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The Obama Administration and hostage policy




Photo of President Barack Obama making a statement about the execution of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The administration has announced that they would review the policy related to what is done when an American is held hostage overseas.
Photo of President Barack Obama making a statement about the execution of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The administration has announced that they would review the policy related to what is done when an American is held hostage overseas.
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Yesterday the White House confirmed it was in talks to review its policy regarding citizens taken hostage.

The Daily Beast first reported the change after they obtained a copy of a letter from the Obama Administration to California Congressman Duncan Hunter.

Officials would not confirm exact details, but did say that the ban on paying ransom would not change.

We talked about it with Brigitte Nacos, an adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University and author of the book, "Terrorism and Counterterrorism."