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TPMmuckraker July 18, 2006 02:55 PM
State Dept.: No Free Evacuations for Dead Americans, Either
By Paul Kiel – July 18, 2006, 2:55 PM

Alive or dead, Uncle Sam doesn’t give any free rides.

Earlier I noted that the State Department, in stark contrast to the Canadian government, is requiring U.S. citizens caught in Lebanon to pay for the cost of their evacuation. (Rep. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has since weighed in, saying that this was no time “for quibbling over payment for evacuation.”)

I called up the State Department to ask about the policy. “We are not standing there with a cash box asking people to pay before they get on the boat,” spokeswoman Janelle Hironimus told me. But if they don’t pay (by check, no cash or credit cards accepted), or sign a form promising to pay, they don’t go. It’s the law: “Reasonable commercial air fare” shall be charged to all evacuees.

What if they’re dead?

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