Not much new in this one. Nor is there anything conclusive in it to establish that the man is still alive. The Northeast Intelligence Network notes that “the audio consists of the voice of Osama bin Laden in an eerily quiet setting – no background noise was detected, and the sound quality of the tape was uniquely professional. Network analysts have reviewed the entire tape and can confirm the voice is indeed that of bin Laden. Absent in the terrorist’s rants is any content that could adequately date the tape. There were no references to the recent Islamic holiday Eid Al Adha and no references to any current activities in Iraq, including the capture of Saddam Hussein.”
It is very lengthy, and chiefly noteworthy for the theological character of the appeal bin Laden makes in trying to win Muslims to his cause. That itself is also nothing new, but it continues to be ignored by most analysts.