Obama Orders Review Of Hostage Policy - Cbs News

The review will seek to integrate innovative and non-traditional solutions to result in recommended actions to improve interagency coordination and strengthen the whole-of-government approach led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department." The White House confirmed what ISIS has claimed this weekend: American Peter Kassig has been executed. Like previous ISIS execution videos, this ... Under current U.S. policy, the U.S. does not pay ransoms to hostage takers, nor does it conduct prisoner swaps or deals. Additionally, nothing of value is handed over to the hostage takers. However, as CBS National Security Analyst Juan Zarate noted on "CBS This Morning," those policies became murkier this year after the administration negotiated with the Taliban to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for releasing five high-level Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Additionally, Zarate said there's been some criticism from the family members of hostages this year related to the government's ability to share information with them.