March 25th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Purported bin Laden message hints at retaliation

An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hints at retaliation if alleged 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed is executed. The tape was aired Thursday by the Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera.

"The White House declared that they will execute the hero Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and his comrades in arms. They think that America will be safe behind the oceans. Justice is to be treated in the same manner," the message said.

"To the American people, peace be upon those who follow the right path, my message towards you is in regards to our prisoners that you have in your custody. Your president is still following the course of his predecessor."

Purported bin Laden messages last surfaced in late January.

In one of them, the al Qaeda leader condemned the United States and other industrial nations for causing climate change. The message criticized former U.S. President George W. Bush for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, and the speaker condemned international corporations.

In another, bin Laden claimed responsibility for the alleged Christmas Day attempt by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane as it approached Detroit, Michigan, from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bin Laden also warned the United States of more attacks.

CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of the messages.


Filed under: al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Stefan Sigler, Germany

    Dear Osama,
    thank you for your kindness, to first let Obama finish medcare-trouble.
    You show pretty fine manors, not to bring him in double-triple-trouble by timing your delivery.

    Al-Qaeda ?
    Help me if i´m wrong – wasn´t it a CIA-file naming muslim-guerilla-terrorists on US-payroll ?

    Obama in need of some fresh terror-attacks to argue Afghanistan War and next act in Iran to bring up Halliburton & Co. and big-oil contracts ?
    Oh, what fine new employment. Down-Jones keeps smiling up.

    March 26, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Well we do have to listen and should take it all into consideration because it may be liget

    March 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. KISHORE

    The media gives him needless publicity,and its a old proverb that barking dogs seldom bite.
    Just ignore all his junk.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Msayyef

    Does anyone really believe this joke? Is it a coincidence that these fabricated tapes keep surfacing at critical times for the Israeli government? Bush re-election, Yemeni government pre-collapse, Iran war preparation, Gaza seige, and now the East Jerusalem showdown... When will CNN and other media outlets become responsible enough to verify their sources prior to publishing such propaganda?

    March 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel

    The right-wing thugs are at it again,most probably fabricating Al Qaeda video tapes trying to drum more lynch mob mentality and trying to freighten people needlessly into a right-wing war frenzy.

    March 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Randy - from Dallas TX

    Don't execute him, they all want to be "martyred". We ought to sentence him to the longest lasting, most brutal, most painful and most public tortures imaginable. The terrorists need to know they will not be "seeing virgins" after they attack us – they should expect hell on Earth instead.

    March 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dr. Roberto Polastro

    The Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has again been felt, with his threats against Americans, but by a press speech at his usual station Al Jazeera. (Intelligence American is evaluating the veracity of the message).
    Osama bin Laden has been missing for years, his only appearances are audio messages which is received at station Al Jazeera, who agrees to broadcast, so it keeps well hidden (if still alive).
    Not to teach the craft to the dear friends of the CIA, but somehow these messages arrive at the headquarters of Al Jazeera, with all the available technologies is not possible that they are not there yet to identify the origin of messages, and consequently the supporters and who I protects. (were spent hundreds of millions of dollars but no result is very strange and suspicious)
    Then be strengthened security forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reports damage that Osama bin Laden is hiding in those mountains, so what is expected to intensify their attacks and bombings?
    How are intensified investigations of intelligence in all those countries that can give both hospitality aid to Al Qaeda, and in those countries, including Western ones where they could find help at the house of suspicion.

    I express my solidarity with the American people for what they are doing fighting evil and protecting the freedom of peoples deleted.

    I apologize for my bad English.

    dr. Roberto Polastro (Italy)

    March 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. muymalgal

    why does this thing reek of cheney?

    March 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan Lafayette,IN

    I say give Khaled Shiekh Mohammed a military trial as soon as possible. Then execute him right after the trial and tell bin Laden that his day is coming soon! We should force Pakistan's intelligent service to give up any information about him, al Zawahiri and Omar or we will not give them any more assistance!

    March 25, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. john--Nashville

    western justice must prevail

    March 25, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Iraq Paramedic

    This guy is getting very desperate but, he means what he says if it is really him. Osama bin Laden has been rejected by his homeland & defeated by his infidel enemys so he is going to lash out any way he can. The Q'uran does talk about, in some passages, war & killing but so does the Holey Bible. I pray that some day the radicals will see the truth & give their people the peace they really want so kids can play & be kids & seniors can rest quietly & adults can get educated & get jobs. Please GOD bless & keep each & everyone on earth, in Jesus's name I pray AMEN.

    March 25, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |