Mother of James Foley: New survey shows great progress for the families of the hostages

close tovideo James Foley’s mother praises improvements in government coordination with the families of US hostages

Diane Foley is the founder of the James Foley Foundation was created to protect conflict journalists and help American hostages to return home.

It has been five years since American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists in Syria. Now his mother, Diane Foley, said her Foundation—in collaboration with Washington, DC think tank New America a survey carried out shows that a lot of progress for the families of U.S. hostages.

On Wednesday, the James Foley Legacy Foundation issued a report suggesting that the families of U.S. hostages are found, significant improvement in dealing with the authorities, to information about their relatives. In addition, an increasing number of U.S. citizens held captive, returned home.

While the survey finds that families felt as a hostage, a “deep concern” with the trump administration, the initial delay in filling the Special Presidential Envoy for the hostage matters, the answers of which, the show still engaged in the recovery measures, a continued dependence of the new framework.

On “America’s Newsroom with” Mrs. Foley said host Benjamin Hall: “I welcome the trump management for the continuation of this structure in place. Because this is definitely an improvement.”

James Foley had been taken hostage and help prisoner for almost two years before his execution. His kidnappers demanded millions of dollars in ransom payments.

During this time, Mrs. Foley, the efforts for his release back to the United States was desperately trying to get updates.

According to her interview with CNN on Monday, she made monthly trips from their home in New Hampshire, and Washington, DC, and so many meetings as she could with the national security of the officials.

The same Agency would send a case of your often to various people who had only limited information about their son, she said. She remembers, she felt she was lied to.

“There was no one whose job it was to help bring strategically, the Americans, who are innocent hostages abroad and at home. So, it was a terrible ordeal, and that is why we have this research—talk to other families,” she said to the hall.

The survey also says that the changes is an overhaul of the hostage, followed by policy and approval from President Barack Obama in the year 2015, the government allowed some of these families.

Twenty-two hostages and family members who participated in the survey. Almost all of the participants whose cases began or continued through the implementation of the new policy said the government gave them honest reviews of the intelligence-and-rescue plans.

They found a higher prioritization of their cases by senior government representatives, a significant turnaround from the reactions of the people, the cases before the policy change.

“Overall, the post-PPD-30 families reported feeling better supported and understood and believed that they were treated with empathy and compassion,” the survey says. The PPD-file pertains to a presidential policy Directive, launched as part of the new plan.

PPD-30 and a simultaneous executive order came after a dark time for the journalists under the Obama administration.

The plan the President submitted his executive order has to break, the bureaucratic approach to hostage recovery and is committed to more open relationships with the families.

“However, one of the results was that it also held unlawfully detained Americans who said of foreign governments, which do not have the same inter-Agency support, the families hostage,” Mrs. Foley.


In the year 2018, the State Department said that it is less than 20 citizens instead of criminals or terrorist groups abroad. Meanwhile, the number of citizens detained by foreign governments in situations remains as an illegal high.

That is to say, about a dozen men and women taken hostage or imprisoned, unlawfully were returned so far under the Trump administration.

However, that does not unlawfully fixed, which must necessarily get the same attention and the resources of the hostage recovery framework.

Mrs. Foley quoted Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a Harvard-trained doctor, TV presenter and motivational speaker. Fitaihi was arrested last year along with 17 others in what was announced by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as the corruption.

“Our government makes this distinction,” she said. “An example is Saudi Arabia holds an innocent, Harvard-educated doctor—Walid Fitaihi . I am hoping that President Trump and the Secretary to reach Pompeo, the MBS, if you are held in the G-20 and ask for the release of the doctor Fitaihi, as well as other, illegal, Iran, Venezuela, Syria…so many.”

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