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Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Sep 15, 2014. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.
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Learn more about Terrorist Ransom
U.S. journalist Michael Foley was recently beheaded by the ISIS terrorists association in the middle east. After video of his execution went public online news organizations reported that the U.S. government had threatened Foley’s parents with criminal prosecution if they paid the ransom themselves. Proponents argue that there is no price on a human life and the US should allow families to pay ransom to terrorist organizations if they choose too. Opponents argue that paying ransom will encourage terrorists around the world to kidnap Americans. See recent terrorist ransom news
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No because not everyone could afford to pay a ransom. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Minneapolis, MN
No, because it provides an unfair advantage for wealthier U.S. citizens and also undermines the united front of the U.S.'s international policy. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Tacoma, WA
Yes. Family members should have the choice to do so, but the government should not be involved so as not to encourage terrorists to kidnap additional citizens. The government should be involved secretly in order to find and kill terrorists. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Elkhart, IN
This is a tough call. If my kid was held captive for ransom, I certainly would want to do everything in my power to free him, however, paying ransom is giving in to what the hostage holders want and only encourages further hostage taking. No-win... 2 years ago from a Democrat in Homer Glen, IL
It is a free country, if they have the money, they should be free to do what they think is in their best interest. 2 years ago from a Democrat in San Jose, CA
We do not negotiate with terrorist. 2 years ago from a Democrat in North Liberty, IA
Yes, while ransoms may increase the rate of kidnapping it is a human life and one of ours. Either the government or the parents can help pay but refusing to deal with a ransom left Foley dead, his family hurt, and a nation, and the world, shocked. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Apopka, FL
No, finance Navy Seals, increase covert ops, and target the people who kill our citizens there. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Lawrence, KS