Tag: hostage taking

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The Washington Post originally printed this story, and it appears most of the media believes it’s true. Given the current anti-Trump environment, however, I don’t know what to think. In case you don’t remember, Otto Warmbier was the University of Virginia student who was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea in 2016, supposedly for “stealing […]

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Obama Okays Negotiations with Hostage-takers

 

Militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa provinceOn Wednesday, President Obama will release an executive order to allow the U.S. government to negotiate with terrorists for the release of American hostages, according to CNN.

The White House claims that the government will not pay ransom or make “substantive concessions” to terror groups, but it will no longer prosecute families who wish to pay them.

The payment of ransoms to terror groups like ISIS and al Qaeda has long been tolerated, though it is technically illegal. The administration has looked the other way when families of Americans held overseas have paid ransoms.

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The president today apologized for an inadvertent killing of two hostages held in Pakistan back in January. This is being described as a major blow the the Central Intelligence Agency. I would like to hear some discussion regarding the advisability of this tactic. How or when would using a drone strike — presumably intended at […]

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