$5M Paid To Buy Freedom For Rights Workers Held In Egypt | Fox News Snip: Egyptian officials said the U.S. paid $300,000 each for 16 Americans, nine of whom were already out of the country. The State Department said the money was paid by the nongovernmental organizations where the democracy and rights workers work. However, the NGOs receive U.S. funding for their operations. It's becoming clear that we no longer have a clear cut plan when it comes to foreign relations. Paying for their release will now encourage other extreme groups to now kidnap Americans around the globe. This also proves that the US no longer holds ANY power around the globe. We had all our foreign aid to hold over their head but apparently had no credibility to achieve anything in such a manor.