New Video: Peace Activists Threatened With Death

UPDATE: We have the video. Links and transcript here.

UPDATE: Confirmed by MSM sources. We are working on obtaining the raw video.

According to Matt Drudge, Al Jazeera has broadcast a video which purportedly threatens the life of four Western peace activists in Iraq. The names of the four activists are American Thomas Fox--who is also a blogger, Canadians Harmeet Singh Sooden and James Loney, and British citizen Norman Kember. The Jawa Report was the first media outlet to reveal the names of the hostages.

Because of the many similarities between the kidnapping of anti-American journalist Guliana Sgrena, it has been widely speculated that the terror organization never planned to kill the hostages, but are using the four peace activists as tools to drum up antiwar sentiment. However, because the orignial hostage video was first released on a website (contrary to media reports that al Jazeera first released the video) that belonged to a known terrorist organization the threat may very well be real.

The Jawa Report will post images and links to the video as soon as they are available.

UPDATE: Ian at the Political Teen has the al Jazeera video and has it posted here as does Bareknucklepolitics. Both are of a CTV report, and the latter has audio. We are still working on getting the original video before it went through the al Jazeera editing process.


Al-Jazeera television broadcast a videotape Friday in which kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill their hostages unless all prisoners in U.S. and Iraqi detention centers are released. The kidnappers gave the two governments until Dec. 8 to meet their demands, Al-Jazeera quoted a statement delivered with the tape as saying....

All four appeared frightened.

The Canadians were shown eating from plates of what appeared to be Arabic sweets. In a second clip, the British and American hostages were shown to talking to the camera but no audio was transmitted.

The two were calling on the U.S. and British governments to withdraw from Iraq, Al-Jazeera reported, quoting a statement from the kidnappers, who earlier identified themselves as the Swords of Righteousness Brigade.

Yes, very much like the Sgrena video indeed.


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Posted by: Rusty at 02:53 PM


1 The only real comfort in that video, is the fact it gives the armed forces six days to locate them, and rescue.
That along with the fact they did not execute them in the time they held them. I'm not sure if it's my mind playing tricks but the execution of Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley wasn't very long after their capture.

Posted by: dave at December 02, 2005 03:26 PM

2 this is terrible.

Posted by: jummy at December 02, 2005 03:33 PM

3 Hmmm....I have speculated over the past few days about what motive any particular terrorist group would have to murder the CPT team. But this group is bad, and perhaps I was wrong. It wouldn't be the first or last time.

Because certain groups such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has called for their release, I am still hopeful that it will happen. We shall see.

Posted by: jesusland joe at December 02, 2005 03:47 PM

4 I've said it before -

The insurgents and jihadists are not playing to the western
media or audience.

They a playing to a middle-eastern islamic audience.

Difference rules and values apply!

The CPT and others better realize that - in Iraq they ARE NOT SEEN as anti-american pacifists and allies - they are seen as WESTERN INFIDELS AND INVADERS! AND FEAR AND TERROR DOES WORK WITH SOME!

Fortunately (odd thing for me to say), very few of the left and groups similar to CPT are in Iraq. (they apparently got the memo). They are here doing their thing from the comfort and safety of Western democracies.

Oddly too - hondo is on duty with many to provide for their (and everyone's) safety. Think they will sent me a Christmas card and say thank you?

Not likely - but I'm cool with that.

Posted by: hondo at December 02, 2005 03:48 PM

5 Hey, hondo, I sure do wish you a Merry Christmas, and thanks for all you do to keep us free and safe!

Posted by: jesusland joe at December 02, 2005 03:53 PM

6 The release of all Iraqi detainees is an impossible demand and the terrorists know that. So perhaps the intention was to kill the hostages all along and then blame the US and Iraqi governments for not doing enough to save them even though they were being treated so nicely (Arabic sweets?). Alternatively, by asking for something that cannot be granted, perhaps the plan is to force the authorities to offer a hefty ransom instead - the main objective. I'm just speculating. Whatever it may be, I hope the guys on the ground get to them before the deadline.

Posted by: Graeme at December 02, 2005 04:04 PM

7 JJ

Send money!

Posted by: hondo at December 02, 2005 04:22 PM

8 hondo,

That request sounds familiar. Oh yeah, I have a kid in college.

Posted by: jesusland joe at December 02, 2005 04:44 PM

9 Hey all,

I have plans tonight and so won't be around much. If you find any interesting links regarding this case, please feel free to drop them in the comments section.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at December 02, 2005 04:47 PM

10 Trinity Broadcast network took Hal Lindsey,author of the late great planet earth,off tv because they said his show might be offending Muslims and arabs.Well,how about these damn hostage videos offending us.I am sick and damn tired of these damn ragheads and their tactics.
p.s.tbn was forced to rehire him after e-mails etread tony blankleys book!!

Posted by: tom at December 02, 2005 05:40 PM

11 Agent Brown searched and located the first threat to their lives on 11/29/05 at exactly 23:27.

Posted by: Agent Smith at December 02, 2005 06:09 PM

12 Ouch. No matter how you interpret it, this is a very bad sign for the four CPT members and my heart goes out to them and their families. There have been a number of prominent calls for their release from within the Muslim community but they appear to have fallen on deaf ears. Given the 1-week deadline, not all hope is lost for a peaceful resolution but it never helps to have a ticking clock.

Posted by: Rob at December 02, 2005 06:48 PM

13 The only "peaceful" resolution will be paying a ransom.

Posted by: dave at December 02, 2005 07:42 PM

14 What did you expect? When will people learn not to go there without a weapon in their hands. Muslim fanatics kill people. That's what they do. There is no other purpose for these animals. What else can they do. They contribute nothing but death and suffering to modern society. Why give the dogs the opportunity to do what they do. Do people in America need help of Christian organizations? You bet. So why go to a backward shit eating country?

Posted by: greyrooster at December 02, 2005 07:44 PM

15 I'll bet a dollar they walk free after ransom.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at December 02, 2005 08:20 PM

16 well according to Rob, the group won't pay a ransom because the ransom would be used to commit violence?

Posted by: dave at December 02, 2005 09:02 PM

17 You disappoint me, Mr. Anderson.

Posted by: Agent Smith at December 02, 2005 10:50 PM

18 Those CPTers are the stupidest people on the planet, but they don't deserve to die that way. They're probably very good people at heart. I hope they're lives are spared.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at December 03, 2005 12:30 AM

19 Agent Smith says that their barbaric behaviour is a prime example of the rampaging lawlessness permitted by the lack of a real government there.

Posted by: Agent Smith at December 03, 2005 04:01 AM

20 Smith,

"lawlessness"? It's called a war, an insurgency, terrorism, guerrilla war, etc.

These aren't common criminals stealing purses in case you haven't notice.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at December 03, 2005 10:27 AM

21 Agent Smith says that whatever the situation on the ground in Iraq is, the locals are not under central government control. Sadr City, for example is under the control of the Mehdi army and Moqtadr al-Sadr. Sadr City's Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army units answer to him.

The only people under U.S. control are the Iraqi Army, who were led by Special Forces in recent Anbar battles.

Posted by: Agent Smith at December 03, 2005 06:16 PM

22 Does Agent Smith believe that what goes for the Sunni triangle goes for the rest of Iraq too? Is so, Agent Smith should guess again. Most of Iraq is directly under the control of the Iraqi government, even if the Sunni triangle is still a hotbed of terrorism.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at December 03, 2005 06:54 PM

23 Agent Smith's deep sources in Iraq have revealed that Iranian power dominates in all southern provinces, the proxy leader being the Ayatollah Ali Sistani. The Sunni Triangle is an American overlay of a Sunni light industrial and agricultural region, teeming with insurgents and "goatboys".

Agent Brown says that historically, America has defined troublesome places in terms of "triangles". Hence, the historic triangles in Korea and Vietnam. Two points would just be a line and four points gets too complicated because the shape is inherently unstable. It could shift and become a parallellogram to feared by all square bashers.

Agent Jones says that if three troublesome points cannot be found by America, America will create them, as trouble always comes in threes, like Airline crashes. Hence, the Axis of Evil lumped two arch-enemies, Iran and Iraq plus lunatic Kim Jong Il. By creating the bonds between the enemies, America gets to fight them all as if they were one big enemy.

Posted by: Agent Smith at December 03, 2005 07:54 PM

24 "Peace" activists taken hostage. Kind of like "human shields" blown up. Do I care? On one level, yes. But on another -- not at all. Serves these folks right. What the hell did these brainless idiots expect? They walk into a warzone of a battle between Christian and Muslim forces -- they are Christian. Gee - do ya think the muzzies are going to let em off with a slap on the wrist? Nahh. Your head is on the block in this war if you aint fighting for Allah.

Posted by: virginsRoverrated at December 04, 2005 11:58 AM

25 But allah sucks.

Posted by: greyrooster at December 05, 2005 06:27 PM

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