Great! Just in time for Halloween, when folks are supposed to be spooked, and our Presidential elections, when folks will be thrown into self-induced hysteria, Osama bin Laden has released a new video tape. The AP's lede:

Osama bin Laden (news - web sites), reading a statement to the American people in a new videotape aired Friday, directly admitted for the first time that he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks and said "the best way to avoid another Manhattan" was to stop threatening Muslims' security.

Damnit. We were hoping Bush would spring a "Surprise! We have bin Laden" in time for the election. Anyway, Gothamist must say, we are really loving how September 11 attacks are shorthanded as "Manhattan." If only bin Laden knew what hell would come if the Bronx or Brooklyn were attacked.