http://www.thedailybeast.com/articl...ecret-u-s-hostage-held-by-taliban-allies.html I knew of Americans being held in prisons in the Middle East, but I wasn't aware that the Haqqani were also holding a prisoner in the mountainous border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. A new Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell is apparently working on these and other cases. I have to wonder why private citizens put themselves in such situations. If they are working for relief organizations, why aren't protective services employed? T'is a conundrum. How does one cut through the Gordian knot?