Sunday, November 11, 2001

LONDON (UPI) The British government is compiling a new dossier on suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in which he incriminates himself as “a terrorist pure and simple,” responsible for the September 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported yesterday.
It said Alastair Campbell, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s press spokesman, intends to release the documentation “within the next few days,” as a follow-up to an earlier dossier released before the start of bombing operations in Afghanistan. The dossier outlined why bin Laden was seen as the prime suspect in the September 11 terror attacks.
It is reported to consist of quotes from videos produced by bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization and released in the Arab world, plus tapes broadcast on the Gulf television station Al Jazeera.
“I think it’s time we gave a broad airing to some of the statements he has been making,” Mr. Campbell told the BBC. “He has made a number of self-incriminatory statements about September 11. He has made a number of genocidal statements against Jews and Americans.”
Mr. Campbell added that “the more people understand the kind of things he [bin Laden] has been chucking out from his cave in videos, the more you get a sense of somebody who is losing it because he does not have the arguments or the intellectual underpinning.”
“He is a terrorist pure and simple,” the prime minister’s communications chief said. “That is what he is about, and it is time people understood that.”
According to the BBC, Mr. Campbell believes the dossier will show that bin Laden “has no interest in the Palestinian cause” in the Middle East, “but has tried to hijack the issue for his own interest.”
Mr. Campbell told journalists that the video tapes showed bin Laden saying that killing Jews was a “top-duty priority,” that the murder of innocent civilians could be justified on “legal, religious and logical grounds,” and that the hijackers of four U.S. airliners on September 11 were “blessed by Allah.”

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