Booman has paid a bit of attention to the latest bin Laden video and concludes that all is not what it seems to be:

…the video freezes at about 1 minute and 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The audio track does appear to be in the voice of a single speaker. What I suspect was done is that an older, unreleased video was dubbed over for this release, with the video frozen when the audio track departed from that of the original video.

The video can be seen here. It runs over 26 minutes, which is more than enough time to make you wonder which U.S. university professor wrote the script

The fakery is so obvious that I’ll be shocked if Dan Rather doesn’t have something to do with it.

This video was constructed with the same undetectable sleight of hand technical wizardry that was used to make viewers of the MTV Music Awards believe that Britney Spears was thin and definitely not lip-syncing.

Expect the same bin Laden video to be re-released later today, with the frozen portions extended a bit in order to include the weekend football scores.


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