Saturday, November 06, 2004

Ilegal Immigrants Should Begin To Fear--Arizona Law is Just One Of Many

CBS News, who has yet to FIRE Dan Rather and Mary Mapes for their fraudulent document story had this heartbreaker about how ILLEGAL Immigrants are worried. Well they should be--although both campaigns sidestepped it this year--some 90 percent of Americans want something done about the invasion that has been allowed to unabated for the past decade or so--politicians will ignore this problem in the future at their own peril.

New Ariz. Law Worries Immigrants

"It's a very reasonable fear."
Thomas Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

(AP) Immigrant parents have been flooding community leaders with calls and pulling their children out of Head Start this week after Arizona voters approved a ballot measure aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, Hispanic officials said.

Proposition 200 requires proof of citizenship when seeking public benefits or when registering to vote. Government employees are required to report suspected illegal immigrants seeking public benefits or else face jail time and fines.

Martin Delgado, a legal resident, said he fears for his wife who is here illegally. She is among the estimated 300,000 to 350,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona.


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Asshat--The Loony Left Overdose On Idiocy

This from http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won_.php .... this ironically comes from a place that brands itself as Tom Paine.common sense. It's moronic screeds like this--pathetic Al Gorish whining--that makes me not want to take the high road and demand public floggings for pathetic girly-men like Mr. Palast.

Kerry Won. . .
Greg Palast
November 04, 2004


Bush won Ohio by 136,483 votes. In the United States, about 3 percent of votes cast are voided—known as “spoilage” in election jargon—because the ballots cast are inconclusive. Drawing on what happened in Florida and studies of elections past, Palast argues that if Ohio’s discarded ballots were counted, Kerry would have won the state. Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports there are a total of 247,672 votes not counted in Ohio, if you add the 92,672 discarded votes plus the 155,000 provisional ballots. So far there's no indication that Palast's hypothesis will be tested because only the provisional ballots are being counted.

Greg Palast, contributing editor to Harper's magazine, investigated the manipulation of the vote for BBC Television's Newsnight. The documentary, "Bush Family Fortunes," based on his New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, has been released this month on DVD .

Kerry won. Here are the facts.

I know you don't want to hear it. You can't face one more hung chad. But I don't have a choice. As a journalist examining that messy sausage called American democracy, it's my job to tell you who got the most votes in the deciding states. Tuesday, in Ohio and New Mexico, it was John Kerry.


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Friday, November 05, 2004

The Full Version of Osama bin Laden's Earlier Speech

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML format, visit
http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SD81104

The Full Version of Osama bin Laden's Speech

The following is the full version of Osama bin Laden's speech released on October 29, 2004, as broadcast by Al-Sahab Institute for Media Production, which is known to produce Al-Qa'ida's video messages. A link to the video was posted on the Islamist Al-Islah message forum, frequented by Al-Qa'ida supporters.(1)

"O American people, I address these words to you regarding the best way of avoiding another Manhattan, and regarding the war, its causes and its consequences. But before this, I say to you: Security is one of the important pillars of human life, and free men do not take their security lightly, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom. Let him explain why we did not attack Sweden, for example. Clearly, those who hate freedom - unlike the 19, may Allah have mercy on them - have no self-esteem. We have been fighting you because we are free men who do not remain silent in the face of injustice. We want to restore our [Islamic] nation's freedom. Just as you violate our security, we violate yours. Whoever toys with the security of others, deluding himself that he will remain secure, is nothing but a foolish thief. One of the most important things rational people do when calamities occur is to look for their causes so as to avoid them.

"But I am amazed at you. Although we have entered the fourth year after the events of 9/11, Bush is still practicing distortion and deception against you and he is still concealing the true cause from you. Consequentially, the motives for its reoccurrence still exist. I will tell you about the causes underlying these events and I will tell you the truth about the moments this decision was taken, to allow you to reflect.

"I say to you, as Allah is my witness: We had not considered attacking the towers, but things reached the breaking point when we witnessed the iniquity and tyranny of the American-Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon - then I got this idea.

"The events that had a direct influence on me occurred in 1982, and the subsequent events, when the U.S. permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon with the aid of the American sixth fleet. They started shelling, and many were killed and wounded, while others were terrorized into fleeing. I still remember those moving scenes - blood, torn limbs, and dead women and children; ruined homes everywhere, and high-rises being demolished on top of their residents; bombs raining down mercilessly on our homes. It was as though a crocodile swallowed a child, and he could do nothing but cry. But does a crocodile understand any language other than arms? The entire world saw and heard, but did not respond.

"In those critical moments, I was overwhelmed by ideas that are hard to describe, but they awakened a powerful impulse to reject injustice and gave birth to a firm resolve to punish the oppressors. As I was looking at those destroyed towers in Lebanon, I was struck by the idea of punishing the oppressor in the same manner and destroying towers in the U.S., to give it a taste of what we have tasted and to deter it from killing our children and women. That day I became convinced that iniquity and the premeditated murder of innocent children and women is an established American principle, and that terror is [the real meaning of] 'freedom' and 'democracy,' while they call the resistance 'terrorism' and 'reaction.' America stands for iniquity and for imposing sanctions on millions of people, resulting in the death of many, as Bush Sr. did, causing the mass slaughter of children in Iraq, [the worst] that humanity has ever known. It stands for dropping millions of pounds of bombs and explosives on millions of children in Iraq again, as Bush Jr. did, in order to depose an old agent and to appoint a new agent to help him steal Iraq's oil, and other sorts of horrible things.

"It was against the backdrop of these and similar images that 9/11 came in response to these terrible iniquities. Should a man be blamed for protecting his own? And is defending oneself and punishing the wicked an eye for an eye - is that reprehensible terrorism? Even if it is reprehensible terrorism, we have no other choice. This is the message that we have tried to convey to you, in words and in deeds, more than once in the years preceding 9/11. Observe it, if you will, in the interview with Scott in Time Magazine in 1996,(2) and with Peter Arnett on CNN in 1997, then John Wiener [?] in 1998; observe it, if you will, in the deeds of Nairobi and Tanzania and Aden, and observe it in my interview with 'Abd Al-Bari 'Atwan and in interviews with Robert Fisk. The latter is of your own and of your religious affiliation, and I consider him to be unbiased.

"Would those who claim to stand for freedom in the White House and in the TV stations that answer to them, would they conduct an interview with him [Fisk] so that he might convey to the American people what he has understood from us concerning the causes of our fight against you? For if you were to avoid these causes, you would take America in the right path to the security it knew before 9/11. So much for the war and its causes.

"As for its results, they are very positive, with Allah's grace. They surpassed all expectations by all criteria for many reasons, one of the most important of which is that we had no difficulty dealing with Bush and his administration, because it resembles the regimes in our [Arab] countries, half of which are ruled by the military, and the other half are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents with whom we have had a lot of experience. Among both types, there are many who are known for their conceit, arrogance, greed, and for taking money unrightfully.

"This resemblance began with the visit of Bush Sr. to the region. While some of our people were dazzled by the U.S. and hoped that these visits would influence our countries, it was he who was influenced by these monarchic and military regimes. He envied them for remaining in their positions for decades, while embezzling the nation's public funds with no supervision whatsoever. He bequeathed tyranny and the suppression of liberties to his son and they called it the Patriot Act, under the pretext of war on terrorism.

"Bush Sr. liked the idea of appointing his sons as state [wilaya] governors. Similarly, he did not neglect to import to Florida the expertise in falsifying [elections] from the leaders of this region in order to benefit from it in difficult moments.

"As previously mentioned, it was easy for us to provoke this administration and to drag it [after us]. It was enough for us to send two Jihad fighters to the farthest east to hoist a rag on which 'Al-Qa'ida' was written - that was enough to cause generals to rush off to this place, thereby causing America human and financial and political losses, without it accomplishing anything worthy of mention, apart from giving business to [the generals'] private corporations. Besides, we gained experience in guerilla warfare and in conducting a war of attrition in our fight with the iniquitous, great power, that is, when we conducted a war of attrition against Russia with Jihad fighters for 10 years until they went bankrupt, with Allah's grace; as a result, they were forced to withdraw in defeat, all praise and thanks to Allah. We are continuing in the same policy - to make America bleed profusely to the point of bankruptcy, Allah willing. And that is not too difficult for Allah.

"Whoever says that Al-Qa'ida triumphed over the White House administration, or that the White House administration lost this war - this is not entirely accurate, for if we look carefully at the results, it is impossible to say that Al-Qa'ida is the only cause for these amazing gains. The White House policy, which strove to open war fronts so as to give business to their various corporations - be they in the field of armament, of oil, or of construction - also helped in accomplishing these astonishing achievements for Al-Qa'ida. It appeared to some analysts and diplomats as though we and the White House play as one team to score a goal against the United States of America, even though our intentions differ. Such ideas, and some others, were pointed out by a British diplomat in the course of a lecture at the Royal Institute for International Affairs; for example, that Al-Qa'ida spent $500,000 on the event [9/11] while America lost in the event and its subsequent effects more than 500 billion dollars; that is to say that each of Al-Qa'ida's dollars defeated one million American dollars, thanks to Allah's grace. This is in addition to the fact that America lost a large number of jobs, and as for the [federal] deficit, it lost a record number estimated at a trillion dollars.

"Even more serious for America is the fact that the Jihad fighters have recently forced Bush to resort to an emergency budget in order to continue the fighting in Afghanistan and in Iraq, which proves the success of the plan of bleeding [America] to the point of bankruptcy, Allah willing.

"Indeed, all of this makes it clear that Al-Qa'ida won gains; but on the other hand, it also makes it clear that the Bush administration won gains as well, since anyone who looks at the scope of the contracts won by large dubious corporations like Halliburton and other similar ones that have ties to Bush and to his administration will become convinced that the losing side is in fact you, the American people, and your economy.

"We agreed with the general commander Muhammad Atta, may Allah have mercy on him, that all operations should be carried out within 20 minutes, before Bush and his administration would become aware. We never imagined that the Commander in Chief of the American armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face this great horror alone when they needed him most. It seemed to him that a girl's story about her goat and its butting was more important than dealing with planes and their 'butting' into skyscrapers. This allowed us three times the amount of time needed for the operations, Allah be praised.

"It should be no secret to you that American thinkers and intellectuals warned Bush before the war: all that you [Bush] need in order to assure America's security by ridding [Iraq] of weapons of mass destruction, assuming there were any, is at your disposal, and all the countries of the world are with you in the matter of carrying out inspections, and the U.S.'s interest does not require you to drive it into an unjustified war, whose end you cannot know.

"However, the blackness of black gold blinded his sight and his perception and he gave preference to private interests over America's public interest. And so there was war and many died. The American economy bled and Bush became embroiled in the quagmire of Iraq, which now threatens his future.

"His case is like that [described in the parable]:

"He is like the ill-tempered goat that dug out of the ground the sharp knife [with which it would be slaughtered].(3)

"I say to you: more than 15,000 of our people were killed and tens of thousands were wounded, just as more than 1,000 of you were killed and more than 10,000 wounded, and Bush's hands are sullied with the blood of all of these casualties on both sides, for the sake of oil and to give business to his private companies. You should know that a nation that punishes a weak person if he is instrumental in killing one of that nation's sons for money, while letting go free a high-class man who was instrumental in killing more than 1,000 of its sons, also for money [sic]. Similarly your allies in Palestine intimidate women and children and murder and imprison men. [inaudible]

"Keep in mind that every action has a reaction, and finally you should consider the last wills and testaments of the thousands who left you on 9/11, waving their hands in despair. These are inspiring wills, which deserve to be published and studied thoroughly. One of the most important things I have read regarding their hand-waving signals before they fell is that they were saying 'We were wrong to let the White House carry out unchecked its aggressive foreign policy against oppressed people.' As though they were telling you, the American people, 'You should call to task those who caused our death.' Happy is he who learns a lesson from the experience of others. A verse that I have read is also relevant to their [last] signals:

"Evil kills those who perpetrate it,

"And the pastures of iniquity are harmful.

"There is a saying: a small amount spent on prevention is better than a great amount spent on treatment. You should know that it is better to return to that which is right than to persist in that which is wrong. A rational man would not neglect his security, property, or home for the sake of the liar in the White House.

"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al-Qa'ida. Your security is in your own hands, and any [U.S.] state [wilaya] that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security.

"Allah is our guardian but you have none.

"Peace be upon whoever follows the true guidance."

Endnotes:
(1)For the video, see:
http://www2.vh-p.net/su/img/257.zip.
For the message containing this link, see: http://www.islahi.net/vboard/showthread.php?t=116671.
(2) The reference is apparently to the article "The Most Wanted Man in the World", to which the reporter Scott MacLeod contributed.
(3) This parable was put into verse by the famous 9th-century Arab writer Jahiz.

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New Bin Laden Tape Coming

There are several reports on the web this morning that Al Jazeera is in possession of another rant from terrorist leader bin Laden. We'll post as soon as it is available. Al Jazeera has confirmed.
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Will of Voters Trumps Political Correctness in Arizona

FAIR Congratulates Arizonans for Decisive Victory for Immigration Enforcement

Arizona Vote Sends a Message to Washington And is a Model for the Rest of the Country
Proposition 200's decisive 56 percent to 44 percent victory in yesterday's election is a testament to how strongly people in Arizona and the rest of the country feel about the need to deal with the burgeoning problem of mass illegal immigration. Voters in Arizona told unresponsive politicians in Arizona and across the country that if they do not address mass illegal immigration, the public is prepared to go over their heads.

The Arizona Taxpayer and Citizens Protection Act prevailed at the polls despite the fact that it was opposed by the leadership of both political parties and opponents of the measure significantly outspent the proponents of the initiative. "It seems that everyone in Arizona was against Prop. 200, except for the voters," commented Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Voters in Arizona saw through a well-financed campaign of disinformation and voted for an initiative that calls upon state officials to carry out their responsibilities to protect our borders, our security, and the jobs and tax dollars of ordinary Americans. We applaud their efforts and are gratified that FAIR was able to play a role in helping them win a victory for sensible immigration policy."

When the 109th Congress convenes in January they will have an opportunity to respond to the will of voters all across the United States who, like Arizonans, are deeply concerned about the costs and security risks associated with a failed immigration policy. It is also likely that voters in other states that are inundated with mass illegal immigration will see the enormous victory of Prop. 200 as a model of grassroots activism that can be replicated in their states.

"We see Prop. 200 as the beginning of a process to take the immigration reform message directly to voters all across the country who, like people in Arizona, have lost patience with an unresponsive political establishment," Stein said.

In addition to the need for the new Congress to act on immigration policy reform and stepped up enforcement against illegal immigration, the vote on Prop. 200 demonstrates that people believe that it is an issue that must also be dealt with by state and local governments. "Too many state and local governments - many facing several fiscal problems - continue to encourage illegal immigration by promoting all sorts of benefits for illegal aliens, including the issuance of driver's licenses, or adopting 'Don't ask, don't tell' policies with regard to people who are violating U.S. immigration laws. Voters in one state sent a powerful message on Election Day and it is a message that we believe will sweep across the country," Stein concluded.


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Terrorists threaten 'unbearable hell' after President Bush Victory

This from Daily Telegraph (UK) Yes, we aren't Spain, or France or any other group of people afraid of you.

From correspondents in Dubai

A GROUP linked to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network threatened the United States with reprisals after the re-election of President George W. Bush, warning of "unbearable hell," in a website statement today.


"The coming days will show you that the one you preferred will lead you to an unbearable hell," said the group calling itself the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades after the Al-Qaeda military chief killed in Afghanistan in October 2001.
It was not possible to immediately verify the statement. The same group claimed responsibility for the train bombings in Madrid in March this year that killed 191 people in Spain's worst attack and injured another 1,900.

"Although the criminal Bush has spilt blood of Muslims during the last four years and despite the butcheries that he committed and continues to perpetrate in Afghanistan, in Palestine and in Iraq, we see that... the applause of his people is increasing," it said.

"This shows the nature of the American people who approved the war against Islam led by criminal America," it added.

The statement comes after a message from Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden -- broadcast just days ahead of the US election -- warned the United States of new attacks similar to those of September 11, 2001.

Bush beat his rival Democrat John Kerry to win a second term in office in Tuesday's vote.

"The re-election of the criminal Bush, who is no different from the other leaders of this country who have devoted their efforts to killing Muslims everywhere in the world, will not dissuade the mujahedeen from striking the head of the line of infidelity," it said.

"Bush and Kerry are two sides of the same coin. Both have a dark history that will never be erased. It is the American people who will take the consequences of the politics of its president over the next four years.

"The next days will show that your support of the criminal will not bring you security and will not prevent the muhajedeen from hurting you where you are. The next days will prove this."


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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Elizabeth Edwards, Wishing her a Speedy Recovery

Elizabeth Edwards has been diagnosed with breast cancer--I join everyone in praying/wishing for a speedy recover.

I know I gave her and Teresa hell during the campaign--but that was politics--this is REAL LIFE where we all have hearts

Get well Mrs Edwards!
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Getting Past The Euphoria--Time For Republicans To Get To Work

By any measure, this week's wins have left many republicans giddy with post-election euphoria. "A decisive blow has been dealt." "A clear message has been sent." "Values won out in the end." "mainstream America sent the limousine liberals packing." "The party of Michael Moore and George Soros is dead." and so on.

Now that the post-election parties are over--it's time to come to the realization that republican's must now govern--and there will be nobody to truly blame (although in Washington it's always the "other" party) for a host of staggering issues that will require reaching out across the aisles and working with those same people that have been demeaned and demonized during this very ugly political season. In short-republicans will truly have nobody else to blame for a scary list of problems that have serious consequences if not corrected.

Iraq, real homeland security, social security, the economy, Iran, the deficit, real tax reform, illegal immigration and border control and a myriad of other issues await something more than campaign rhetoric and sound bites.

It's time to quit campaigning and get to work
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Post Election Blog Comments--3

Political Brief looks at all the BILLIONS who were disenfranchised
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The voice of America indeed - but which America? How so many people voted for Bush is mind-boggling. An absolute disaster. This is a tragic day for our planet and for all of us, wherever we live. - Raymond Perrez, Toulouse, France

People from the USA, UK, Finland, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Canada, Greece, Germany, Belgium, St Bees, Lebanon, and Japan bemoan the right of the American people to elect their own president.

To me the most interesting and the same time the most frightening fact related to this election-like reality show, is that we discuss and care about it. It seems that the American control over the planet enlarges to a fascistic dimension. - Thanos Didangelos, Athens, Greece

It looks as though George Bush is to be re-elected. I used to believe that Americans were largely well meaning, peace loving people. Now I feel that at least half of the country is driven by fear and selfishness to the detriment of themselves and the world. - Michael, Himeji, Japan

Bush wins, and it really tells something about people of the United States. More war and misery. - Annika, Helsinki, Finland


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Post Election Blog Comments--2

Alpha Patriot comments on the Democratic spin that Bush "has no mandate." Of course the question is: tell me someone who did


If for no other reason, you have to admire Democrats for their dogged adherence to the party line.
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard "not a mandate" in the last 12 hours. They clutch this tired rhetoric to their chest like a tattered battle flag, torn, dirty, dropped in the heat of a lost battle, but now recovered and serving as a symbol of their hoped-for relevance.

I find it fascinating that the party that so consistently celebrates diversity bemoans the fact that we don't all agree, but I digress.

It's time for Democrats to take a step back and evaluate what really happened


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Post-Election Blog Comments

Just a Girl has some very good advice for the democrats

After years of watching this election campaign. I watched all of it - - the coverage, the stump speeches, the debates - from both sides. I think today was John Kerry’s finest moment - where was that passion during the campaign? The grace? I guess it’s easy to be graceful once you’ve lost.

Not for nothing, but the Dems really need to get a stronger message out there instead of “We hate Bush". We realize you hate Bush - that’s a given. Listening to Kerry, Edwards - any of the Dem operatives, pundits, spin masters and even the Dem websites and blogs - - the strongest message they had throughout all of this was how much they hate Bush, what Bush did wrong and why Bush needs to go away.

That’s all well and good - - they’re obviously passionate about what they hate. They are articulate about what angers them and in defining what they feel are miserable failures and betrayals, in their definition.

That was the bulk of their message throughout their entire campaign, from the initial nominations to the primaries up until the last day. Kerry never really did get around to fully and strongly defining himself for all the anger and hatred. Well, that and the Bush campaign kept him on the defense for the better part of this year with the hits against his Senate record.

Kerry’s speech was tremendous and more than I could ever hope for and expect out of the Democratic candidate who just lost the bid for Presidency. I have to commend him. It moved even me.

I’m just saying - - the Dems need a stronger message. It needs to be communicated, strongly and passionately. Voting for Kerry because you want to vote against Bush really didn’t say a whole lot for the candidate. Anger and hatred, while obviously borne of passion, isn’t going to take you all the way. There needs to be passion for your cause - - they need to put a positive spin on their message. Anyone but Bush wasn’t going to win this for them

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

John Kerry's Concession Speech

Hopefully, republican's (of which I am one) will follow the conciliatory and classy words of Senator Kerry. In the morning, we will ALL wake up as Americans. There is a lot of work to do .... let us hope many of his followers will heed his words

We are all Americans ... Let's find common ground
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Time For Kerry To Surrender

Dear John:

Once you've found out you can't realistically win--show us some of that character you say you have and surrender. Keep morons like Donna Brazille off the television. The fat lady is warming up stage right
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The Fat Lady Isn't Singing ------Yet

What an evening! Yesterday around 5pm, I was sitting with a group of people getting the exit polls showing a fairly large John Kerry win. I even made a few concession calls to some of my democratic friends.

As this morning's AP Story reports: "Meanwhile, there were concerns among television executives about early exit polls that indicated John Kerry would do much better than he appeared to be faring as actual vote counts came in."

By 2am it was apparent that President Bush has won the largest popular vote in American election history. Michael, a frequent contributor to this blog correctly predicted first-time voters would swing the election--he just predicted that Kerry rather than the President would get the votes.

Anything is still possible but it appears the President has won a substantial popular vote victory and a razor-slim electoral victory.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Final CBS Poll: Slim Bush Lead

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2004

Forty-five percent of registered voters say they'd be "excited" or "optimistic" about a Bush. An equal number feel the same way about a Kerry win.
(CBS) By Jarrett Murphy, CBSNews.com producer
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A CBS News poll taken up to the eve of Election Day 2004 found the electorate as it has been for weeks and as it was four years ago — sharply divided.

The telephone survey of 1,600 adults, which was conducted from Friday to Monday, found President Bush with a 49-47 percent lead over Sen. John Kerry among likely voters including people leaning toward a candidate.

That lead was within the poll's three-point margin of error.

Among all registered voters, it is only a one-point Bush edge - 48 percent to 47 percent.

Ralph Nader draws 1 percent and 3 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

A CBS News/New York Times poll released Sunday showed Mr. Bush with a 49-46 percent lead. Another CBS News survey, issued on Monday, had the president with a slim 47-46 percent advantage.

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Last Real Clear Politics Polls Before Exit Polls

RCP Average 10/27 - 11/1 48.9% 47.2% 0.9% Bush +1.7
Marist (1026 LV) 11/1 49% 50% 0% Kerry +1
GW/Battleground (1000 LV) 10/31 - 11/1 50% 46% 0% Bush +4
TIPP (1041 LV) 10/30 - 11/1 50.1% 48.0% 1.1% Bush +2.1
CBS News (939 LV) 10/29 - 11/1 49% 47% 1% Bush +2
FOX News (1200 LV) 10/30 - 10/31 46% 48% 1% Kerry +2
Harris (1092 LV) 10/29 - 10/31 49% 45% 2% Bush +4
Reuters/Zogby (1208 LV) 10/29 - 10/31 48% 47% 1% Bush +1
CNN/USA/Gallup(1573 LV)* 10/29 - 10/31 49% 49% 1% TIE
NBC/WSJ (1014 LV) 10/29 - 10/31 48% 47% 1% Bush +1
ABC/Wash Post (2904 LV)** 10/28 - 10/31 49% 48% 0% Bush +1
ARG (1258 LV) 10/28 - 10/30 48% 48% 1% TIE
CBS/NY Times (643 LV) 10/28 - 10/30 49% 46% 1% Bush +3
Pew Research (1925 LV) 10/27 - 10/30 51% 48% 1% Bush +3
Newsweek (882 LV) 10/27 - 10/29 50% 44% 1% Bush +6

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Drudge: Left Wing Vote Fraud Already Starting In Philly

This from Drudge

Before voting even began in Philladelphia -- poll watchers found nearly 2000 votes already planted on machines scattered throughout downtown... One incident occurred at 2601 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, Pa: Ward 37, division 8... pollwatchers uncovered 4 machines with planted votes; one with over 200 and one with nearly 500... A second location, 1901 W. Girard Ave., Berean Institute, Philadelphia, Pa, had 300+ votes already on 2 machines at start of day... INCIDENT: 292 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 7/7: ADDRESS: 122 W. Erie Ave., Roberto Clemente School, Philadelphia, Pa.; INCIDENT: 456 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 12/3; ADDRESS: 5657 Chew Ave., storefront, Philadelphia, Pa... Developing...
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Cronkite--Senile Coot Claims Bush Working with Bin Laden

Cronkite: Bush working with bin Laden
Says he thinks Rove set up videotape terror threat
This is the kind of nutcase Kerry will have working with him

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com


Walter Cronkite, the former CBS anchor once dubbed "the most trusted man in America," speculated on CNN's "Larry King Live" that President Bush's re-election campaign is working with Osama bin Laden.


Walter Cronkite

On Friday night, King showed Cronkite an excerpt from the al-Qaida videotape released earlier that day on the al-Jazeera satellite network in which bin Laden says: "Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked."

Asked for his reaction, Cronkite said: "So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign."

Cronkite went on to say that he believes the election is so close that Americans will not know the winner until early spring.

"Well, I think it's one of the biggest messes we've had in a long time," Cronkite said. "I believe that we're undoubtedly not going to know the results of this election. I don't want to knock you off the air on Monday night or anything, or Tuesday night. But I suspect that we're not going to know who the next president is, whether it is Bush or the new man, until very probably sometime in the early spring. There's so much controversy that they're planting, deliberately planting at the polls, that there's almost certainly to be a suit going back to the Supreme Court eventually, going through the other courts slowly first."

Though Cronkite has been harshly critical of Bush throughout his administration, this was, by far, the strongest condemnation yet of the president who faces re-election Tuesday.

In his weekly column for King Features Syndicate last year Cronkite blasted a foreign-policy speech Bush gave recently in London as ''eloquent, idealistic and worrisome.''


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Jihad Watch: SFSU: Intifada Against College Republicans

The jack-booted left continues their march .....


Dhimmi "campus police were nearby, but 'just stood around watching and, instead of protecting the College Republican students from the mob that was pouring drinks on our table and materials, and even physically assaulting our members, only suggested that the campus Republicans leave rather than arrest those responsible for the violence.'" From FrontPage, with thanks to EPG:

San Francisco, November 1, 2004- A mob of Arab students at San Francisco State University attacked a group of College Republicans on the San Francisco State University campus at noon today during a “Turnout the Vote” event in front of the campus student union building.
Derek Wray, President of the SFSU College Republicans, told Front Page Magazine that an angry mob of Palestinian students attacked the club’s table, as well as individual members of the Republican club who were handing out pro-Bush/Cheney campaign materials. According to Wray, campus police were nearby, but “just stood around watching and, instead of protecting the College Republican students from the mob that was pouring drinks on our table and materials, and even physically assaulting our members, only suggested that the campus Republicans leave rather than arrest those responsible for the violence.”

Wray said the incident began when four Palestinian women from the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) on the S.F. State campus approached the CRs’ table and began a verbal tirade. “You and the Jews want to kill all the Muslims!” one screamed at Wray. “You and Ariel Sharon want to kill innocent Palestinian babies.” A larger crowd of male Arab students then joined in creating a threatening mob in front of the table.

“When one of the Republican students asked one of the women that if she hated America so much, why she didn’t leave, she screamed at him ‘I have some pride. I would strap a bomb on myself and blow myself up as a suicide bomber rather than call myself an American,’”according to Wray. He said the woman also ranted that terrorists are “freedom fighters.”

“One woman said she’d blow up the College Republicans on campus,” Wray continued. “They began throwing food at us and even tried to tip over our table.” The campus police did nothing. Instead of separating them from our table, they kept pulling me aside and asking if we were willing to leave.”

One of the Arab women even began hitting one of the male college Republicans who deflected her blows with his arms. “She got right into his face screaming and trying to hit him. When he deflected one of her blows she then yelled to the male Arabs present that the Republican student was hitting a woman.” This is a tactic used frequently in demonstrations lately, where pro-Palestinian demonstrators send women in to physically assault demonstrators from opposing groups then claim that women are being attacked when they are physically stopped by victims....

The SFSU Palestinian student attack on non-Jewish students who support Israel suggests the potential for a ramping up of attacks on college campuses by pro-Palestinian groups. Jewish students on U.S. campuses are feeling increasingly threatened by Arab groups on campus, and now the question comes up if the same can be said of conservative students who are not Jewish.


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Report Voter Fraud

http://blogsforbush.com/ has a link to report voter fraud .... as you're well aware, the NAACP and other democratic organizations are carrying on wholesale voter fraud this year

Report it. Document it. Whoever wins this election should do so legally
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Election Day 2004--Still hurting Physically--Voting With A Heavy Heart

I'm getting ready to go vote early and wanted to record a few thoughts .... I am not feeling optimistic about a second President Bush term .... yet I will predict the election will be contested either way .... there has been massive vote fraud already .... and with the legions of lawyers waiting on both sides .... we should finally have a president by inauguration day.

If the President does lose, it will be because of Iraq .... he is ultimately responsible for some decisions--which still will have to viewed through the prism of history--but right now doesn't appear to have been the correct decision. However you spin it, the Iraq war intelligence was a massive failure and the President's handlers have never seen fit to admit it. It is more-than-likely going to put a far-out liberal who would have NEVER made it out of the primaries in a normal year into the White House.

The only solace that I have this morning is that the Kerry regime will last one term. The next four years are going to be filled with problems that the far-out left can't imagine.

It's time for all Republican's to get ready for the battle of our lives
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Monday, November 01, 2004

Sore Feet-Muscle Aches--But I finished the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon

I'm hurting today--to be expected after a 26.2-mile jaunt in unseasonable 80-degree heat. My feet are blistered--the insides of my thighs and nipples abraided. These 40-something legs feel much older on this pre-election Monday.

But I finished the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon and i'd like to congratulate every one of the 18,000 plus who responded to the firing of the howitzers. The U.S Marine Corps, the police of many cities, all the volunteers and the thousands of spectators who cheered us on are worthy of every thanks.

No, I didn't run as fast as I had planned. I didn't even place in my age group. But I did enjoy running through our nation's capitol and appreciating the fact that I am an American and am in excellent health.


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CIS: Study Finds Immigrants Gained Jobs While Natives Lost Them

A Jobless Recovery?


WASHINGTON (October 2004) -- A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies calls into question the wisdom of both presidential candidates' proposals to amnesty illegal aliens and to increase levels of new immigration.

The report, based on an analysis of the latest Census Bureau data, shows that the number of adult immigrants holding a job increased by over two million between 2000 and 2004, while the number of adult natives holding a job decreased by nearly half a million. What's more, job losses among native-born Americans tended to be highest in areas with the largest immigrant influx.

The report, entitled ''A Jobless Recovery? Immigrant Gains and Native Losses,'' is available in its entirety at http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/back1104.html . Among the findings:

* Between March of 2000 and 2004, the number of unemployed adult natives increased by 2.3 million, while the number of employed adult immigrants increased by 2.3 million.

* Half of the 2.3 million increase in immigrant employment since 2000 is estimated to be from illegal immigration.

* In addition to growth in unemployment, the number of working age (18 to 64) natives who have left the labor force altogether has increased by four million since 2000.

* Even over the last year the same general pattern holds. Of the 900,000 net increase in jobs between March 2003 and 2004, two-thirds went to immigrant workers, even though they account for only 15 percent of all adult workers.

* In just the last year, the number of working-age natives not in the labor force increased by 1.2 million. These are individuals are not even trying to find a job.

* Immigrant job gains have occurred throughout the labor market, with more than two-thirds of their employment gains among workers who have at least a high school degree.

* There is little evidence that immigrants take only jobs Americans don't want. Even those occupations with the highest concentrations of new immigrants still employ millions of native-born workers.

* The decline in native employment was most pronounced in states where immigrants increased their share of workers the most.

* Occupations with the largest immigrant influx tended to have the highest unemployment rates among natives.

* The states with the largest increase in the number of immigrants holding jobs were Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, California, Arizona, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

* Of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, the biggest increases in immigrant employment were in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, New York, and Seattle.

The findings raise the very real possibility that immigration has adversely affected native employment. While it would be an oversimplification to assume that each job taken by an immigrant is a job lost by a native, it is clear immigration has remained at record levels and at the same time employment among the native-born has declined. Unfortunately, both presidential candidates have chosen to largely ignore this important issue. To the extent they have addressed the question, both have advocated legalizing illegal aliens and increasing legal immigration still further. Given the labor market difficulties experienced by many natives, such proposals seem out of step with the realities faced by many American workers.

Contact: Steven Camarota, (202) 466-8185, sac@cis.org
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Kerry's Discharge Is Questioned by an Ex-JAG Officer

BY THOMAS LIPSCOMB - Special to the Sun
November 1, 2004

A former officer in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve has built a case that Senator Kerry was other than honorably discharged from the Navy by 1975, The New York Sun has learned.

The "honorable discharge" on the Kerry Web site appears to be a Carter administration substitute for an original action expunged from Mr. Kerry's record, according to Mark Sullivan, who retired as a captain in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve in 2003 after 33 years of service as a judge advocate. Mr. Sullivan served in the office of the Secretary of the Navy between 1975 and 1977.

On behalf of the Kerry campaign, Michael Meehan and others have repeatedly insisted that all of Mr. Kerry's military records are on his Web site atjohnkerry.com, except for his medical records.

"If that is the case," Mr. Sullivan said, "the true story isn't what was on the Web site. It's what's missing. There should have been an honorable discharge certificate issued to Kerry in 1975,if not earlier, three years after his transfer to the Standby Reserve-Inactive."

Another retired Navy Reserve officer, who served three tours in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, points out that there should also have been a certified letter giving Mr. Kerry a choice of a reserve reaffiliation or separation and discharge. If Mr. Meehan is correct and all the documents are indeed on the Web site, the absence of any documents from 1972 to 1978 in the posted Kerry files is a glaring hole in the record.

The applicable U.S. Navy regulation, now found at MILPERSMAN 1920-210 "Types of Discharge for Officers," lists five examples of conditions required to receive an honorable discharge certificate, four required to receive a general discharge "not of such a nature as to require discharge under conditions other than honorable," and seven for "the lowest type of separation from the naval service. It is now officially in all respects equivalent to a dishonorable discharge."

Kerry spokesmen have also repeatedly said that the senator has an honorable discharge. And there is indeed a cover letter to an honorable discharge dated February 16,1978,on the Kerry Web site. It is in form and reference to regulation exactly the same as one granted Swiftboat Veterans for Truth member Robert Shirley on March 12, 1971, during a periodic "reduction in force (RIF)" by the Naval Reserve. The only significant difference between Mr. Kerry's and Mr. Shirley's is the signature information and the dates. In a RIF, officers who no longer have skills or are of an age group the Navy wishes to keep in reserve are involuntarily separated by the Navy and given their appropriate discharge. This is a normal and ongoing activity and there is no stigma attached to it.

Kerry spokesman David Wade did not reply when asked if Mr. Kerry was other than honorably discharged before he was honorably discharged.

"Mr. Meehan may well be right and all Mr. Kerry's military records are on his Web site," Mr. Sullivan said. "Unlike en listed members, officers do not receive other than honorable, or dishonorable, certificates of discharge. To the contrary, the rule is that no certificate will be awarded to an officer separated wherever the circumstances prompting separation are not deemed consonant with traditional naval concepts of honor. The absence of an honorable discharge certificate for a separated naval officer is, therefore, a harsh and severe sanction and is, in fact, the treatment given officers who are dismissed after a general court-martial."

With the only discharge document cited by Mr. Kerry issued in 1978, three years after the last date it should have been issued, the absence of a certificate from 1975 leaves only two possibilities. Either Mr. Kerry received an "other than honorable" certificate that has been removed in a review purging it from his records, or even worse, he received no certificate at all. In both cases there would have been a loss of all of Mr. Kerry's medals and the suspension of all benefits of service.

Certainly something was wrong as early as 1973 when Mr. Kerry was applying to law school.

Mr. Kerry has said, "I applied to Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College. I was extremely late. Only BC would entertain a late application."

It is hard to see why Mr. Kerry had to file an "extremely late" application since he lost the congressional race in Lowell, Mass., the first week of November 1972 and was basically doing nothing until he entered law school the following September of 1973.A member of the Harvard Law School admissions committee recalled that the real reason Mr. Kerry was not admitted was because the committee was concerned that because Mr. Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge they were not sure he could be admitted to any state bar.

The fact that Mr. Kerry had cancelled his candidacy for a Congressional seat in 1970 in favor of Father Robert Drinan cannot have hurt Mr. Kerry's admission to Boston College. The Reverend Robert Drinan's previous position was dean of the Boston College Law School.

Given this, it is likely that a legal review took place that effectively purged Mr. Kerry's Navy files and arranged for the three-year-late honorable discharge in 1978.There were two avenues during the 1977-1978 time period. This could have been under President Carter's Executive Order 11967, under which thousands received pardons and upgrades for harsh discharges or other offenses under the Selective Service Act. Or it might have merged into efforts by the military to comply with the demands of the 1975 Church Committee. Mr. Sullivan was personally involved in the 1976 and 1977 records review answering Senator Kennedy's demands to determine the scope of any counterintelligence abuses by the military.

In the Foreign Surveillance Act of 1977, legislation introduced by Mr. Kennedy to enforce the findings of the Church Committee, there is language that literally describes the behavior of Mr. Kerry. The defined behavior that could no longer be subject to surveillance without warrants includes: "Americans having contact with foreign powers in the case of Americans who were active in the protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Some of them may have attended international conferences at which there were representatives of foreign powers, as defined in the bill, or may have been directly in communication with foreign governments concerning this issue."

One of Mr. Kerry's first acts of office as he entered the Senate on January 3, 1985, was making sure what was still in the Navy files. A report was returned to Mr. Kerry by a Navy JAG on January 25, 1985, and appears on the Kerry Web site. There is an enclosure listed that may have contained a list of files, according to David Myers, the JAG who prepared it, that is not on Mr. Kerry's Web site. It could have provided an index for all of Mr. Kerry's Navy files.

All officials with knowledge of what specifically happened in Mr. Kerry's case are muzzled by the Privacy Act of 1974.The act makes it a crime for federal employees to knowingly disclose personal information or records.

Only Mr. Kerry can do that. As of this writing, Mr. Kerry has failed to sign a Standard Form 180 giving the electorate and the press access to his Navy files

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TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Poll Date Bush/
Cheney Kerry/
Edwards Nader/
Camejo Spread
RCP Average 10/27-10/31 48.5% 46.8% 0.8% Bush +1.7
Marist (987 LV) 10/31 48% 49% 1% Kerry +1
CNN/USA/Gallup(1573 LV)* 10/29 - 10/31 49% 49% 1% TIE
NBC/WSJ (1014 LV) 10/29 - 10/31 48% 47% 1% Bush +1
FOX News (1200 LV) 10/29 - 10/30 46% 46% 1% TIE
GW/Battleground (1000 LV) 10/27, 28, 31 49% 46% 0% Bush +3
CBS/NY Times (643 LV) 10/28 - 10/30 49% 46% 1% Bush +3
TIPP (936 LV) 10/28 - 10/30 48% 43% 1% Bush +5
Reuters/Zogby (1203 LV) 10/28 - 10/30 48% 48% 1% TIE
ARG (1258 LV) 10/28 - 10/30 48% 48% 1% TIE
Pew Research (1925 LV) 10/27 - 10/30 51% 48% 1% Bush +3
ABC/Wash Post (2047 LV)** 10/27 - 10/30 48% 48% 0% TIE
Newsweek (882 LV) 10/27 - 10/29 50% 44% 1% Bush +

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Bin Laden's October surprise

By Paul Reynolds
World Affairs correspondent, BBC News website

Osama Bin Laden sprung the October surprise many had expected, not in the form of a bomb but as a political bombshell.
Clearly, his video message was designed for maximum impact on the US presidential election, although analysts appear divided as to what impact it will have.

At the same time, it contained a warning, an explanation and an offer.

And, at least in the edited version released by the Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera, it avoided religious rhetoric.

Bin Laden was talking to Americans in a language he thinks they will understand.

Warning

"Oh American people, my talk to you is about the best way to avoid another Manhattan, about the war, its causes, and results," he said at the start of the message.


Thus another 9/11 on the United States is threatened - although one might ask why it has not been achieved, so far at least, if such an attack is still in his mind.

By mentioning Sweden as a country not under threat, he implicitly threatened others that do support US policies.

Explanation

There was much familiar al-Qaeda material here about injustice, the US-Israeli alliance and the fate of the Palestinians.

He interestingly revealed that it was during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 that he first thought of toppling the towers of America.


Your security does not lie in the hands of Kerry, Bush or al-Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands
Osama Bin Laden


"While I was looking at those destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me to punish the unjust one in a similar manner by destroying towers in the United States," he said.
This preceded his alliance with the Americans against the Russians in Afghanistan.

His thinking is therefore very long term.

Osama bin Laden did not put forward a detailed political programme - but he did outline his strategy.

He is a not an irrational fanatic.

That strategy is two fold. It is firstly to get the US and its allies to withdraw from the Muslim world (and stop supporting Israel of course) and secondly to remove the Arab rulers he opposes.

His language for these rulers is dismissive and he lumps President Bush in with them as the son of a former President.

"We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration because it is similar to regimes in our countries, half of which are governed by the military and the other half of which are governed by the sons of kings and presidents," he said.

"In both categories, you find many who are characterised by hubris, arrogance, greed, and unlawful acquisition of money."

And along the way he scorns Mr Bush's decision to remain in the school classroom for seven minutes after being told that the World Trade Center had been attacked. He knows how to needle his enemy on a personal level.

Offer

"Your security does not lie in the hands of Kerry, Bush or al-Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Each and every state that does not tamper with our security will have automatically assured its own security," he said.

He appears to realise that John Kerry is not in fact offering much change in policy in the war on terror declared by President Bush.


THE BIN LADEN TAPES
29 Oct: Al-Jazeera airs video of Bin Laden admitting he carried out 11 September attacks
15 April: Bin Laden audio tape gives Europe three months to pull troops out of Islamic nations
4 Jan: Al-Jazeera airs audio tape calling on Muslims to keep fighting holy war in Middle East
10 Sept 03: Video footage shows Bin Laden walking through rocky terrain with al-Zawahri, two taped messages accompany video

So the appeal is to the American people and also to the peoples of other countries interested in their own "security".
He has previously offered a truce with Europe.

Here he is doing so to the United States, perhaps in the knowledge that it will be rejected.

But he can then say later, if he manages to mount another attack, that his offer was rejected.

Incidentally this is not the first time he has taken responsibility for 9/11.

On a videotape found after the war in Afghanistan he is seen talking to his associates and remarking that he, an engineer it must not be forgotten, thought that only the top halves of the twin towers would fall.

In that tape, although not made for public consumption, he revealed himself to be a thoughtful operator as well as a dedicated fighter.

Just as he did in this latest tape.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/middle_east/3967565.stm


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Bin Ladin muscles into US election race

You can find this article at:
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/973F1229-454F-4384-BF08-1D86A911DDF7.htm

Bin Ladin said 'Bush is still deceiving' the American people

Usama bin Ladin has burst into the US election campaign, issuing his first video tape in more than a year to deride President George Bush and warn of possible new September 11-style attacks.


Bin Ladin, taunting the man who has vowed to take him "dead or alive" for the past three years, said Bush had failed Americans with his Middle East policies, deceiving the nation and provoking Muslim groups like al-Qaida to strike again.

Looking healthy and defiant in a video released from hiding to Aljazeera just four days before the US presidential poll, Bin Ladin accused Bush of complacency during the September 11 attacks in 2001, mocking him for going on with a visit to a school.

"Despite entering the fourth year after September 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened," he said, making his clearest claim yet of responsibility.

In what seemed a deliberate attempt to influence Tuesday's US election, bin Ladin used the opening line: "O American people, I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan, about war and its causes and results."

But he made little mention of Bush's Democratic challenger John Kerry, saying: "Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe."

Bush, who ordered US forces to capture Bin Ladin dead or alive after the September 11 attacks, vowed that "Americans will not be intimidated or influenced by an enemy of our country" and said "we will prevail" in the so-called "war on terror".

A US Department of State official said Washington had asked the government of Qatar, where Aljazeera is based, to prevent the station from airing the latest Bin Ladin tape.

Kerry, Bush response

Kerry, who has criticised Bush for failing to capture Bin Ladin by diverting troops to Iraq, called him "a barbarian".


The Bush administration tried to
stop the tape being aired

"I will stop at absolutely nothing to hunt down and capture or kill the terrorists wherever they are, whatever it takes," he said. Kerry is currently running neck and neck with Bush in the opinion polls.

After vowing to hunt down and kill terrorists, and noting that America was united in that desire, Kerry said: "I regret that when George Bush had the opportunity in Afghanistan at Tora Bora, he didn't use our sources to hunt down and kill Usama bin Ladin. He outsourced to the war lords."

Bush later said the Democrat's charge that bad strategy let the al-Qaida leader escape US forces in late 2001 was "especially shameful".

"Unfortunately my opponent tonight continued to say things he knows are not true, accusing our military of passing up a chance to get Usama bin Ladin at Tora Bora," an Afghan stronghold in 2001.

"As the commander in charge of that operation, [retired general] Tommy Franks has said: It's simply not the case," Bush said. "It is especially shameful in the light of a new tape from America's enemy."

Punishment

Bin Ladin, speaking forcefully and jabbing his finger, said he thought of the idea of attacking the US skyscrapers when he saw Israeli aircraft bombing tower blocks in Lebanon in 1982, during an invasion which he accused Washington of supporting.

"It occurred to me to punish the unjust the same way ... to destroy towers in America so that it can taste some of what we are tasting"

Usama bin Ladin

"As I watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me to punish the unjust the same way ... to destroy towers in America so that it can taste some of what we are tasting and to stop killing our children and women," said bin Ladin.

"God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind," he said.

Describing Bush's actions at the school on September 11, he said: "It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the American forces would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone at a time when they most needed him."

Iraqi children

Bin Ladin said millions of tonnes of bombs and explosives fell on Iraqi children, under the order of George Bush, just for the sake of ousting an old agent and replacing him by a new agent to help plunder Iraqi oil wealth.


Bin Ladin said Bush's Middle East
policies have failed

He said the September 11 attacks came in response to those injustices.

The al-Qaida leader, apparently sitting or standing at a table against a neutral brown background, wore a white turban and white tunic under a light brown cloak. His full beard was a mixture of white and dark grey.

The White House said there was no change in the US terror alert level despite the video. A US official said the video did not appear to contain a specific threat.

US intelligence agencies believed it appeared to be Bin Ladin on the tape, US officials said.

No coincidence

Commenting on the tape, Edmond Garib, a professor of international relations at the American University in Washington said: "Bin Ladin did not submit the tape by coincidence.

"The object here is to influence the American elections and to send messages to the Americans, Arabs and Muslims."

Garib, speaking to Aljazeera, said Bin Ladin's wording might be understood in two ways.

"Bin Ladin's target is to appear that he is a strong man who challenges the United States in the Arab and Islamic worlds"

Edmond Garib, professor of international relations, American University in Washington

"First, that Bin Ladin's attacks against Bush will push Americans to gather around Bush as they hate Bin Ladin, and will support Bush's position. Bin Ladin's target is to appear that he is a strong man who challenges the United States in the Arab and Islamic worlds. This will win him more money and followers."

Garib added that the appearance of Bin Ladin "in sight and sound will remind people that Bush, who used to talk about him and vowed to capture him dead or alive, stopped to mention him lately".

"This will support Kerry's position," he added.

Saudi-born Bin Ladin, who is in his late 40s, last appeared in a video broadcast by Aljazeera in September 2003, showing him and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri descending a mountainside calling for jihad and praising the September 11 hijackers.

In April, Arab television stations broadcast an audio tape purportedly from Bin Ladin offering a three-month truce to Europeans if they withdrew troops from Muslim nations. The deadline expired with no word from Bin Ladin.


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