A disinformation propaganda arm of U.S. intelligence services, terrorist watch group IntelCenter, said Thursday it expected a Bin Laden 9/11 anniversary video to be released soon. IntelCenter, a self-interested organization riddled with ex-spooks, was discredited in 2006 when computer expert Neal Krawetz demonstrated that the As-Sahab logo (the alleged media arm of Al-Qaeda) and the IntelCenter logo were both added to a purported AL-Qaeda video at the same time. Interestingly, IntelCenter has not revealed how it acquires these videos or explained the discrepencies of the As-Sahab and IntelCenter logos.
From this CNN article:
“Any videotape from al Qaeda would be nothing more than propaganda”, said National Security Adviser Fran Townsend. But she stopped short of calling for the media to ignore the tape. “I just think people have got to be clear that we’re being manipulated every time that they issue a statement, because they’re (the Bush Administration) trying to use the media as a way to terrorize us,” she said.
The ad for the video includes a photograph of bin Laden with a completely black beard, although it was most recently seen streaked with gray. It was not clear how old the photograph was.
Another U.S. official said a new bin Laden videotape would be eagerly anticipated since he has not been seen in almost three years. Bin Laden’s most recent video appearance came days before the 2004 presidential vote and was widely credited with giving a boost to President Bush’s re-election campaign.
Bin Laden has evolved from a CIA asset to a beyond-the-grave mythical menace resurrected to control the people through terror-based fear. A government admission of a dead OBL could jeopardize the trillions of dollars poured down the military-industrial cash cow well. An alive Osama not only greases the economic wheels of the “War of Terror”, but also provides great fodder for the DoD/CIA propaganda arms.
Even for the government, all good things must come to an end. Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) is a former naval intelligence operative who briefed the Joints Chief of Staff and worked in the White House with Alexander “I’m in control here” Haig. Woodward alludes to a possible September or October Surprise that would increase the likelihood of a McCain/Palin victory in the upcoming election.
Bob Woodward writes in his new book about “groundbreaking” new covert techniques that enabled U.S. military and intelligence officials “to locate, target and kill key individuals in groups such as al-Qaeda.” Woodward speculated on a possible next target: “Maybe they can use it on bin Laden,” Woodward said, “and, all of a sudden, the September or the October surprise is going to be the apprehension or the death of bin Laden.” (source)
I think now, frankly, he is dead ~ former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
I would come to believe that [bin Laden] probably is dead ~ Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
I personally think he is probably not with us anymore ~ Dale Watson, former Assistant Director for the Counter-terrorism Division of the FBI