(Christian Action Network) Numerous supporters of Christian Action Network have been expressing concerns for office and CAN activist safety, and have responded with dedications and promises of prayer.
At least one such respondent, whose letter came through the off-site office mail system recently, suggested praying the 91st Psalm for protection over everyone involved with the cause to expose Islamism and its connections to jihadist terrorism.
Following that respondent’s lead and her commitment to keep the office and activists in her prayers, and due to an increase in prayer concern expressed by many others, Mawyer said CAN should claim Psalms 91 protection.
“Definitely, we should, and we will,” Mawyer said. “Why, even our jihadist enemies say we are ‘People of the Book’ and that to me makes it more imperative that we claim it and put it out there what being people of the book means – it’s a powerful book, God’s Word.”
Mawyer said the prayers of supporters and friends is greatly appreciated. “I sense God is protecting me because of those prayers,” he said.
“We have to open, organize and process monetary support mailings, and that is needed and greatly appreciated,” he added.
“Meanwhile, prayers go straight to God’s bank, and I have a feeling we are drawing on that account more than we know.”
The respondent wrote, “I continue to hold you and your followers in prayer. I feel very sure that the Lord will protect you and your family through it all.”
She added encouragement to keep reading God’s Word and trusting in Him.
Psalms 91 states:
He who dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come near thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the lord who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation, There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
…now on display at CAN’s office location.
Defence minister says a smuggled dirty bomb or nuclear device is the biggest threat to North America
(Ottawa Citizen) OTTAWA – Defence Minister Peter Mackay says the greatest threat facing North America is international terrorists smuggling a nuclear weapon onto the continent through a busy container port.
At an Ottawa conference of transportation security experts on Wednesday, Mackay raised the spectre of radicals detonating a crude radioactive dispersal device or a conventional nuclear bomb after smuggling it in one of the millions of cargo containers arriving annually on foreign ships.
“The greatest threat to North America right now is on the water,” he told the audience. “This is an area where, God forbid, if someone with ill intent decided to send a dirty bomb or some kind of a nuclear device into our country, this is an area where we are vulnerable.
“With the number of movements of containers coming into this country today, this is an area we have to be completely and extremely vigilant and rigorous in terms of security.”
His assessment of the maritime threat is the bluntest yet from a government minister and echoes concerns high-ranking U.S. officials have expressed publicly for years: al-Qaida has nuclear ambitions, is working to develop the nuclear capabilities to match, and just one of the containers arriving annually on North America’s shores could be a Trojan Horse harbouring the unthinkable.
Gary Gilbert, of the giant U.S. company Hutchinson Port Holdings, which operates 48 international ports handling 60-million containers annually, later suggested to delegates it may only be a matter of time before that happens.
“We have seen drugs come in, we have seen illegal aliens, we have seen weapons,” he said. “Why can’t it be a weapon of mass destruction?”
A nuclear device arriving undetected in a North American port could be shipped to virtually any point in the continent by rail or truck.
The U.S. is now ringing its major cities, and eventually much of the country, with radiation detectors.
Triggering a nuclear device within a major port would also cause devastation. The Port of Los Angles, for example, is the trans-shipment point for much of the state’s gasoline supply, as well as 3.3 million direct and indirect jobs.
The U.S. also has custom agents screening U.S.-bound containers at certain foreign ports.
But, as a 2004 government report to Congress noted, terrorists are expected to try to circumvent those efforts by acquiring a trusted shipping company to avoid suspicion, falsifying manifest data, infiltrating ports’ administrations and shipping from ports where there are no U.S. agents.
Security improvements are being introduced at major ports in both countries.
Federal authorities here for the past two years have been arming all major ports with stationary radiation detectors to better scan incoming container traffic.
“It is essential to Canada’s sovereignty and to the safety of our citizens that we continue to be vigilant in guarding our coastlines,” Mackay told the international gathering, sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada.
“As a trading nation, our economic well-being depends very much on this.”
By 2012, the U.S. wants all of the estimated seven-million cargo containers arriving on its shores annually to be scanned for hidden nuclear cargo, up from less than one per cent today.
But the economic well-being of ports, which handle the vast major of goods used by North Americans, is at stake, too.
“You can have the best security in the world, (but) if commerce doesn’t flow, your wasting your time. Those containers have to move,” said Ralph Tracy, head of the Los Angles Port Police.
He is responsible for guarding the largest port in the U.S. and third largest in the world.
(Eye Witness News) A bomb squad and hazmat crews were called to Whitehaven High School Wednesday afternoon. They say a student found a soda can with wires attached.
The bomb squad was called in around 2:30 p.m. Officials say the bomb squad detonated the soda can and a white powder was exposed.
No injuries have been reported. Students were dismissed from school at the regular time.
Eyewitness News Everywhere has a crew on the scene and will bring the latest updates as they become available.
Police: Seized uranium enough for ‘dirty bomb’ 3 allegedly sought to sell material, which apparently came from ex-USSR
(AP) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Slovak police said Thursday they have identified as uranium the 2.2 pounds of radioactive material seized from three suspects who allegedly tried to sell it for $1 million.
Police spokesman Martin Korch could not say whether the seized material had been enriched to weapons-grade.
“I can confirm that it was uranium-235 and uranium-238,” he told The Associated Press.
Slovak and Hungarian officials were to hold a news conference later in the day
Authorities said Wednesday they confiscated the uranium during the arrests of two suspects in eastern Slovakia and a third in Hungary. It remained unclear to whom the suspects were trying to peddle the material.
Uranium is considered enriched if it contains more than 20 percent uranium-235, the fissile form of the element. It is considered weapons-grade if it contains at least 85 percent uranium-235. Natural uranium contains less than 1 percent of the fissile isotope, and uranium-238 is a lower grade form of the element.
‘Dirty bomb’ fears
The arrests heightened concerns that Eastern Europe could be a source of radioactive material for a so-called “dirty bomb,” which would use conventional explosives to scatter radioactive debris.
Eastern Slovakia’s border with Ukraine is the European Union’s easternmost frontier, and authorities have spent millions tightening security in the past few years, fearing terrorists or organized crime syndicates could smuggle weapons, explosives and other contraband into the EU.
In 2003, police in the Czech Republic, which borders Slovakia, arrested two Slovaks in a sting operation in the city of Brno after they allegedly sold undercover officers natural depleted uranium for $715,000.
Slovak and Hungarian police worked together on the case for several months, Korch said. He would not say how long the suspects were under surveillance, or detail how they were arrested and to whom they were trying to sell the material.
Hungary’s National Bureau of Investigation had no immediate comment.
Erich Tomas, a spokesman for the Slovak Interior Ministry, and the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Bratislava, said they also had no comment.
The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, which closely tracks reports of illicit trafficking in radioactive materials, said Thursday it was trying to contact Slovak and Hungarian authorities for more information.
Huge increase in stolen materials
Richard Hoskins, the IAEA official who administers the database, said that last year alone the U.N. nuclear watchdog registered 252 reported cases of radioactive materials that were stolen, missing, smuggled or in the possession of unauthorized individuals — a 385 percent increase since 2002.
But Hoskins cautioned that the spike probably was due at least in part to better reporting and improved law enforcement efforts. Of the 252 cases, about 85 involved thefts or losses, and not all the material was suitable for use in a weapon, he said.
Even so, “there are far too many incidents of material not being properly controlled,” Hoskins told AP in a telephone interview. “If we can do a better job, we can help keep these materials from falling into terrorist hands.”
Focus on former Soviet Union
Concerns about nuclear smuggling have generally been focused on Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union, where security at nuclear-related industries deteriorated after the 1991 Soviet collapse.
The U.S.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization dedicated to reducing the global threat from nuclear weapons, said in a report last year that Russia remains the prime country of concern for contraband nuclear material.
In 2006, Georgian agents working with CIA officials set up a sting that led to the arrest of a Russian citizen who tried to sell a small amount of weapons-grade uranium that he had in a plastic bag in his jacket pocket.
In 1997, seven men who officials said planned to smuggle 11 pounds of enriched uranium to Pakistan or China were arrested in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. That uranium reportedly had been stolen from a plant in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel) A defiant West Boca doctor convicted of conspiring to treat injured al-Qaida fighters was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison by a judge who said a sentence to deter others was needed because terrorists cannot carry out their deadly aims without help.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska noted Dr. Rafiq Sabir showed no remorse after his May conviction for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists by agreeing to treat injured al-Qaida members so they could return to Iraq to battle Americans.
The judge said there was “no reason to believe that this defendant has abandoned any criminal intentions.”
She said terrorism offenses were among the most serious crimes prosecuted and required stern punishments.
“If not for assistance to terrorists, then terrorist acts would not take place,” she said.
Just before the announcement of the sentence in a crowded New York City courtroom, Sabir insisted he was “completely innocent.”
He said a co-defendant, jazz musician and martial arts expert Tarik Shah, had duped him into taking an oath with an FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaida recruiter, never explaining that he was pledging loyalty to al-Qaida or its leader, Osama bin Laden.
“I’m an extremely gullible man,” Sabir said.
For about six months in late 2003 Sabir worked at Glades General Hospital in Belle Glade. Federal agents had begun tracking him in late 2002, monitoring his travel to Saudi Arabia, where he was employed at a military base hospital and documenting his phone conversations about joining al-Qaida.
Authorities raided his home, in a gated community west of Boca Raton, in May 2005 and arrested him after what a friend described as a weekend meant to be a memorable and festive family gathering.
He had planned to fly to the military base in Saudi Arabia, and his family was to have joined him in a month. But long before the trip was scheduled, the FBI began investigating Shah.
Sabir said Wednesday that he learned more about Shah at his trial than he had learned in the previous 20 years when they had become close friends.
He said he now realizes Shah tried to sell his services to al-Qaida.
“My intentions were entirely within the law,” he said. “I had no idea I was being asked to be an al-Qaida member.”
The judge said she concluded Sabir perjured himself when he testified during trial that he did not understand the accent of the FBI agent during the pledging ceremony and did not realize al-Qaida was said or that references to an Osama were about bin Laden.
Shah recently was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a deal with the government. A Brooklyn bookstore owner who pleaded guilty was sentenced to 13 years in prison. A Washington, D.C., cab driver pleaded guilty and agreed to serve 15 years in prison.
LONDON (Reuters) – A “cyber cold war” waged over the world’s computers threatens to become one of the biggest threats to security in the next decade, according to a report published on Thursday.
About 120 countries are developing ways to use the Internet as a weapon to target financial markets, government computer systems and utilities, Internet security company McAfee said in an annual report.
Intelligence agencies already routinely test other states’ networks looking for weaknesses and their techniques are growing more sophisticated every year, it said.
Governments must urgently shore up their defenses against industrial espionage and attacks on infrastructure.
“Cybercrime is now a global issue,” said Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs. “It has evolved significantly and is no longer just a threat to industry and individuals but increasingly to national security.”
The report said China is at the forefront of the cyber war. It said China has been blamed for attacks in the United States, India and Germany. China has repeatedly denied such claims.
“The Chinese were first to use cyber-attacks for political and military goals,” James Mulvenon, director of the Center for Intelligence and Research in Washington, was quoted as saying in the report.
The report was compiled with input from academics and officials from Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and NATO.
Cyber-attacks on private and government Web sites in Estonia in April and May this year were “just the tip of the iceberg”, the report warned.
Estonia said thousands of sites were affected in attacks aimed at crippling infrastructure in a country heavily dependent on the Internet.
The attacks appeared to have stemmed initially from Russia although the Kremlin denied any wrongdoing.
“The complexity and coordination seen was new,” the report quoted an unnamed NATO source as saying. “There were a series of attacks with careful timing using different techniques and specific targets.”
EU Information Society commissioner Viviane Reding said in June that what happened in Estonia was a wake-up call. NATO said “urgent work” was needed to improve defenses.
The McAfee report predicted that future attacks would be even more sophisticated.
“Attacks have progressed from initial curiosity probes to well-funded and well-organised operations for political, military, economic and technical espionage,” it said.
The report is online at http://www.mcafee.com/us/research/criminology_report/default.html
(Anchorage Daily News) A man who mentioned the word “bomb” on an Alaska Airlines flight into Anchorage this afternoon prompted a full-scale search of the plane by the law enforcement once it landed, according to the FBI.
The man identified as Kirk Frederick Forest, 38, of Wyoming, was arrested at Ted Stevens International Airport.
Passengers said he was pacing the aisles and mumbling religious phrases on the flight from Seattle, said FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez said.
“He did appear agitated and made a threat to the plane,” he said.
Forest was restrained by the flight crew, he said.
A spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines said Forest mentioned the bomb just as the 737-800 was descending shortly after 2 p.m. There were more than 150 people onboard, spokeswoman Amanda Tobin Bielawski said. The flight originated in Washington, D.C., but had taken off from Seattle after noon.
After the plane landed in Anchorage, it was taken to a remote location on the runway and searched with dogs, she said. Passengers were taken by bus to the terminal and interviewed.
Passenger Greg Dutton, heading in from Seattle on a business trip, said he saw Forest, who was disheveled and looked to be in his 50s, walking the aisles, proselytizing to passengers with a Bible, saying things like “God loves me.”
“I think the religious messages unnerved some people,” he said.
At some point, another passenger confronted Forest, disagreeing with his religious views, and the two began to argue, said Clyde Bullion, another passenger.
“(Forest) said he wanted all of us to get to know God, too,” Bullion said.
The man was surrounded at the back of the plane by airline personnel and restrained. It took several hours for the FBI to interview all the passengers about the incident.
(Evening Standard) A major security operation was under way today as a British teacher charged with inciting hatred and insulting religion was brought before a court in Sudan.
Trucks protected by armed police transported Gillian Gibbons from her cell at the CID headquarters in Khartoum where she had been kept in custody following her arrest on Sunday for allowing pupils to name a school teddy bear Mohammed.
Security was also tight at the city’s court building as fears that extremists might stage a kidnap attempt ran high.
Mrs Gibbons, looking tired and distressed and wearing a dark blue jacket and blue dress, was not handcuffed.
Reports have suggested she could learn her fate by 5pm today.
Before the hearing began the public and press were cleared from the court room but only moments later the case was adjourned for two hours.
The prosecutor-general said Mrs Gibbons, whose case has drawn international condemnation, can expect a swift and fair trial under Sudanese law.
Mrs Gibbons faces 40 lashes and a year in jail after after being charged with insulting Islam. Reports today suggested the complaint against her had been made by a secretary at the school.
She was charged after behind-the-scenes political moves to avoid a court case collapsed amid growing Islamic anger in the east African country.
A Sudanese official said it was “unlikely” that Mrs Gibbons would be convicted.
A powerful Sudanese newspaper urged authorities to call a hardline Islamist leader linked to Osama bin Laden to give evidence at her trial, to stress how offensive the case was to Muslims.
Extreme Islamic groups said Mrs Gibbons “must die” and urged Muslims to hold street protests after prayers tomorrow.
The Muslim Council of Britain said it was “appalled” at the decision by Sudan.
Legal sources in Khartoum said it is possible the case could be dealt with in a single hearing.
One lawyer said that if Mrs Gibbons pleads guilty and makes profuse apologies, she could emerge with a “relatively minor penalty”, such as a hefty fine or a jail term equivalent to the four days she has already spent in custody.
But he warned that rising anger in Sudan, as news of the case spread, might affect the court’s decision.
Yesterday, Mrs Gibbons met British consular officials in the jailhouse where she is being held. She looked tired and pale as she was escorted across the dusty courtyard with a blanket around her shoulders.
Mrs Gibbons, a former deputy head in Liverpool, moved to Khartoum in August to fulfil her dream of teaching abroad after her marriage broke down last year.
The mother of two grown-up children was arrested on Sunday after parents were said to have complained she had insulted Islam’s prophet by naming a teddy bear Mohammed as part of a class project.
However, a boy of seven came forward on Tuesday to say it was “all his fault”, as he and his classmates at the Unity High School had voted to call the bear Mohammed after his own name.
He insisted his teacher had not intended to insult Islam.
Mrs Gibbons technically faces three charges – insulting Islam, inciting religious hatred and contempt for religious beliefs – each of which carries a maximum penalty of 40 lashes and a year in jail. But it is believed she will stand trial on only one.
Abdul Daem Zumrawi, the Justice Ministry’s undersecretary, said: “What will be applied is at the discretionary power of the judge.”
Mrs Gibbons’s former husband, Peter Gibbons, 54, said last night that he and their children Jessica, 27, and John, 25, had been horrified at the news that she had been charged.
“The children are not coping very well, they are upset,” he said. “We are praying and relying on the Foreign Office and the embassy out there.
“My son is waiting on advice from the embassy to see if it’s possible to go over there.
“Gillian is an innocent in all this, she would not want to cause offence to anybody.”
One of Khartoum’s biggest papers, the pro-government Akhir Lahza – Last Moment – said Hassan Al Turabi, once seen as the Islamic ideologue behind the government, should be called as an expert witness in the case to stress how offensive the teacher’s action had been.
The religious and Islamist political leader is thought to have been instrumental in institutionalising Sharia law in the north of the country.
He personally invited Osama bin Laden to Sudan and the Al Qaeda leader based his operations there from around 1990 to 1996.
The newspaper’s editor-in-chief also called for politicians to avoid meddling in religious affairs and not to argue that Sudanese foreign relations would be affected.
At the same time, Sudanese legal scholars warned that an increase in rhetoric would make it difficult for a deal to be done quietly behind the scenes.
Professor Eltyeb Hag Ateya, director of Khartoum University’s peace research institute, said Sudanese president Umar al-Bashir would not want to be seen to back down in the face of Western pressure.
“One of main criticisms of the government is that they are giving too much away to foreigners,” he said.
“If imams at Friday prayers turn this into a much bigger thing, then no one will listen to the facts.”
Sudan’s legal system is based on laws introduced during British colonial rule, but aspects of Sharia law were incorporated in 1991.
Sudanese reaction to the case had been muted until yesterday, when demonstrations took place at one of Khartoum’s student campuses.
Speakers took turns to denounce Mrs Gibbons, brandishing a newspaper bearing her photograph. A stateinment circulated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood – a multinational Sunni Islamist movement and the world’s most influential political Islamist group – also condemned her actions.
“We want to express our boiling anger and deep sorrow about this case caused by this British teacher,” it said.
“We want to tell you that the majority of Sudanese are Muslims so we love our Prophet Mohammed so much and we decry this careless way of dealing with our beloved Prophet.”
One of its authors, 27-year- old Elsheikh El Nour, added: “If she made an innocent mistake and did not mean Mohammed the Prophet (when naming the bear) there is no problem.
“But if she did mean Mohammed the Prophet, she must die.”
Leaflets distributed outside Khartoum’s Great Mosque urged Muslims to march tomorrow in protest at Mrs Gibbons’ actions.
They condemned what they described as “flagrant aggression” against the Prophet Mohammed and asked imams to address the subject Friday prayers.
The leaflets added: “What has been done by this infidel lady is considered a matter of contempt and an insult to Muslims’ feelings and also the pollution of children’s mentality as an attempt to wipe their identity.”
The Muslim Council of Britain was furious at the decision to charge Mrs Gibbons.
“This is disgraceful and defies common sense,” said Secretary-General Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari. “There was clearly no intention on the part of the teacher to deliberately insult the Islamic faith.
“The children in Mrs Gibbons’s class and their parents have all testified as to her innocence in this matter. We call upon the Sudanese President, Umar al-Bashir, to intervene in this case without delay to ensure that Mrs Gibbons is freed from this quite shameful ordeal.”
New federal trial for jihadist “Holy Land Foundation” in limbo After a draw in federal court, a second trial was “discussed” two weeks ago for Islamic jihadists channeling money to Muslim Brotherhood terrorists
(Christian Action Network) A major federal case against alleged jihadist fundraisers for terrorism remains on hold after discussions among prosecutors and defendants took place weeks ago, court sources in Texas confirmed to CAN News Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Texas Northern District Judge Jorge A. Solis spokesperson Brenda Webb said no date for retrial is on the docket for USA v. Holy Land Foundation for relief and development and seven named individual defendants.
A 42-count indictment in 2004 charged the relief agency with funding, “Haradat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyya,” [aka HAMAS] “Arabic for the Islamic Resistance Movement,” stated the 56-page indictment document obtained by CAN News.
The case ended in a mistrial because a jury became deadlocked on findings of guilt in October.
A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson told CAN News Nov. 7 that a meeting in Dallas federal court would take place to discuss proceedings against the foundation as part of a federal commitment to retry the case.
Two weeks after that meeting, no public records or statements are being released. “The case has no hearing date, and no action is anticipated soon,” Webb said.
She added the Nov. 14 meeting on scheduling issues “yielded no decisions of public record,” she said, and further developments are “in the hands of various parties involved.”
Public Information Officer Kathy Colvin with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said she could only confirm publicly available information on the case. “The judge has issued a gag rule in the case, so I can’t comment any further,” she said.
The Nov. 14 meeting with Judge Solis was to cover scheduling issues following a prior federal jury trial’s “hung jury” that prompted a mistrial order: “The case is to be reassigned to another district judge for retrial.”
The U.S. contends Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for HAMAS and founded what was at its 1988 inception the Occupied Land Fund, to fulfill a fundraising quest for the Brotherhood’s “Palestinian Committee.”
HAMAS used money from U.S. sources to pay for terrorist attacks in Israel as part of their jihadist campaign, according to the case indictment narrative.
They allegedly funded additional programs to placate Arabic residents of the region in order to improve the political position of HAMAS jihadist leaders.
The conspiracy was designed to make discovery and prosecution difficult in the U.S. legal system, a conspiracy led by HAMAS spiritual leader and founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin.
U.S. prosecutors found out how difficult the case was to prove after a two-year legal battle led to a three-week jury trial, a hung jury and the mistrial ruling.
The indictment outlines many subversive efforts, including October 1993, following the Oslo Accords, when Holy Land Foundation leaders met in Philadelphia, PA.
“The purpose of the meeting was to determine their course of action in support of HAMAS’ opposition to the peace plan and to decide how to conceal their activities from the scrutiny of the United States Government,” the indictment stated.
Defendants were named as referring to HAMAS by name, expressing support for their “resistance” methods and goals and stating the U.S. should be “used as a fundraising platform.”
“The attendees acknowledged the need to avoid scrutiny by law enforcement officials…by masquerading their operations under the cloak of charitable exercise,” the indictment stated.
The indictment proceeded to note dates and dollar amounts of laundered moneys in a list of nearly 100 “overt acts” covered as U.S. code infractions, most of them noted as federal felonies.
The jury found guilt in the majority on several counts against several of the defendants, but could not arrive at unanimous decisions.
Court officials said jury records, including hand written notes, are part of the extensive case file. CAN News is seeking those documents.
as-Sahab Orders Cyber Jihadists To Post New Bin Laden Video On Western Websites Bin Laden apparently wants to ensure that a Western audience views his latest video message
(NTARC) Osama Bin Laden apparently wants to ensure that a Western audience views his latest video message which is expected to show up on the web in the coming hours.
The new al-Qaeda video containing Bin Laden’s latest message “must be posted to Western websites,” according to the terror network’s media arm as-Sahab. It has ordered cyber jihadists to post the video as soon as it is released.
“You must spread the new message from Sheikh Osama bin Laden in every way, especially via Western websites,” said As-Sahab, which produces al-Qaeda’s videos and audiotapes.
In a web message announcing the imminent posting of bin Laden’s new message, entitled “To the European people”, As-Sahab also gives instructions on how best to distribute the new video.
“Any means of distributing the video should be used in order to get the truth across to them about their war which they are losing and reveal to them the reality which they ignore,” said As-Sahab.
These and other comments posted on the Internet by al-Qaeda followers signal that bin Laden’s new message could cover the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, where troops from various countries are deployed.
Given that it is a message aimed at a Western audience, it is believed to have already been translated and subtitled in English, as have previous messages by bin Laden and by al-Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri directed at the United States.
The last two messages from bin Laden, released after three years of silence, were those of 11 September and 22 October this year.
The last one, in particular, made history in that it was the first message in which bin Laden admitted that some of his followers in Iraq had made mistakes. It called on Jihadists to unite.
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