US District Judge Throws Out Piracy Charges Against Somalis Who Attacked The USS Ashland.
Lawyers for the men challenged the piracy charge, which was brought under a law dating back to 1819, and Judge Raymond Jackson agreed to throw it out because their conduct did not include robbing, boarding, or taking control of the USS Ashland warship. “The court finds that the government has failed to establish that any unauthorized acts of violence or aggression committed on the high | Read More »
BREAKING: Pirates Hijack Oil Headed For U.S.
File this under “Saw This Coming” file: NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the United States in the increasingly dangerous waters off East Africa, an official said Monday, an attack that could pose a huge environmental or security threat to the region.
Your first Thanksgiving weekend news dump.
Hi: My computer died last night – Joy. Going out tomorrow (Double Joy) and get a new laptop. So that means for the time being, I’m limited to my Crackberry. Apologies for the links probably not being active. You know what to do: Highlight ‘em and c/p to a browser for lookin’ in on ‘em. ———– Dubai debt default http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/dubai-default-threat-rattles-world-stocks-20091127-juy4.html Global stock markets tumbled Thursday | Read More »
Five Days In April — A Profile In Presidential Courage
A little DIGG love would be appreciated Today, during his speech at the United States Naval Academy, President Obama spoke briefly about the Somali pirates who tangled with the United States Military last month while holding hostage the captain of the Maersk Alabama. “I will not recount the full story of those five days in April. Much of it is already known. Some of it | Read More »
Somali pirates freed on “technicality” after NATO pursuit; This is how we fight bad men, Canada style!
On Saturday night off the coast of Somalia, pirates attacked the Norwegian-flagged MV Front Ardenne. After a seven hour pursuit by NATO warships, including the HMCS Winnipeg, the USS Halyburton and a British naval supply ship, the pirates terrorists poor, misunderstood youth threw their weapons into the ocean and surrendered. Let’s relive the final moments of this pursuit when the Canadians caught these pirates first: | Read More »
Good News / Bad News on Dutch anti-piracy efforts.
The good news is that the Dutch rescued some pirate victims: Dutch forces free pirate captives Dutch commandos have freed 20 people who had been captured by Somali pirates after the raiders attacked a Greek-managed tanker, Nato says. The captives, Yemeni fishermen, were freed as the Dutch forces captured seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The bad news is that the Dutch military is | Read More »
Dolphins Save Chinese Ships From Somali Pirates
Promoted from the diaries by Neil No joke. H/T Drudge Why does this story: Thousands of dolphins block Somali pirates (Photo: CRI.cn) BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhuanet) — Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday. The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China’s | Read More »
Censored at AOL: Obama’s Shifting Role in Pirate Drama
Author’s note: The following was originally posted at AOL’s Political Machine blog, but was removed by the editors. The editorial basis cited for rejecting the piece was that the editors could not determine the actual critique of the Obama Administration contained within; and did not agree with the conclusions presented. President Barack Obama was said to be closely monitoring events surrounding the kidnapping of an | Read More »
The Presidential Monkey’s Paw
Since the Easter rescue of Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips a lot of electrons have been expended proclaiming what it means, and to a lesser extent what it doesn’t mean. While we should all be happy at the release of Captain Phillips, we should be chary of this episode, its management, and the implications.
A public service announcement for any pirates reading this.
Should you ever find yourself surrounded by the United States Navy, holding an American hostage, and (supposedly) out of ammunition, follow these three simple steps: Carefully put down your now-useless weapons. Carefully place your hands on your heads and kneel. Yell out, as loudly as you can, “DON’T SHOOT! WE SURRENDER! DON’T SHOOT!” That might keep you from getting shot by the United States Navy. | Read More »
ACLU Dispatches Bevy Of Lawyers To Ensure Captured Pirate’s Rights
Originally published by the Dawg at TMR If you want to Digg By Ima Tuele of the New York TImes Concern over preserving the Constitutional Rights of the lone Somali pirate not brutally murdered by the US Military in a hostage standoff that could most probably been resolved through negotiations instead of violence, has led the American Civil Liberties Union to airlift a bevy of | Read More »
Captive Captain Saves President Obama
UPDATE: See here. Left (including you TotalFarkTards) behaving badly. From the Daily News: US commandos freed hero Capt. Richard Phillips today and killed most of the pirates holding him hostage in a dramatic end to the four-day high seas standoff that riveted the world. CNN reported Phillips helped divert the pirates by jumping into the ocean, giving waiting Navy Seals an opening to wipe out | Read More »
BREAKING – Captain Phillips free, 3/4 pirates dead
Looks like the Navy came through and freed the Captain! He’s on the USS Bainbridge and is evidently unharmed: Looks like the SEALs got busy: The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN. Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama | Read More »
American Merchant Sailors : Not Waiting on Obama’s Help, Take Back Ship From Pirates
Details are sketchy at the moment – it’s a currently breaking story – but by all indications, the American crew of the American-flagged Maersk Alabama has retaken the ship from the Somali pirates who commandeered the ship last night. Oh my godz! O Noes!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Americans taking care of themselves, without Obama’s government coming to the rescue. Does……. not…… compute. Does……. not…… compute. The American | Read More »
Have the Pirates Read the Market Right?
For the first time ever, Somali pirates have seized a US-flagged vessel – one operated by one of DoD’s primary shipping contractors, according to the New York Times. Pirates commandeered a United States-flagged container ship with 20 American crew members off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, the first time an American-crewed ship was seized by pirates in the area. The container ship, the Maersk | Read More »