Sen. Edwards Says Public Should Watch Bin Laden's Videotape
Posted December 12, 2001 3:59 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — America is waiting to see if the Pentagon will publicly release a videotape of Osama bin Laden that proves his role in the events of Sept. 11. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards saw the tape in its entirety and said bin Laden actually joked about the terrorism.
Edwards said bin Laden's demeanor was almost triumphant while others have obviously come to see the death of more than 3,000 Americans as a tragedy.
"It made me nauseous to see it. It was like looking into the face of evil," he said. "During his description of the attacks and the people killed, he's smiling, laughing, very cavalier about the whole thing," he said.
Edwards called the tape a powerful indictment of bin Laden's involvement.
"When the news came of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center, he said to his allies sitting with him, 'Wait, there are more coming. Keep listening. There are more coming,'" Edwards said.
Edwards also said bin Laden talks about how some of the hijackers did not know that this would be a suicide mission.
"It was obvious that he was one of the masterminds, if not the mastermind, of the attacks," he said.
Edwards was able to see the videotape because he is a member of the Senate Select Committee on intelligence. He said he believes the whole world should see this tape.