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In a New Audio by the Second Man in Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri Refuses American Concept of Freedom
By SITE Institute
February 11, 2005

In a 2 minute 33 second audio aired on February 10, 2005, by al-Jazeera Arabic Television, attributed to the second in command of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri refutes the concept of freedom as perceived by America. He says: "The freedom that we are seeking is not the freedom of banks of usury, giant companies, and misleading media. It is not the freedom to destroy others for material gains. It is not the freedom of AIDS, or the industry of prostitution and same sex marriages." He explains that "freedom is that of the Tawhid, of good ethics, purity, honesty and justice".

Zawahiri defines the 3 bases for the sought reform "that cannot be accomplished under the American and Jewish occupation". The principal basis of the reform is "the reign of the Shari'ah [Islamic Law]", off of which the two other bases branch. He emphasizes the Ummah's right "to choose the ruler, and to judge, refute, and remove him", criticizes the Muslim rulers "who are trying to normalize the relations with Israel", and describes as "fraudulent" the elections held under the supervision of the United Nations. He finally calls upon the Islamic Ummah "to resist oppression, tyranny, theft, fraudulence, corruption, and the bequest of rancor practiced by our rulers, with the blessing and support of America".

A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.

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