The CIA and National Security Agency have been analyzing the broadcast of the tape, which was of shaky quality because it apparently was recorded over the telephone.
“It is clear that the tape was recorded in the last several weeks,” another U.S. official said. “At this point there is no evidence to indicate and no reason to believe that the tape was manufactured or altered.”
This was the hardest evidence that the United States has had since December 2001 that bin Laden was alive.
Things just keep getting better, especially with this cheerful send-off:
U.S. intelligence agencies have picked up an increased level of “chatter,” or threatening communications by al Qaeda operatives, and the FBI last week issued a warning that the network may favor “spectacular attacks” that result in mass casualties.