Both Families of Beheaded Journalists Say They Were Threatened With Prosecution By State Department

Both Families of Beheaded Journalists Say They Were Threatened With Prosecution By State Department

First the Foley family revealed they had been threatened with prosecution if they tried to pay a ransom to free their captured son. Now the Sotloff family has come out and said they too were threatened by a White House counterterrorism official last May.  This is incredible considering their sons were likely to be murdered. Why is the government stopping parents from protecting their sons? How many more families of captured Americans are going to be threatened by our own government if they they try to rescue their kids?

According to Weasel Zippers,

The Sotloff family issued their statement after Diane Foley, the mother of murdered journalist James Foley, told ABC News that her family took statements by the White House counterterrorism official about legal bars to paying ransom as a “threat, and it was appalling. … We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted.”

The double standard is appalling. Last year, Jesse Jackson successfully negotiated for the release of U.S. citizen Kevin Scott Sutay, who had been captured by the FARC of Colombia.  That wasn’t the first U.S. hostage Jackson had gotten freed, either. Why is Jackson, an unelected race-mongering busybody, allowed to negotiate for the release of captured U.S. citizens, but their own families aren’t? The unequal treatment – and subsequent brutal deaths of these innocent Americans – is disturbing.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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