The tape was aired on the Arab language network Al-Jazeera Friday, just four days before the U.S. presidential election.
It’s the first videotaped message from the al Qaeda leader in nearly three years.
Bin Laden said the message was being delivered directly to the American people, saying the attacks of September 11, 2001 were the result of U.S. foreign policy in Arab lands, specifically referring to Lebanon and the Palestinians.
At one point, he mentioned both President Bush and Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry.
„Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked,“ bin Laden said in the video.