Legal Theory

Dad of Murdered Journalist Says New Legal Model is Needed for War on Terror

Just as the global community worked together to eliminate piracy on the high seas in the 19th century and created the Geneva Conventions in response to World War II, countries need to cooperate to create a new legal structure for dealing with terrorism, says the father of a murdered journalist.

In an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that is reprinted in the Wall Street Journal today, Judea Pearl calls for a specialized judicial system that will address specific issues common to such organized violence against others, including a desire for publicity.

He is the father of Daniel Pearl. The Wall Street Journal reporter was beheaded in 2002 on footage that was broadcast on the Internet, after he was reportedly kidnapped in Pakistan by terrorists while working for the newspaper.

A lengthy National Journal magazine article discusses the positive and negative effects that the widespread availability on the Internet today of photos and video footage provided by non-journalists can have concerning such atrocities.

Earlier related coverage: “Human Rights Groups Suspect Torture in Death of Terrorism Suspect” “Pearl’s Widow Sues Major Pakistan Bank”

Christian Science Monitor: “Pakistan foils three suspected terror plots in two days”

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