ABBOTTABAD — Osama bin Laden on Tuesday signaled possible opposition to legislation that would establish an independent commission to investigate the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.
Speaking from a secure compound in Abbottabad, bin Laden told a reporter that he had not yet read the bill. “You think I have time for this? I’m looking to the future. By noon today I had already reviewed five plans to bring America to its knees, and people keep trying to distract me with questions about this commission. We need to stop dwelling on the past and get back to the issues that matter: killing infidels by the thousands.”
bin Laden said: “I’m worried about what it would do to America, this country that we all hate so much, to have a so-called independent commission that ultimately turns into a partisan political weapon that continues to exacerbate these tensions and divide people even more.” Stroking his beard thoughtfully, bin Laden added: “Because in a way, it sort of contributes to the very environment that made that day possible.”
bin Laden brushed aside a reporter’s citation of a recent interview in which bin Laden had said: “If inciting people to do that is terrorism, and if killing those who kill our sons is terrorism, then let history be witness that we are terrorists.” Asked about that statement, bin Laden said: “Look, everybody has some responsibility. If you think about it, we are all terrorists.” Asked if that constituted an admission of responsibility, bin Laden said: “Look, I get that you guys in the media like to focus on this. It’s the only thing the Fake News ever talks about. But if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from September 11, and you don’t focus on the part where the planes hit the buildings, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
Ultimately, bin Laden said he understood people’s desire to get to the bottom of the historic terror attacks, but plans to oppose the bill due to concerns that the September 11 commission will be used as a partisan vehicle to blame al Qaeda. He added that he had concerns about how staffers would be chosen.