In his video that aired on 29 October 2004 on Al Jazeera TV, Osama bin Laden suggests impartiality towards the outcome of the presidential election when he says,
Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida.
But then bin Laden follows with this...
Your security is in your own hands [read "vote"]. Each and every state that does not tamper with our security will have automatically assured its own security.
Sounds to me as though Osama has a keen understanding of the Electoral College, and that he plans to pick targets on a state-by-state basis, presumably on the basis of how a State's citizens vote next Tuesday.
This is an overt attempt to influence the U.S. Presidential Election.
So just how do you determine whether you are at risk? Residency in a Blue State, or residency in a Red State?
This is the wrong question to ask, but I'll get to that in a minute...
But first, I've got a question. We witness the wholesale murder of nearly 3,000 of our country-men and -women, and we're supposed to curl up and cower at this utterance because it comes out of the pie hole of OBL? Did he really think we'd get all Joan Baez tie-died and start sliding the stems of white daisies down the gun barrels of returning soldiers? Give me a freaking break.
Bin Laden understands the greatest threat to his existence, say nothing of his vision of a Mesopotamian Caliphate, is the way almost every U.S. citizen values Freedom.
Bin Laden hides his genocidal intentions for U.S. citizens behind the word "Freedom," but he has no understanding of this concept. Bin Laden’s “Freedom” is the guttural oppression of women as embodied by the Taliban Government in pre-get-your-terrorist-ass-the-hell-out-of-here Afghanistan, and the tacit approval of beheading real and perceived enemies in post-war Iraq…
Now then, you determine whether you are at risk by your birth certificate. If you are an American, OBL and every running dog lacky who has consigned his/her personage to the warped, demented world view of fascist Islam wants to kill you. There are no rules here except this.
President Bush laid down my rules after 9/11. I stand by him today, next Tuesday, and for the next four years. God willing, President Bush’s successor in 2008 will possess at least some of the President’s remarkable character and courage.
Update 02 November 2004, 1:49 pm MST::Here are some links that support the interpretation that bin Laden is singling out U.S. States:
(Thanks, tgom, for the links above, and for the link to the Al Jazeera transcript.)