Osama bin Laden warns President Obama to not execute Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks in New York City. Al Jazeera TV received a new audiotape in which Osama, top Al Qaeda leader, issues an ominous threat: "The White House has declared its wish to execute (Mohammed). The day the United States takes such a decision, it would be also taking the decision that any of you falling into our hands will be executed."
Osama went on to say that Obama is "following the footsteps of his predecessor" and that "The politicians in the White House were practicing injustice against us and still they are. Especially by supporting Israel in its continuous occupation of Palestine." Bin Laden also went on to say that "they [U.S. leaders] used to think that America across the oceans is protected from the rage of the oppressed until our reaction was loudly heard at your home on the 9/11 with God's help."
White House officials have not determined where or how Mohammad and four other alleged co-conspirators will be prosecuted. Mohammad may face a civilian federal court or a military tribunal.
This is the first time since January 24, 2010 Osama has contacted the press. In the last recording, Osama claimed responsibility for Christmas Day bomb threats.