President Obama has boasted many times of ordering the SEAL Team Six mission to Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on American soil that cost nearly 3,000 lives, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
But the name has returned.
Now, it’s Hamza bin Laden, the son of the 9/11 perpetrator, who has been put on the State Department’s list as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.”
The move imposes sanctions on “foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”
State Department officials said it means all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Hamza bin Laden has an interest is blocked, and U.S. citizens generally are prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.
He was confirmed to be in the hierarchy of al-Qaida in a 2015 announcement from al-Qaida senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri that said Hamza bin Laden called for “acts of terrorism in Western capitals.”
The State Department said: “On July 9, 2016, al-Qaida issued another audio message from Hamza bin Laden threatening revenge against the United States and warn[ing] Americans they would be targeted in the United States and abroad. Specifically, in 2015, bin Laden called for lone offender attacks against U.S., French, and Israeli interests in Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel. Additionally, in 2016, bin Laden called on Saudi Arabian-based tribes to unite with al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to wage war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The State Department said the designation is “a powerful tool.”
“Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments,” the bureaucracy said.
Analysts have concluded the 9/11 terrorist’s son has not been able to exhibit the leadership that would put him eventually at the top of the al-Qaida power structure.
Osama bin Laden was taken down by SEAL Team Six a decade after the 9/11 attack in which 19, mostly Saudi Arabian, hijackers took over four airliners. Two were flown into the Twin Towers in New York, triggering their collapse.