SITE Institute: New Bin Laden video coming on 9/11; Update: New tape coming tonight, says Fox News

posted at 5:38 pm on September 6, 2007 by Allahpundit

I guess we know now what the “special gift” is.

Wherever he’s hiding, they’re obviously well stocked with Grecian formula. 2004:


And coming soon:


Update: Quite a scoop for SITE. Even Laura Mansfield doesn’t have this yet. Looks like that Taliban filthbag was right, as was Newsweek, whose jihadi sources told them last month that Osama was alive, kicking, and staying above the fray of the alleged Zawahiri/al-Libi lovers’ quarrel.

Update: Correction — the video’s expected in the next 72 hours, not on 9/11.

Update: Hard to tell from only one frame, obviously, but it’s odd that the backdrop and Bin Laden’s clothing appear identical in both images above. Maybe it means nothing, maybe it means that the videos were in fact shot roughly contemporaneously, or maybe it means he’s so isolated (or ill?) that not only isn’t he moving around but that even new clothing, if not hair dye, is scarce.

Update: SITE’s getting hammered by traffic but their item on the tape is only a paragraph long. The Blotter’s report is just as good.

Update: Probably correct.

Update: It’s 10:15 and Fox says the video is due within hours.

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He’s freaking long dead people.

Why even speculate as to what is photoshopped?
Well, I suppose it is an interesting exercise if yu are into forensic digital manipulation.

Even if he was still alive, He, as an individual hasn’t REALLY even mattered once his personal funds were cut off before the end of 2001. He may have been a ‘spiritual’ leader prior to Tora Bora, but even if he survived that, he no longer really mattered in the overall scheme of things.

He never was a “mastermind” nor even a good ops planner. Zawahiri did/does that. Zawahiri is the one I want to see ‘waxed’ or captured’.

Way too many people on both sides have strategic and emotional investments in ‘keeping him alive’ to the world.

So, every so often, Al Qaeda kludges up some old video and/or stills of him and audio of him; Occasionally they splice in some audio done by some arab ‘Rich Little’ DOING Osama to make it seem a little more current.

The CIA and the other western intel services say “oh yeah, that is Osama, and it is recent”….. Because they are afraid that their budgets will be cut if they admit that Osama isn’t even worm food or maggot excrement anymore; All that is left is maybe some bone fragments and hair.

The media goes along with it because it is one more thing that they can call a “Bush Failure”. Bush goes along with it because if he agrees Osama is dead, he will have to fight the Dems that much more to not cut the funds on the anti-terrorism operations.

For a while, back about four years ago, I thought Osama MIGHT be hiding in Chirac’s basement in Paris, (or maybe Putin’s in Moscow etc.) with 24 hour medical service and regular dialysis to stave off his death from kidney failure, but it became quite obvious to me that he wasn’t even “pinin’ for the Fjords” anymore.

LegendHasIt on September 7, 2007 at 3:45 AM

Oh come on where else is a guy with a fifty million dollar no questions asked just show us where he is price tag on his head going to live?

doriangrey on September 6, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Ward Churchill’s guest room?

soundingboard on September 7, 2007 at 4:20 AM

There is definitely something hinky about that lower photo.

ahem on September 7, 2007 at 7:06 AM

stared at the photo for a long time. i think that is him. I’m looking at the diagonal shape of the bags under his eyes. I actually prefer him alive. This needs to be done right.

And the guy who called him Bin Hidin… can’t stop laughing at that one!

flipflopper on September 7, 2007 at 9:11 AM

Well, um, if you’re ever stranded in the caves of Afghanistan, you at least know you can always get Just For Men.

E. M. on September 7, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Michael Sheurer mentioned on H&C? OReilly? [dont remember exactly] that it is customary for a sheik to use henna to dye his beard either black or red. so I wouldnt read much into that, except to say, why start doing it now? Trying to hide the jaundice a bit better perhaps?

cadetwithchips2 on September 7, 2007 at 9:51 AM

I love this Video expected crap. What did they do send out trailers of the new movie to all the networks? Please! They should just STFU about it. If it does show up, report it then.

Masscon on September 7, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Blotter: New Videotape From Bin Laden; Al Qaeda’s No. 1 Still Alive

Intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe the expected video message from Osama bin Laden is authentic, recently produced and evidence the al Qaeda leader is still alive.

U.S. authorities now say they have a transcript which they say is aimed at potential suicide bombers who he urges to carry out missions against the West.

bnelson44 on September 7, 2007 at 10:24 AM

That beard looks like it came out of a Halloween costume bag.

moonsbreath on September 7, 2007 at 11:31 AM

Beard looks black, but skin looks green. He is/was in bad shape.

mile66 on September 7, 2007 at 12:47 PM

And he also has the natural look of Bernie, that weekend guy.

mile66 on September 7, 2007 at 1:05 PM

Let’s see:
1. Rove retires
2. A whole week of no Lindsey, Paris or Britney.
3. A new Bin Laden tape.

BTW, have you ever seen Bin Laden and Tim Robbins at the same time? Hmmmm…

tgillian on September 7, 2007 at 1:18 PM

When is he going to get a dvd burner?

elifino on September 8, 2007 at 9:21 AM