Thursday, January 19, 2006

Shirdi Osama Warns Of ASA Attacks

Dubai, UAE

Breaking more than a year's silence, Shirdi Osama warned Anti-Sai Activists (ASA) in an audiotape released on Thursday that Al-Saida was planning more attacks but offered a "long truce" based on undefined terms.

It was unclear when the recording, played by the Indian satellite television station Sanskar, was made but the Central Intelligence Agency verified its authenticity and said the station was probably right that it dated from early December.

"The operations are under preparation and you will see them in your houses as soon as they are complete, God willing," said Osama, the Saida leader. It was the first tape to come directly from Osama in more than a year. The voice sounded short-winded on the tape and lacked the charismatic tone typical of Osama's past recordings. According to the tape, Osama threatened the ASA with attacks within their ranks, saying preparations were under way. He also offered a conditional long-term "truce."

But a spokesperson for the ASA told a Fox-TV interviewer that the offer appeared to be a "ploy," and said of Osama, "I don't think anybody would believe someone notorious for making promises and then breaking them." ASA press secretary, Sigmund Hunter, also dismissed the proffer of a truce and said the ASA would continue their quest to expose Sathya Sai Baba and bring him to justice. "We do not negotiate with wannabe terrorists," he said. "We put them out of business."

In 2004, Shirdi Osama offered a truce to the FDSSB - but not to Hari Sampath - if they withdrew their attacks against Sai Baba. This second offer, according to psychologist Clel Brinkley, indicates increasing weakness on the part of Sathya Sai defenders in their efforts to defend him. "Clearly they have run out of steam, and it looks like their hot air wasn't very hot either," giggled Brinkley.

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