An al-Qaida group said Friday it killed American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr, posting an Internet message that showed three photographs of a severed head that appeared to be his. AP/Yahoo has the details in
From the article:
The message, in the name of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, appeared as a 72-hour deadline set by the group on Tuesday ended.
“In answer to what we promised … to kill the hostage Paul Marshall (Johnson) after the period is over … the infidel got his fair treatment,” the statement said.
“Let him taste something of what Muslims have long tasted from Apache helicopter fire and missiles,” the statement said.
Johnson, who worked on Apache helicopter systems for Lockheed Martin, was kidnapped last weekend by militants who threatened to kill him by Friday if the kingdom did not release its al-Qaida prisoners. The Saudi government rejected the demands.
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YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Wikipedia, as usual, is on the job and has created an unbiased and informative entry for Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr. (just doing my part to make sure they stay in the #1 search spot).
The Saudi Peninsula Al Qaida cell was raided a few hours after the news of the beheading was released when a witness reported the license plate number of a car from which the militants dumped Johnson’s body. AP has the full details in “Saudis Kill Suspect in Hostage Beheading”:
The death hours later of Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, the reputed leader of al-Qaida in the kingdom, was a coup for the Saudi government, which has been under intense pressure to halt the wave of attacks. In a video posted on the Internet Tuesday, a hooded al-Moqrin held an assault rifle and shouted demands for the release of al-Qaida prisoners as Johnson sat blindfolded.
Saudi forces killed four other al-Qaida militants in Friday’s shootout, which came after a witness reported the license plate number of a car from which the militants dumped Johnson’s body and police then stopped the vehicle at a gas station, security officials said.
My view: There are a few right-leaning bloggers that are whores” and “basically showing snuff films.” Get real, any objective site is going to show things exactly the way they are. I’m not going to sugar coat the attrocities that Al Qaida acts out, nor am I going to give American abuses at Abu Ghraib a pass. It’s high time we actually went after Al Qaida, who is a proven threat to the security of Americans abroad, instead of sitting on our duffs and debating whether to show how willingly they will murder our citizens. Anyone who would complain about the posting of these pictures as counter-productive is naive to the American psyche of revenge. The civilized world wants Al Qaida destroyed; We had a good start, but we got side-tracked by the debacle in Iraq. It’s time to finish the job.(specifically, the photos of Paul Johnson’s decapitated body) as “
Looks like we’re off to a good start (picture of deceased Abdulaziz-Al-Mogrin).
Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr. [Wikipedia]
Saudis Kill Suspect in Hostage Beheading [AP/MyWayNews]
[The Politburo Diktat]
Notice [A Small Victory]
Paul Johnson has been killed in Saudi Arabia [Spot On]
Dead-Alive Alive Image Of Killer Abdulaziz-Al-Mogrin [Ogrish]