Americans Support Government Not Paying Ransom for People Kidnapped by Militants

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 9:11 am

According to a new Reuters-IPSOS Poll, 62 percent of Americans agree with the government’s policy of refusing to pay ransom for Americans kidnapped by militant organizations. Only 21 percent disagree with the policy and would be open to paying ransoms. Many European countries have taken a different approach and do pay ransom in exchange for [...]

White House Negotiations Fail to Disarm GOP or Free Hostage Dems

By: Monday December 6, 2010 5:59 pm

The United States government has a general policy against paying ransom for a hostage. This is not because paying ransoms is an ineffective policy. Most hostage takers would be happy to return the hostage for money, so as a short-term solution, it does work. The problem is, long term, paying ransom just encourages many more [...]

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