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February 26, 2003


This site presents an argument that the American government saw to it that the Daniel Pearl video was not presented publicly, and gave various reasons for banning it. At the very bottom of the page, a link provided in order to download the video.
[...] THE VIDEO of Daniel Pearl's beheading is searing and nightmarish, but the key to its power is not that it shows him dead. It is that it shows him alive. You watch his eyes, you hear his voice, you can almost smell his fear as he tells the camera what his captors are forcing him to say.

''My name is Daniel Pearl. I'm a Jewish American from ... Encinco, California, USA. I come from, on my father's side, a family of Zionists. My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I'm Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We've made numerous family visits to Israel.''

The three-minute video is a piece of Islamist pornography: A frightened Jew - even better, a frightened American Jew - confesses his Jewish roots and denounces US foreign policy. Then his head is cut off and brandished triumphantly as English words scroll up the screen: ''And if our demands are not met, this scene shall be repeated again and again.''

The video has been posted for weeks on a number of obscure Internet sites. It is reportedly a great hit in Saudi Arabia, the country that has supplied tens of thousands of recruits and vast financial subsidies to the cause of Islamist jihad. Last month CBS aired a brief portion of the video - though not its grisly ending - ''so that you can see and judge for yourself,'' as Dan Rather put it, ''the kind of propaganda terrorists are using in their war against the United States.''

But it only became available to the general American public when The Boston Phoenix, a weekly newspaper, supplied a link to the video on its home page and published a photograph of Pearl's severed head. A media firestorm ensued, with critics accusing the Phoenix of sensationalism, poor journalistic judgment, and insensitivity to Daniel Pearl's family.
But even though Pearl's family felt in inappropriate to view the horrific video, this piece argues that Pearl himself would have wanted the truth brought to the public. I encourage you to read the arguments for and against viewing the video. Then decide whether or not you want to download it[more]