06-15-2004, 04:28 PM
Videotape purports to show kidnapped American
Gunmen threaten to kill him unless demands are met
Tuesday, June 15, 2004 Posted: 5:55 PM EDT (2155 GMT)

The man shown in this video posted on the Internet identified himself as Paul M. Johnson.

(CNN) -- Al Qaeda gunmen posted a videotape online Tuesday showing a man who identified himself as Paul Johnson, an American who works for Lockheed Martin and has been missing in Saudi Arabia since Saturday.

The gunmen threatened to kill the man within 72 hours unless their demands are met.

The man in the videotape identified himself as Johnson and said he works on Apache helicopters.

He was shown from the front and the side, and his shirt was torn to expose a tattoo on his left shoulder. What appeared to be a bandage was wrapped around his forehead, and when he was shown from the side, there also appeared to be a bandage around his neck.

A masked man armed with an automatic weapon also spoke on the video, identifying himself as Abdul Aziz al-Muqrin, the self-proclaimed military leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. His identity has not been independently verified.

The masked man demanded that Saudi Arabia free al Qaeda prisoners it was holding and that Westerners leave the Arabian Peninsula. If the demands aren't met within 72 hours, Johnson will be killed, the militant said.

The gunman also claimed that at the time of Johnson's kidnapping, one of the American's colleagues was killed. On Saturday, when Johnson went missing in Riyadh, another American, Kenneth Scroggs, was found slain.

On Saturday, a group calling itself the Falluja Squadron posted a statement signed by the al Qaeda group of the Arab Peninsula on the Web site Voice of Jihad. The statement claimed to have taken an American hostage.

The statement identified the missing American by name and described him as a "specialist" and an engineer who works as a systems developer for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

Lockheed spokesman Tom Jurkowsky said officials at the company had not seen the videotape.

When told that Johnson appears to be alive, Jurkowsky called it encouraging, but he also said the company remains extremely concerned for his safety.

The statement posted Saturday said the United States and its allies have used the Apache helicopter in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories.

"We have our legal right to treat [hostages] the same way they treat our people," it added. "We will publish more details about the man kidnapped and explain the mujahedeen's demands."

06-15-2004, 05:45 PM
explain the demands?...BS I say...its just another excuse they want to use to justify killing a westerner!

06-15-2004, 05:47 PM
explain the demands?...BS I say...its just another excuse they want to use to justify killing a westerner! I don't know Just thought I would put it up ., LOL

06-15-2004, 05:49 PM
I know....lol

06-15-2004, 06:35 PM
You know I hate to really say it but if we did let there people go ,. They would still kill the guy * DO they really think we are that Stupid ...

06-15-2004, 07:06 PM
Your right...It wont matter they like to kill and know darn well we dont negotiate with terrorist.

06-15-2004, 07:09 PM
I think that is what is really sad is that we have this guy in one hand that is about to be killed and in the other There is NO way we can let this people go * I just pray that God takes his Soul and bring peace with the family . :lol:

06-16-2004, 12:31 PM

State Department spokesman said Wednesday "our hearts go out to Mr. Johnson and his family," urging the "people of the world" to unite against individuals and groups who use terrorist tactics to pursue political goals.

"The U.S. government will use every appropriate resource to gain Mr. Johnson's safe release and return to his family and home," the spokesman said. However, it is also U.S. policy not to negotiate with hostage-takers.

The Saudi government has the lead in the investigation and the United States "will provide any assistance they request or need," the spokesman said.

Adel al-Jubeir, foreign affairs adviser to the Saudi government, said shortly after the video appeared that the kingdom would consult with the Bush administration about how to proceed, but Riyadh like Washington has a strict no-negotiation policy.

Al-Jubeir also said the current situation with the Islamic militants was not a crisis but a serious issue that the Saudi kingdom will be dealing with for some time.

"Their strategy is to try to sow fear in people's hearts, and to panic, and to cause an exodus of foreign workers from Saudi Arabia, in particular Westerners," he said.

"They are trying to scare foreign workers into leaving Saudi Arabia because they believe it will weaken the Saudi economy and consequently weaken the Saudi government, but they are mistaken."

'I Am an American'

"My name is Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr.," the seated hostage says in the tape. "I am an American. ... I work on Apache helicopters."

Johnson, 49, of Stafford Township, N.J., worked for Lockheed Martin in Saudi Arabia.

He was seized Saturday by a group calling itself Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The organization is believed to be headed by Al Qaeda's chief in the kingdom, Abdullah-aziz al-Moqrin.

The tape on the Web site, http://www.hostinganime.com/sout18/, showed a hooded man read a statement and holding an AK-47 rifle. As the man was reading, a subtitle on the screen identified him as al-Moqrin.

His statement was similar to a printed message on the Web site that carried the name of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. It said the group gave Saudi authorities 72 hours to release "mujahadeen" militants or it would kill the hostage.

A U.S. official said the threat should be taken "very seriously" because the posting appears to be credible and militants have used the site before. "It has been a good indicator in the past," the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The statement on the Web site says the holy warriors of the Arabian peninsula's Fallujah Brigade has "hit" the engineering team that "oversees the development of the American Apache helicopter that attacks Muslims in Palestine and Afghanistan."

It says: "The Fallujah Brigade has killed the director of this team and kidnapped one of its engineers, Paul Johnson, and if the tyrannical Saudi government wants their American master to be released, then they have to release our holy warriors that are held in Ha'ir, Ruweis and Alisha prisons within 72 hours of this statement's date."

The day Johnson was abducted, Islamic militants shot dead another American, Kenneth Scroggs, from Laconia, N.H., in his garage. Scroggs was the third Westerner killed in a week, after the shooting death of an Irish cameraman for the British Broadcasting Corp. on June 6 and another American who was killed in his garage June 8.

Saudi security forces arrested a militant north of Riyadh on Tuesday as they stepped up their presence in and around the city in a hunt for Johnson's kidnappers.

Westerners Moving to High-Security Compounds

Also Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's ruling crown prince warned Islamic militants that the kingdom planned shortly to deploy more security forces than they had ever faced before.

"Be assured that the kingdom has enough men whom you haven't seen so far, but within the coming few days you will see them," Crown Prince Abdullah told the militants, whose attacks have increased during the past three months. His remarks were televised.

Westerners in Saudi Arabia are responding to the attacks by moving to high-security compounds or even to Bahrain, and by pushing for the right to armed private guards, according to diplomats and real estate agents.

Western embassies in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, are negotiating with the government for a relaxation of the ban on private security guards carrying firearms, a Western diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.