Washington will no longer prosecute families for paying hostage ransom , but wants to nuance its remarks. Wednesday, June 24, President Barack Obama should present arrangements with US policy on hostages, to respond to the concerns and criticisms of families.
According to The New York Times, the US president, who will receive the families of hostages and former hostages in the White House, should in particular ensure that Washington will no longer prosecute families for paying hostage ransom .
The project also envisages the creation of a specialized cell, based at FBI headquarters, responsible for gathering all the information and be in contact with the relatives of the detainees.
Lack of effectiveness of the US administration
Some families have denounced in turn the lack of efficiency of the administration and a severe lack of clarity and coordination between the various government agencies. Some have also claimed to have been threatened with prosecution by the federal government .
The mother of James Foley , the reporter beheaded in August 2014 by the jihadist organization Islamic state (IS) , explained to the fall of 2014 that the administration had told the family that it was illegal to try to negotiate a ransom and could be subject to prosecution.
In February , Carl Mueller , the father of the hostage Kayla Mueller, abducted and killed by the IS organization , denounced US intransigence on this issue, which contrasts with the policies in place in other Western countries.
After the death of Warren Weinstein in January, hostage of Al Qaeda accidentally killed by a US drone strike , his wife, Elaine Weinstein, had lambasted his side using ” inconsistent and disappointing ” of the US government during the three years and a half of detention of her husband.