Hostage Video: "We are being treated well"

We have finally obtained portions of the unedited hostage video of four Western peace activists. 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.

You can watch the video here (hat tip: Shawn at Bareknucklepolitics, Ian at Political Teen, and Doubletap at Infovlad--all of whom e-mailed me)

Here is a transcript of the video, via Doubletap at Infovlad:

Thank you very much we are being treated well and we hope to be out of here soon.

Um We are being treated well we are both well all of us are well.

We are all being treated well we are sleeping ok um and um we would like to thank the people holding us for that and hopefully we will be home soon.

I ask Mr Blair to take British troops out of Iraq and leave the Iraqi people to come to their own decisions on their government.

As a representative of Christian Peace Maker Teams we feel that continued British and American occupation is not in the best interest of the Iraqi people.

The peace activists seem much more reluctant than Giuliana Sgrena to pour out their emotions.

We will be following this hostage crisis carefully.


Posted by: Rusty at 10:16 AM


1 It's hard to pour out your emotions when you're trying to stay on script. I wonder how many millions this scam will net the terrorists and their liberal/socialist/fascist/communist allies?

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at December 05, 2005 10:52 AM

2 See. It's true. The terrorists aren't evil and wicked and deserving of death. They just share a "different perspective".

Posted by: thirdee at December 05, 2005 11:02 AM

3 Just more jihadist propaganda for the Western media to lap up.

Posted by: jesusland joe at December 05, 2005 11:12 AM

4 I'm witholding judgement on this incident until the first deadline passes.

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at December 05, 2005 11:30 AM

5 Anyone else think this whole thing is staged to get the kidnappers some publicity?

"We are being treated well... yes... very well! Thanks to our kidnappers! Totally, man!"

I bet they just want to show the world how "nice and innocent" the terrorists are... and how eeeeeeeevil Bush and Blair are for attacking them.

Posted by: Ariya at December 05, 2005 11:59 AM

6 From Jihad Watch:

CAIR protests kidnapping of collaborators

Has CAIR ever protested against the kidnapping of anyone else in Iraq? If so, please send me the links here and I will post them as updates. But this protest of the kidnapping of the collaborators is the first one I personally can recall ever seeing from them. From "Frenchman target of latest Iraq kidnapping," from AFP, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:

Just a day earlier, one of the most prominent US Muslim organizations, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, became the latest group to demand the release of the four Western Christian peace activists kidnapped last week.

The two Canadians, one Briton and an American, are linked to the US and Canada-based Christian Peacemaker Teams opposed to the continued presence of US-led foreign troops in Iraq.

"Those who left the comfort of their homes to advocate for the rights of others that do not share their faith, ethnicity or language should be celebrated and honored by Muslims, not humiliated by being made captives or, God forbid, killed," said Parvez Ahmed, the organization's chairman.

"This is a universal human ideal and a cherished principle of Islam."

In other words, "They're on your side, you idiots. Let them go."

So, I'm not just a voice crying in the wilderness.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at December 05, 2005 12:01 PM

7 "Those who left the comfort of their homes to advocate for the rights of others that do not share their faith, ethnicity or language should be celebrated and honored by Muslims, not humiliated by being made captives or, God forbid, killed,"

Who wants to ask CAIR, seeing as that profile matches the U.S armed forces, if they want to condemn terrorism in Iraq now?

Posted by: dave at December 05, 2005 12:24 PM

8 They're only trying to condemn the kidnapping of their dhimmi allies. Duh.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at December 05, 2005 12:25 PM

9 I was trying for 'irony'

Posted by: dave at December 05, 2005 12:42 PM

10 Treated well except for that held captive and threatened with death part.

Posted by: Howie at December 05, 2005 12:49 PM

11 They are not hostages - they are simply guests under alternative circumstances.

Posted by: hondo at December 05, 2005 01:08 PM

12 Ah hell they're probably having tea parties every evening.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at December 05, 2005 01:51 PM

13 Tea parties, clean clothes and looks like they are having showers too. Dont seem too bad

Posted by: Patti at December 05, 2005 02:35 PM

14 Lets do something about the video. I mean we cant get a better FTP site than that? Standard Windows Media Players cant access the video, even if you save target as. We are only allowed to update the Player so much.

And btw, you get plenty military who access your site.

Nice job GW!!!!!

Posted by: Capster at December 05, 2005 02:38 PM

15 Greg the child molesting traitor will believe everything in the captives speech. Prood to him that America is bad.

Posted by: greyrooster at December 05, 2005 05:51 PM

16 Scarry...The Canadians are eating and well dressed. The Brit and American are dressed up like prisoners...Hand-cuffs etc...I wonder what message they are sending....

Posted by: Bill at December 05, 2005 05:51 PM

17 Mr. Anderson, you disappoint me.

Posted by: Agent Smith at December 06, 2005 05:54 AM

18 Has there been anymore information about the CPT workers?

Posted by: Jill at December 07, 2005 08:53 AM

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