View Poll Results: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    This, definitely. It's not just about that one instance of kidnapping. If kidnapping gets you the money, there will be more kidnapping. Not negotiating with terrorists and kidnappers helps prevent future terrorism and kidnapping.
    How about these well meaining idiots stop going to these hell holes?
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    I do not believe ransom paid to foreign terrorists is an itemized deduction. Feel free to make your payment and collect your loved one, however.
    I'm self employed, I have no withholdings.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    I'm self employed, I have no withholdings.
    It isn't a schedule C deduction either..... Its an after-tax expense, though an aggressive accountant would make the argument that it was a casualty loss.

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I just happened to see something about this cruising news channels before hockey game tonight, and I went back and forth on this question. Right now, it is US policy to not allow family members of people held captive by terrorists to pay a ransom to those terrorists for the release of that family member. This kinda makes sense in that the money would go to fund terrorists. However, that is telling people that they cannot spend their money as they choose, to save the life of a loved one, and that kinda strikes me as wrong too. SO what do you think, should the US continue the policy of not allowing people to ransom family members from terrorists, or should we allow it.

    Poll incoming in a minute, be aware I type slow...
    good poll- this is a very tough question. I see both sides of this as having merit.

    another interesting subtopic would be allowing private citizens to employ "contractors" to get their loved ones back like Ross Perot did with hostages who worked for him



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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    No, the government has the responsibility to obtain the hostages by force or by POW exchange

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    No, paying such a ransom to terrorists means directly funding and suportting the killing of other people and encourages the kidnapping of other people.

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    How about these well meaining idiots stop going to these hell holes?
    The activists that go there know the risks--they simply go there to help because that's what they do.

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    The US gummint will pay the ransoms for individuals who are well-connected and influential within the corporate elite. It doesn't matter what the public thinks--the people have no say.

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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Yes. Their money, their choice.
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    Re: Should The US Allow Families of Kidnap Victims Pay Ransom To Terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    It isn't a schedule C deduction either..... Its an after-tax expense, though an aggressive accountant would make the argument that it was a casualty loss.
    Lol, funny. At any rate, I'm sure you recognise the satire of it all.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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