But pictures are neutral media. They serve who ever has the foresight and skill tio use them effectively. And thus it is no surprise that elements of what are understood as terrorist organizations ave made as effective a use of pictures (and their distribution through the Internet) as any advocate of human rights and human dignity. A World Wide Web of Terror, The Economist, July 12, 2007.
The ease and cheapness of processing words, pictures, sound and video has brought the era not only of the citizen-journalist but also the terrorist-journalist. Al-Qaeda now sends out regular “news bulletins” with a masked man in a studio recounting events from the many fronts of jihad, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya or Palestine. Jihadi ticker-tape feeds provide running updates on the number of Americans killed (about ten times more than the Pentagon's death toll).
A World Wide Web of Terror, The Economist, July 12, 2007. Thus one of the greatest applications of the lessons taught by the great pioneers in global human rights may have been learned well by others: "Film everything; this is good advice for all mujahideen [holy warriors]. Brothers, don't disdain photography. You should be aware that every frame you take is as good as a missile fired at the Crusader enemy and his puppets." Id.
Law, in this century, will increasingly be written in pictures.