A new "tape" by Osama Bin Laden was released on the Internet. I don't know why they call them tapes, it is the internet after all.
CIA says it has "High Confidence" that the voice on the tape is Bin Laden. In the tape Bin Laden praises the December 6 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah which would verify that at least as of December 6 the al-Qaeda leader is alive.
It seems he's pretty pissed at Saudi Arabia as the majority of the 70 minute tape was targeted at Middle Eastern governments. Another dissident called for anti-monarchy protest marches to occur today in Saudi Arabia.
While Saudi leaders blame "holy warriors" for trouble in the kingdom, "the truth is that the whole responsibility falls on the shoulders of the regime," the speaker said.
The audio tape is released the same day another dissident called for anti-monarchy protests in Saudi Arabia.
The speaker, moreover, accused Saudi rulers of "violating God's rules."
"The sins the regime committed are great ... it practiced injustices against the people, violating their rights, humiliating their pride," the speaker said.
He also accused the Saudi royal family of mishandling the public money while "millions of people are suffering from poverty and deprivation."
The speaker called for change and scoffed at overtures such as promised municipal elections and a national dialogue recently initiated by Saudi rulers with the aim of opening public debate on democratization and other issues.
"This hasn't changed anything ... the best they can do is that they will go into the elections game as happened before in Yemen and Jordan or Egypt and move in a vicious circle for dozens of years, this is regardless of the fact that it is prohibited to enter the infidel legislative councils," the speaker said.
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