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senate Bill S. 555

Offering Rewards for Information About Terrorists Who Kidnap and Murder Americans

Argument in favor

It may not the ideal way to obtain information about terrorists, but offering rewards gets results, and gives otherwise uninterested parties a reason to help the U.S. If giving people a financial incentive brings terrorists to justice sooner, it’s worth it.

BTSundra's Opinion
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02/17/2016
If it is true information, then yes. Terrorism must be destroyed. We shouldn't provide money for incorrect information, however.
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02/18/2016
Do people saying Nay even bother to actually read the bill? You shouldn't vote without the facts. Rewards are only given if the intelligence is proven to be actionable and legitimate. Rewards have already stopped terrorist attacks and led to terrorists being apprehended. Information is key in a war on terror.
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operaman's Opinion
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02/17/2016
Offering rewards? Sure, if it gets positive results. But before cash is dispersed, it's How, Where, When, Who plus, and when reward conditions are met. No free cash. I mean, Obama just had to order the US Treasury to release the cash and throw in a few terrorist from GTMO (Guantanamo Bay)
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Argument opposed

Offering up rewards doesn’t lead to nearly as much legitimate information as might be expected, as most of the tips are ultimately not helpful in apprehending the terrorist in question. Using the money on actual intelligence gathering would be a better use.

Chief's Opinion
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02/17/2016
Instead, we should unleash the full might of our military. I don't want to "arrest" or "convict" terrorists. I want them destroyed.
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Monica's Opinion
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02/17/2016
Offering rewards will only incentive more kidnapping.
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Logan's Opinion
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07/20/2016
Monetary rewards typically end with false and inaccurate Intel. More often than not its recycled intelligence that was used legitimately once before. It could also be used as a financing tool for terrorism. Not to mention the counter intelligence nightmare involved.
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    If it is true information, then yes. Terrorism must be destroyed. We shouldn't provide money for incorrect information, however.
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    Instead, we should unleash the full might of our military. I don't want to "arrest" or "convict" terrorists. I want them destroyed.
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    Do people saying Nay even bother to actually read the bill? You shouldn't vote without the facts. Rewards are only given if the intelligence is proven to be actionable and legitimate. Rewards have already stopped terrorist attacks and led to terrorists being apprehended. Information is key in a war on terror.
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    Offering rewards? Sure, if it gets positive results. But before cash is dispersed, it's How, Where, When, Who plus, and when reward conditions are met. No free cash. I mean, Obama just had to order the US Treasury to release the cash and throw in a few terrorist from GTMO (Guantanamo Bay)
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    We need to capture and murder these scum bags and we can use whatever possible in order to do so.
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    If a reward saves lives it will be worth it!
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    Only if the tip is verified
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    I agree with paying rewards for information leading to the capture of terrorists. I don't support the president paying 400M in ransom money to Iranian terror supporters though.
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    Rewards for helpful information and the heads of Isis leaders in my opinion.
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    While we have to remain vigilant and skeptical, the numbers seem to imply that similar programs have been successful in protecting Americans and stopping terrorists in the past. The rewards are only paid out if the information ends up productive.
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    This could become a lucrative strategy for ne'er-do-wells and enemies. How about offering rewards to bounty hunters instead? If they bring us the enemy with a tidy bow on top, then we hand out cash.
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    I doubt this works well enough to be worth it. It makes us & captives vulnerable to extortion as well as death!
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    The house should let it die
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    Do not negotiate with terrorist. If we do they win.
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    Whatever it takes to gather information on these terrorists so they can be killed. But wait......Obama will just let them go.
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    Better than torture, but offering rewards may inspire false reports. We need some system in place, but I'm not sure this is the right one.
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    As long as the information is accurate information that leads to the actual capture of the terrorist in question, it would be a good thing. They give information, we get a terrorist, and only THEN do informants get their money. If they give out money for just any information, then no, this is a bad idea.
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    Don't we sort of do this already?
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    And by rewards to we mean a price on their head?
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    #fair and balanced
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