July 14, 2008

AP Stringer Stands by as Taliban Murder 2 Women, Gets Snuff Footage [UPDATE: Worse than Bilal Hussein!][UPDATE: Confirmed: Took Video of Murder]

UPDATE 7/18/08: Rahmatullah Naikzad detained for two days and interrogated over his involvement in the Taliban murders.

AP photographer Rahmatullah Naikzad was a witness to a Taliban murder. The two women were alleged to have been prostitutes who served Western clientèle.


Two unidentified Afghan Women chat with each other a few minutes before they were executed by Taliban in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on late Saturday, July 12, 2008.
(AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)
[original here]


Local people watch two Afghan women shot and killed by Taliban in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Sunday, July 13, 2008.
(AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)
(original here)

This page from the AP seems to suggest that Rahmatullah Naikzad also took a snuff video of the two women being murdered. [UPDATE: Yes, he did. Video added at end of post]

We would remind the AP that the act of the Taliban inviting a reporter to the murder means they wanted this news out there. The AP was clearly being used as a propaganda outlet for the Taliban.

Does this make him an accomplice or only a witness to the crime? When you know a crime is about to be committed, do you not have a moral and ethical obligation to try to prevent that crime? Even if you're a journalist? Even if all you do is try to call the authorities, in this case someone in the Afghani government or NATO?

A quick Yahoo News photo search of Rahmatullah Naikzad seems to indicate that he's very friendly with the Taliban. Many of the pictures show Taliban fighters posing for the AP photographer. For instance:

(AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)
[original here]

Naikzad appears to have been embedded with the Taliban during the daylight hours before the two were murdered. The image below, taken by Naikzad, has this caption:

Face covered Taliban militants exercise before they executed two Afghan women in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, July 12, 2008. [original here]

You'll notice that the caption on the first photo at the top of this page is clearly taken at night a few minutes before the two women were murdered. The second photo above, showing the bodies of the two women, was clearly taken the next day after the women were murdered. This means that Rahmatullah Naikzad was with the Taliban for at least 24 hours!

What, if anything, did Rahmatullah Naikzad do to either prevent the murder of two women? Or what is he doing now to help find those who murdered them? If the answer is anything other than nothing I would be more than a little surprised.

Once again the AP is aiding and abetting the enemy. This time with a group listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. and which several U.N. Security Council Resolutions forbid giving any assistance to.

Will the AP be given a Pulitzer this time?

Thanks to Phyllis Chessler for first noticing the photo.

*All emphasis in quotes mine.

UPDATE: If you'll remember the AP tried to excuse Bilal Hussein's photos that he took of two 'insurgents' posing over the body of murdered hostage Salvatore Santoro by claiming that he was forcibly taken there by the terrorists and shown the body after Santoro was killed. This time, the AP has no such excuse.

If we accept the AP's version of Bilal Hussein's photos of Santoro, then Rahmatullah Naikzad's photos are clearly worse than those of Hussein! He stood by while two women were murdered!!

UPDATE II: It gets worse. A snuff video was made by Naikzad. It's horrible. The murder of the two women is at night, so it's not visually graphic, but the audio is awful. You can hear at least one of the women screaming after the first shots are fired.

It's official: the AP has now replaced al Jazeera as the official outlet for terrorist snuff videos. You'll have to scroll all the way down for video. I'll put additional updates before it with relevant bail out warnings.

UPDATE III: AllahP makes a great point about the AP violating their own ethical standards. Also note his point about the difference between anti-jihad websites showing these images and the *neutral* territory provided by the AP.

The key point here is the context in which the photos/videos are shown.

In the context of this blog it is clear that the photos are meant to show what horrible evil we are fighting. But when the the AP chooses to use value neutral terms to provide context for the photos they cross a line into a moral relativism which is more than just unpatriotic, it's downright disgusting!

Instead of calling the Taliban what they are--primae faciea war criminals & illegal combatants--they simply label them militants. Worse, they allow the Taliban to choose the words to describe the horrible murders of two women calling it an execution.

And, the more I think about it, this suggests the AP is worse than al Jazeera. Remember when we all were outraged about al Jazeera showing snuff videos produced by terrorists? This terrorist snuff video was filmed by the AP.


No word yet if the AP will be charging the Taliban if they use the photos or excerpts of the story on their jihadi recruitment sites.

UPDATE V:Pirate's Cove asks this exit question:

will all those liberal women’s groups who we never hear from about the plight of women under Islam decry what the AP has done?
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I'll be on the Rusty Humphries Radio Show tonight discussing this and other whatnots at 10:35 Eastern.

WARNING: Graphic AP video of the Taliban murdering two women below. Do not click play if you do not wish to see it.

Thanks to Watcher for the vid link.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:23 PM | Comments |