Roundup 9/12: Saudis Debate Role in Terrorism

News & Opinion on Terrorism & Strategic Communication — September 12, 2007


Saudis Debate Role in Terrorism. “Recently, a public debate has emerged in Saudi Arabia regarding the involvement of Saudi nationals in terrorist activities throughout the world.” (MEMRI, 9/11).

Still More Osama Show…

Analysis of Sept. 7 bin Laden Video. “With a newly trimmed and dyed beard, comfortable robes rather than a camouflage jacket, and a clear and patient speaking style, bin Laden achieved a major purpose of his speech before he said a word.” (Jamestown, 9/11).

New Single Released by bin Laden. “In a new video released Tuesday, bin Laden’s voice was heard commemorating one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers and calling on young Muslims to follow his example in martyring themselves in attacks.” (AP via Yahoo, 9/11).

Also…

TB Case Flags Continuing Communication Problems. New government “report looks into the interactions between the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding public health security issues, while identifying weaknesses in homeland security processes designed to prevent “persons of interest” from entering the United States” (Associated Content, 9/11).

Review of Monday’s Second Life Public Diplomacy Event. “I caught just the tail end of a mixed-reality panel discussion today on ‘From Global to Local: Virtual Worlds, Immigration, and Linguistic Diaspora,’ taking place both at USC Annenberg Island in Second Life and the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe, in Mexico City.” (Rikomatic, 9/10).

Belgian Police Arrest 9/11 Protesters. “Police arrested two leaders of a Belgian far-right party Tuesday for staging an illegal protest against the ‘Islamization of Europe.'” (International Herald Tribune, 9/11)