November 12, 2004

Osama now has "religious approval" to use a nuke against Americans

You read the headline right -- Osama bin Laden has secured "religious authority" to use a nuclear weapon against American citizens in his windmill-tilting fight against the West, according to a 60 Minutes interview to be broadcast this Sunday evening.

Osama bin Laden now has religious approval to use a nuclear device against Americans, says the former head of the CIA unit charged with tracking down the Saudi terrorist. The former agent, Michael Scheuer, speaks to Steve Kroft in his first television interview without disguise to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 14 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Even if bin Laden had a nuclear weapon, he probably wouldn't have used it for a lack of proper religious authority - authority he has now. "[Bin Laden] secured from a Saudi sheik...a rather long treatise on the possibility of using nuclear weapons against the Americans," says Scheuer. "[The treatise] found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them. Muslims argue that the United States is responsible for millions of dead Muslims around the world, so reciprocity would mean you could kill millions of Americans," Scheuer tells Kroft.

Scheuer says bin Laden was criticized by some Muslims for the 9/11 attack because he killed so many people without enough warning and before offering to help convert them to Islam. But now bin Laden has addressed the American people and given fair warning. "They're intention is to end the war as soon as they can and to ratchet up the pain for the Americans until we get out of their region....If they acquire the weapon, they will use it, whether it's chemical, biological or some sort of nuclear weapon," says Scheuer.

Although Al Qaeda has recently claimed to have gotten ahold of a nuclear weapon, most argue that if AQ had such a weapon in their arsenal, that they would have used it long before now.

Posted by mhking at November 12, 2004 05:29 PM

And this is a religion of peace but Christianity is intolerant? Liberals please explain!

Posted by: BobG at November 12, 2004 07:13 PM

Sure, and the moment he does, if he thought our invasion of two countries was bad, wait until you see the shitstorm that would follow a nuclear attack.

Unemployment would be history. If we mobilized on the scale of WWII, we could put more soldiers into the middle-east than there are arabs there.

Posted by: Firethorn at November 12, 2004 07:38 PM

AQ's operations have tended to be meticulously planned events. They take years to plan their events, so I don't think we should assume they don't have a nuclear arsenal.

Posted by: austin at November 13, 2004 04:22 AM

I'd say a preemptive tac-nuke strike directly on top of the black box in Mecca should quell any desire of Osama bin Hidin' to do ANYTHING more to Americans. Or maybe it'd piss him and the rest of the Religion of Peace camelturds off. Who cares? With their tacit approval of terrorism, they've placed themselves firmly on the side of the Axis of Evil.

Posted by: skh at November 13, 2004 11:09 AM
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