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Bin Laden 'Pleasantly Surprised' By Terror Damage - 2001-12-09


Osama bin Laden reportedly says in a captured videotape that he was pleasantly surprised by damage from the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States.

The al-Qaida terrorist network leader says he did not expect the World Trade Center twin towers to completely collapse after they were struck by hijacked jetliners.

Mr. Bin Laden reportedly says on the tape that he expected only the top of the twin towers to collapse down to the level where the hijacked planes crashed into the buildings.

Osama bin Laden reportedly made the comments on a videotape found in a private home in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Vice President Dick Cheney confirmed the existence of the tape in a Sunday television interview, and said the al-Qaida leader displayed significant knowledge of what happened in the attacks. Mr. Cheney called the videotape one more piece of evidence confirming the terrorist leader's guilt. The Washington Post first reported the existence of the tape in its Sunday edition.

Mr. Cheney said it was not his decision on whether the tape would be made public. President Bush ignored reporters' questions about the tape as he returned the White House from the Camp David presidential retreat early Sunday.

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