Tape of alleged 9/11 hijacker broadcast
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Al Qaeda has released its second videotape this week -- this one apparently shows one of the 19 men who hijacked three planes for the September 11 terror attacks.
The tape, which initially aired on the Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera television, shows a man identified as Saeed Alghamdi.
"America is the enemy that every Muslim should fight," the man said in the video. Alghamdi was one of the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers overpowered them in order to avoid hitting a fourth target.
His tape is said to have been recorded nine months before the attack.
"You will be turned into pieces because of the mujahedeen," he said. "And I tell you that we are preparing something for you. God will punish you in a big way. And we promise the United States of America that we will stop you, that we will hurt you -- and we will make sure that you don't have any peace."
A U.S. intelligence official dismissed the tape Friday as propaganda and said it's "evidently part of an al Qaeda recruitment drive."
On the eve of the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Al-Jazeera aired a taped statement purportedly from Osama bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri encouraging new attacks against Americans.
The voice claiming to be bin Laden praises the suicide hijackers who crashed jetliners into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field two years ago, killing more than 3,000 people.
A CIA official said the voice is "probably but not definitely bin Laden." (Full story)
The Alghamdi videotape -- which included images of him training -- also contained audio of bin Laden praising Alghamdi.
"He is a good person," bin Laden is heard saying. "He has good qualities. He is very righteous. He fears God, and God may protect him."
Al-Jazeera aired about seven minutes of what it said was a 50-minute tape.
In it, Alghamdi wears camouflage and a traditional Muslim headdress. Behind him is a changing collage of pictures, including one of Alghamdi aiming a rocket-propelled grenade -- which is superimposed over the image of an airplane.
Alghamdi quoted several verses of the Koran and said his message was for "everyone who believes in Islam."
"Those who give their blood and their body parts in the name of God are those who do only what pleases God and his prophets ... everybody should know that jihad is a duty on all Muslims."
Alghamdi said on his tape that it was recorded December 23, 2000, and would serve as the reading of his final testimony before heading to the United States.
Al Qaeda has said all 19 hijackers recorded videotapes, although Al-Jazeera reporter Yousi Foudra has reported that only 18 of the 19 hijackers made tapes. Two others have aired -- those of Ahmed Alhaznawi and Abdulaziz Alomari.
In April 2002, Al Jazeera broadcast a tape recorded before the attacks of bin Laden and one of his deputies. On the same tape, a man identified as Ahmed Alhaznawi talks about his plans for attacks in the heartland of the United States. The FBI said Alhaznawi was aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania. (Full story)
In his statement -- which the network said was prepared about six months before the attacks against the United States -- Alhaznawi said he would help send a "bloodied message" to the world, according to Al-Jazeera, which aired brief portions of the tape.