"It was like a voice from the grave," Lawrence said.
He thinks bin Laden is dead and has doubts about the tape. Lawrence recently
analyzed more than 20 complete speeches and interviews of the al Qaida leader
for his book. He says the new message is missing several key elements.
"There's nothing in this from the Koran. He's, by his own standards,
a faithful Muslim," Lawrence said. "He quotes scripture in defense
of his actions. There's no quotation from the Koran in the excerpts we got,
no reference to specific events, no reference to past atrocities."
While the CIA confirms the voice on the tape is bin Laden's, Lawrence questions
when it was recorded. He says the timing of its release could be to divert
attention from last week's U.S. air strike in Pakistan.