Gruesome details emerge in the murder of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl

Posted by: ST on January 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

We all know Pearl was murdered by 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, even though he’s never officially been charged with the crime.  The Washington Post writes today about a new report that reveals new details about Pearl’s murder. The report also concludes that KSM indeed was indeed his killer. Don’t read if you’ve got a weak stomach:

A recently completed investigation of the killing of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan nine years ago makes public new evidence that a senior al-Qaeda operative executed the Wall Street Journal reporter.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed — the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, who is being held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — said at a military hearing in 2007 that he killed Pearl. But there have been lingering doubts about his involvement, and the United States has not charged him with the crime.

According to the new report, which was prepared by faculty members and students at Georgetown University, U.S. officials have concluded that vascular technology, or vein matching, shows that the hand of the unseen man who killed Pearl on video is that of Mohammed. The report also says Mohammed told the FBI that a senior al-Qaeda operative advised him to take control of Pearl from his original kidnappers.

The 31,000-word report, published in conjunction with the Center for Public Integrity at, is among the most complete and graphic accounts of Pearl’s death. The 3 1/2-year investigation, called the Pearl Project, was led by Asra Q. Nomani, a former colleague of Pearl’s at the Journal, and Barbara Feinman Todd, director of the journalism program at Georgetown.


The report said Mohammed and two others arrived at the compound on the outskirts of Karachi, where Pearl was being held. According to the report, some U.S. and Pakistani officials think the accomplices were Mohammed’s nephews, including Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, who is also being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Mohammed slashed Pearl’s throat, killing him, but one of his accomplices failed to operate the video camera, which they had brought to capture the murder for propaganda purposes. Mohammed restaged the killing, this time decapitating Pearl, according to the report. He then dismembered Pearl’s body, and it was buried on the compound. Guards washed the bloody floor and then prayed, foreheads to the ground, on the same surface where their prisoner had just been killed, the report said.

The report said that 27 men, including guards and drivers, played a part in the kidnapping and murder, and that 14 remain free in Pakistan. Mohammed has not been charged with Pearl’s murder, in part because he first confessed while in CIA custody, where he was waterboarded 183 times. Prosecutors fear that his treatment at the hands of the agency could compromise any case, the report said.

You can read the full Pearl Project report here.

Never forget.


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6 Responses to “Gruesome details emerge in the murder of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl”


  1. Phineas says:

    Two observations:

    1) But don’t you dare call them “uncivilized.”

    2) The WaPo repeats a lie about KSM’s waterboarding. He was not waterboarded 183 times. That’s the number of individual pours he was subjected to, total, over a few waterboarding sessions. Each session comprised several pours. I don’t have the exact data to hand, but this lefty propaganda has been refuted several times, most recently by Thiessen in “Courting Disaster.”

  2. Dee says:

    I believe KSM was waterboarded a total of 3 times…and it wasn’t nearly enough! In Daniel Pearl’s name–he should be hung & quartered. But of course that would be too much like them…maybe that’s the problem…we need to start being like them to stop them from ever hurting another American.

  3. jim masterson says:

    Waterboarding is no more difficul then a dentist putting the water spray in your mouth.
    The mid-east has been and will be populated by the uncivilized.
    Maube the AG should spend more time on Muslim Fanaticism and less time on “The Mob.”

  4. Paul says:

    Gruesome fanaticism. KSM needed a dose of his own medicine !!

  5. Drew says:

    For what its worth: There was no camera malfunction. A now defunct website called Ogrish had the video. I can still recall how my heart was pumping as I watched Pearl’s head cut off.

    You may ask: why did I watch? I’m a reality guy; I live in the real world. These savages are everything depicted. Never forget who they are, what they are capable of. Never be suckered in by the mainstreams musings. Savages. A pox on them.

  6. Drew says:

    PS – And may they roast in hell.