A 4:34 minute speech by Usama bin Laden, Emir of al-Qaeda, was issued today, May 23, 2006, and produced by the al-Qaeda media company, as-Sahab. The speech, titled: ?A Testimony to the Truth,? concerns Zacarias Moussaoui, the ?twentieth hijacker? involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington, who was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for his complicity in the attack by an American jury. The video contains a still shot of bin Laden and English subtitles, and was distributed with an Arabic audio track and Arabic document of his statement. Bin Laden states that the ?honorable brother? Moussaoui had no connection with the events of 9-11, and he is ?certain,? because he entrusted the operation to the nineteen known to be involved. In addition, he claims Moussaoui?s confession was the result of four and a half years of pressure, and considering he was arrested two weeks before the operation, if he was a member of the attackers, bin Laden states he would have ordered Muhammad Atta to leave the country and abort ?before their affair was exposed?.
Bin Laden also addresses the Guantanamo Bay prisoners, indicating those captured and held in 2001 and the first half of 2002, have no connection with September 11th, and some purportedly ?oppose al-Qaida?s methodology of calling for war with America?. He also declares that those working in relief agencies, such as Abu Abdul Aziz al-Mutrafi, and those in the media, Sami al-Hajj and Taysir Alouni, have no connection either. According to the message, out of the hundreds of Guantanamo prisoners, only two have had a connection, and bin Laden alleges the Bush administrations knows this and obfuscates the fact to continue spending money for defense and war.
He concludes the speech by stating the presentation wasn?t to show U.S. President Bush or his administration the truth, but to allow someone else from America who desires ?justice and fairness, and that is the path to security and safety, if you are interested in it?.
The video clip and transcript are provided to our Intel Service members.