Obama Admin Threatened to Prosecute Foleys if They Paid Son's Ransom


The mother and brother of James Foley — one of the U.S. journalists beheaded by the Islamic State — claim Obama administration officials threatened to charge them with criminal counts if they tried to pay the ransom demanded by the terrorists.

"We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling," Foley's mother Diane toldABC News.

Hat tip: Francisco d'Anconia

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  1. I understand the “We don’t negotiate with hostage takers” thing, but Obama had just negotiated with other hostage takers 6 months ago to secure Bowe Bergdahl’s release.

    If it is ok for Obama to negotiate with terrorists, why wasn’t it ok for the Foleys?

    I know, I know, FYTW.

    1. The Foleys weren’t democratically elected.

      When you’re democratically elected by a plurality, you can do whatever you want, because democracy’s the foundation of all moral behavior.

  2. I guess the question is whether they would have been able to do it at all. I mean, if it was one of my kids, I would just do it and then go to jail. Fuck it, the public outcry might secure a pardon anyway.

    1. I doubt it. Far too many “the law is the law” types. And considering Obama’s pardon/clemency history, I doubt he’d care about public outcry.

  3. my roomate’s aunt makes $85 hourly on the computer . She has been laid off for seven months but last month her pay check was $15782 just working on the computer for a few hours. this link …


    1. My step-uncle’s roommate’s cousin makes $289,451 per year masturbating to porn all day. If you’re not making buckets of easy money, what the hell is wrong with you?

  4. They must have been really determined to save him. “Let’s see, prison or your life……Hmmmm….burial or cremation?

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