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American hostage reportedly beheaded
Demands had given Saudis 72 hours to save Paul Johnson's life

Joe Skipper / REUTERS



The Associated Press
Updated: 1:33 p.m. ET June 18, 2004RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Arab satellite network Al-Arabiya reported Friday that American hostage Paul Johnson had been beheaded. It did not immediately provide details and the report could not be independently confirmed.


Thousands of Saudi security forces had intensified their search of fundamentalist strongholds Friday as the deadline approached Johnson to be executed by his Islamic militant kidnappers.

The kidnappers did not set a specific time when the deadline runs out. A videotape with the threat appeared on a Web site at about midnight Tuesday Saudi time, and if counted from that point the 72 hours would run out by midnight Friday, or 5 p.m. ET Friday.

In the video, the kidnappers vow to kill Johnson unless the Saudi government released all the militants in its prisons. The Saudis have rejected the demand.

Police vehicles drove through the Sweidi, Dhahar al-Budaih and Badr districts overnight and into Friday, but the authorities gave no indication they were any closer to finding Johnson, an employee of the U.S. defense corporation Lockheed Martin who was kidnapped last weekend.



People living in the three districts, which lie in western and southern Riyadh, suggest that the kidnappers enjoy popular support, partly because of U.S. policy in Iraq and its perceived backing for Israel.

"How can we inform on our brothers when we see all these pictures coming from Abu Ghraib and Rafah," Muklas Nawaf, a resident of Dhahar al-Budaih, said at a restaurant called Jihad, or holy war in Arabic. He was referring to the pictures of Iraqis abused by U.S. soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and the Israeli military's killing of Palestinians and the destruction of their homes in the Gaza refugee camp of Rafah.

"This is not a little skirmish. It is a war," Nawaf added.

But a top Saudi cleric, the preacher of Imam Sultana Mosque in Riyadh, implored the kidnappers to release Johnson in a column published in Al-Riyadh newspaper on Friday.

"O, youth of the nation who have trodden the wrong path, come back to the fold of the community of Islam. Avoid this sedition and be obedient to the ruler of the Muslims," Sheik Mohammed bin Saad al-Saeed wrote, referring to King Fahd.

And Johnson's Thai wife, Thanom, appealed for her husband's release on the Saudi-owned satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya. "When I see him in TV, I remember the medicine he needs," she said, her voice wavering. "I am afraid. I will do my best for him. Please bring him back to me."


Few leads
A senior Saudi official in the United States said officials have had few promising leads in their search for Johnson, whose kidnappers claim to be the al-Qaida chapter in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said there had been no communications from the kidnappers except for the video and statement on the Web site.

The FBI has sent a team of about 20 specialists in hostage rescue, hostage negotiations, profiling and other specialties who were working directly with Saudi officials, the official said.

More than 15,000 Saudi officers have been deployed in the search of Riyadh, going door-to-door in some neighborhoods. More than 1,200 Saudi homes had been searched as of Thursday night.

"We are even using the fire department, for instance, because they have knowledge of their neighborhoods, and districts," the official said. The Saudi official said the suspected leader of al-Qaida in the kingdom, Abdulaziz Issa Abdul-Mohsin al-Moqrin, whom the video tape identified as the hooded man making a speech, is also the main suspect in the shootings of a German citizen and an American in the kingdom recently.

Johnson, 49, had worked in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade.

Vigils back home
Friends and relatives of Johnson sang "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America" as they held candles and small flags at a vigil late Thursday in Eagleswood, N.J., a town where the engineer had lived.

"Your love, your prayers and your support are appreciated," his niece Angle Roork said at the vigil.

More than 200 people attended the service in Port St. John, Fla., where Johnson’s son, Paul Johnson III, lives.

“We feel helpless here. I bet most people here have an awful feeling that this might be futile,” said Father Tony Quinlivan of Blessed Sacrament in Cocoa, Fla. “But it’s never futile when a community comes together.”

Amid concern over Johnson's fate, the U.S. State Department updated a 2-month-old travel warning for Saudi Arabia, pointing out that attacks on Americans there have resulted in deaths and injuries and, in a reference to Johnson, a kidnapping.

© 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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I think its time to pull out all forces and nuke these A&&holes immediately. This is now getting pathetic. If we don't act now, this is going to become a weekly event. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
 

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I hope nothing has happened to Mr. Johnson but the fact remains that these people are animals.
I think it is time to get out of Dodge.
I know a lot of these people work for a living in the middle east but it is just not safe...
 

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I agree with pulling our people out, only if we nuke the hell out of both countries. No one screwed with us after Hiroshima and Nagosaki....
 

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Technically, wasn't it the 3rd beheading? Not that it really makes a difference, it's all sick and disgusting but there was Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg, and Paul Johnson, right?

I know we have a non-negociation deal going on, but isnt' there SOMETHING that we can do? It's disgusting!! :cry: :evil: :x
 

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It's time to blow the snot out of these A$$HOLES. This is getting ridicoulus. I agree with the others NUKE THE $HIT out of them, who gonna screw with us then?
god bless the Johnson family.
 

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This will NEVER stop until the US stops trying to fight politically correct wars. The simple facts are these:

- "True Muslims" hate the US and everything we stand for, and they will never stop trying to kill us....ever!

- There is nothing we can do to change the aforementioned fact.

The US must stop worrying about what the Islamic world will think of us. US troops have died because the US was not willing to bomb mosques the minute it was discovered that terrorists were using mosques for bases of operation.

The US must adopt the sentiment of Lucius Accius who said "Let them hate, so long as they fear."

rephrased...Let them hate AMERICA, so long as they fear AMERICA.


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:twisted: :evil: GET OUR BOYS OUT OFF THAT SHIT HOLE. LET THE ARAB WORLD KILL EACH OTHER OFF WHO CARES TIME FOR OUR GOVERMENT TO START THINKING ABOUT THIS COUNTRY THE HELL WITH THE MIDDLE EAST. AND THE GOVERMENT SHOULD STOP HOLDING BACK ISRAEL SHIT LET THEM LOOSE. OUR GOVERMANT NEEDS TO GROW A PAIR IT SEEMS?
 

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Saudi Arabia is not an Ally of the United States. The fact that an American Citizen was beheaded in their country is reason enough to begin trade sanctions and maybe an embargo against them until they correct their domestic terrorism problems
 

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American hostage reportedly beheaded - Demands had given Saudis 72 hours to save Paul Johnson's life :cry:
Those phuckin pigs never intended on delivering Paul back to us RPD. He was probably dead before we knew he was missing.

I think its time to pull out all forces and nuke these A&&holes immediately. This is now getting pathetic. If we don't act now, this is going to become a weekly event. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
Correct words were never spoken Southside.

We should turn those savage assholes into a glass menagerie and TAKE the f'ing oil Mr. Carnegie and his Columbia Oil Farm Coalition created. What we fail to remember from out Modern History Class, is WE made Saudi Arabia what it is! If the Rothschild's, the Carnegies, and the Drakes never invested in ESSO, and its precursor Standard Oil, Saudi Arabia would still be the largest fucking sand dune in the eastern hemisphere. I have no tolerance for ingratitude. If they threaten our interests, or harm our people, Nuke the bastards! Simple, and take the oil….. Who's going to stop us? France? Germany? The Socialist Utopians? I think not….
 

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Kozmo, it was an article I posted.. I did NOT write it. I did NOT type any text! the only thing I placed on there was a sad face.

I know they never intended to release.. and I'm more than aware that he was probably dead long before we heard about it. You made it seem like I stated
Demands had given Saudis 72 hours to save Paul Johnson's life
This was the title to the article as cut and pasted in it's entirety.
 

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Unfortunately, the terrorism will continue unabated if we continue to try to make friends with the "religion of peace". Islam demands that we (males) convert or die: females don't count, as they consider them chattel and "baby-makers". Their stated goal is to overrun the planet. One way they are using to accomplish that mission is by emigrating to western countries and using "the wombs" (relax: their words, not mine) of their women to replace the populations of the host country: nowhere is this more true than in France. Holland is making a heroic effort to prevent this from happening in their country (by the way, Holland is with us).

I think that "nuking" them is not an option. It would destroy the oil infrastructure and make recovery of the product very difficult and expensive. I would suggest neutron bombs: a flash of intense radiation...a temporary Chernobyl: no lasting radiation or fall-out and the infrastructure remains intact. In any event, our only recourse may be to reduce the Islamic world to a non-viable gene pool, as disturbing as that thought is :cry: .

I do not understand how the "heroic" murders of non-combatants, women and children, serves God. Certainly not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! I don't know...could it serve.....SATAN?! :shock:
 

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If you look into the history of how islam has spread, taking over from within via natural birth rate and immigration is an old standby in their arsenal. Enter...Iran!

Recently there was a press release from the leader of a terror group in Iraq. The speaker stated that they would not stop until "Islamic rule returns to the earth." This is the mindset we are up against, yet the leaders of this country shy away from bombing mosques etc. even when they are being used as bases of operation :evil:

God help us! :cry:

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Hey now!

Look at it this way...........................................
Aren't they beheading Koreans and Turks now too? Pretty soon these radical minority fools will piss of the entire world community enough that the Saudi's and other harboring nations will act to clean house. We don't need to "nuke" anybody. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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