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October 24, 2013
15:44 // 11 months ago
January 23, 2013
Congress punts on debt ceiling: The House of Representatives passed a bill today that extends the nation’s debt limit until May 18th, effectively tabling the issue for another couple of months. This time, the GOP majority didn’t ask for spending cuts in exchange for the increase; rather, it simply demanded that both houses of congress pass a budget before April 15th. Otherwise, per the bill, all members of both bodies will have their salaries withheld (there’s some debate over whether or not this provision is constitutional). Also, while the majority of Republicans did vote for the bill, enough defected that John Boehner had to rally up a couple of Democrats to get it passed. Harry Reid says it’ll fly through the Senate without issue. (Photo credit: AP) source

Congress punts on debt ceiling: The House of Representatives passed a bill today that extends the nation’s debt limit until May 18th, effectively tabling the issue for another couple of months. This time, the GOP majority didn’t ask for spending cuts in exchange for the increase; rather, it simply demanded that both houses of congress pass a budget before April 15th. Otherwise, per the bill, all members of both bodies will have their salaries withheld (there’s some debate over whether or not this provision is constitutional). Also, while the majority of Republicans did vote for the bill, enough defected that John Boehner had to rally up a couple of Democrats to get it passed. Harry Reid says it’ll fly through the Senate without issue. (Photo credit: AP) source

19:31 // 1 year ago
January 19, 2013

Algerian hostage crisis reportedly ends after final assault

  • 23hostages killed, at least, in a gas plant in Algeria over the last few days. The hostages had been held by an al-Qaeda-linked group, which took over the gas facility in retaliation, it’s suspected by Algerian authorities, for allowing France to use their airspace to attack Islamic militants in neighboring Mali. The nationalities of the slain hostages are not yet abundantly clear, though reports have indicated there were Americans as well as British, Japanese, Norwegian, French, Romanian, and Malaysian citizens held in the facility. 32 of the militants involved were also slain in the Algerian military attacks. source
15:24 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013
17:47 // 1 year ago

Hostage situation turns deadly during second day of Algerian gas field takeover

  • 7 foreign hostages were killed following a botched helicopter attack on a militant-used vehicle on Thursday. Government forces say that 8 gunmen aligned with militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar were also inside of a vehicle targeted by the helicopter, all of whom are believed to have been killed as well.
  • 25 foreign hostages have escaped from their captors, though the number is heavily disputed by other media outlets from the region. In fact, Al-Jazeera claims the number couldn’t possibly be true because the network believes more than 30 hostages were killed in the helicopter attack. Regardless of debate on those free or killed, there does seem to be a consensus that AQIM forces still have 7 foreign hostages inside the complex.
  • 150 Algerian workers are believed to still be inside of the complex, though it is unknown where and under what conditions they are being held by Belmokhtar’s militants. An estimated 600 workers fled the compound when their attackers arrived on Wednesday, leaving well over a hundred workers that are unfortunately viewed as expendable in the majority of these situations. source
14:30 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013

A hostage situation is unfolding in Algeria this afternoon…

  • 20+ hostages have been taken at a foreign-operated gas field in Algeria, including at least seven Americans, following a terrorist attack that Algerian government officals are blaming on Islamic militants. Two people have also been confirmed dead as a result of the attack, which is believed to be a direct response to the recent French intervention in Mali. The gas field has been surrounded by security forces, theoretically preventing an escape, but there’s still no telling how the situation will end. Our thoughts are with those in captivity, as well as their family and friends, during what we can only imagine to be one of the most terrifying experiences on Earth. source
16:53 // 1 year ago
May 7, 2012
My life is in your hands, Mr. President. If you accept the demands, I live; if you don’t accept the demands, then I die.
American al-Qaeda hostage Warren Weinstein • Speaking in a video directed towards President Obama, in which the terror group demands a halt to airstrikes in multiple countries and al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoner releases. ”It’s important you accept the demands and act quickly and don’t delay,” Weinstein claims. “There’ll be no benefit in delaying, it will just make things more difficult for me.” It seems likely that Weinstein didn’t write these words.
11:58 // 2 years ago
October 18, 2011
Are you all willing to condemn Ronald Reagan for trading weapons [to Iran] for hostages? We all know that was done.

Ron Paul, challenging Michele Bachmann’s assertion that America cannot negotiate for hostages with terrorists. Obviously, Iran is a state rather than an assemblage of terrorists, which was the retort his comment drew, but it does highlight the lack of nuance being expressed in this conversation.

Be sure to check out all the further debate coverage over at DC Decoder!

21:43 // 2 years ago
December 31, 2010
Texas bank hostage situation ends without a hitch
Hey, suspects who held this bank hostage for hours: Guess what the army of police officers did when they finally caught you. That’s right, they Chased you out of there! Ha ha ha ha ha, we’re so clever, we’ve been saving that one up for hours. By the way, one hostage was minorly injured but the suspects were caught and every other hostage (including the one above) was safe, with some released while the incident was still taking place. source
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Hey, suspects who held this bank hostage for hours: Guess what the army of police officers did when they finally caught you. That’s right, they Chased you out of there! Ha ha ha ha ha, we’re so clever, we’ve been saving that one up for hours. By the way, one hostage was minorly injured but the suspects were caught and every other hostage (including the one above) was safe, with some released while the incident was still taking place. source

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19:52 // 3 years ago

Texas bank robbery: Thirty officers for every hostage inside

  • one gunman holding up a Texas bank
  • two hostages are inside with the gunman
  • 60 officers outside; don’t screw this up source
16:55 // 3 years ago