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  • (BREAKING) White House to announce US won't prosecute hostages' families who pay ransom

    06/23/2015 11:12:01 AM PDT · by dware · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.23.2015 | AP via Fox News
    ransom Published June 23, 2015Associated Press Facebook237 Twitter105 Email Print Now Playing Report: US hostage policy to allow families to pay ransoms In a softening of longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution -- part of a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines that will be released Wednesday. President Obama ordered the review last fall after the deaths of Americans held hostage by Islamic State militants. The families of some of those killed complained about their dealings with the...
  • White House Mulls Shift in Hostage Ransom Policy

    04/27/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    CBN ^ | 27 Apr 15
    The families of American hostages held by foreign kidnappers could soon be allowed to pay ransoms or raise money to free their loved ones without fear of federal prosecution. That's according to a recommendation by a White House-ordered advisory group. "There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free their loved ones," said one of three senior officials familiar with the hostage policy team's ongoing review. The advisory group interviewed many who have experienced this first hand, including the...
  • Report: Officials to recommend families be free to pay ransom to terrorists

    04/26/2015 12:30:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    An advisory group reviewing U.S. hostage policy for the White House is expected to recommend that families of Americans held overseas not face the fear of prosecution if they pay ransoms, according to a report Sunday. "There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free their loved ones," one of three senior officials familiar with the review said in a report on ABC's "This Week." The family of slain American journalist James Foley, who become the first American executed...
  • Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist

    01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015
    Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he...
  • ISIS Gives Japan 72 Hours to Save Hostages

    01/19/2015 11:17:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2015, 9:15 AM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The Islamic State (ISIS) group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, in a video posted on jihadist websites on Tuesday. In the video, a black-clad terrorist brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. “You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he says. The terrorist says that the ransom demand was to compensate for non-military aid that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to support...
  • Islamic State group threatens to kill Japan hostages

    01/19/2015 10:32:37 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Town Hall | AP ^ | 1-20-2015
    An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. The video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, mirrored other hostage threats made the group. The man speaking also resembled and sounded like a British militant involved in other beheadings by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of Iraq and Syria under its self-declared caliphate.
  • Answers Needed On Bergdahl Ransom Payment

    12/03/2014 9:44:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Oversight: A House Armed Services Committee member asks for a probe into reports that money was paid in a failed attempt to ransom alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl. And where's that Bergdahl investigation report, anyway? Back on Oct. 16 we noted that the Pentagon had completed its investigation into Sgt. Bergdahl's abandonment of his Afghan post. But the report by Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl would not be released, according to an Army spokesman, until the end of a review process that was likely to be conveniently lengthy, lasting at least until after the midterm elections. It has now been over six...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man(But Obama not to blame)

    11/20/2014 6:04:11 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 11/20/14 | b gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Obama orders review of US hostage policy

    11/18/2014 5:34:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama has ordered a review of how the U.S. handles the taking of hostages by overseas terrorist groups, according to letter by Christine Wormuth, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy. "As a result of the increased frequency of hostage-taking of Americans overseas, and the recognition of the dynamic threat posed by specific terrorist groups, the President recently directed a comprehensive review of the U.S. government policy on overseas terrorist-related hostage cases, with specific emphasis on examining family engagement, intelligence collection, and diplomatic engagement policies," Wormuth wrote on Nov. 11 in a letter to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Hunter...
  • Senior Obama advisor comes to Iran

    05/13/2009 9:59:49 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies · 831+ views
    Press TV (Iran) ^ | Wed, 13 May 2009 06:39:29 GMT | MT/AA
    Vali Reza Nasr, a senior Obama administration advisor on Iran, has come to Iran. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani and former parliament speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel may be behind the visit. "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was informed well after Nasr entered the country," Tabnak reported on Wednesday. Nasr was appointed senior advisor to Richard Holbrooke -- the special US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tabnak and Fararu claim the unannounced trip by the US official to be linked to the recent release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.
  • Obama Paid Money to Al Qaeda for Bergdahl Release

    11/06/2014 9:10:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/6/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Except it didn’t work. In a letter to the Pentagon released Wednesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) said a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary early this year to help secure the May 31 release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years by the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, which is classified as a terrorist organization.Pentagon officials have denied paying cash to secure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009. A senior defense official reiterated that denial when asked about Mr. Hunter’s letter.According to Mr. Hunter, the intermediary took the money...
  • GOP lawmaker: US military tried to pay ransom for Bergdahl

    11/06/2014 2:43:56 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that sources have told him that the U.S. military unsuccessfully tried to pay a ransom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, despite repeated denials. In a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Hunter wrote "it has been brought to my attention that a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary who 'disappeared' with the money and failed to facilitate Bergdahl's release in return." Hunter said "according to sources" the payment was made between January and February 2014 through Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a special operations command whose activities are mostly classified. Hunter...
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms (could've faced prosecution)

    09/13/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/13/14
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Sotloff's parents told they could be prosecuted for paying ransom to IS

    09/12/2014 6:15:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/12/14 | Michael Isikoff
    The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff were told by a White House counterterrorism official at a meeting last May that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid ransom to try to free their son, a spokesman for the family told Yahoo News Friday night. "The family felt completely and utterly helpless when they heard this," said Barak Barfi, a friend of Sotloff who is serving as a spokesman for his family. "The Sotloffs felt there was nothing they could do to get Steve out."
  • Tucson police rescue kidnapped teen and arrest extortion suspects

    09/05/2014 11:26:43 PM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | September 5, 2014 | Staff
    Tucson police this week rescued a 16-year-old boy they say had been beaten, blindfolded and bound after being kidnapped for ransom because his captors believed he came from a wealthy family. The boy’s family called police Tuesday evening reporting that their son was taken and that his suspected kidnappers were attempting to extort money from them. “For whatever reason the suspects believed that the family, that the father, had a good deal of money,” Tucson police spokesman Sergeant Pete Dugan said. Detectives worked overnight to track the boy down to a house in the city’s south side. They were conducting...
  • US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops

    12/31/2009 7:43:06 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 33 replies · 2,966+ views
    Live War Journal ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Bill Roggio
    The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq or the League of the Righteous, was set free by the US military and transferred to Iraqi custody in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore, US military officers and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. The US military directly implicated Qais in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. “We let a very dangerous man go,...
  • ISIS Demands A $6.6 Million Ransom For Release Of A 26-Year-Old American Woman

    08/26/2014 10:21:14 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    BI ^ | 8-26-2014 | Jeremy Bender
    ISIS Demands A $6.6 Million Ransom For Release Of A 26-Year-Old American Woman Jeremy BenderAugust 26, 2014 ISIS has released demands that America pay a $6.6 million ransom and the release of a suspected terrorist in exchange for the release of a captured 26-year-old American woman, ABC News reports. The American woman was captured over a year ago while participating in humanitarian relief work in Syria. The woman has remained unidentified, pursuant with the wishes of the family and the U.S. government. ISIS is demanding that the U.S. both pay a $6.6 million ransom and also release Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui...
  • Dognappers Steal Pomeranian, Demand Ransom, Threaten To Shoot Owner: Police

    08/11/2014 12:09:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.dnainfo.com ^ | August 11, 2014 9:51am | By Erin Meyer and Josh McGhee
    GAGE PARK — A dognapping in which a Pomeranian named Sunny was held for $250 ended with a woman being arrested and the pup safely returned home after detectives listened in on the ransom call, authorities said. "I just thank God I got my puppy back. When you have a puppy for a long time, a puppy is just like your kid," the dog's owner, a 66-year-old woman who asked that she not be identified, told DNAinfo Chicago. Charged in the theft is Daniela Ramirez, 26, of the 6000 block of South Troy Street, who was arrested Thursday and appeared...
  • Shock U.S. Army admission: Obama freed Taliban ‘psychopath’ in Bergdahl trade

    08/05/2014 8:23:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2014 | Alex Quade, Special to The Washington Times -
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In a pointed assessment, an Army colonel advising the National Security Council says one of the Taliban prisoners released in the Obama administration’s deal to free Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal is a “psychopath” who poses a “danger to fellow Afghans.” Army Col. Mark Mitchell, director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, is a Green Beret who helped capture Mullah Mohammad Fazl in the early days of the war in Afghanistan. In an interview with The Washington Times, Col. Mitchell offered a frank description of Fazl, calling him “a petty tyrant who justified his psychopathic behavior using a veneer of...
  • Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror

    07/30/2014 7:00:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/30/14 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    BAMAKO, Mali — The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros. The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem.
  • Senior intel official suspects U.S. paid cash ransom for Bergdahl too

    06/06/2014 10:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Can’t be true. Ransoms are paid for hostages, and Jay Carney assured me Bergdahl was a prisoner, not a hostage. This isn’t out-of-left-field speculation. Fox News reported two days ago that a ransom for Bergdahl was on the table inside U.S. intelligence circles as recently as December. The key point to grasp here, writes Lachlan Markay, is that the Haqqani Network, which was holding Bergdahl, and the Taliban are two different outfits. The Taliban are true jihadis, bent on reconquering Afghanistan. The Haqqanis are more of an Afghan mafia, bent on enriching themselves. Both have killed lots of American soldiers...
  • iPhones frozen by hackers demanding ransom

    05/27/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 May 2014 | Matthew Sparkes
    Owners of iPhones and iPads have been targeted by a hacker who is freezing iOS devices and demanding a ransom of up to £55 to unlock them. ... "I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it's still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me. ... "Such scams have been around for years. By using the credentials to access an Apple iCloud account, the attackers can enable the 'Find My iPhone' service - this is...
  • Report: $4M ransom paid to al-Qaeda-linked group for release of 13 nuns

    03/10/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    YNET ^ | 3/14/14 | agencies
    A $4 million ransom was reportedly paid to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for the release of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns that were held by the rebel group for four months, Lebanese media reported on Monday In addition to that, some 150 imprisoned Syrian women were to be released in exchange for the nuns from Syrian government jails, along with three other women were taken from their convent in the Christian-dominated town of Maaloula during clashes in December.
  • Greek Jewish Community Takes Germany to Court

    02/24/2014 11:25:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    INN ^ | 2/25/2014, 6:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Greece’s biggest Jewish community said Monday it has taken Germany to Europe’s top human rights court, The Associated Press (AP) reported. The community is seeking the return of a huge ransom paid to Nazis more than 70 years ago to free thousands of slave laborers who were still sent subsequently to German death camps, the report said. The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki said it also wants “moral vindication” in a lawsuit tabled last week at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. …
  • Cryptolocker ransomware has ´infected about 250,000 PCs´

    12/25/2013 6:51:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 133 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/25/13 | Leo Kelion
    A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers. Cryptolocker scrambles users´ data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock. Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst affected. It added that the cyber-criminals responsible were now targeting home internet users after initially focusing on professionals. The firm has provided a list of net domains that it suspects have been used to spread the code, but warned that more are being generated every day. Ransomware has existed since at...
  • Al Qaeda Growing Rich Off Ransom Payments

    12/22/2013 2:53:12 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | Jamie Dettmer
    As the British government urges the UN to crack down on ransoms to terrorist groups, jihadists in the Maghreb are upping their hostage prices. In the past three years, jihadists groups linked to al-Qaeda and other radicals have raked in at least $70 million in ransom money—and with each year, the average financial demand from abductors has jumped, according to the British Foreign Office.
  • US Indicts 4 Colombia ELN Rebels for 2000 Kidnapping

    11/13/2013 1:45:17 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | November 8, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON – Four members of a violent guerilla organization were indicted on Friday on conspiracy and hostage-taking charges stemming from the kidnapping of more than 60 people in Colombia in 2000, including three United States nationals."
  • Nigeria: U.S. Firm Negotiates with Nigerian Pirates for Hostages' Release

    11/01/2013 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    All Africa ^ | 1 November 2013 | Ekanem Etim-Offiong
    A United States maritime company is negotiating the ransom for two American mariners kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria last week, U.S. government officials told ABC News. Sources briefed on the matter said third-party agents had made contact with the hostage-takers, who have not been publicly identified, and talks to free the men are under way.The U.S. government is not considering any type of military operation to rescue the seamen, officials said. The kidnapped men, employees of the maritime transportation company, Edison Chouest Offshore, have only been identified as the captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, an oil supply...
  • CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus

    10/24/2013 11:15:25 AM PDT · by brityank · 32 replies
    Wndows Secrets ^ | October 24, 2013 | Susan Bradley
    CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus   By Susan Bradley on October 24, 2013 in Top Story Online attackers are using encryption to lock up our files and demand a ransom — and AV software probably won’t protect you. Here are ways to defend yourself from CryptoLocker — pass this information along to friends, family, and business associates. Forgive me if I sound a bit like those bogus virus warnings proclaiming, “You have the worst virus ever!!” But there’s a new threat to our data that we need to take seriously. It’s already hit many consumers and small businesses. Called...
  • North Koreans holding Chinese boat for ransom

    05/20/2013 6:32:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    WP ^ | May 20,2013 | William Wan
    North Koreans holding Chinese boat for ransom By William Wan, Published: May 20 BEIJING — Armed North Koreans are holding a Chinese fishing boat and its crew for ransom despite the protests of Chinese officials, the boat’s owner said Monday. The boat’s seizure — which occurred early this month but was revealed by Chinese officials only Sunday night — is the latest dust-up between North Korea and China, which Pyongyang has long relied on to prop up its economy and defend it from international censure efforts by the United States and others.
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram 'got $3m ransom' to free hostages

    04/26/2013 6:09:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 April 2013 Last updated at 19:26 ET
    Islamist militant group Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing a French family of seven, a Nigerian government report says. The confidential report, seen by Reuters news agency, does not say who paid the money. Both France and Cameroon deny paying a ransom while Nigeria has not commented on the issue. The French family, including four children, were captured in Cameroon in February and freed last week. The were handed over to the Cameroon authorities last Thursday. The Nigerian report also says that Cameroon freed some Boko Haram detainees as part of the deal, according to Reuters....
  • Sheriff warns of 'ransomware' [Software virus will locks computer and hold it ransom until paid]

    02/07/2013 3:13:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    BISBEE — Three reports of a “ransom scam” during the past two weeks has prompted the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to issue a public warning. “This scam has been in existence for some time and has recently resurfaced in more metropolitan areas,” a press release issued Tuesday morning states. “This scam incorporates a malware virus into your computer and creates significant issues for the victim.” “Ransomware” begins when a message pops up on the computer screen, informing the user that they have a virus and no longer have access to any of the data files on the machine. “According to...
  • Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West

    08/20/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies
    channel4.com ^ | 20AUG12 | Lindsey Hilsum
    A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs. He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come...
  • D.B. Cooper: 40 years later - November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary case

    11/25/2011 2:35:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 24, 2011 | Yahoo! News
    D.B. Cooper: 40 years later November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cooper case, an unsolved crime that has baffled agents, detectives and amateur sleuths, and spurned one of the greatest manhunts in law enforcement history. The FBI’s case file on D.B. Cooper runs some forty feet long. It is located in the basement archives of the Bureau’s field office in Seattle, where for four decades agents have hunted for the man who ransomed a passenger jet for a small fortune and parachutes, then jumped out the back over the rural Northwest, during the middle of a...
  • 30-year-old man's alleged kidnapping unravels after his mom negotiates ransom down to $60

    11/22/2011 6:24:11 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/22/2011 | Noelle Phillips
    South Carolina man's attempt to fake his own kidnapping Thursday went awry, starting when his mother negotiated down his ransom to $60 from $100. Christopher Hutto, 30, of Elgin was charged with extortion for orchestrating the "kidnapping" and then trying to get money from his mother, said Sheriff Jim Matthews. Hutto had tried to get his mother to pay $100 to find out where the supposed kidnapper had dumped his allegedly badly beaten body, Matthews said. But his mother got the alleged kidnapper to drop the price by $40 after she said she couldn't afford to pay that much for...
  • Police: Prostitutes hold dog for ransom

    09/30/2011 9:28:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | September 30, 2011 | Patrick Cassidy
    CENTERVILLE — Ladybug, a 4-year-old, black-and-brown Yorkshire terrier, may have learned a few new tricks over the past several weeks. The 3½-pound pup has been held ransom by prostitutes since Aug. 15, when the two women, who were visiting the son of the dog's owner at the family's Centerville home, allegedly took Ladybug in lieu of payment, according to the police and the victim. The loss of Ladybug was devastating, said the dog's 84-year-old owner. She recently had a stroke and Ladybug is an important part of her life, she said. "She's like a service dog," the woman said, crying...
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 – Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced. U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said. Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately...
  • Italy Retreats Further On Sgrena

    03/13/2005 2:43:52 AM PST · by MisterRepublican · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | March 12, 2005 | Captain Ed
    The Times of London reports in tomorrow's edition that the Italians have agreed to stop paying ransoms to kidnapers in Iraq, a policy change that brings Rome into line with other Western nations. In further developments, an Italian parliamentarian indicated that despite earlier assertions that the Americans had been alerted to Sgrena's release and Calipari's itinerary, the Italians never got clearance for their vehicle: [THE Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has promised President George W Bush that he will not pay more ransoms to free hostages in Iraq. The Italian government has denied newspaper reports that $6m (£3.1m) was paid...
  • The Horrors, Behind the Doors of a Drop House (Video of Interview)

    06/04/2010 7:07:15 AM PDT · by OneVike · 30 replies · 1,122+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/4/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Electrocution, gang rape, sodomy, starvation, pistol whipping, amputation and other atrocities are all daily occurrences for those who thought they had paid the full fee needed to get into America,.  This and more is all going on right next door to many unsuspecting citizens living in the suburbs.  When Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, and other politicians decided to force banks into giving loans to people who could not afford them so they could purchase homes,  the housing was bound to eventually come tumbling down.  Well today, millions of foreclosed homes sit empty in suburbs all across America.  Most have...
  • Kidnapper testifies victim was 'cooked' in Mexico

    01/20/2010 6:21:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 1,055+ views
    AP ^ | January 20, 2010 | AP
    Kidnapper testifies victim was 'cooked' in Mexico Associated Press McALLEN — A man who pleaded guilty to committing a series of kidnappings on behalf of the Mexican Gulf cartel's enforcers has testified at the trial of a co-defendant that the body of a Texas victim was "cooked" on a ranch in Mexico. Gerardo Zamora Espinoza testified Wednesday that Daniel Ramirez Jr. was kidnapped from the convenience store where he worked in 2008 because a high-ranking member of the cartel's enforcement arm was trying to expand his power in the area. Espinoza said he was told by his nephew who allegedly...
  • At least six dead as Somali pirates fight over ransom

    01/19/2010 3:44:26 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Breitbart (AFP) ^ | January 19, 2010
    At least six people have been killed during intense fighting between rival Somali pirates arguing over a record ransom paid for an oil-laden Greek supertanker, elders and pirates said on Tuesday. Three pirates and a civilian were killed in the latest bout of fighting that erupted in the town of Harardhere late Monday, elders and pirates told AFP by phone. Tension has been high in the central Somali pirate lair ever since an estimated seven million dollars were dropped by a small plane on Sunday for the release of the VLCC Maran Centaurus, a Greek-flagged supertanker a third of a...
  • Somali pirates free oil tanker after record ransom

    01/18/2010 2:22:53 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 12 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2010 | Abdi Guled and Abdi Sheikh
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed a Greek-flagged tanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil on Monday, a day after the biggest ransom yet paid to them was dropped onto its deck, the pirates and a maritime official said. The Maran Centaurus was seized on November 29 with 16 Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and a Romanian on board. An aircraft dropped a ransom believed to be between $5.5 million and $7 million onto the vessel on Sunday, officials said. "We have agreed to solve our disagreements and release the ship. It is free and sailing away now," one of...
  • Mauritania: Tighter security after Al-Qaeda abductions

    12/22/2009 4:05:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 557+ views
    ADNKRONOS.com - AKI ^ | Nouakchott, 21 Dec. (AKI) | n/a
    Mauritania government has increased security for tourists in the country following the abductions last week of two Italian tourists near the border with Mali. Sergio Cicala and his wife Philomene Kabouree were kidnapped in an area of Mauritania where armed groups with links to Al-Qaeda are known to operate, diplomats said. There are suspicions the couple may have been smuggled into neighbouring Mali. "After these new kidnappings, it has been decided to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the personal security of foreigners in our country," the government said, quoted on Monday by pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. It was the...
  • Pirate ransoms drive prices up in Somalia

    12/07/2009 5:37:32 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 6, 2009 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    A parcel of land here that sold for $12,000 two years ago now costs more than $20,000. The price of a nice pair of men's shoes has gone up from $20 to $50. The reason: pirates. The influx of millions of dollars in ransoms has changed life in this coastal Muslim community, driving prices up and creating a schism between the pirate haves and have-nots. As piracy ramps up again with the end of the monsoon season, the lifestyle of the pirates _ big houses, fast cars and easy drugs _ is decried by both religious leaders and ordinary villagers....
  • Somali pirates get $3.3M ransom, free 36 hostages

    11/20/2009 12:06:14 AM PST · by myknowledge · 16 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | November 18, 2009 | Mohamed Olad Hassan and Daniel Woolls
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — As a Spanish warship looked on, a $3.3 million ransom was delivered by boat Tuesday and Somali pirates freed a Spanish trawler and its 36 crew members. Spain's prime minister did little to deny paying off the hijackers — one reason the lucrative attacks are on the rise. "The government did what it had to do," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a news conference in Madrid. "The important thing is that the sailors will be back with us. The first obligation of a country, of the government of a state, is to save the lives...
  • Somali pirate: $3.3M ransom paid, 36 hostages free

    11/17/2009 7:00:12 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies · 417+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/17/09 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – Pirates freed 36 crew members from a Spanish trawler Tuesday after holding them for more than six weeks off the coast of Somalia, while a self-proclaimed pirate said the hostage-takers were paid $3.3 million in ransom. In Spain, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the tuna boat Alakrana "is sailing toward safer waters. All of its crew members are safe and sound."
  • Madhatta Haipe Extradited to U.S. for 1995 Hostage Taking Involving U.S. and Philippine Citizens

    08/31/2009 2:47:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 503+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Madhatta Haipe Extradited to U.S. for 1995 Hostage Taking Involving U.S. and Philippine Citizens WASHINGTON—The Justice Department today announced that Madhatta Haipe, a citizen of the Philippines, has been extradited from the Philippines to face trial in the District of Columbia for various crimes relating to the hostage taking of U.S. and Philippine citizens in 1995. Haipe was arrested Aug. 27 upon his arrival in the United States and is expected to make his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in the District of Columbia to face a seven-count indictment filed on...
  • Somali pirates get $2.7 million ransom for German ship

    08/03/2009 9:05:29 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies · 675+ views
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 8/3/09 | Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Guled
    Somali pirates holding a German ship with five Germans, three Russians, two Ukrainians and 14 Filipinos on board have received a $2.7 million ransom and are counting it before releasing the ship, a pirate told Reuters.
  • Somali pirates free ship, ransom paid

    07/18/2009 10:39:12 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 587+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (article from Reuters) ^ | July 19, 2009 | Abdiqani Hassan
    SOMALI pirates fired in the air in jubilation after receiving a $1.8 million ransom in exchange for the release of a German-owned vessel and its 11-member crew. Somali sea gangs, operating in the strategic shipping lanes linking Asia and Europe, have made millions of dollars in ransom from hijacking vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. "We have taken a $1.8 million ransom and released the German ship," pirate Ahmed said from a lair in the town of Eyl on the Somali coast. The 146-metre MV Victoria, an Antigua and Barbuda-flagged cargo vessel, was hijacked by eight pirates...