Bin Laden issues new threat in tape
Osama bin Laden threatened in a new message released Thursday to kill any Americans al-Qaida captures if the U.S. executes the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks or other al-Qaida suspects.
"It's the height of absurdity for anyone associated with al-Qaida to even suggest that now, at long last, they're going to start treating captives badly," said the counterterrorism official.
"They may have forgotten Danny Pearl and all the others they've slaughtered, but we haven't."
Anwar al-Awlaki: A Call to Jihad
[from the Imam that handled MAJ Hassan and the Christmas Day bomber]
To the American people, I say: remember the days when Americans were enjoying the blessings of security and peace? When the word terrorism was rarely invoked and when you were oblivious to any threats? I remember a time when you could purchase an airline ticket from the classified section of your local or college newspaper and use it even though it was issued to a different name because no one would bother asking you for an ID before you boarding the plane. No long lines, no elaborate search, no body scans, no sniffing dogs, no taking off your shoes and emptying out your pockets. You were a nation at ease.
...America has not been safe. Nine years after September 11 - nine years of spending and nine years of beefing up security - you are still unsafe...
If America failed to win when it was at its pinnacle of economic strength, how can it win today with a recession at hand? The simple answer is that America cannot and will not win.
How many more bodybags are American families willing to receive? How much more can the US treasury handle?
For how long can the US survive this war of attrition?
We will fight to the last man against whoever stands in our way. We, the Muslims, do not have an inherent animosity towards any racial group or ethnicity. We are not against Americans for just being American; we are against evil. And America, as a whole, has turned into a nation of evil. What we see from America is the invasion of two Muslim countries, we see Abu Ghraib, Baghram, and Guantanamo Bay; we see cruise missiles and cluster bombs...we cannot stand idly in the face of such aggression.