Another Beheading: Paul M. Johnson Jr

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 “U.S. Hostage Beheaded, Terror Group Says”

Paul M. Johnson Jr

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.

Drudge Report has extremely gruesome and graphic photos.

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 denouncing the posting of this news (specifically, the photos of Paul Johnson’s decapitated body) as “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.

Looks like we’re off to a good start (picture of deceased Abdulaziz-Al-Mogrin).

U.S. Hostage Beheaded, Terror Group Says [AP/Yahoo]
Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr. [Wikipedia]
Saudis Kill Suspect in Hostage Beheading [AP/MyWayNews]
Snuff-free Zone [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]

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Stephen VanDyke

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  1. I would just like to say how sorry I am for the family of Paul Johnson. What happened to him should not be happening at all! I just wish it would all stop. Enough innocent people have suffered and it’s past time to end this.

  2. I agree with you that these pictures must be shown to the American public.I believe its the only way to honestly show how brutal and uncivilized the world that hates us acts upon innocent citizens.If we do are also having a problem with the Saudi Families I think we should then invade and take the country from them and any other country that would defile our freedom.I know one thing as time goes on its just a matter of time before one of these bastard countries has a bomb and does some real damage to America.I say act now take over so we never have bombs dropping on this country.

  3. these muslims are worse than animals. i’d like to see ya’ll politically correct people say all ya’lls crap when al queda starts up here in the streets of our country, sawing off the heads of your fathers, husbands and sons. politically correct people give comfort and aid to the most barbaric enemy we have ever had.

  4. First of all these peace-loving religion muslims are nothing of the kind! They donot know what it is like to have peace because they have never had it to relate to.I really feel for this man i do and his family but i cannot believe he lived and worked there 12 years and memorized the Qu’ran. He had to have an idea of what these people were like! And it is great that the top few people involved were killed but that only got them what they all strive for…they are now mortars to their people. which is a very special reguarded title for them. So i believe like the comment above mine that it is time to stop being politically correct and do what has to be done! All this talk of 9-11 and it could have been prevented, That day was imminent and was going to happen no matter what and it was being planned long before gw bush. They lived in our country undetected for years and they still do! We need to stop fighting against each other and start fighting for each other beacuse one day that may be our only choice. god bless america!

  5. I’m glad to hear that they got the muslim pigs who committed this atrocity. The only thing that I have to wonder about is why didn’t they kill these bastards earlier. Evidently, they had no trouble identifying and locating these cowards. Killing them after the fact is kinda like closing the tent door after the camels have gotten out isn’t it?
    I think that 10 al-Q terrorsts should be rounded up and beheaded on video every time these punks pull this stunt.

    They’re nothing but mask wearing cowards.

  6. I am trying so hard to respect Muslims esp after Sept.11..I know that all Muslims are not violent but because of certain people even the good Muslims get an unnecessary bad name!!First Nick Berg..Now this innocent man..What’s your problem with Americans anyway?I am not an American but what you people do to innocent Americans/civilians really makes me mad!!Leave any innocent human being alone and go and kill yourself if you are not happy with the world..May god be with Paul and Berg’s families..

  7. I agree 100% with the “my view” comments. These acts are a wake up call to all Americans and westerners. We must band together and snuff this evil from the world just as we did in the 40’s with the Nazi’s….. No more bickering about whose fault this is or that. No more partisan bashing and rumor mongering. No more idiotic, parania about a right wing conspiracy, etc. etc …. Even Bill Clinton suports ridding the world of this evil that wants to destroy everyone of you and your families whether you think we should have invaded Iraq or not. Come on people, lets ride !!

  8. I really feel so sorry for what happened, I totally agree with you, but please dont generalize, not all of us like these pigs, alot of saudies were educated in U.S, the U.S has helped us in building K.S.A, no one deny that, please help us to destroy these terrorists, dont stand against us and generalize, there are people from saudi with the US, we need ur help to destroy them and to destroy the big head “Bin Laden”. Johnson was one of us, I swear to god that alot of saudies had cried for Johnson.

  9. I believe that the cold harsh world is eventually going to fall in on itself. What has happened to Nick Berg and Paul M Johnson Jr is just uncalled for and unjustice! I believe that the US could have and should have done something to stop this madness! I believe that all will prevail in the end. My heartfelt sympathy to each ofthe family members. May God Bless you in your time of need. We are all praying for you.