Kevin Barrett: Bin Laden tapes are phony


Richard Moore


Kevin Barrett: Bin Laden tapes are as phony as Sept. 11's
connection to Islam

By Kevin Barrett

February 14, 2006

As a Ph.D. Islamologist and Arabist I really hate to say
this, but I'll say it anyway: 9/11 had nothing to do with
Islam. The war on terror is as phony as the latest Osama bin
Laden tape.

It's a tough thing to admit because I know on which side my
bread is buttered and dropping Islam from the 9/11 equation
is dropping my slice of bread butter-side-down. The myth
that 9/11 had something to do with Muslims has poured
millions, if not billions, into Arabic and Islamic studies.
I finished my Ph.D. last year, so all I have to do is keep
my eyes in my pocket and my nose on the ground, parrot the
party line, and I'll be on the fast track to tenure track.

The trouble is, it's all based on a Big Lie. Take the recent
"bin Laden" tape please! That voice was no more bin Laden
than it was Rodney Dangerfield channeling my late Aunt
Corinne from Peoria. I recently helped translate a
previously unknown bin Laden tape, a real one from the early
'90s, back when he was still alive. I know the guy's flowery
religious rhetoric. The recent tape wasn't him.

The top American bin Laden expert agrees. Professor Bruce
Lawrence, head of Duke University's religious studies
department, has just published a book of translations of bin
Laden's speeches. He says that the recent tape is a fake and
that it is possible bin Laden is not even alive.

Fake bin Laden tapes, "verified" by the CIA, are nothing
new. Every supposed bin Laden statement since 2001 has been
blatantly bogus. The last we heard from the real bin Laden
came in his post-9/11 statements to Pakistani journalists:
"I stress that I have not carried out this act, which
appears to have been carried out by individuals with their
own motivation. ... I have already said that I am not
involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.
... I had no knowledge of these attacks."

Then on Dec. 13, 2001, as George Bush was whining about the
"outrageous conspiracy theories" that were spreading like
wildfire, the first and shoddiest of the "bin Laden speaks
from beyond the grave" tapes appeared. The video's sound and
picture quality were horrible. It showed a big guy with a
black beard, doing a passable imitation of bin Laden's
voice, claiming foreknowledge, if not responsibility, for
the 9/11 attacks, and chortling over their success. The
trouble was, the big guy clearly was not bin Laden. He was
at least 40 or 50 pounds heavier, and his facial features
were obviously different.

The "Fatty bin Laden" tape was widely ridiculed, and I have
yet to meet an informed observer who considers it authentic.
(If you haven't figured this out yet, go back and look at
the images from the tape and compare them to other images of
bin Laden.) But the media let the fraud pass without asking
the hard questions: Why was the U.S. government waving this
blatantly fake "confession" video in our faces?

Perhaps due to the widespread hilarity evoked by "Fatty bin
Laden," the next Osama from beyond the grave message had no
images it was an audiotape delivered to al-Jazeera in fall
2002. The CIA verified it as authentic and then got a rotten
egg in the face when the world's foremost voice
identification experts in Switzerland reported that "the
message was recorded by an impostor."

Every bin Laden message since then has been equally phony.
They are released at moments when the Bush regime needs a
boost and the American media go along with the fraud.
Remember the bogus bin Laden tape that made headlines right
before the 2004 presidential election? If you didn't figure
out that it was a CIA-produced commercial for George Bush, I
have some great bridges to sell you. Walter Cronkite, bless
his heart, opined that Karl Rove was behind that tape. But
the rest of the media just kept pretending that the emperor
was clothed.

And the fraud continues. The most recent alleged bin Laden
tape has been ridiculed by America's top bin Laden expert,
yet the U.S. media keep right on holding a transparent fig
leaf in front of the emperor! Professor Lawrence believes
that this phony tape was designed to distract world opinion
from the horrific massacre of Pakistani civilians by an
errant CIA drone. But it may have another, more sinister
purpose: to prepare public opinion for another false
9/11-style attack designed to trigger a U.S.-Israeli nuclear
attack on Iran.

The real bin Laden, who insisted that he had nothing to do
with 9/11, has been dead since late 2001 or early 2002. The
fake messages have been fabricated by "al-CIA-duh" to
support the Bush regime and its phony "war on terror." It is
time for Americans to rise up in revolt against the fake
terror masters who are looting U.S. taxpayers, torching our
Constitution, destroying our economy, and threatening
nuclear Armageddon.

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