Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A King's Ransom

                 President Obama has outlined new policies that will make it easier for families of Americans held hostage to pay ransom to terrorists to help free their loved ones. This is in contravention of the long-held U.S. belief that negotiating with terrorists would place Americans abroad at greater risk.
                No formal changes are yet being considered to a law prohibiting material support for terrorists, though the Justice Department indicated it will simply ignore the law in the vast majority of situations.
                The administration’s decision allows families to take actions the U.S. government technically will not, and is likely to endanger more Americans, at home and overseas, as critics of the policy such as John Boehner, R-Ohio, have argued.

                Despite the aforementioned law prohibiting material support for terrorists, the Obama administration did negotiate with the Taliban last year, exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured after deserting his post in Afghanistan.

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