送信日時 :2001年 12月 14日 金曜日 7:44 PM
Arab World Suspicious of Tape
Thursday, December 13, 2001 5:13 p.m. EST
By DONNA ABU-NASR
Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt
(AP) - Poor sound quality and reliance on U.S. government translations significantly lessened the impact of the latest Osama bin Laden videotape in the Arab world and fueled suspicion of a U.S. scheme to blame Muslims for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
``Is that possible! I can't believe bin Laden did it. The translation is wrong and we hardly heard his voice. America just wants to implicate Muslims,'' said Nadia Saqr, an Egyptian mother of two.
In the tape released Thursday by the Pentagon, there was no finger-waving or grandiose threats and bin Laden referred to the Sept. 11 attacks in a casual tone. As he leaned back on a mattress describing elements of the Sept. 11 plot, the tape revealed what bin Laden is like when he is not making a speech.
``What you were listening to was just a dinner conversation. He wasn't performing,'' said Sateh Noureddine, managing editor of Lebanon's As-Safir newspaper.
In tapes shown of bin Laden over the years, the Saudi dissident's every word and move appeared choreographed to portray him as a heroic warrior able to lead Muslims against their enemies, mainly the United States, Israel and Europe.
One of the most striking examples is the bin Laden tape aired by the Al-Jazeera Arabic station on Oct. 7, hours after the U.S. airstrikes against the Taliban and bin Laden's al-Qaida network began in Afghanistan. Looking straight into the camera in that tape, bin Laden wagged his finger as he delivered his threat:
``To America, I say only a few words to it and its people: I swear by God, who has elevated the skies without pillars, neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in Palestine,and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon him.''
Over dinner with his aides in the tape released Thursday, bin Laden recited a poem about freedom and struggle and teased his spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, because he had known nothing about the Sept. 11 attacks. ``Not everyone knew,'' bin Laden said in the tape.
It was a striking contrast to previous tapes. Coupled with poor sound quality and U.S. government translations, the tape released by the Pentagon instead of the Al-Jazeera station, left many Arab skeptics.
In Jordan, political analyst Labib Kamhawi said, at most, the video shows bin Laden praising the attacks, but ``does not prove that bin Laden was responsible for'' them. Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian expert on militant Islamic movements who writes for the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, said bin Laden may have left the tape behind in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on purpose so the Americans would show it and show the world that he played a role in the terrorist attacks in the United States.
Bin Laden no longer has anything to lose by claiming responsibility, Salah said. In a recruiting video released after the October 2000 suicide attack on the destroyer USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, bin Laden praised the deadly bombing but did not claim responsibility.
As he recited a poem about the Yemen attack, background footage showed bin Laden's masked militants training in Afghanistan as a song played with the lyrics: ``We thank God for granting us victory the day we destroyed Cole in the sea.''
Copyright c 2001 Associated Press.
Bin Laden tape 'unconvincing'
21.31PM GMT, 13 Dec 2001
Osama bin Laden laughed and boasted in a video that the collapse of the World Trade Centre was more devastating than he ever could have hoped.
The recording, released by the US government, apparently showed the Al-Quaeda leader grinning as he told guests at a dinner in Afghanistan that the suicide hijackers had only learned they were going to their deaths before they boarded the planes.
He told them how he had listened to the radio, waiting for news of the attacks, then celebrated afterwards with his "brothers" - other members of the Al-Quaeda movement.
But the tape has failed to convince some viewers in the Middle East, who have questioned US motives for releasing it. "Of course it is fabricated," said Dia'a Rashwan, a Cairo-based expert on Islamic movements.
"If this is the kind of evidence that America has, then the blood of thousands who died and were injured in Afghanistan is on Bush's head."
Before the tape was released, US officials had hoped it could help persuade the world of bin Laden's guilt.
But because the quality of the audio was so poor, most Arabs listening to the tape could not follow what bin Laden was saying, lessening its potential impact.
Several Arab satellite channels showed the tape with English subtitles. "I can't believe bin Laden did it. The translation is wrong and we hardly heard his voice.
America just wants to implicate Muslims," said Nadia Saqr, an Egyptian mother of two. But Fouad Al-Hashem, a columnist for Al-Watan daily, said the tape "blew away all the efforts of Muslim fundamentalist movements to distance bin Laden from the attack."
"We have always wondered what the devil looks like. Today, we got to see him in the person of that man (bin Laden)," said Al-Hashem. Jordanian political analyst Labib Kamhawi said the video at the most showed bin Laden praising the attacks, but "does not prove that bin Laden was responsible for the September 11 attacks."
But Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian expert on militant Islamic movements, believes bin Laden left the tape for Americans to find because he wanted the world to know of his role in the attacks.
The tape was found by American intelligence agents at a house in Jalalabad, and was shot at a dinner with other Taleban and Al-Qaeda leaders It has been released by the Pentagon four days after its existence first emerged, with a translation of everything that is audible on the amateurishly-shot home video. However some within the administration had called for the tape not to be shown in its entirety, saying it may be a plant designed to convey covert messages to bin Laden's supporters abroad.
The tape shows bin Laden talking to a disabled sheikh who has not been identified by The Pentagon. It is thought to have been shot at a guest house in Kandahar. Bin Laden, wearing a white turban and combat jacket, is told by the man:
"You have given us weapons, you have given us hope and we thank Allah for you. "People now are supporting us more, even those ones who did not support us in the past, support us more now. I did not want to take that much of your time."
The tape was translated from Arabic by several government officials and verified by an outside expert, Dr Kassem Wahba, of Johns Hopkins University. Bin Laden told how he knew since the Thursday before the attacks when they were due to take place.
"We had finished our work that day and had the radio on," he said. "It was 5.30pm our time. I was sitting with Dr Ahmad Abu-al-Khair. Immediately, we heard the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Centre. "We turned the radio station to the news from Washington. The news continued and no mention of the attack until the end. At the end of the newscast, they reported that a plane just hit the World Trade Centre. "After a little while, they announced that another plane had hit the World Trade Centre. The brothers who heard the news were overjoyed by it."
When the towers collapsed, bin Laden said the fact they fell exceeded his plans, based on his knowledge of engineering. "We calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy who would be killed based on the position of the tower," he said. "We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors.
I was the most optimistic of them all. "Due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas (fuel) in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only.
"This is all that we had hoped for." The sheik replied: "Allah be praised. And I was happy for the happiness of my brothers. "That day the congratulations were coming on the phone non-stop. The mother was receiving phone calls continuously." Bin Laden then spoke about the planning for the event.
"The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn't know anything about the operation, not even one letter."
"But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they boarded the planes. "Those who were trained to fly didn't know the others. One group of people did not know the other group."
Bin Laden then told the men, who are thought to be his lieutenants, of the reaction of the group he was with when he heard the news.
"They were overjoyed when the first plane hit the building, so I said to them: 'be patient'," he said. "The difference between the first and the second plane hitting the towers was twenty minutes. "And the difference between the first plane and the plane that hit the Pentagon was one hour."
Bin Laden refers to one of the group, whose name cannot be made out, and says: "He did not know about the operation. Not everybody knew. "Mohamed (Atta) from the Egyptian family was in charge of the group."
The tape also shows followers of bin Laden parading parts of a downed American helicopter, including one of the crew's bags, which is marked "Sgt", and a gas mask, as well as parts of the aircraft.
And there is a visit to the site where the helicopter came down in Afghanistan by the men, who chant and wave weapons in the air in an apparent prayer of thanks.
The tape is not in the right order, with the beginning of the dinner at the end of the tape and the rest at the beginning. The beginning of the dinner shows bin Laden, carrying a gun, exchanging greetings with the sheikh, who appears unable to rise, and sitting down on cushions on the floor.
The Pentagon believes the tape rewound automatically and erased earlier footage on it, possibly of the visit to the helicopter site.
Providing Fodder for His Enemies
Bin Laden Tape May Have Planned Evidence Against Him
By Andrew Chang and Deb Amos
Dec. 13 --
If Osama bin Laden is such a calculating terrorist mastermind, why would he create a piece of evidence that justifies America's pursuit of him?
That's the question that follows the broadcast today of a videotape in which bin Laden acknowledges direct responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that killed more than 3,000 people.
Up until this point, the Saudi exile had praised the attack but denied any involvement in its planning or execution.
But the video released by the Pentagon today shows bin Laden at a dinner meeting with his top associates on Nov. 9, recounting his involvement in and reaction to the attacks nearly two months earlier.
On the tape, bin Laden describes how he had calculated how many civilians would die in the attacks, and how he was surprised that both World Trade Center towers collapsed. He also says some of the hijackers did not know they were going to die. Some voices in the Muslim world, and among bin Laden's supporters, have already expressed doubt about the tape.
The amateurish quality of the video, the many cuts, and that bin Laden's voice is hard to hear, already have some arguing that it is a U.S. fabrication. Skeptics might also point out that the tape has emerged only two months after a military action had already begun, and that "it didn't surface through normal channels," Thomas J. Badey, a terrorism expert at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.,said on Tuesday.
But there are also entirely feasible reasons for the tape's existence, experts said -- even accounting for bin Laden's careful planning. An al Qaeda Production Bin Laden's al Qaeda network has long been known to have a "media wing" -- not only assembling propaganda, but also creating material for internal use.
As opposition forces seize bases that once belonged to bin Laden's al Qaeda network across Afghanistan, they have been discovering tapes documenting executions, terrorist training exercises, and the destruction of the ancient Buddahs in the Afghan city of Bamiyan. Other al Qaeda tapes discovered by conquering opposition forces have also shown everyday activities like building new hospitals and handing out aid from Islamic aid agencies.
It is believed bin Laden's ultimate objective is a worldwide Islamic revolution, and his supporters may have wanted a historical record of such events.
The video, along with bin Laden's close associates, features a visiting sheik. In the course of the dinner, the sheik proclaims, "In these days, in our times, that it will be the greatest jihad in the history of Islam and the resistance of the wicked people."
"It could be devotees of Osama bin Laden preserving an important moment for posterity, knowing that he could be a martyr," Roxanne Euben, a political science professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, said on Tuesday.
The tape might be used "to claim an incredible success at the very moment that morale may be falling," Euben said ? but most experts agreed it was unlikely the current tape was made for the global media. Previous releases to the media have been much more polished and have been efficiently dispatched, they said. "If he wanted to state his responsibility for it formally he would have done so with a big bang," said Badey. It was also unlikely that bin Laden was unaware that he was being taped, they said.
Bin Laden would have been particularly attentive to video cameras, says Badey -- especially after the assassination of famed Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Massood.
Two suicide bombers killed Massood days before the Sept. 11 attacks by pretending to be journalists to get close to him and setting off a bomb hidden in a video camera. However, the fact that the the video was left behind might be an accident, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said today.
No Worries Ultimately though, experts said, bin Laden might not care very much whether or not the West has evidence against him. Whether or not he killed innocents still does not diminish bin Laden's political appeal, Lou Cantori, a lecturer for the State Department and professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said on Tuesday. Bin Laden's "criticism of the American foreign policy resonates in the Arab and Muslim imagination even though they disagree with his brutal and terrible methods and tactics," said Fawaz Gerges, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Bin Laden's sympathy for the Palestinians, his concern about sanctions on Iraq that are blamed for killing hundreds of thousands of children, and criticism of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia ? those causes generate support for him in the Muslim world, regardless of the videotape, Cantori said. The United States is already pursuing bin Laden, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has expressed his preference for apprehending the exiled Saudi dissident ? dead.
"I think people now, the sense I get from speaking to a number of people out of the Arab world, is that what difference will it make?" said Ghida Fakhry, a former journalist for the Arab satellite television network Al Jazeera.
"The military campaign in Afghanistan at least is at such an advanced stage, what is the difference whether we see this evidence or not?"
A Gruesome Mix of the Modern and Medieval Dec. 13 -- For a regime that has intentions of bringing the world to the seventh-century ideal of an Islamic state, al Qaeda had a surprisingly modern media operation.
As part of its media wing, it had a unit that collected articles from the Internet, in Arabic, of events linked to al Qaeda. Folders of articles discovered in Kabul, Afghanistan, were titled "Variety of Achievements," and are accounts of attacks on the USS Cole, the U.S. battleship attacked in Yemen last year. Some of the scenes the group recorded on video might as well have been taken from the medieval times al Qaeda so exalts.
The most graphic video viewed by ABCNEWS is a series of executions. One of the killings is particularly grisly as it is carried out in front of thousands of people in Kandahar's famous stadium, which was a favorite killing ground for the Taliban.
The tape begins with a man wrapped mummy-style being carried into an open space. The man's feet and hands are bound and he is further restrained in what looks like a blanket or sheet. A small woman, completely covered in a blue burqa, approaches the restrained man. She bends over him and with a sawing motion, uses a knife to cut off the man's head.
It takes some effort, and the execution takes some time. When it is over, the crowd disperses.
http://www.foxnews.com/ Raw Data: Video Transcript
This is the transcript (translated into English) of the Usama bin Laden videotape released by the Pentagon on Thursday, December 13, 2001.
Transcript and annotations independently prepared by George Michael, translator, Diplomatic Language Services; and Dr. Kassem M. Wahba, Arabic language program coordinator, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
They collaborated on their translation and compared it with translations done by the U. S. government for consistency.
There were no inconsistencies in the translations. In mid-November, Usama Bin Laden spoke to a room of supporters, possibly in Qandahar, Afghanistan.
These comments were video taped with the knowledge of Bin Laden and all present.
Note: The tape is approximately one hour long and contains three different segments: an original taping of a visit by some people to the site of the downed U. S. helicopter in Ghazni province (approximately 12 minutes long); and two segments documenting a courtesy visit by Bin Laden and his lieutenants to an unidentified Shaykh, who appears crippled from the waist down.
The visit apparently takes place at a guesthouse in Qandahar. The sequence of the events is reversed on the tape the end of his visit is in the beginning of the tape with the helicopter site visit in the middle and the start of the Usama bin Laden visit beginning approximately 39 minutes into the tape. The tape is transcribed below according to the proper sequence of events.
Due to the quality of the original tape, it is NOT a verbatim transcript of every word spoken during the meeting, but does convey the messages and information flow.
EDITOR'S NOTE: 39 minutes into tape, first segment of the bin Laden meeting, begins after footage of helicopter site visit
Shaykh: (... inaudible...) You have given us weapons, you have given us hope and we thank Allah for you.
We don't want to take much of your time, but this is the arrangement of the brothers. People now are supporting us more, even those ones who did not support us in the past, support us more now. I did not want to take that much of your time. We praise Allah, we praise Allah. We came from Kabul. We were very pleased to visit.
May Allah bless you both at home and the camp. We asked the driver to take us, it was a night with a full moon, thanks be to Allah. Believe me it is not in the country side.
The elderly... everybody praises what you did, the great action you did, which was first and foremost by the grace of Allah. This is the guidance of Allah and the blessed fruit of jihad.
UBL: Thanks to Allah. What is the stand of the Mosques there (in Saudi Arabia)?
Shaykh: Honestly, they are very positive. Shaykh Al-Bahrani (phonetic) gave a good sermon in his class after the sunset prayers. It was videotaped and I was supposed to carry it with me, but unfortunately, I had to leave immediately.
UBL: The day of the events?
Shaykh: At the exact time of the attack on America, precisely at the time. He (Bahrani) gave a very impressive sermon. Thanks be to Allah for his blessings. He (Bahrani) was the first one to write at war time. I visited him twice in Al-Qasim.
UBL: Thanks be to Allah.
Shaykh: This is what I asked from Allah. He (Bahrani) told the youth: "You are asking for martyrdom and wonder where you should go (for martyrdom)?"
Allah was inciting them to go. I asked Allah to grant me to witness the truth in front of the unjust ruler. We ask Allah to protect him and give him the martyrdom, after he issued the first fatwa. He was detained for interrogation, as you know. When he was called in and asked to sign, he told them, "don't waste my time, I have another fatwa. If you want me, I can sign both at the same time."
UBL: Thanks be to Allah.
Shaykh: His position is really very encouraging. When I paid him the first visit about a year and half ago, he asked me, "How is Shaykh Bin-Ladin?"
He sends you his special regards. As far as Shaykh Sulayman 'Ulwan is concerned, he gave a beautiful fatwa, may Allah bless him. Miraculously, I heard it on the Quran radio station. It was strange because he (' Ulwan) sacrificed his position, which is equivalent to a director. It was transcribed word-by-word. The brothers listened to it in detail. I briefly heard it before the noon prayers. He (' Ulwan) said this was jihad and those people were not innocent people (World Trade Center and Pentagon victims). He swore to Allah.
This was transmitted to Shaykh Sulayman Al ((' Umar)) Allah bless him.
UBL: What about Shaykh Al-(( Rayan))?
Shaykh: Honestly, I did not meet with him. My movements were truly limited.
UBL: Allah bless you. You are welcome.
Shaykh: (Describing the trip to the meeting) They smuggled us and then I thought that we would be in different caves inside the mountains so I was surprised at the guest house and that it is very clean and comfortable. Thanks be to Allah, we also learned that this location is safe, by Allah's blessings. The place is clean and we are very comfortable.
UBL: (... Inaudible...) when people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse. This is only one goal; those who want people to worship the lord of the people, without following that doctrine, will be following the doctrine of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
(UBL quotes several short and incomplete Hadith verses, as follows):
"I was ordered to fight the people until they say there is no god but Allah, and his prophet Muhammad." "Some people may ask: why do you want to fight us?"
"There is an association between those who say:
I believe in one god and Muhammad is his prophet, and those who don't (... inaudible...) "Those who do not follow the true fiqh. The fiqh of Muhammad, the real fiqh. They are just accepting what is being said at face value."
UBL: Those youth who conducted the operations did not accept any fiqh in the popular terms, but they accepted the fiqh that the prophet Muhammad brought.
Those young men (... inaudible...) said in deeds, in New York and Washington, speeches that overshadowed all other speeches made everywhere else in the world.
The speeches are understood by both Arabs and non-Arabs even by Chinese. It is above all the media said. Some of them said that in Holland, at one of the centers, the number of people who accepted Islam during the days that followed the operations were more than the people who accepted Islam in the last eleven years.
I heard someone on Islamic radio who owns a school in America say:
"We don't have time to keep up with the demands of those who are asking about Islamic books to learn about Islam."
This event made people think (about true Islam) which benefited Islam greatly.
Shaykh: Hundreds of people used to doubt you and few only would follow you until this huge event happened. Now hundreds of people are coming out to join you. I remember a vision by Shaykh Salih Al-(( Shuaybi)).
He said: "There will be a great hit and people will go out by hundreds to Afghanistan." I asked him (Salih): "To Afghanistan?" He replied, "Yes." According to him, the only ones who stay behind will be the mentally impotent and the liars (hypocrites). I remembered his saying that hundreds of people will go out to Afghanistan. He had this vision a year ago. This event discriminated between the different types of followers.
UBL: (... Inaudible...) we calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower. We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all. (... Inaudible...) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for.
Shaykh: Allah be praised.
UBL: We were at (... inaudible...) when the event took place. We had notification since the previous Thursday that the event would take place that day. We had finished our work that day and had the radio on.
It was 5: 30 p.m. our time. I was sitting with Dr. Ahmad Abu-al-(( Khair)). Immediately, we heard the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We turned the radio station to the news from Washington. The news continued and no mention of the attack until the end. At the end of the newscast, they reported that a plane just hit the World Trade Center.
Shaykh: Allah be praised.
UBL: After a little while, they announced that another plane had hit the World Trade Center. The brothers who heard the news were overjoyed by it.
Shaykh: I listened to the news and I was sitting. We didn't... we were not thinking about anything, and all of a sudden, Allah willing, we were talking about how come we didn't have anything, and all of a sudden the news came and everyone was overjoyed and everyone until the next day, in the morning, was talking about what was happening and we stayed until four o'clock, listening to the news every time a little bit different, everyone was very joyous and saying "Allah is great," "Allah is great," "We are thankful to Allah," "Praise Allah." And I was happy for the happiness of my brothers.
That day the congratulations were coming on the phone non-stop. The mother was receiving phone calls continuously. Thank Allah. Allah is great, praise be to Allah.
(Quoting the verse from the Quran)
Shaykh: "Fight them, Allah will torture them, with your hands, he will torture them. He will deceive them and he will give you victory. Allah will forgive the believers, he is knowledgeable about everything."
Shaykh: No doubt it is a clear victory. Allah has bestowed on us... honor on us... and he will give us blessing and more victory during this holy month of Ramadan. And this is what everyone is hoping for. Thank Allah America came out of its caves. We hit her the first hit and the next one will hit her with the hands of the believers, the good believers, the strong believers. By Allah it is a great work. Allah prepares for you a great reward for this work. I'm sorry to speak in your presence, but it is just thoughts, just thoughts.
By Allah, who there is no god but him. I live in happiness, happiness... I have not experienced, or felt, in a long time. I remember, the words of Al-Rabbani, he said they made a coalition against us in the winter with the infidels like the Turks, and others, and some other Arabs.
And they surrounded us like the days... in the days of the prophet Muhammad. Exactly like what's happening right now. But he comforted his followers and said, "This is going to turn and hit them back." And it is a mercy for us. And a blessing to us. And it will bring people back. Look how wise he was. And Allah will give him blessing.
And the day will come when the symbols of Islam will rise up and it will be similar to the early days of Al-Mujahedeen and Al-Ansar (similar to the early years of Islam). And victory to those who follow Allah.
Finally said, if it is the same, like the old days, such as Abu Bakr and Othman and Ali and others. In these days, in our times, that it will be the greatest jihad in the history of Islam and the resistance of the wicked people.
Shaykh: By Allah my Shaykh. We congratulate you for the great work. Thank Allah.
Tape ends here Second segment of Bin Laden's visit, shows up at the front of the tape UBL: Abdallah Azzam, Allah bless his soul, told me not to record anything (... inaudible...) so I thought that was a good omen, and Allah will bless us (...inaudible...).
Abu-Al-Hasan Al-(( Masri)), who appeared on Al-Jazeera TV a couple of days ago and addressed the Americans saying: "If you are true men, come down here and face us." (... inaudible...)
He told me a year ago: "I saw in a dream, we were playing a soccer game against the Americans. When our team showed up in the field, they were all pilots!"
He said: "So I wondered if that was a soccer game or a pilot game? Our players were pilots."
He (Abu-Al-Hasan) didn't know anything about the operation until he heard it on the radio. He said the game went on and we defeated them. That was a good omen for us.
Shaykh: May Allah be blessed. Unidentified Man Off Camera: Abd Al Rahman Al-( Ghamri) said he saw a vision, before the operation, a plane crashed into a tall building. He knew nothing about it.
Shaykh: May Allah be blessed!
Sulayman (( Abu Guaith)): I was sitting with the Shaykh in a room, then I left to go to another room where there was a TV set. The TV broadcasted the big event.
The scene was showing an Egyptian family sitting in their living room, they exploded with joy. Do you know when there is a soccer game and your team wins, it was the same expression of joy.
There was a subtitle that read: "In revenge for the children of Al Aqsa', Usama Bin Ladin executes an operation against America."
So I went back to the Shaykh (meaning UBL) who was sitting in a room with 50 to 60 people. I tried to tell him about what I saw, but he made gesture with his hands, meaning: "I know, I know."
UBL: He did not know about the operation. Not everybody knew (...inaudible...). Muhammad (( Atta)) from the Egyptian family (meaning the Al Qa'ida Egyptian group), was in charge of the group.
Shaykh: A plane crashing into a tall building was out of anyone's imagination. This was a great job. He was one of the pious men in the organization. He became a martyr.
Allah bless his soul.
Shaykh (Referring to dreams and visions): The plane that he saw crashing into the building was seen before by more than one person.
One of the good religious people has left everything and come here. He told me, "I saw a vision, I was in a huge plane, long and wide. I was carrying it on my shoulders and I walked from the road to the desert for half a kilometer. I was dragging the plane."
I listened to him and I prayed to Allah to help him. Another person told me that last year he saw, but I didn't understand and I told him I don't understand. He said, "I saw people who left for jihad... and they found themselves in New York... in Washington and New York."
I said, "What is this?" He told me the plane hit the building. That was last year. We haven't thought much about it.
But, when the incidents happened he came to me and said, "Did you see... this is strange." I have another man... my god... he said and swore by Allah that his wife had seen the incident a week earlier. She saw the plane crashing into a building... that was unbelievable, my god.
UBL: The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn't know anything about the operation, not even one letter.
But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they boarded the planes.
UBL: (... inaudible...) then he said: Those who were trained to fly didn't know the others. One group of people did not know the other group. (... inaudible...)
(Someone in the crowd asks UBL to tell the Shaykh about the dream of (( Abu-Da'ud)).
UBL: We were at a camp of one of the brother's guards in Qandahar. This brother belonged to the majority of the group. He came close and told me that he saw, in a dream, a tall building in America, and in the same dream he saw Mukhtar teaching them how to play karate. At that point, I was worried that maybe the secret would be revealed if everyone starts seeing it in their dream.
So I closed the subject. I told him if he sees another dream, not to tell anybody, because people will be upset with him.
(Another person's voice can be heard recounting his dream about two planes hitting a big building).
UBL: They were overjoyed when the first plane hit the building, so I said to them: be patient.
UBL: The difference between the first and the second plane hitting the towers was twenty minutes. And the difference between the first plane and the plane that hit the Pentagon was one hour.
Shaykh: They (the Americans) were terrified thinking there was a coup.
[Note: Ayman Al-Zawahri says first he commended UBL's awareness of what the media is saying. Then he says it was the first time for them (Americans) to feel danger coming at them.]
UBL (reciting a poem): I witness that against the sharp blade They always faced difficulties and stood together... When the darkness comes upon us and we are bit by a Sharp tooth, I say... "Our homes are flooded with blood and the tyrant Is freely wandering in our homes"... And from the battlefield vanished The brightness of swords and the horses... And over weeping sounds now We hear the beats of drums and rhythm.
They are storming his forts And shouting: "We will not stop our raids Until you free our lands"... Bin Laden visit footage complete. Footage of the visit to the helicopter site follows the poem.