The public often hears the refrain, "The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.” In the case of James Foley, the American journalist executed by the Sunni militant group ISIS earlier this week, that meant that the demands of Foley's captors went unmet. ISIS had asked the U.S. for millions of dollars in ransom for Foley's life. But is it really true that the U.S. makes no concessions to those who demand a ransom? History suggests otherwise. Gary Sick, a senior research scholar at Columbia University, was part of a high-profile hostage negotiation about 30 years ago. Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan, and he was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Today on The Takeaway, he explains if there are any exceptions to the rule.
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