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America's $400 Million 'Ransom' To Iran

Tom Paine | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Tom Paine

On January 17, 2016 the United States government agreed to pay the Iranian government $400 million plus approximately $1.3 billion in accumulated inte...

GOP Congressman Wonders Whether Obama Is A Secret Agent For 'Some Other Team'

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) thinks President Barack Obama either doesn’t know what he’s doing, or he knows “exactly what he is doing...

Flying For Thanksgiving? Remembering The World's Most Famous Thanksgiving Criminal

Jim Diamond | Posted 11.23.2016 | Home
Jim Diamond

If you're flying, the indignities of modern-day air travel, with its hub travel insanity, long lines, crowds and delays are all numbing. If you think your turkey-day air travel experience is unpleasant, let's pause to recall the most famous Thanksgiving air travel crime of all time.

German Teen Found Dead After Kidnappers Demand $1.3 Million

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.18.2015 | Home

The 17-year-old daughter of a wealthy German businessman has been found dead, police said Tuesday. Her abductors had demanded the equivalent of $1.3 m...

Croatia: Captors Demanded Ransom For Hostage

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Croatian hostage reportedly slain in Egypt was kidnapped by an unidentified group that demanded a ransom from ...

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.25.2016 | Home
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

Madness of Paying Ransoms; Christmas Cards and Skulls

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 03.09.2015 | Home
Robert Whitcomb

Of course, these stories of Americans and other Westerners who go to the Mideast for humanitarian, journalistic and other reasons and then are kidnapped by the likes of IS are horrific. But for the U.S. to pay ransom to get them back will create many more such cases.

David Lohr

Two Sisters Disappear Under Mysterious Circumstances 32 Years Apart | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Home

For 65 days in 1969, Marcia Shelton watched, waited and hoped against all odds that her missing 12-year-old daughter would turn up safe and sound. ...

1% Somalia Pirates, 99% Somali People: Captured by British Ex-Marine in Pirate Hunter

James Grundvig | Posted 04.22.2014 | Home
James Grundvig

As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.

Ryan Grim

Paul Ryan Says GOP Wants Ransom, Again | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.16.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The GOP wants concessions from Democrats in exchange for not allowing the U.S. to default on its debts this spring, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi...

The October List Incoporates 'The Deaver Twist'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Jackie K. Cooper

Jeffrey Deaver is an author who is not afraid to try new things. He could easily stick to only writing novels which involve his two most popular chara...

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

WATCH: This Is NOT What Kickstarter Had In Mind

Posted 04.23.2013 | Home

There's no doubt that Kickstarter is getting out of hand. We've seen it used to fund some pretty ridiculous projects, but in this new video from Humor...

New Adventure For Pirate Hostage Survivors

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.04.2012 | Home

Paul and Rachel Chandler are severely testing the old saw about getting back on the horse. Kidnapped at sea three years ago and held for 388 days by S...

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

Adam Levin | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home
Adam Levin

Would you post your medical records to your Facebook profile? Share a CAT scan via Instagram? Discuss your prescription history with your network on LinkedIn? Not likely.

PHOTOS: Polish Teen Held In Horrific Dungeon

Posted 05.22.2012 | Home

Police in Poland have released images of the underground dungeon where a teen was held captive for two weeks before being rescued by authorities early...

Terrorists, Pirates and Anarchy, Somalia Style

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Prendergast

Somalia has become the poster child for transnational threats emanating from Africa.

Somali Pirates Near $8 Million Deal, Questions Still Surround Cargo

NY Times | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NAIROBI, Kenya -- There were mixed signals on Wednesday about the progress of the ransom negotiations for the arms-laden Ukrainian freighter that Soma...