The White House is reviewing its policy on hostage negotiations for U.S. citizens captured abroad. The family and employer of murdered journalist James Foley say they were prepared to pay a ransom, but the United States currently bans payments to terrorists. Meanwhile, European governments have paid millions to free their citizens.
U.S. Reviews Policy on Citizens Taken Hostage
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Gary Noesner, former chief of the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit and author of "Stalling for Time," a memoir of his 30 years as a hostage negotiator
Robert Mnookin, chair of the program on negotiation at Harvard Law School
Mitchell Reiss, president & CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation & author of "Negotiating with Evil: When to Talk to Terrorists"
Philip Balboni, co-founder & CEO of GlobalPost, the online news company employing journalist James Foley, who was freelancing at the time of his capture in Syria in 2012