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Government refuses to authenticate bin Laden "confession video"

Government refuses to authenticate bin Laden “confession video” 

 

August 11, 2006 – In response to the July 10, 2006 Freedom of Information Act request made by the Muckraker Report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the authenticity of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden “confession video” in which Osama bin Laden allegedly confesses his involvement and masterminding of 9/11, the FBI said:

The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure pursuant to Title 5, United States Code, Section 552, subsection (b)(7)(A).

On December 13, 2001 the United States Department of Defense released the videotape allegedly of Osama bin Laden confessing to his involvement with the events of September 11, 2001.  The DoD also issued Press Release No. 630-01, which indicated that the “confession video” was obtained by U.S. forces in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in late November 2001. 

 

In the Muckraker Report FOIA the following documents were requested:

 

1.      Documents related to the discovery of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden video

 

2.      Documents that demonstrate chain of custody of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden video from the time it was discovered in Afghanistan until it was released for media consumption

 

3.      Documents that demonstrate an Israeli connection to the discovery of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden video – whether that connection be the IDF, Mossad, Israeli mercenaries, or any other person or agency influenced or controlled by the state of Israel

 

4.      Documents that reflect the purchase order and contract made by the U.S. government with George Michael, Diplomatic Language Services, and Dr. Kassem M. Wahba, Arabic language program coordinator, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University - Michael and Wahba are reported in DoD Press Release 630-01 to have been responsible for the translation of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden video.

 

5.      Documents that demonstrate the authenticity process that the U.S. government undertook to authenticate the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden video

 

6.      Documents that demonstrate the outcome of the U.S. government’s authenticity process.  What the Muckraker Report is seeking is a copy of an original U.S. government document that reflects the U.S. government declaring the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden video as authentic, not authentic, or suspect of authenticity

 

Please note that the Information Dissemination Section of the FBI did not respond to the Muckraker Report’s Freedom of Information Act Request by indicating that the documentation requested did not exist.  It said that the material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure pursuant to Title 5, United States Code, Section 552, subsection (b)(7)(A). 

 

So what does Title 5, United States Code, Section 552, subsection (b)(7)(A) say?  According to the Explanation of Exemptions sheet included in the government response to Muckraker Report FOIA request:

 

(b)(7) records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information (A) could be reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings

 

It’s anyone’s guess as to what (b)(7)(A) actually means, but it smells like more cover-up to me.  One can only assume that the interfere with enforcement proceedings segment means that if the truth were to be revealed to the world regarding the circumstances and authenticity of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden confession video, the neo con would have a one dickens of a time enforcing its current policies – both foreign and domestic.  The truth is all hell would break loose if it was widely reported in the mockingbird mainstream media that the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden confession video was a fabrication. 

 

Again it must be noted, the U.S. government did not give a line item break down of the FOIA request.  For instance, in response to item 3, the FBI didn’t respond by saying “no such documents exist.”  Instead, the U.S. government indicated that the documents requested where located in an investigative file that is exempt from disclosure pursuant to Title 5, United States Code, Section 552, subsection (b)(7)(A). 

 

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