About the CNN special "In the Footsteps of Bin Laden"
CNN did not report on the 1993 WTC attack correctly. Why was the attack in 1993 carried out? Ramsi Yousef sent a letter to the media that explained why: "We declare our responsibility for the explosion on the mentioned building. This action was done in response for the American political, economical, and military support to Israel the state of terrorism and to the rest of the dictator countries in the region." * see full text of letter below
Why the hell couldn't CNN report that?
CNN's reporters (along with all major media) are sick people. Please ask them why they couldn't report this basic fact.
CNN contines their sick game. They played bin Laden's words highlighted in blue BUT NOT THE PART highlighted here in red:
From the 1997 interview:
REPORTER: Mr. Bin Ladin, you've declared a jihad against the United States. Can you tell us why? And is the jihad directed against the US government or the United States' troops in Arabia? What about US civilians in Arabia or the people of the United States?
BIN LADIN: We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation of the Prophet's Night Travel Land (Palestine). And we believe the US is directly responsible for those who were killed in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.
They played bin Laden's words highlighted in blue BUT NOT THE PART highlighted here in red:
From the May 1998. ABC reporter John Miller:
Your position against Muslims in Palestine is despicable and disgraceful. America has no shame. ... We believe that the worst thieves in the world today and the worst terrorists are the Americans. Nothing could stop you except perhaps retaliation in kind. We do not have to differentiate between military or civilian. As far as we are concerned, they are all targets, and this is what the fatwah says ... . The fatwah is general (comprehensive) and it includes all those who participate in, or help the Jewish occupiers in killing Muslims.
They also didn't quote key parts from the 1996 fatwa:
In the 1996 declaration, bin Laden wrote, "I still feel the pain of Al Quds [Jerusalem] in my internal organs" "My Muslim Brothers of The World: Your brothers in Palestine and in the land of the two Holy Places are calling upon your help and asking you to take part in fighting against the enemy --your enemy and their enemy-- the Americans and the Israelis" "It should not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the hands of the enemies. Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq. The horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana [when Israeli forces struck a UN compound on April 18, 1996, killing one hundred] in Lebanon are still fresh in our memory."
The CNN special ends by quoting very little from a video taped message that bin Laden delivered in October of 2004. CNN didn't quote much beyond a few vague sentences like: "As you spoil our security, we will do so to you. "
What CNN didn't quote is very revealing, undeniably newsworthy and critical to understanding bin Laden's motives. The game mainstream media plays is a trend to avoid clearly stating what it is that motivates the terrorists to attack us because it involves specific foreign policies that elite special interests want to continue. So they allow politicians to feed us lies like "we are attacked because of our freedoms" and they neglect to point out the lies. Avoiding the details and key facts is a common tactic. A transcript of that tape has even been available on CNN's website since the tape was aired. Examining the source materials is revealing. You can see for yourself what they choose to report what they chose not to report.
The CNN special "In the Footsteps of Bin Laden"
Below is the transcript:
(I will highlight in blue what the special used this part is not is not finished but what I highlight in red I did not see aired)
"You, the American people, I talk to you today about the best way to avoid another catastrophe [the CNN special used the translation that the BBC used] and about war, its reasons and its consequences.
And in that regard, I say to you that security is an important pillar of human life, and that free people do not compromise their security.
Contrary to what [President George W.] Bush says and claims -- that we hate freedom --let him tell us then, "Why did we not attack Sweden?" It is known that those who hate freedom don't have souls with integrity, like the souls of those 19. May the mercy of God be upon them.
We fought with you because we are free, and we don't put up with transgressions. We want to reclaim our nation. As you spoil our security, we will do so to you.
I wonder about you. Although we are ushering the fourth year after 9/11, Bush is still exercising confusion and misleading you and not telling you the true reason. Therefore, the motivations are still there for what happened to be repeated.
And I will talk to you about the reason for those events, and I will be honest with you about the moments the decision was made so that you can ponder. And I tell you, God only knows, that we never had the intentions to destroy the towers.
But after the injustice was so much and we saw transgressions and the coalition between Americans and the Israelis against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it occurred to my mind that we deal with the towers. And these special events that directly and personally affected me go back to 1982 and what happened when America gave permission for Israel to invade Lebanon. And assistance was given by the American sixth fleet.
During those crucial moments, my mind was thinking about many things that are hard to describe. But they produced a feeling to refuse and reject injustice, and I had determination to punish the transgressors.
And as I was looking at those towers that were destroyed in Lebanon, it occurred to me that we have to punish the transgressor with the same -- and that we had to destroy the towers in America so that they taste what we tasted, and they stop killing our women and children.
We found no difficulties in dealing with the Bush administration, because of the similarities of that administration and the regimes in our countries, half of which are run by the military and half of which are run by monarchs. And our experience is vast with them.
And those two kinds are full of arrogance and taking money illegally.
The resemblance started when [former President George H.W.] Bush, the father, visited the area, when some of our own were impressed by America and were hoping that the visits would affect and influence our countries.
Then, what happened was that he was impressed by the monarchies and the military regimes, and he was jealous of them staying in power for tens of years, embezzling the public money without any accountability. And he moved the tyranny and suppression of freedom to his own country, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the disguise of fighting terrorism. And Bush, the father, found it good to install his children as governors and leaders.
We agreed with the leader of the group, Mohammed Atta, to perform all attacks within 20 minutes before [President George W.] Bush and his administration were aware of what was going on. And we never knew that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would leave 50,000 of his people in the two towers to face those events by themselves when they were in the most urgent need of their leader.
He was more interested in listening to the child's story about the goat rather than worry about what was happening to the towers. So, we had three times the time necessary to accomplish the events.
Your security is not in the hands of [Democratic presidential nominee John] Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked."
From 1998 Congressional Hearings Intelligence and Security:
On February 27, 1993, the day after the bombing, Ayyad called the
Daily News "tips line" to claim responsibility on behalf of the
"Liberation Army." Specifically, in his spoken message, which the
Daily News tape recorded, Ayyad proclaimed:
This is the Liberation Army. We conducted the explosion at the
World Trade Center. You will get our demands by mail. This is the
Consistent with Ayyad's announcement to the Daily News that the
demands of the "Liberation Army" would be sent by mail, the
conspirators sent a letter to the New York Times. The
conspirators' letter stated that the World Trade Center was
bombed in retaliation for American support of Israel, demanded
changes in United States foreign policy in the Middle East, and
threatened that, if these demands were not met, more terrorist
"missions" would be carried out against military and civilian
targets in America and abroad. *Specifically, the letter declared:
We are, the fifth battalion in the LIBERATION ARMY, declare our
responsibility for the explosion on the mentioned building. This
action was done in response for the American political,
economical, and military support to Israel the state of terrorism
and to the rest of the dictator countries in the region.
OUR DEMANDS ARE:
1 - Stop all military, economical, and
political aid to Israel.
2 - All diplomatic relations with Israel
3 - Not to interfere with any of the
Middle East countries interior affairs.
IF our demands are not met, all of our functional groups in the
army will continue to execute our missions against the military
and civilian targets in and out the United States. For your own
information, our army has more than hundred and fifty suicidal
soldiers ready to go ahead. The terrorism that Israel practices
(Which is supported by America) must be faced with a similar one.
The dictatorship and terrorism also supported by America) that
some countries are practicing against their own people must also
be faced with terrorism.
The American people must know, that their civilians who got
killed are not better than those who are getting killed by the
American weapons and support.
The American people are responsible for the actions of their
government and they must question all of the crimes that their
government is committing against other people. Or they -
Americans - will be the targets of our operations that could
The conspirators also drafted a second letter, which was later
recovered from an erased file on a computer disk seized from
Ayyad's office. In this second letter, which the conspirators
apparently did not send, proclaimed that the World Trade Center
bomb did not do as much damage as had been intended, because
their "calculations were not very accurate this time." They
warned, however, that they would be more precise in the future
and would continue to target the World Trade Center if their
demands were not met. After his arrest Ramzi Yousef was more
specific. He said that the conspirators had intended for the bomb
to topple one of the towers and hoped that it would crash into
the other, bringing them both down, and killing one quarter of a
million people. - 1998 Congressional Hearings Intelligence and Security