A message posted today, July 8, 2005, to an al-Qaeda affiliated forum titled: ?Britain is a Country of Free Opinions, Be Good to Your Brothers in It,? argues that al-Qaeda should not be blamed for the attacks perpetrated in London yesterday because the circumstances allegedly do not show ?any indication? the terrorist group was involved. The author notes that in Britain, Muslims are able to freely express their opinion and ?defend the thoughts and ideology of al-Qaeda.? Further, he believes that unlike America, ?who attacked our land,? Britain is a haven for those Muslims who were expelled from their home countries for expressing an opinion contradictory to the ruling regime, and the mujahideen are ?smarter than to hit the infidels in their countries.?
A full translation of the message posting is provided to our Intel Service members.