Originally published by Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report

Words never heard after radio addresses by President Bush (pictured)

Osama bin Laden not pictured.

President George W. Bush (pictured) has given live or pre-recorded radio addresses most every Saturday morning since his Inauguration. We never hear the following after such addresses:

“The tape was posted Saturday on The White House web site and played on radio broadcasts across the country and the world as usual. The authenticity of the tape cannot be independently confirmed. But the voice resembles that of President Bush in previous messages.”

Prior to September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden (not pictured) appeared in public and on radio and television (live and on tape) and to issue fatwas and declare war on the United States. After 911, not so much, but for a year or so, did issue video tapes with some evidence that same were made contemporaneously.

For over three years now, no videos with contemporaneous evidence of authenticity.

Now comes another re-run?

Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has issued a new audiotape urging Muslims to launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Bin Laden also condemns Arab governments for preventing their people from acting to “liberate Palestine.”

The tape was posted Wednesday on Islamic militant Web sites where al-Qaida usually issues its messages. The authenticity of the tape cannot be independently confirmed. But the voice resembles that of bin Laden in previous messages

Audio not video. A generic statement concerning an ongoing conflict that could have been made most anytime over the past 30 years.

If OBL’s heirs were suing for wrongful death or to claim devises and bequeaths from his estate, I am confident that a minimally competent lawyer could have him declared legally dead.

The voice of the loser in Afghanistan and Iraq on tape.

Ho hum….

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