosecution can grant immunity to Bin Laden to testify. One can never be too sure in a case like this.

  2. proreason says:

    Nice try Osama.

    But NOBODY steals Obamy’s credit.

    Obamy worked too hard to inspire that attack to let YOU grab his credit.

    • jobeth says:

      oBama…oSama….so easy to confuse the two…only BS separates them.

      Oh wait….That doesn’t make a difference either!

  3. canary says:

    Obama made critical mistake. Obama never created special unit he promised for handling terrorist suspects. Ablmutallab spoke for hours to include giving intelligence. When he was finally read Miranda rights he remains silent.

    AP exclusive

  4. canary says:

    Obama forcing our troops to rebuilding Afganistan’s mosques, schools, & toilets, isn’t working. Being nice doesn’t work with monsters & bullies who are ordered to hate you in the name of their allah.

    • jobeth says:

      ” rebuilding Afganistan’s mosques, schools, & toilets ”

      mosques, schools…where they will learn to continue hate and kill us.

      toilets…seriously, would these people even know how to use nodern toilets.

      (I’ve never been there…thankfully…but as I understand it they don’t use modern toilets…they use a hole in the floor. Correct me if I am wrong because I could be wrong.)

      Way to go Obalmy. It’s only our tax dollars at work…and our countrymen’s lives at stake…So no worries…

    • canary says:

      Jobeth, try this link for excerpts on Obama never here is link that should work, and excerpts from the AP exclusive
      thanks for pointing it out..

      Obama never created his “High Value Interrogation Group” special unit he promised to create at beginning of his term. It was not up & running. & terrorist spilled his guts for 5 hours, but they forgot to read his Miranda rights, after which they did, he turned & remains silent.

      AP Exclusive: The Christmas attack interrogation
      By Devlin Barrett Jan 24 1010

      WASHINGTON – Badly burned and bleeding, the suspect in the Christmas Day flight to Detroit tried one last gambit as he was led away: He claimed there was another bomb hidden on the plane he’d just tried to destroy, officials said…

      … Abdulmutallab spoke freely and provided valuable intelligence, officials said. Federal agents repeatedly interviewed him or heard him speak to others. But when they read him his legal rights nearly 10 hours after the incident, he went silent.

      Since the attempted bombing, several prominent lawmakers have argued he should have been placed immediately in military custody, and the nation’s top intelligence official said he should have been questioned by a special group of terror investigators, rather than the FBI agents who responded to the scene.

      The officials who spoke to The AP said on-scene investigators never discussed turning the suspect over to military authorities. And their accounts show that as the hours passed, the FBI turned to its own expert counterterror interrogators and made no effort to involve the special unit, because it was not yet up and running…

      The suspect spoke openly, said one official, talking in detail about what he’d done and the planning that went into the attack….admitted he had been trained and instructed in the plot by al-Qaida operatives in Yemen.

      The interview lasted about 50 minutes. Before they began questioning Abdulmutallab, the FBI agents decided not to give him his Miranda warnings providing his right to remain silent.
      …. there is a major exception which could apply in Abdulmutallab’s case.

      Investigators are allowed to question a suspect without providing a Miranda warning if they are trying to end a threat to public safety…

      Since the incident, Republican lawmakers have argued that the

      Obama administration mishandled the case by not considering putting Abdulmutallab in military custody —

      part of a larger political argument about whether terror suspects should face military or civilian justice.

      “Those who now argue that a different action should have been taken in this case were notably silent when dozens of terrorists were successfully prosecuted in federal court by the previous administration,” Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said earlier this week.

      …. The suspect went into surgery —…

      There was no effort to call in the elite federal High-Value Interrogation Group, a special unit of terror specialists that the Obama administration said early last year it would create to deal with terror suspects captured abroad.

      Last week, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said the unit should have been called in after Abdulmutallab’s arrest. But even if federal officials wanted to expand its use to domestic cases, the special team was not ready for action, FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress last week.

      Even if Abdulmutallab’s statements are ruled out as evidence, they still provided valuable intelligence for U.S. counterterrorism officials to pursue, officials said.

      Having rested and received more extensive medical treatment, Abdulmutallab was told of his right to remain silent and right to have an attorney.

      He remained silent.

  5. canary says:

    Has he ever given a message “from Osama to Bush” like this message worded “from Osama to Obama”. ?

    • JohnMG says:

      Doubtful. Too much like talking to himself. Unlike a ventriloquist, he’d forget whose turn it was to speak.

  6. Rip Cord says:

    No I’m trying to destroy the United States! NO I’M TRYING TO DESTROY THE UNITED STATES! Children, Children, Barak, Osama, we know BOTH of you are trying to destroy the United States so stop this childish sibling rivalry!

  7. canary says:

    Reuters vigorously defends poor handling of plane terrorist
    Reuters: U.S. officials defend handling of airline bomb case.
    By Jeremy Pelofsky Jan 21 1010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday defended its decision to charge a Nigerian man with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet in a criminal court…

    It followed escalating attacks by Republicans in recent days on the Obama administration that have tried to portray the White House and Democrats as weak on national security.

    That has threatened to distract the White House from other issues.

    …l took the Senate floor to blast the Obama administration for charging Abdulmutallab in a criminal court instead of a military court,….

    But the Justice Department spokesman shot back that Abdulmutallab would not be forced to divulge intelligence in a military court and he would still get a lawyer.

    Republicans were particularly incensed when the Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Wednesday that they were not consulted on where to prosecute Abdulmutallab.

    “We surely would have obtained more if we had treated this foreign terrorist as an enemy belligerent and placed him in the military tribunal system,” Collins said…

    Entire support from Reuters at link.

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