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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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A private citizen with the means to do so should be allowed to make their own deal with the understanding that they are now solely responsible for the outcome and not the government nor the people and should have no recourse if the outcome is not what... 2 years ago from a Republican in Irwin, PA
Depending on the circumstances of the kidnapping - and the willingness of the Federal Government to aid and support the effort - this may be permitted. 2 years ago from a Republican in East Brunswick, NJ
I believe individuals will and should do what they can to protect their loved-ones. Having said that I might be open to police charges of aiding-and-abetting such people because paying ransom does encourage more kidnappings and that is a danger to all. 2 years ago from a Republican in Stover, MO
Give the terrorists a choice of releasing the hostage in 48 hours or pick a city in their territory - fail to pick the family will pick a city for you. In 48 hours if the hostage is not released unharmed, the city will be turned to green glass. Then... 3 years ago from a Republican in Riverdale, IL
Torn on this one. Families should be able to do what they can to save their loved ones, but I'm afraid it will also encourage terrorists to kidnap more citizens. 3 years ago from a Republican in Dexter, OR
If the person is working for our Government and is in his/her working capacity when captured, and is not working for the CIA (spy) then a family member should be allowed to pay a ransom that
would not directly jepordize the security of the United States... 3 years ago from a Republican in Albuquerque, NM
No, but the military should do try to rescue the captive. 3 years ago from a Republican in Caldwell, NJ
Yes, if the family feels paying the ransom is the only way of saving their hostaged loved one. It's not the governemnts decision to decide who lives and dies. 3 years ago from a Republican in Neelyville, MO
Not if the hostage is an active military member. If the hostage is a normal citizen, they should be able to choose. 3 years ago from a Republican in Bolingbrook, IL
No, As much as it hurts the family members no one in the US should negotiate with terrorists because it gives them the upper and and shows that we will give in. It would be extremely difficult for the family, but giving in to their demands only gives the... 3 years ago from a Republican in Charlotte, NC
If the government can't save my children or family, I would do what ever it takes to get them back. 3 years ago from a Republican in Spring, TX