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  • 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) 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 · 6 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 ^ | 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 - 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...
  • German freighter freed for ransom

    07/18/2009 8:36:59 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 336+ views
    BBC ^ | 18 July 2009 | BBC
    omali pirates have released a German-owned cargo ship held for nearly three months and its crew of 11 Romanians. The pirates said a ransom of $1.8m (£1.1m) was paid. Reports say they fired in the air in jubilation when the money was delivered in a tugboat. The ship - the MV Victoria - was captured in May in the Gulf of Aden, south of the Yemeni port of al-Mukalla. Pirates attacked more than 130 merchant ships off the Somali coast last year, taking in millions in ransom payments. Another German ship, the Hansa Stavanger, is still being held. It was...
  • Filipino Militants Behead Kidnapped Farmer: Police [Islamic Serpent in Garden of Civilization]

    05/17/2009 8:12:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 739+ views
    AP Report ^ | May 17th 2009
    Filipino Militants Behead Kidnapped Farmer: Police By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 17, 2009 ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police recovered the severed head of a farm owner kidnapped by Muslim militants and authorities said Monday he was likely beheaded because his family failed to pay ransom. Doroteo Gonzales, 61, was snatched by gunmen April 25 from his house in southern Zamboanga city and brought to nearby Basilan Island, where al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels are holding at least five other people in a surge of ransom kidnappings. The gunmen were believed to have links to the Abu Sayyaf, and Gonzales...
  • Iraqi Special Operations Forces Rescue Kidnapped Boy

    05/14/2009 4:31:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 387+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Jeffrey A. Ledesma, USA
    BAGHDAD, May 14, 2009 – Under the cover of night, an element of Iraqi special operations forces recovered a young kidnap victim being held for ransom in the Iraqi capital during an early-morning, Iraqi-led operation yesterday. An Iraqi special operations forces battalion commander greets an 8-year-old boy at a May 13, 2009, meeting in Baghdad after soldiers rescued the boy from kidnappers who had held him for ransom for two days. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Operating under the authority of a warrant issued by Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Bureau, the Iraqi...

    05/14/2009 2:08:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 1,610+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | By Michael Ireland
    Note: The following article SNIPPET is a quote: WASHINGTON, D.C. (ANS) -- The body of a kidnapped 5-year-old Christian boy was discovered riddled with gunshots in Iraq on May 11. International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Tony Adwar Shaweel was kidnapped on March 5, 2009 by an unknown group who demanded a ransom of $50,000. ICC says the identity of Tony's kidnappers and murderers is still unknown. However, Christians in Iraq have been increasingly targeted by criminal gangs, Islamic extremists and other armed groups as part of a broader strategy to drive the Iraqi Christian population from country....
  • 4 arrested in kidnap plot

    05/11/2009 5:45:02 AM PDT · by tm61 · 19 replies · 1,356+ views ^ | 5/9/2009 | Amanda Codispoti
    Four men accused of planning to kidnap two Roanoke County women and hold them for ransom were indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. Joshua Kasongo, 19, of Roanoke; Mohammed Hussein Guhad, 19, of Roanoke; Luke Musa Elbino, 19, of Vinton; and Anthony Eugene Muse, 18, of Roanoke are each charged with conspiring to kidnap and attempted kidnapping. Guhad and Muse are students at Patrick Henry High School. Elbino is a student at Virginia Western Community College.
  • Hackers Threaten to Expose Va.'s Privates (Ransom demanded or files will be exposed)

    05/07/2009 10:37:24 AM PDT · by KJC1 · 25 replies · 1,138+ views ^ | 05-07-09 | Anne Reynolds
    $10M ransom payment, or hackers will post Virginians' private files The FBI is on the trail of hackers who claim to have accessed the personal information of millions of Virginians. They're holding the information hostage, and are threatening to dispurse the sensitive data on the Internet if they don't receive a $10 million ransom. The hacker or hackers posted the ransom note on "Wikileaks," a Web site that allows for anonymous tips about leaks of government information. The note claims that the personal information came from a raid on a state agency's computer database, and that the hackers are now...
  • Freep a Poll! (Should we pay ransom to the pirates?)

    04/10/2009 3:19:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 35 replies · 1,041+ views ^ | 4-10-09 | AOL
    Should the US government pay the pirates a ransom to secure the hostage's release? Yes No
  • Pirates want $2 million for American hostage: source

    04/10/2009 1:21:55 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 183 replies · 3,986+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/10/09 | uncredited
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates holding an American hostage on a drifting lifeboat want $2 million for his release, a fellow pirate onshore said on Friday. The pirate, speaking to Reuters from Haradheere port, also said other pirates were taking a hijacked German ship, with foreign crew on board, toward the scene in the Indian Ocean where the lifeboat is floating, watched by U.S. warships. "Knowing that the Americans will not destroy this German ship and its foreign crew, they (the approaching pirates) hope they can meet their friends on the lifeboat," said the pirate, who has given reliable information...

    02/17/2009 2:22:24 PM PST · by Indian_Fighter_Kite · 3 replies · 1,070+ views
    Leicester Mercury ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 09:30 | Unknown
    A wealthy businessman was kidnapped and his family ordered to pay a £1.5 million ransom demand, a court heard. The gang swooped as the victim locked up his factory in Leicestershire. The victim, who is in his 40s, was hit on the head, bundled into an Audi and forced to crouch in the car's footwell with a blanket over his head, the court heard He was taken to Birmingham, where he was tied up and held captive for three days, it was claimed. Three men are on trial accused of conspiracy to commit kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail between December...
  • Phoenix, kidnap-for-ransom capital

    02/12/2009 11:54:46 AM PST · by FeliciaCat · 13 replies · 1,172+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/12/09 | Sam Quinones
    Reporting from Phoenix -- In broad daylight one January afternoon, on a street of ranch-style houses with kidney-shaped swimming pools, Juan Francisco Perez-Torres was kidnapped in front of his wife, daughter and three neighbors. Two men with a gun grabbed the 34-year-old from his van and dragged him 50 yards to a waiting SUV. His wife threw rocks at the car, then gave chase in her own SUV. Neighbors in northwest Phoenix called police. Yet when police found her later, she at first denied there was a problem.
  • Exclusive: Pirate tells how comrades drowned

    01/13/2009 6:26:44 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies · 2,046+ views
    CNN ^ | January 13, 2009 | David McKenzie
    NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- One of the pirates who held a Saudi oil supertanker off Somalia before releasing it for ransom has told CNN how five in his group drowned when the boat in which they left the ship capsized as they tried to evade rival pirates seeking a cut of the money. Pirates seized the Sirius on November 15. A $3.5 million ransom payment -- down from the initial demand of $25 million -- was dropped by parachute onto the ship Friday, but the pirates delayed the vessel's release after the drownings. "Other pirates on the shore wanted a...
  • Pirate's Body Washes Ashore With Money

    01/11/2009 3:57:17 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies · 1,169+ views
    AP via AOL News ^ | January 11, 2009 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN, AP
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (Jan. 11) - The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said Sunday, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship. Five pirates drowned Friday when their small boat capsized after they received a reported $3 million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker. Local resident Omar Abdi Hassan said one of the bodies had been found on a beach near the coastal town of Haradhere and relatives were searching for the other four.
  • 5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

    01/10/2009 11:43:01 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 18 replies · 848+ views
    AP myway ^ | 1/10/09 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Five of the Somali pirates who released a hijacked oil-laden Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a reported $3 million ransom after their small boat capsized, a pirate and a relative of one of the dead men said Saturday. Pirate Daud Nure said the boat with eight people on board overturned in a storm after dozens of pirates left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden that ended Friday. He said five people died and three people reached shore after swimming for several hours. Daud Nure was not part of...
  • Privatizing Piracy Protection (Oliver North)

    11/28/2008 8:24:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 852+ views ^ | November 28, 2008 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- Piracy has long been the consequence of disorder. America's first foreign war -- undeclared but authorized by Congress -- was waged by President Thomas Jefferson against the Barbary pirates. It is instructive history for those who believe that the problem of Somali piracy can be solved the same way. By the late 1700s, the European powers were incapable of maintaining maritime law and order, and Islamic piracy became a flourishing enterprise in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of North Africa. Despite "tribute" payments to the "governments" in Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco by the British, French...
  • Afghanistan: American journalist kidnapped by Taliban (NY Times reporter)

    11/11/2008 12:49:47 PM PST · by Dog · 155 replies · 5,878+ views ^ | Nov 11 2008 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    An American journalist was kidnapped by Taliban militants in the Afghan province of Logar, located 60 kilometres south of the capital Kabul. David Rohde, a journalist working for the US daily The New York Times, was abducted along with his driver and interpreter by a Taliban group known as Siraj Haqqani and has been taken to eastern Afghanistan, sources told Adnkronos International (AKI). War-torn Afghanistan has seen a surge in kidnappings of foreigners by Taliban militants recently. On Monday, Canadian journalist Mellissa Fung was freed in Kabul after being held in captivity for four weeks by militants.
  • Democrats start setting terms for bailout

    09/21/2008 8:19:02 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 62 replies · 395+ views
    Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | 9-22-08 | David M. Herszenhorn, Stephen Labaton and Mark Landler
    Congressional Democrats began to set their own terms on Sunday for a plan to rescue the nation's financial institutions, including greater legislative oversight of the Treasury Department, more direct assistance for homeowners and limits on the pay of top executives whose firms seek help.
  • VIDEO: Phoenix, AZ - Kidnap Capital, USA

    07/18/2008 8:25:42 PM PDT · by faq · 27 replies · 143+ views
    YouTube ^ | July 15, 2008 | CBS KPHO News 5
    Last year the Phoenix police department handed 359 extortion-related kidnapping cases, Sgt. Phil Roberts said. The ransom demands in these cases can range from $50,000 to $1 million, he said. Excerpt, read the rest of the related news article here. Click here to watch the video from KPHO news.
  • Colombia Rebels Seize 10 Hostages

    07/19/2008 9:46:05 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 8 replies · 238+ views
    BBC ^ | 07.18.2008 | BBC
    Colombia's left-wing Farc rebels have kidnapped 10 people in the north-west of the country. Guerrillas forced a boat load of people travelling along the Atrato River in Choco province to the shore, before seizing the hostages. Kidnappings for ransom remain the main source of income for the Farc, along with drug trafficking. Earlier this month their best-known hostage, ex-presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt, was rescued by troops.
  • Somali pirates got ransom for freeing German ship: captain

    07/09/2008 8:15:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 205+ views
    AFP ^ | Jul 9, 2008
    Somali pirates took a 750,000 dollar ransom for the release of 15 crew and their German-owned ship after a 41-day hostage ordeal... "Tuesday morning, when pirates finally got the money they wanted, they counted it from seven in the morning until six in the evening and then they finally left," ... He did not say who paid the ransom or how it was delivered. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet had earlier told the daily Eesti Paevaleht that the state was not involved in any ransom payment. "We don't make deals with terrorists," Paet said. The German-owner of the ship, the...
  • FARC leaders were paid millions to free hostages: Swiss radio

    07/04/2008 7:53:57 AM PDT · by milky · 46 replies · 369+ views
    Forbes.Com ^ | 07.04.08, 9:19 AM ET | Thomson Financial
    Leaders of the Colombian FARC rebel movement were paid millions of dollars to free Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages, Swiss radio said on Friday, quoting 'a reliable source'. The 15 hostages released on Wednesday by the Colombian army 'were in reality ransomed for a high price, and the whole operation afterwards was a set-up,' the radio's French-language channel said. Saying the United States, which had three of its citizens among those freed, was behind the deal, it put the price of the ransom at some $20 million. The radio said its source was 'close to the events,...
  • U.S. helps ransom Reyes' kin - Relative of congressman's wife whisked out of Mexico

    06/27/2008 9:30:39 AM PDT · by AuntB · 28 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    U.S. authorities helped facilitate a $32,000 ransom payment in Mexico for a relative of a U.S. congressman who was kidnapped last week by gunmen in Ciudad Juarez..... Erika Posselt, a Mexican national described only as "a relative of the wife" of Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat and powerful chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was abducted June 19 Juarez. Held for three days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents - at Mr. Reyes' request - helped arrange her safe return. ........ the kidnappers negotiated with Mrs. Posselt's brother in Juarez and agreed to release her...