How would it be handled by the government? Would BHO or one of his people meet with the family to determine who is making the demand and how much money they want; and are they willing and able to pay it; then he would contact the terrorists to iron out the details if the family could not meet the demands and offer to negotiate a smaller amount if possible; and if the terrorists say "NO DEAL," could he say to the family "sorry, I did the best I could?" If the terrorists should agree to a lesser amount, does he then go back to the family and make the arrangements to get the money sent? I would sure as H*** hope that BHO has enough other problems to handle to get involved in that mess! : If the prisoner is a member of our military, then we do have laws to handle things like this, as you point out, but if not, the family should be able to do it on their own, which calls for a lot of trust in the terrorists, and good luck with that!
Terrorist earning potential just skyrocketed. Thanks Barack "Friend to terrorists, murderers, and brutal dictators" Obama.
"Opportunity does not come knocking. It is usually running down the street, you have to chase and tackle it." - Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County.
Negotiating with terrorists is one such long help prohibitions. Since the days of the Barbary Pirates, I believe. No answer that isn't zero would satisfy you so you are left with satisfying yourself.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
That's a very difficult decision for anyone who is unfortunately put in that position obviously. Human nature makes us want to rescue the hostage, but this is not a question of what you would do in that position. People who write this policy need to consider the actual consequences of allowing for the paying of terrorists in exchange for hostages, because legalizing doing so is only going to put more people in that position.Now consider carefully- a relative working with an aid agency, kidnapped, threatened with execution, and you know they will. Would you sit back and what else would you do?
Social democrat is no longer an accurate description of my views.
To Canada who used the first example to free one of our Diplomats.
Then the US traded the GITMO 5 for the US Soldier.
Paying is not the big problem, it is people in areas where most should not be.