No-ransom policy doesn’t keep us safe

Michael Scott Moore discusses US ransom policy.

Ex-hostage: No-ransom policy doesn’t keep us safe

Tyler Pager, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Michael Scott Moore said it took his Somali pirate captors more than a year and a half to finally realize the American government was not going to pay ransom for him.

Moore said the time it took them to understand America’s ransom policy illustrates the “myth” of the United States’ long-standing policy of refusing to pay ransom.

“American hostage policy, at least the way it’s talked about, doesn’t necessarily keep us safe,” he said. “The pirates knew I was American to begin with. They targeted me on purpose … all in spite of what I thought was a fairly famous, hard-line ransom policy.”

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