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Beheadings by ISIS put spotlight on US ransom policy

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-15 22:46:44-04

It sounds like a pretty chilling warning: If you pay the ransom for your son's release, you'll go to jail.

But that's exactly how the families of beheaded American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley viewed exchanges with U.S. government officials when they tried raising ransom money for their sons' release.

Now, there's not a lot of disagreement about the fact the families had conversations with administration officials. 

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