Osama bin Laden wrote ‘Letter to America’ in 2002 to rationalize the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands
A letter written by Osama bin Laden in 2001 justifying the 9/11 attacks has gone viral on TikTok, with users expressing support for the extremist views expressed in the document. daily Mail informed of.
Bin Laden, the mastermind of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, wrote the ‘Letter to America’ in 2002 to rationalize the heinous acts that took the lives of thousands of innocent people.
The hashtag ‘LetterToAmerica’ has gained considerable attention on TikTok, with over 7.3 million views. What is shocking is that many users seem to support the distorted logic presented by Bin Laden while ignoring the serious consequences of the attacks.
After this the revival of the letter gained momentum Guardian, a UK newspaper, links to a 2002 article which is translated in full. Although the link was later removed, the letter continued to circulate on TikTok, sparking discussions that often lack historical context and condemnatory perspective.
‘Letter to America’ presents anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Western sentiments, attributing American support for Israel as one of the main motivations for 9/11. Bin Laden’s letter alleges the collective culpability of all Americans and the Jewish people for alleged crimes against Muslims globally.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio criticized TikTok users for adopting bin Laden’s distorted logic, saying, “Now it’s trending on social media… people are saying that bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ After reading, they now understand that terrorism is a legitimate form of resistance.”
GuardianAcknowledging that the letter had been removed, it said it had been shared “without its original context”. The page hosting the letter now directs readers to a news article, initially contextualizing it by emphasizing the importance of understanding the historical background.
Lynette Adkins, the originator of the TikTok trend, urged users to read the letter, which contributed to the widespread spread of bin Laden’s extremist ideology. Adkins, who was previously featured in a Los Angeles Times article, links to a fundraising page for “Palestinian rights” in her TikTok bio.
The reemergence of the letter coincides with ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, particularly the Israel–Hamas war. While the letter attempts to link the 9/11 attacks to US policies, its resurgence lacks critical examination of bin Laden’s violent legacy and repressive ideologies.