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Fate of kidnapped reporter unclear
Associated Press ^ | February 2, 2002 | A/P Staff (N/A)

Posted on 02/01/2002 10:53:30 AM PST by MeekOneGOP


Fate of kidnapped reporter unclear

02/01/2002

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A caller purporting to represent the kidnappers of reporter Daniel Pearl telephoned the U.S. Consulate in Karachi on Friday and demanded $2 million and the release of the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, senior police officials said.

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Daniel Pearl

However, CNN said it received an e-mail from those claiming to hold the Wall Street Journal correspondent, saying he had been killed. CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said "We did receive an e-mail reporting that Daniel Pearl was killed."

Steve Goldstein, spokesman for Dow Jones which owns the Journal, said, "We've seen the latest reports, and we remain hopeful they are not true."

Pakistani police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the caller gave the Americans 36 hours to meet the demand for money and the freeing of the envoy, Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef, who was arrested in Pakistan and handed over to U.S. authorities.

The officials said police believe the call may be genuine. A demand for Zaaef's release also was made in an e-mail sent Sunday by those claiming to hold Pearl.

Officials at the consulate in Karachi were not available. An official at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad refused to confirm or deny the report.

President Bush vowed earlier Friday to pursue any clue that could lead to the rescue the Wall Street Journal reporter a day after a deadline for killing the journalist was extended.

"We are working with the Pakistan government to chase down any leads possible for example, trying to follow the trail of the e-mails that have been sent, with the sole purpose of saving this man, of finding him and rescuing" him, Bush said during a White House appearance with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

It was impossible to determine whether an unsigned e-mail, received by Western and Pakistani media on Thursday, was actually sent by the kidnappers. The 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter was abducted Jan. 23 in Karachi while working to secure an interview with the founder of an obscure militant Muslim sect.

"We will give you one more day. If America will not meet our demands, we will kill Daniel. Then this cycle will continue and no American journalist could enter Pakistan," the message said.

It warned that unless the demands are met, "the Amrikans (Americans) will get what they deserve. Don't think this is will be the end. It is the beginning and it is a real war on Amrikans."

"Amrikans will get the taste of death and destructions what we had got" in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the e-mail said.

The first e-mail, sent over the weekend, demanded Pakistanis captured in fighting in Afghanistan and now held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be returned for trial. It said Pearl would be held in the same "inhuman" conditions as the Guantanamo prisoners.

Speaking Thursday in Washington, Secretary of State Colin Powell ruled out bending to the group's demands that prisoners from the Afghan campaign be returned.

"The demands that the kidnappers have placed are not demands that we can either deal with or get into a negotiation about," he said.

An unsigned e-mail Wednesday accused Pearl of working for the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, and set a 24-hour deadline for killing him. It also demanded all American journalists leave Pakistan within three days or become targets.

Thursday's message gave no reason for the extension and did not specify at what time the countdown began.

A source close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday's e-mail was sent through the same server as the one received Wednesday. Thursday's message did not include photographs of Pearl, as e-mails Wednesday and Sunday did.

Police claim they are pursuing several leads but have refused to give details. On Thursday, a source close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a key suspect named Arif was reported dead in southern Punjab province.

The source said police went to Arif's home but were told by his family that he had died a few days ago in Afghanistan. Arif was believed to have been one of Pearl's contacts, the source said.

A police report, obtained by The Associated Press, identified Arif as a member of Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, an Islamic extremist group with close ties to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.

The report said Arif introduced Pearl to Chadrey Bashir Ahmad Shabbbir, a follower of Muslim cleric, Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani, whom Pearl was hoping to interview for a story on Islamic militants when he disappeared.

Police have been unable to find Shabbir. Pakistani police arrested Gilani on Wednesday and carried out several raids, but said they don't know where Pearl is being held.

Pearl's wife, Marianne, is six months pregnant with their first child.

The first e-mail purporting to be from Pearl's kidnappers, sent Sunday, was signed by the heretofore unknown National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. The message included pictures of Pearl with a pistol pointed to his head.

The Wall Street Journal has sent repeated return e-mails denying Pearl is an agent of any government and appealing for his life.

Boxing great Muhammad Ali, a Muslim, also appealed for Pearl's captors to show "compassion and kindness" and release him.

"I have not lost Allah's hope in us to show compassion where none exists and to extend mercy in the most difficult of circumstances. We as Muslims must lead by example," the 60-year-old former heavyweight champion said in a statement.

Separately, Mahmoud Zahar, a leader of Hamas, a militant Islamic Palestinian group, said the kidnappers should not take Pearl's life.

"Since its establishment Hamas has respected journalists and the freedom of speech and always backs the freedom of speech and journalism," Zahar said. "We hope that everyone understands the great and noble mission of journalists and doesn't threaten their lives."


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1 posted on 02/01/2002 10:53:31 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Who cares what Hamas thinks? Why was that thrown into this story? Why not get a statement by the IRA or the Basques while they were at it?

Sheesh.

2 posted on 02/01/2002 10:57:25 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: MeeknMing
Let's hope this doesn't turn into another "Daniel deserved it and I don't feel sorry for his pregnant wife" thread. It's talk like that which makes people look like extremist nuts.
3 posted on 02/01/2002 11:01:04 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: MeeknMing
>>However, CNN said it received an e-mail from those claiming to hold the Wall Street Journal correspondent,

Note how these toads express hatred for all things Western, but still use computers, email, aircraft, hi-tech explosives, etc.? What loathsome hypocrits.

4 posted on 02/01/2002 11:02:06 AM PST by pabianice
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To: MeeknMing
I think what we have here is Schroedinger's Reporter.
5 posted on 02/01/2002 11:02:18 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: MeeknMing
Can we nuke Karachi yet?
6 posted on 02/01/2002 11:03:23 AM PST by crystalk
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To: MeeknMing
We should make it clear to these mo. . . [I can't say it] . . . We will kill ten thousand of them for every one of us they kill.
7 posted on 02/01/2002 11:06:04 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: MeeknMing
By the way, the 8th Commandment, "thou shalt not steal" is refering to kidnapping, and liable for the death penalty. All the kidnappers need to be found and killed.
8 posted on 02/01/2002 11:07:10 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: MeeknMing
Medved is on now asking people who think they can "work it out" with these terrorists to call into his show.
9 posted on 02/01/2002 11:08:53 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: MeeknMing
Hopefully, the kidnappers are, and always have been after 2 things: Money and the freeing of the former minister. The rest of the demands were obfuscation. Once they see the futility of obtaining the minister, they may settle for money.

The other demands did not seem credible. Hopefully, he is not dead, however.

10 posted on 02/01/2002 11:10:17 AM PST by paolop
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To: MeeknMing
an unsigned e-mail,

Is this something like a milkless bull ?

12 posted on 02/01/2002 11:14:19 AM PST by VRWC_minion
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Yeah no real need for any spice on this story Cinn girl
13 posted on 02/01/2002 11:23:13 AM PST by Zubercyber
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To: crystalk
Oh yeah! that sure can be done and Indians would be more than glad to do our dirty work. On a second thought... who knows? perhaps they(Indians)are the real ones who are trying to stir up the situation to that extent, therefore lets look carefully before bothering our ally Pakistan & Musharraf. While India is one of our great allys we cant wholly trust them either in such situations.
15 posted on 02/01/2002 11:28:02 AM PST by Zubercyber
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To: Zubercyber
THey can get a whole lot more than 2 million dollars if they would just cough up Osama Bin LAden (23 more million to be exact!)
16 posted on 02/01/2002 11:34:11 AM PST by princess leah
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To: princess leah
The request for $2 million sounds like someone else, not the kidnappers got a bright idea. Who knows which emails are real and which are fake. The one saying Daniel has been killed could also be a fake.
17 posted on 02/01/2002 11:36:58 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Have you noticed that almost all the cable news channels have DROPPED the story that "he had been killed" from the airwaves in the last 1/2 hour or so? What's up? Maybe getting confirmation on this? Or someone finally stood up and said, "DON'T REPORT UNTIL YOU HAVE THE FACTS". That would be a first. ;-)
18 posted on 02/01/2002 11:42:28 AM PST by DJ88
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Please explain. Are their Freepers who want Mr. Pearl to die and if so, why?
19 posted on 02/01/2002 11:43:43 AM PST by Clemenza
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To: paolop
I don't think they (the kidnappers) knew what they were after.

The whole thing seemed confused and almost unplanned, like a crime of opportunity with different people leaping up to claim to be the "spokesman" for the kidnappers. If Daniel Pearl is dead, I suspect he was probably killed shortly after they got him; certainly, they didn't provide anything that might indicate he was really alive (the photo of a man with his head down doesn't count)

I hope we find somebody to really blast on this one. Killing journalists is a bad precedent; no matter how sketchy (or even biased, in some cases, not Pearl's) a report is, at least it provides us with more information than we would have had without it. But of course, truth is the enemy of Islam...

20 posted on 02/01/2002 11:46:23 AM PST by livius
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To: DJ88
Does this mean the news media has a new slogan "We'll shut-up, You Report"
21 posted on 02/01/2002 11:50:59 AM PST by princess leah
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To: Clemenza
If you go to this thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/620129/posts?q=1&&page=251 you'll see that there are Freepers who think he got what he deserved. Pretty sick if you ask me.
22 posted on 02/01/2002 11:52:18 AM PST by Alissa
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To: Clemenza
Take a look at some of the other threads. It was starting to sound like some people thought Daniel had it coming or that we shouldn't feel bad for him because of who he is.
23 posted on 02/01/2002 11:52:30 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: DJ88
They can't take it back now. They've all reported it, but they are saying that no one has confirmed that he is dead. That really sounds like a good sign to me that he's alive. Pray.
24 posted on 02/01/2002 11:54:17 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Fox is just now reporting that it looks like he is still alive, the rumors that he was killed were false. The kidnappers probably realized that if they kill him, they have no one to hide behind...
25 posted on 02/01/2002 11:59:44 AM PST by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne
Louis Farakkan has just issued an appeal that Daniel Pearl be released.
26 posted on 02/01/2002 12:07:22 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: pabianice
Note how these toads express hatred for all things Western, but still use computers, email, aircraft, hi-tech explosives, etc.? What loathsome hypocrits.

Not to mention "graven images" of photos bearing the likeness of Islam's latest suicidal, violence-mongering, murderous heroes and heroines. Under the Taliban, ALL PHOTOGRAPHY and artwork was forbidden. On the "Ask the Imam" site, the Imam says that photos and portraits are an afront to allah. (Of course, the Imam gives an exception to a discreet photo of a prospective bride should she live in a far off country to be viewed only by the sister and mother of the prospective bridegroom.)

I guess that Osama and his hypocritical Taliban buds don't mind those worshipful Muslim fools who paraded around with gigantic posters of Osama and/or the suicide bombers like they were holy icons. (The Paki poster of Osama next to "Evil Bert" of Seasame Street was a hoot, I have to admit.) These people are idiots...

27 posted on 02/01/2002 12:07:37 PM PST by demnomo
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To: VRWC_minion
an unsigned e-mail,

Is this something like a milkless bull ?


LOL! Yeah, I wondered about that too!
I guess that's LIBERALeese for they didn't sign it. . .

Love ya. Bye!
Joe Momma

28 posted on 02/01/2002 12:08:02 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: livius

It's Daniel. This picture is from the BBC.

29 posted on 02/01/2002 12:13:16 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl
I'm praying, believe me. I didn't mean that they took it back....just that they are not focusing on it as much as they are the "phone call".
30 posted on 02/01/2002 12:14:09 PM PST by DJ88
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To: MeeknMing
I didn't think any of the emails previously sent were signed. Were they?
31 posted on 02/01/2002 12:14:49 PM PST by DJ88
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To: Cinnamon Girl; DJ88
They can't take it back now. They've all reported it, but they are saying that no one has confirmed that he is dead. That really sounds like a good sign to me that he's alive. Pray.

Except I haven't heard FOX News say that he is dead. All I've heard them say is the ransom demand and release somebody. . .yes, let's all hope and pray he is still safe.

32 posted on 02/01/2002 12:14:53 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Groan. Louis Farakkan can go pound sand. Sigh. If it helps release Pearl, I'll not be so bitter. However, former Hamas captive Terry Anderson has an excellent article on why this won't work for the captors. Go to here.
33 posted on 02/01/2002 12:16:11 PM PST by demnomo
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Louis Farakkan has just issued an appeal that Daniel Pearl be released.

No comment. My Mama told me if I couldn't say something nice about somebody. . .
:o)

34 posted on 02/01/2002 12:16:48 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
I have far more respect for Muhammad Ali. I believe Ali is more sincere and not just seeking the limelight like that violence-inciting, racist Farakkan probably is...
35 posted on 02/01/2002 12:23:18 PM PST by demnomo
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To: MeeknMing; VinnyTex
See also:
Conflicting Messages Are Delivered About Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl
The Wall Street Journal
Posted on 2/1/02 11:28 AM Pacific by VinnyTex
The Wall Street Journal

February 1, 2002

AFTERMATH OF TERROR

Conflicting Messages Are Delivered
About Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

Associated Press











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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Groups claiming to hold Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl issued conflicting messages regarding his fate.

A caller purporting to represent his kidnappers telephoned the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday and demanded $2 million and the release of the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, senior police officials said.

However, CNN said it received an e-mail from those claiming to hold the Journal correspondent, saying he had been killed. CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said "We did receive an e-mail reporting that Daniel Pearl was killed."

The network reported that the State Department hasn't confirmed that the e-mail is authentic.[portrait of Daniel Pearl]

Steve Goldstein, a spokesman for Dow Jones & Co., which publishes the Wall Street Journal, said, "We've seen the latest reports, and we remain hopeful they are not true."

Pakistani police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the caller gave the U.S. 36 hours to meet the demand for money and the freeing of the envoy, Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef, who was arrested in Pakistan and handed over to U.S. authorities.

The officials said police believe the call may be genuine. A demand for Mullah Zaaef's release also was made in an e-mail sent Sunday by those claiming to hold Mr. Pearl.

Officials at the consulate in Karachi weren't available. An official at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad declined to confirm or deny the report.

President Bush vowed earlier Friday to pursue any clue that could lead to the rescue the reporter, a day after a deadline on the reporter's life was extended. "We are working with the Pakistan government to chase down any leads possible -- for example, trying to follow the trail of the e-mails that have been sent, with the sole purpose of saving this man, of finding him and rescuing" him, Mr. Bush said during a White House appearance with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

It was impossible to determine whether an unsigned e-mail, received by Western and Pakistani media on Thursday, was actually sent by the kidnappers. The 38-year-old reporter was abducted Jan. 23 in Karachi.

Speaking Thursday in Washington, Secretary of State Colin Powell ruled out bending to the group's demands that prisoners from the Afghan campaign be returned. "The demands that the kidnappers have placed are not demands that we can either deal with or get into a negotiation about," he said.

An unsigned e-mail Wednesday accused Mr. Pearl of working for the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, and set a 24-hour deadline for killing him. Israel has denied the claim.


36 posted on 02/01/2002 12:28:15 PM PST by RonDog
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To: demnomo
Farakkan is a loser. . .
37 posted on 02/01/2002 12:36:56 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: RonDog
An unsigned e-mail Wednesday accused Mr. Pearl of working for the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, and set a 24-hour deadline for killing him. Israel has denied the claim.

They just accused him of this to stir up hatred.

38 posted on 02/01/2002 12:46:37 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl
With Muslim fanatics, it's always the Jews fault. According to many Islamic morons, the Jews were responsible for the WTC, even though it's pretty clear that Osama and his gang were responsible. (On that video, Osama is all but crowing about murdering innocents!) These people are so stupid and think others are just as stupid. They think just because they say it...it is so. Wipe them off the face of this earth. They contribute nothing but evil and discord.
39 posted on 02/01/2002 12:58:06 PM PST by demnomo
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To: MeeknMing
CNN said it received an e-mail from those claiming to hold the Wall Street Journal correspondent, saying he had been killed.


B.S. If he was really dead you know CNN would PROUDLY display the picture.You know they're drooling and ready to do that.And if they're receiving E-Mails,which are rather easy to trace,and this is the 3rd(?) one from the 'alleged' captors,why can't the CIA/FBI use THEIR Software and trace the E-Mail faster than say,anyone familiar w/ IP addresses,hmmm?Public (cafe/work) or private (home) E-Mail they're leaving a trail!

40 posted on 02/01/2002 1:12:00 PM PST by Pagey
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To: livius
Report Shows Lethal Risk Faced by Journalists

SEATTLE, DEC. 19

The risk faced by journalists who work in war zones, report on crime, or express controversial positions has been brought starkly to light in a report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Released Dec. 17, the IFJ summary indicates that 100 journalists were killed in 2001 because of their work. This is the highest total in six years.

"The roll of media casualties provides a tragic reminder of the price we pay for press freedom and democracy," said Aidan White, IFJ general secretary, in releasing the report. "It is time for media companies to work together on new initiatives to reduce the risks facing their staff. We need more training, better equipment and provision of insurance for all, including freelance journalists."

The IFJ acknowledges that several large media organizations, including CNN, the BBC, Reuters and Associated Press have begun codes of practice to improve safety for journalists. "But this is only the start," said White. "We need an industry-wide response that gives all players -- small media and freelance workers included -- access to the benefits of risk-awareness training."

The IFJ tally includes journalists who have died throughout the world. The tragic total was swelled by the deaths of eight reporters over a 14-day period in Afghanistan.

Based in Brussels, the IFJ represents around 450,000 members in more than 100 countries.

41 posted on 02/01/2002 1:15:11 PM PST by MarMema
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To: Pagey
Yeah, I don't trust CNN much either. I tune to FOX News Channel. They are a-ok. . .
42 posted on 02/01/2002 1:19:20 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Pagey
I don't get what you are saying. Are you saying that CNN knows the source of the emails and knew this was a fake but still ran it? And that they aren't telling the U.S. government what they know?
43 posted on 02/01/2002 1:28:54 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: MeeknMing; RonDog
CNN is running a biography of Daniel Pearl:

Daniel Pearl Video

44 posted on 02/01/2002 1:40:12 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl;Pagey
Sheesh....I'm gonna say this nicely because some people need to READ THE FACTS before they post.

All of the emails have been SENT to the WSJ from the kidnappers/terrorists, NOT to CNN. CNN gets COPIES of them, as do the OTHER cable news channels,and then tells us about them.

Is that correct, CG??? Or am I missing part of this puzzle?? ;-)

45 posted on 02/01/2002 1:42:17 PM PST by DJ88
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To: MeeknMing
>Yeah, I don't trust CNN much either. I tune to FOX News Channel. They are a-ok. . .

I don't much trust any of them.

Well know the guy is alive if they send a picture of him with a newpaper displaying the Superbowl winner.

I'm inclined to believe the story that he is dead.

The story of the "phone call" came out after the e-mail death announcement. And, on MSNBC, the "anaylst" immediately said that the demand for money shows that these weren't politically motivated people, but just money-grubbers, etc.

I'm inclined to think that this phone call/money demand story is an attempt to discredit the kidnappers in the eyes of whatever fringe people out there who might "admire" them for taking political action.

And it's a way for the media to "manage" the news of the guy's death -- to let people get used to the idea before it's actually confirmed so that there will be less wide-spread call for serious action that the Establishment might not want to immediately take.

Mark W.

46 posted on 02/01/2002 1:49:06 PM PST by MarkWar
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To: MeeknMing
"Louis Farakkan has just issued an appeal that Daniel Pearl be released."

I read on another thread relating to this that Farakkan (or however he spells it) is supposedly a member of the Pakistani group al-Fuqra, the one founded by the same charmant sheik that Daniel Pearl had gone to interview. Al Fuqra has apparently become the spiritual home of a number of former Black Muslims, although it it still based in Pakistan.

So I think Farrakhan isn't being quite straight with us...

47 posted on 02/01/2002 1:51:06 PM PST by livius
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To: Cinnamon Girl
Thanks! I hadn't seen that picture (only the one with the gun and his head down).
48 posted on 02/01/2002 1:52:00 PM PST by livius
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To: DJ88
"WE GIVE U 1 MORE DAY IF AMERICA WILL NOT MEET OUR DEMANDS WE WILL KILL DANIEL. THEN THIS CYCLE WILL CONTINUE AND NO AMERICAN JOUNALIST COULD ENTER PAKISTAN," said the e-mail, sent to Fox News, CNN, the BBC and three Pakistani newspapers.

This is according to the Fox/AP report last night.

49 posted on 02/01/2002 1:56:52 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: MeeknMing
If he was dead, there would be pictures.
50 posted on 02/01/2002 2:12:36 PM PST by Texaggie79
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