New bin Laden Video
A newly released Osama bin Laden video has been released and is being vetted by the intelligence community.
he U.S. government has obtained a new video of Osama bin Laden marking the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and is analyzing it, three officials said Friday.
Several intelligence agencies were looking at the video — the first new images of the terror leader in nearly three years — but no details or conclusions about its message were immediately available, the counterterror and intelligence officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. One of the officials said the government obtained the video only “very recently” and is checking to see if any specific and credible threat information can be gleaned from it.
The Homeland Security Department said Friday it had no credible information warning of an imminent threat to the United States, and analysts noted that al-Qaida tends to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary with a slew of messages.
Analysts also are trying to determine whether it is, in fact, Osama bin Laden on the tape. But one intelligence official said there has never been one of these tapes that has proven not to be authentic. The government also is looking at bin Laden’s physical characteristics — in part, for clues about his health after unconfirmed rumors earlier this year that he had died of kidney disease.
Well, one would think the tape would dispel those rumors.