Wednesday, February 23, 2005
PalTalk - Fundamentalists Threaten to Kidnap U.S. Journalist
Laura Mansfield, Associate Director, Senior Analyst
21 February 2005-- Surveillance conducted overnight of an ongoing chat in Arabic on PalTalk – the Internet chat room portal popular among Islamic Fundamentalists, found participants discussing possible plans to kidnap a high-profile U.S. or Western journalist in Iraq. The identities of those discussing this plan could not be confirmed beyond their locations abroad, nor could their abilities to carry-out such a plan be determined. Nonetheless, it would be prudent for all U.S. and Western journalists to be extremely vigilant over the next few weeks and insure proper Western security. Journalists in the Iraq theater should travel with armed escorts at all times.