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president barack obama will fundamentally change the rules when it comes to american hostages held by groups such as islamic state in your time supporting he will announce wednesday that the u. s. government will stop threatening to press criminal charges against families trying to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones , writers investigative reporter david wrote was held captive by the taliban and is worked closely with the families of americans kidnapped overseas these changes are really the result of the families of four americans that were killed by isis , uh syria complaining very angrily about how they were treated by the government they were given out mixed messages about whether they could pay ransom , and they really felt that that different parts of the government , %HESITATION you know weren't helping them or you know , actually curving them from doing things that might bring their loved one home , obama's expected to maintain a prohibition against the government actually paying ransom , but will allow officials to communicate and negotiate with those holding americans , or assist family members aiming to do so even with these changes the challenges family faces if they're going to pay a private ransom are staggering european governments for years have been paying rent , that is driven up the average cost of a ransom for a western , to one or two million dollars , on these families you know average american families do not have one or two million dollars to pay to free their loved ones on many groups demand even more than that ten sixty million dollars so even with the changes in policy it's an incredibly difficult situation for these families and it's very very hard for them to bring their loved ones , but some security experts warn that appearing to loosen the rules of negotiations could make americans even more appealing as hostages