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Colon Powell Lays Another Egg

Team Bush strains, but fails to connect Saddam with Al-Qaida.
Colon Powell Lays Another Egg
Colon Powell Lays Another Egg
The Guardian reported that the speaker on the tape, thought by some to be Osama bin Laden, insults Saddam's regeim:

"The speaker urged Iraqis to carry out suicide attacks against Americans and defend themselves against a U.S. attack. The speaker also urged Iraqis to dig trenches and engage in urban warfare to fend off U.S. troops. However, the speaker said nothing about direct ties between al-Qaida and the Iraqi government - saying his followers only share a common interest with Iraq. He denounced Saddam's secular, socialist al-Baath party as ``infidels.''"


NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES also reported the tapes reference to Hussein as an infidel, they correct an earlier report that the tape called for Saddam's overthrow, and they report that Colon did not realize that the tape had not yet been broadcasted, when he presented the translated transcript of the tape to 'stunned members of a Senate committee':

"Feb. 11 An audio tape purported to carry the voice of Osama bin Laden called on Iraqis to carry out suicide attacks against Americans and defend themselves against a U.S. attack. "We stress the importance of martyrdom attacks against the enemy," said the speaker on the tape, aired Tuesday on the al-Jazeera Arab satellite station.

The speaker in the 16-minute message declares Saddam, with whom bin Laden has been at odds for years, to be an "infidel," but it stresses that the paramount battle for Muslims is with the United States and its allies. (MSNBC.com initially reported in error that the speaker had called for Saddam's overthrow, based on a mistaken extemporaneous translation.)

Although Powell sought to characterize the tape as a concrete link between al-Qaida and the Iraqi government, White House officials acknowledged later to NBC News that it did not. Powell did not know it had not been broadcast when he spoke to the committee and was "a little on the front of his skis," a government source said.


The tape as aired made it clear that bin Laden, if he is confirmed to be the speaker, had no sympathy for Saddam and his socialist Ba'ath Party, whom he described as the "infidels in Baghdad.""


A screenshot from an earlier MSNBC report stated:

"At the same time, the message also called on Iraqis to rise up and oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who is a secular leader."


I contacted the MSNBC web news department at (425) 703-6397 and confirmed that they did post that story earlier today. The person that I spoke with said that it was a translation error.

These fools are really grabbing at straws. The trouble is, many Americans keep on buying this hype.
big egg! 11.Feb.2003 20:07


i was kinda wondering why the scene played out like this on live tv:

colin powell makes a statement about the tape.

cnn and the other corporate media call al jazeera.

al jazeera says they don't know what powell is talking about.

the tape is played and becomes gospel on the airwaves after it is released.

could it be that this tape has been in the vault for a while, just waiting to be aired?

this is the BEST CASE SCENARIO i can imagine, given the .0000 track record of the bush regime since day 1.

the fact that their so-called best evidence of a connection between "al qaeda" and saddam hussein doesn't come close is laughable at best. that is, until the blood starts to flow in iraq.

Absurd 11.Feb.2003 21:55

Ed Harley

Ever notice how, when it's NOT to their advantage for Osama to show up alive, they spend 3 weeks 'verifying' whether the tape is 'authentic'? And when they need to pull some new BS out of their collective ass, they immediately say it's the real thing... naturally, the press dutifully reports everything without raising a single question. The Corporate State and their Media are as one. Amazing.

Local media parroting the story too 11.Feb.2003 22:46


The Local Fox 12 news channel is strongly hinting that Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and Saddam Hussein are linked, based on the "evidence" on this tape. Of course people are skeptical - knowing now that our government was complicit with a public relations firm's "incubator babies" stunt in the first Gulf war. Such a tape surfacing now, 3 days before the UN inspectors' final report, seems terribly conveniently timed.

Who's really on top? 11.Feb.2003 23:58


bin Laden explaining to W how the world feels about Bush's behavior.
Who's really on top?
Who's really on top?

I Also Admire Bush! 12.Feb.2003 20:03


I Also Admire Bush!
I Also Admire Bush!