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"Intelligence Asset" Osama bin Laden supports Bush Reelection
31 October 2004
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The timely release of the Osama tape four days before Americans go to the voting booths should come as no surprise.
Osama has been a central theme of the election campaign. The Bush administration has been preparing public opinion for
the eventuality of a terrorist threat prior to the November 2 elections.
Osama tapes have emerged periodically since 9/11 at critical "political moments". Moreover, since 9/11, there have been
six code orange "high risk" terror alerts. Often associated with these and other terror alerts, a mysterious Al Qaeda,
Osama or Al Zarqawi tape emerges.
The Bush administration has in fact intimated on several occasions that a terror attack on America could take place
prior to the elections. It had even set in motion formal procedures for canceling the elections in the case of a terror
(see Bush Administration "Guidelines" for Postponing or Canceling the November Presidential Elections July 2004 http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407C.html
Last Christmas, Sec. Tom Ridge announced that a second 9/11 was imminent: "the near-term attacks will either rival or
exceed the 9/11 attacks".
"You ask, 'Is it serious?' Yes, you bet your life. People don't do that unless it's a serious situation." (Donald
(See Bush's Christmas Terror Alert, 24 December 2003, http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO312D.html
What interests does the release of the Osama tape serve?
How does the Osama tape affect the election campaign? How will it affect the voting and electoral procedures on November
Bush desperately needs Osama. In fact both candidates in the presidential race need Osama. Without Osama, there is no
"war on terrorism" and without the war on terrorism, there is no justification for war and homeland security, which are
central to the election platform of both Bush and Kerry.
What will Happen on Election Day?
On Saturday the 30th of October, President Bush together with his National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who had
accompanied him on the campaign trail to Columbus, Ohio, held a video conference with senior intelligence and homeland
security officials including Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, CIA Director Porter Goss and his deputy John
McLaughlin. Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller as well as White House Counterterrorism
advisor Fran Townsend. were also present at the video conference.
In the course of the video conference, Bush formally instructed the CIA, the FBI and Homeland Security to "take all
actions that might be necessary". Essentially, what this implies is that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has been
given the green light to increase the terror alert level, in consultation with his FBI and CIA counterparts. Later in
the day, Tom Ridge clarified that he did not see the need for changing the terror alert level: "there is no specific
intelligence that targets election day, polling places and the like," he said (AP, 30 October 2004).
While the administration confirmed that there is "no actionable intelligence" which would justify increasing the threat
level to Orange, the DHS, sent a memo that same Friday evening (Oct 29) following the videoconference, to local and
state officials warning them that the administration "cannot discount the possibility that the video may be intended to
promote violence or serve as a signal for an attack." (quoted in Washington Post, 31 October 2004)
It is worth recalling that New York City, Northern New Jersey and Washington DC are presently on Orange Code high risk
alert (since August 1st), the rest of the country is on yellow. In other words, HSD Sec Tom Ridge had already set the
stage on August 1st, when he raised the terror alert level in these three selected urban areas. (see our analysis below)
While the election will no doubt proceed as planned, the Osama statement will be used to trigger an atmosphere of fear
and intimidation on election day. Moreover, as suggested by Michael Kane in a recent article , several Election Day
'Terror Drills" held under FEMA and State and Municipal auspices have already been envisaged.
In other words, the Osama tape will most likely trigger routine police and security operations under the existing Orange
alert in NYC, Washington DC and northern New Jersey, in accordance with HSD guidelines.
Elsewhere around the country, we can expect various responses an initiatives by State and municipal police authorities,
who have already been briefed by the HSD. Moreover, despite Tom Ridge's October 30 statement, there is nothing which
prevents the HSD from raising the alert level to Orange in selected cities across the country, in coordination with the
FBI and local police authorities.
In other words, the likely scenario (i.e. hidden agenda) is that the election will proceed as planned, but in an
atmosphere of fear and chaos.
The news tabloids are already plastered with "Osama Threatens America" stories.
According to CNN, 'He's sending a message to the American people...America could be attacked again. ...'. In other
words, the threat of an Al Qaeda attack, will be used to implement road blocks, FBI raids on presumed terrorists, ethnic
profiling and security checks on "suspicious individuals", intimidation at voting booths, etc.
In fact, this scenario is already underway in the so-called swing states. Greg Palast has reported on a secret GOP Plan
to disrupt voting in Florida, Other reports suggest that the Florida absentee voting process has already been rigged.
The NAACP reports that plans are underway in several states to suppress the African-American Vote. Jeb Bush will
mobilize State police in Florida. A similar course could be followed under governor Schwarzenegger in California.
With regard to the election campaign, the Osama tape has set the stage for the scripting of Bush's speeches, public
appearances and press conferences in the final days of the campaign trail. It has usefully served to distract public
opinion from the other election issues: jobs, access to health care, education, women's rights, affirmative action and
of course Iraq.
The issue, however, is not whether the Osama tape will favor Bush or Kerry in the last few days on the campaign trail.
The hidden agenda underlying the Osama videotape is to instill fear and disrupt the election process, creating an
atmosphere which further facilitates electoral fraud and voting irregularities.
It is the chaos created by the terror threat which the Bush people are betting on.
Will the military Intervene?
At the same time there is something far more disturbing.
On the 29th of October, coinciding with the release of the Osama tape, Northern Command Commander Gen. Ralph E.
Eberhart, was assigned "full responsibility" in the case of a National emergency or terror attack.
Until the Oct. 1, 2002, activation of U.S. Northern Command, "there was no single officer the president could put his
finger on" to assign the responsibility for homeland defense and supporting civil authorities in the event of an attack,
a senior U.S. military officer said here today.[October 29th]
Today, Air Force Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart, NORTHCOM commander, fulfills that responsibility, noted Air Force Brig. Gen.
Lloyd E. Dodd, ...
What the press dispatch of Northern Command dated Oct 29 suggests is that the guidelines transmitted by President Bush
in his videoconference, had already been sent out, via the Pentagon, to Northern Command in anticipation of the Osama
Osama Threatens America
In a carefully scripted text, described as "Osama's address to the American people", bin Laden admits for the first time
that he personally ordered the Sept. 11 attacks:
"We decided to destroy [the WTC] towers in America... God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the
towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance
toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind...
Oh American people, my talk to you is about the best way to avoid another Manhattan, about the war, its causes, and
I am amazed at you. Although almost four years have passed since the [11 September] incidents, Bush is still practising
distortion and confusion.
He also continues to conceal from you the real reason [for the 11 September attacks]. Thus, the motives still exist for
repeating what happened.
I will speak to you about the reasons behind these incidents. I will honestly tell you about the minutes in which the
decision was made so that you will consider. I say to you that God knows that the idea of striking the towers never
occurred to us.
Your security is in your own hands
But, after things had gone too far and we saw the injustice of the US-Israeli alliance against our people in Palestine
and Lebanon, I started thinking of that.
The events that influenced me directly trace back to 1982 and subsequent events when the United States gave permission
to the Israelis to invade Lebanon, with the aid of the sixth US fleet.
At those difficult moments, many meanings that are hard to describe went on in my mind. However, these meanings produced
an overwhelming feeling to reject injustice and generated a strong determination to punish the unjust ones.
While I was looking at those destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me to punish the unjust one in a similar manner
by destroying towers in the United States so that it would feel some of what we felt and to be deterred from killing our
children and women...
We had agreed with the chief amir [leader - of the 11 September hijackers] Mohammed Atta that he should accomplish all
the operations within 20 minutes before Bush and his administration could take notice.
It never occurred to us that the supreme commander of the US armed forces would leave 50,000 of his citizens in the two
towers to face those great horrors alone, at a time when they needed him badly.
This is because it seemed to him that being preoccupied with the little child's talk about her goat and its butting was
more important than being preoccupied with the planes and their ramming into the skyscrapers.
This gave with three times the period required for carrying out the operations, praise be to God.
Your security does not lie in the hands of Kerry, Bush, or al-Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Each and every
state that does not tamper with our security will have automatically assured its own security." (quoted in BBC, 30 Oct
2004, excerpts, emphasis added)
Is the tape authentic? Why should we be skeptical?
First, the tape sustains the illusion of an "outside enemy", when in fact it is known and documented that Osama bin
Laden is a US sponsored intelligence asset. Al Qaeda is an instrument of the US intelligence apparatus.
(see Who is Osama bin Laden, by Michel Chossudovsky, September 2001, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html
Second, several members of the Bush administration were the architects of Al Qaeda, going back to Soviet-Afghan war and
the Iran Contra scandal. (See http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html
, see also http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO308C.html
, on Iran Contra see http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO303D.html
Third, the whereabouts of Osama are known. Kerry accuses Bush of letting Bin Laden escape, "As I have said for two years
now, when Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora, it was wrong to outsource the job of
capturing them to Afghan warlords," said Kerry on the campaign trail. Red Herring. One day before the 9/11 attacks,
Osama was hospitalized in a military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, courtesy of America's ally, Pakistan. This is
confirmed by a CBS News Report with Dan Rather.
(See Administration knew the Whereabouts of Osama by Michel Chossudovsky, 16 November 2003 http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO311A.html
, See also http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/RIC111B.html
The tape has all the appearances of an intelligence operation. The address is carefully scripted as an "Osama address to
the American people". It contains very explicit references to the 9/11 attacks. It is full of catch phrases: striking
the towers, Manhattan, etc.
In fact the video came replete with an English-language translation and transcript, when it was sent to Al Jazeera. Who
In a TV interview on Larry King Live, veteran (retired) CBS anchorman, Walter Cronkite, intimated that Bush political
strategist Karl Rove was behind the tape:
"CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have
a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political
manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing...." (CNN, Larry King
Live, 29 Oct 2004)
Supported by the corporate media, the hidden agenda is to bring Osama to the forefront of the election campaign.
Moreover, it serves to give a face to the outside enemy in the days leading up to the election.
It distracts from the war in Iraq and the deaths of more than 100,000 civilians.(see http://globalresearch.ca/articles/LAN410A.html
It upholds the bi-partisan pre-emptive war doctrine.
It prepares public opinion for the post-election period. Irrespective of who actually wins the election, the war agenda
prevails unscathed. Moreover, the tendency in the US after the elections is towards the further militarisation of
Needless to say, with law suits directed against Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney by the 9/11 families, the tape is also meant
to dispel doubts (in an unconvincing way) that senior Bush officials might have played a behind the scenes role in the
planning of 9/11.
The disinformation campaign is supported by both parties (which integrated the bipartisan Joint-Senate 9/11 inquiry as
well as the 9/11 Commission).
Both Republicans and Democrats are complicit in the 911 cover-up. They have accepted not to accuse one another of having
links to Al Qaeda. In fact every single administration since Jimmy Carter has supported and abetted the Islamic terror
network. And Kerry knows all the facts on the links of the Neocons to Al Qaeda since he himself was actively involved in
the Senate BCCI and Iran-Contra inquiries.
( http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO110A.html See Republicans accused Clinton of collaborating with bin laden,
1997 Congressional document, http://globalresearch.ca/articles/DCH109A.html
The Disinformation Campaign. Who is behind it?
The release of the Osama tape must be analyzed in relation to the string of disinformation operations launched since
Underlying these orange code terror alerts, "intelligence" has been presented by the Bush Administration to the effect
that Al Qaeda is preparing a terror attack on America, that there are "credible" sources which confirm that the Homeland
In assessing the "authenticity" of the October 29 Osama videotape, it is important to understand the pattern of previous
What we are dealing with is a well structured disinformation campaign. The latter, however, is not watertight: out of
the six high profile terror alerts since September 11, 2001, there is evidence from police and/or intelligence sources
that in three cases, the "actionable intelligence" was fabricated.
We can refer in this regard to the February 7, 2003 terror alert following Colin Powell's flopped WMD presentation to
the United Nations Security Council, the Christmas 2003 terror alert and the August 1st 2004 Code Orange alert, all
three of which proved to be based on phony intelligence.
(For further details, see: The Criminalization of the State, by Michel Chossudovsky, February 2004, http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO402A.html
, and Bush's Christmas Terror Alert by Michel Chossudovsky, 24 December 2003 : http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO312D.html
It is worth noting that the release of the Osama tape was preceded by two key events:
the July 8 announcement that Al Qaeda was planning to disrupt the November elections. (See http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO407B.html
the August 1st Code Orange alert applied to New York City, Washington DC and Northern New Jersey. (See http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO408A.html
On July 8 2004, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge stated in very explicit terms that:
"... Credible reporting indicates that Al Qaeda is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale attack in
the United States in an effort to disrupt our democratic process... This is sobering information about those who wish to
do us harm... But every day we strengthen the security of our nation." (Quoted in AP, 8 July 2004)
Coincidence? Barely a few days before Ridge's announcement on July 8, Northern Command was put "at a high level of
readiness" implying the (routine, we were told) deployment of jet fighters over major cities as well as the posting of
troops at key locations. (Atlantic Journal and Constitution, 3 July 2004).
While no decision was taken by HSD Secretary Tom Ridge based on these "credible" reports, the July 8 decision, so to
speak has set the stage.
July 29- August 1st 2004
Three weeks later on July 29th, within hours of John Kerry's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, a decision
was taken at CIA headquarters at Langley to launch a code orange terror alert in New York City, Washington DC and
northern New Jersey.
Both the official account as well as the press reports confirm that the decision was taken prior to the examination of
relevant intelligence. On July 30th, President Bush approved the decision of the CIA to raise "the threat level" in the
absence of "specific" supporting intelligence. The formal decision to increase the threat level was made public on
August 1st by Sec Tom Ridge. In his August 1 statement, he pointed authoritatively to "specific credible information"
from multiple sources.
As we go to press:
The Bush administration while reassuring public opinion has also "warned state and local officials that the tape may be
intended to promote or signal an attack." What this does is to give a de facto carte blanche to local authorities to
respond as they see fit.
Bush has centered on the Osama tape, in all his public appearances, while Kerry has attempted to emphasize domestic
social and economic issues.
"The terrorists who killed thousands of innocent people are still dangerous and they are determined," said Bush on the
Meanwhile, the war in Iraq has been shoved to the background. It has been overshadowed by Osama. It is no longer an
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