Foley family threatened with terror charges if they tried to ransom their own son
The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official with terrorism charges if they paid a ransom to his captors in Syria.
Foley's mother Diane told ABC News on Friday that a military officer working for Barack Obama's National Security Council had told them several times that they could face criminal charges if they paid a ransom.
"We took it as a threat and it was appalling," she said. "Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try."
Almost makes you think there's more to the story than meets the eye, eh?
Anyhow, the administration denies it so it must be true:
The National Security Council was quoted as saying that the Foley family was informed of US laws banning terrorism financing but denied the family was told they could face charges if they made a ransom payment.
And John Kerry plays the fool, as usual:
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said he was "taken aback" by the report. "I am totally unaware and would not condone anybody that I know of within the state department making such statements," he said.
Not sure what the policy answer is here, other than "End the Wars," but something about coming between the family and their son sticks in my craw. Especially since the administration (apparently) butchered the rescue.