2006-10-02

Das Video-Testament von Mohammed Atta

--- Die britische Sunday Times sieht in einem Videofund den Beweis dafuer, dass Osama bin Laden und al-Qaida hinter den Todesfl�gen vom 11. September 2001 stehen:
Two bearded young men laugh and joke for the camera. They appear relaxed, well groomed, intelligent; they might be high-achieving students quietly celebrating an exam success. They look at a piece of paper and laugh some more. What is so funny? Certainly not the piece of paper. There is Arabic script on it. Easily decipherable is the word �al wasiyyah�. This means �the will�. It is the handwritten last testament of Ziad Jarrah, the lighter-haired and better-looking of the two young men. A well educated, middle-class Lebanese, he has been studying in Germany. So has his dark-haired companion, Mohammed Atta, also middle class and university educated, but born in Egypt. Atta has his will, too. Unsmiling, both men read them to camera. These images are part of a videotape, nearly an hour long, that was filmed at Osama Bin Laden�s lair in Afghanistan 6� years ago. They are revealed today for the first time, and they are a missing chapter in the searing story of the attacks on America on September 11, 2001. Atta led the team of 19 suicide attackers and flew American Airlines flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Jarrah piloted United Airlines flight 93. His assigned target was Capitol Hill, but the plane crashed. ATTA and Jarrah have never been pictured together before. Indeed, a key element of their tradecraft was that they steered clear of each other. They were leading figures in the September 11 story, not only because they flew the planes but also because they apparently had everything to live for. Unlike most of the other hijackers, who were mainly provincial Saudi fundamentalists, Atta and Jarrah fitted easily into western society. To the Germans who knew them in Hamburg they seemed entirely normal. The tape explains this mistake. It would be hard to look less homicidal � until the camera pulls back and reveals that Atta is sitting next to an AK-47. So the tape not only fills a gap in the story of September 11 but also provides chilling proof of the difficulty of fighting Islamic terrorism: these two �normal�, happy, unthreatening individuals turned out to have an explosive effect on the history of the 21st century. The unedited video was passed to The Sunday Times through a previously tested channel. On condition of anonymity, sources from both Al-Qaeda and the United States have confirmed its authenticity. It has no sound � and lip-readers have failed to decipher it, according to a US source � but the images speak loudly for themselves.
Der Times-Server scheint ein wenig �berlastet, aber die Videos gibt es zumindest in Ausschnitten inzwischen auch an mehreren anderen Stellen im Netz, etwa bei Spiegel Online.

Und sonst: Woodward bezichtigt Bush-Regierung der L�ge: L�gen, Starrsinn, Sch�nf�rberei - US-Starreporter Bob Woodward rechnet in seinem dritten Buch mit der Bush-Regierung ab. Wider besseres Wissen zeichne der Pr�sident ein rosiges Bild der Erfolge im Irakkrieg und im Anti-Terrorkrieg. Kurz vor den Kongresswahlen steht der Republikaner unter Druck. ... Der "Watergate"-Enth�ller und Bestsellerautor hat Zugang zu h�chsten Regierungskreisen, stundenlange Audienzen selbst beim Pr�sidenten lieferten ihm den Stoff f�r die detaillierten Innenansichten der Bush-Administration. Als "Stenograf der M�chtigen" ist er von seinen Kritikern verh�hnt worden, als einer, der zwar viele kostbare Interna zusammentrug, sich aber scheute, aus all dem Material ein Urteil �ber den Kriegspr�sidenten George W. Bush zu destillieren. Am vergangenen Sonntag erschien Woodwards drittes Buch �ber Bush, und den Vorwurf den Pr�sidenten zu schonen, wird k�nftig wohl niemand mehr erheben. "State of Denial" lautet der Titel, was sich am besten mit Realit�tsverweigerung �bersetzen l�sst. Und so harsch wie das Urteil auf dem Cover fallen auch die 560 Seiten aus - Woodward wirft der Bush-Riege vor, das Ausma� des Desasters im Irak zu verdr�ngen und die amerikanische �ffentlichkeit �ber das Chaos im Zweistromland zu t�uschen. Nach internen Analysen der Geheimdienste, so Woodward, werde sich die Lage 2007 noch verschlimmern. "Er sagt den Amerikanern nicht die Wahrheit �ber den Irak," hei�t das Fazit des Autoren in den letzten Zeilen.

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