Hi, this is Evans2 reporting with HCHS News. On Friday, the United States received a video tape with Bin Laden on it. After looking at the tape, U.S officials said that it is Bin Laden on the tape. This is the latest contact with Bin Laden we have had since 2004. In the video, he talks about global warming. He says that the emissions from large companies cause a danger to mankind. Also, Bin Laden says the war is not right and blames many of the problems on capitalism.
President Bush, in Australia for the Asia-Pacific-Economic Cooperation summit, said that it was interesting that Bin Laden mentioned Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that al Qaeda wants a safe haven in Iraq and Afghanistan. To prevent this, Bush said that we need to work hard to deny any safe havens and support upcoming democracies.
United States officials say that the timing of the tape shows that al Qaeda is still targeting the United States. The White House's homeland security adviser Fran Townsend stated that when ever people hear the tapes they should keep in mind that it is propaganda and it is meant to scare them. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that it was not unusual for al Qaeda to send tapes on the anniversary of 9/11.
Unfortunately, there have been no leads to where Bin Laden may be hiding. Officials say that he is hiding in the mountainous areas of Afghanistan or Pakistan. A military official said that there has not been a good lead for about 2 years.
I have an interview with my dad, Mike, who presently serves in the U.S. Air Force
Q: What do you think of the latest tape from Bin Laden?
Mike: I think he will be a threat as long as he is alive. The most recent video reaffirms the United States' need to remain a stabilizing factor in the gulf region.
Q: What is your stand point on the war?
Mike: We are doing far more good than the news portrays and that Congress and the people are forgetting what happened to us on 9/11.
Q: What do you think General Petraous will say on his report?
Mike: That we are making progress and that we can't change a country in six months.