Government Anticipates Bin Laden Election Tape
Seemingly desperate for Emmanuel Goldstein to remind Americans that they should still fear their own shadow, the corporate media is maniacally preempting the release of a Bin Laden tape before or after the election, despite there being no actual evidence that one is forthcoming.
If the CIA really want to resurrect the ultimate boogeyman yet again as we sail past Halloween, they really ought to get a move on with the election just four days away.
The lack of a video tape statement from Bin Laden has the mainstream press evidently worried, but the government assures them that one is on the horizon.
In a related development, an alleged Al Qaeda leader purportedly called for Republicans and George W. Bush to be "humiliated," seemingly unaware of the fact that Bush was not running for re-election.
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Former counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke told CNN last week that Osama Bin Laden would attempt to influence the 2008 U.S. election with a terrorist attack or the release of a video tape.
The ABC News report about the anticipated tape also cites exit polls in making the case that Bin Laden's video appearance right before the 2004 election did not impact the result. The problem with that is the same exit polls predicted a reasonably comfortable Kerry win, so their reliability proved to be useless (or the election was stolen anyway, whichever you prefer).
The fact is that both Kerry and Bush attributed the result to the Bin Laden tape and veteran news broadcaster Walter Cronkite called the video message a Karl Rove-orchestrated set up.
Bin Laden’s chastisement of Bush resulted in a 6 point swing, enabling Bush to seal a second term in office.
If Bin Laden does pop up over he next few days, it will only be to John McCain's benefit. Indeed, McCain's own adviser Charlie Black let the cat out of the bag back in June when he said that a terror attack on American soil would be a “big advantage” to McCain’s election hopes.
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