June 20th, 2010
11:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Al Qaeda spokesman calls Obama 'snakelike' in new video

 In the video American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn criticizes what he says is the United States' 'aggression and interference' in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
In the video American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn criticizes what he says is the United States' 'aggression and interference' in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

(CNN) - American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn appears in a new video purportedly from the organization, calling President Barack Obama "snakelike" and saying he is "running the affairs of a declining and besieged empire."

In the video, posted Sunday on Islamist websites, Gadahn criticizes what he says is the United States' "aggression and interference" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and also criticized moving his "captive brothers" from detention centers worldwide to "Muslim-only concentration camps in Illinois, Bagram (Air Base) and elsewhere - all in the name of protecting the American people from the threat of Muslim retaliation for American crimes."

He is apparently referring to a maximum-security prison in Thomson, Illinois, being considered by the government as a possible venue to house terror suspects.

CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the 24-minute video, posted on websites known to carry such messages in the past and carrying the name of as-Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm. In it, Gadahn speaks in English; the video features Arabic subtitles.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. thor

    Well,they're close to the truth ,after all he does sell a lot of snake oil !!!

    June 20, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. once upon a horse

    didn't congressman King say that if Obama became president that all tht "Muslims would be dancing in the streets"? Well it appears that for a president that is supposed to be a Muslim himself you would think that Al Qadea would like him at least. Oh well another far right talking point going up in smoke.

    June 20, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Hmmm – mixed message? I thought in that part of the world the snake was both feared and respected.

    June 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Name calling of our President by a known traitor is expected but it's the unknown traitors among us who will harm us all because they cloak themselves in the least unexpected places.

    June 20, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. The Truth, Please...I Just Want The Truth

    Well...so much for our President being a "terrorist sympathizer."

    You righties are going to have to give up THAT propaganda line...

    June 20, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Dean

    American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn appears in a new video purportedly from the organization, calling President Barack Obama "snakelike" and saying he is "running the affairs of a declining and besieged empire."

    Sounds like this guy knows what he is talking about.

    June 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Lisa in FL

    Sure sounds to me like the GOP/Tea Party and Al Qadea have alot in common when it comes to their views of our President. Sounds like they are both rooting for him and the U.S. to fail......So I hope everyone keeps this in mind when voting this upcoming November.

    June 20, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. ib

    the far right talking point is not going up in smoke; Al Qadea is throwing liberals smoke while they are dancing in the streets because they know how weak this president is.

    June 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    I think this is hilarious in a teabagging kind of way.
    Isn't President Obama, per the right wing and the teabaggers, a muslim?
    I would think that if he really was that they would be more gentle with him and would not call him names. At least they don't think he is hitler or a nazi. There's the difference between the radical muslims and the teabaggers and right wing nuts.

    June 20, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Amused

    Al Qaeda must be running out of top people if all they are doing now is cutting and pasting Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Joe Wilson rhetoric into their own press releases. I am certain that Rush, Ann, and Joe are livid as they are unable to collect royalties for their stolen venom.

    June 20, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. John from Brooklyn

    Hmmmm....Obama is being villified by BOTH Al Queda AND the GOP. He must be doing something right if the two most powerful sources of evil both agree that he's a horrible man.

    June 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. that one guy

    @Claudia, Houston, Tx
    They're called democrats.

    June 20, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |