Al-Qaida's American seeks Bush attacks

US-born al-Qaida spokesman asks fighters to greet Bush with bombs when he visits Mideast
January 6, 2008 5:51:35 PM PST
A new al-Qaida video, posted on the internet Sunday, urges Islamic militants to greet President Bush with 'bombs and booby-trapped vehicles,' this during the commander-in-chief's upcoming Middle East visit. This latest hate filled message from al-Qaida is basically a call to arms in the Middle East where President Bush is scheduled to visit in three days.

Al-Qaida is now instructing terrorists to take out the U.S. president in a blaze of explosives. That 3-day trip begins on Wednesday.

Eyewitness News Lucy Yang has more on the video and the man who made it.

Making great mockery of his American roots, California born al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn is seen ripping up his passport in this most recent video.

"Don't get too excited," said Adam Gadahn in the video. "I don't need it to travel anyway."

Gadahn issues harsh anti-US rhetoric speaking in both Arabic and English.

But it appears his goal in this clip is not just to anger Americans but more immediately to reach out to terrorists in the Middle East where President Bush is scheduled to visit next week.

"Now we direct an urgent call to our militant brothers in Muslim Palestine and the Arab peninsula ... to be ready to receive the Crusader slayer Bush in his visit to Muslim Palestine and the Arab peninsula in the beginning of January and to receive him not with flowers or clapping but with bombs and booby-trapped vehicles," Gadahn said in Arabic.

Al-Qaida is now calling on Muslim radicals to greet Mr. Bush with bombs and booby trapped vehicles.

President Bush is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Wednesday. Then continue on to Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt during the next week.

As you can imagine, provisions for his safety in such a region has already been intense, now this open call to ambush the president.

In the 50 minute long diatribe he lashes out on just about everyone and everything non Muslim. From America, Israel, Christians to Catholics. He even mentions the current mortgage crisis and the shooting at a mall in Nebraska last month prompting experts to believe the video was made within the last few weeks.

In the end, he gives a fire and brimstone type message to convert to Islam.

It is not clear where the video was taped.

Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, was charged with treason in the U.S. in 2006 and has been wanted since 2004 by the FBI, which is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.

He has appeared in several al-Qaida videos including one in August when he threatened new attacks on foreign embassies. In May, al-Qaida released another video featuring Gadahn, who warned Bush to end U.S. involvement in Muslim lands or face an attack worse than the Sept. 11, 2001, strikes.

Ben Venzke, the head of IntelCenter, a U.S. group that monitors and analyzes militant messages, said much of Gadahn's new video shares a similar tone as his previous messages.

"It fits into al-Qaida's notion of providing warning and opportunity for people to correct their ways to avoid an attack," he said.

Gadahn is the first American to be charged with treason in more than 50 years and could face the death penalty if convicted. He also was indicted on a charge of providing material support to terrorists.

Earlier this month, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the agency would review the latest tape for intelligence value and vowed never to give up the hunt for Gadahn.