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Captain Richard Phillips freed as US snipers kill three Somali pirates
TimesOnline ^ | April 13, 2009 | James Bone in New York and Rob Crilly in Nairobi

Posted on 04/12/2009 5:31:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog

US Navy snipers killed three Somali pirates who had been holding an American merchant skipper on a lifeboat last night, rescuing the hostage unharmed.

The US Navy Seals opened fire from about 25 metres away under standing orders from President Obama when they saw one of the pirates pointing an AK47 at Captain Richard Phillips’s back, putting his life in imminent danger.

All three pirates were killed. A fourth, who had come aboard a nearby US warship to negotiate, was taken into custody. He was reported to be as young as 16.

Captain Phillips, a former Boston taxi driver who was taken hostage on Wednesday after the crew of his cargo ship repulsed a pirate attack, was “resting comfortably” on a US Navy vessel last night after talking to his wife in Vermont.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banglist; herewegoagain; hostages; maerskalabama; maritime; phillips; piracy; rescue; richardphillips; seals; snipers; somalipirates; specialforces; usn; usnavy; usnseals

1 posted on 04/12/2009 5:31:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
"Captain Phillips, a former Boston taxi driver"

So they have to denigrate the Captain, by trying to make it sound like he went from driving a taxi to being a Merchant Marine Captain. To anyone who doesn't know any better (Democrats), it will sound like getting a job as a Merchant Marine Captain is like answering an ad in the local Free Times.

The Left wing media are scumbags.

2 posted on 04/12/2009 5:36:46 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: smokingfrog

Very good shooting.

Even though the range was only 25-30 meters, consider that the lifeboat was moving in response to both the seas and to the wake of the Bainbridge. The Bainbridge was also moving in respect to the effects of the seas, but in a different fashion when compared to the lifeboat. The targets were no doubt moving as well.

Good shots, guys.


3 posted on 04/12/2009 5:38:32 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: ChicagahAl

Nothing wrong with a taxi driver. It is honest work, unlike being a Somali pirate or a lying scumbag journalist. More power to Boston taxi drivers.


4 posted on 04/12/2009 5:41:01 PM PDT by RedElement
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To: RedElement
He was reported to be as young as 16

Will he be tried as an adult? Which college will he be enrolled into? Any with a Pirate mascot?

5 posted on 04/12/2009 5:48:56 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: smokingfrog

Nice shootin’ guys!

I wonder what they used to clip the pirates? I like to think it was something that left a really big hole in the sons-a-b**ches.


6 posted on 04/12/2009 5:50:04 PM PDT by DemforBush (It's been a long four years...and it's only April 2009.)
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To: smokingfrog

When you consider the MSM’s accuracy these days, it could be that the Somali “pirates” were all former Boston taxi drivers.


7 posted on 04/12/2009 5:50:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (So Orwell was off by 25 years! So what!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Or Minneapolis cab drivers.


8 posted on 04/12/2009 5:52:18 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I heard the Obama’s new dog Bo jumped into the frigid water and dragged the captain to safety (sarc)


9 posted on 04/12/2009 5:53:07 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: smokingfrog
A fourth, who had come aboard a nearby US warship to negotiate, was taken into custody.

Maybe this has been reported earlier, but it's the first I've seen it. In other words, the snipers got all three pirates on board the boat. I had assumed that the fourth guy was also on the boat, but scared out of his wits. Now we learn there were only three.

Good job.

10 posted on 04/12/2009 5:53:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: smokingfrog

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli ...


11 posted on 04/12/2009 5:58:25 PM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: Wisconsinlady
Obama’s new dog Bo

Oh, tell me he didn't name his dog "BO" - as in Barak Obama? Little too much self-adulation there.

12 posted on 04/12/2009 6:03:45 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: smokingfrog
under standing orders from President Obama

Dumb question, but is a "standing order" something special that has to be specifically issued by the CIC for a specific circumstance?

13 posted on 04/12/2009 6:05:51 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Cicero

You said — Maybe this has been reported earlier, but it’s the first I’ve seen it. In other words, the snipers got all three pirates on board the boat. I had assumed that the fourth guy was also on the boat, but scared out of his wits. Now we learn there were only three.

Well, what the commander did was get one of the pirates to agree to come on board, ostensibly for “negotiating”. That was a ruse to make it so that there was one less target to deal with. So, the negotiating allowed them time to assess the situation and gather intel and see what their defenses were. Remember, the Navy sent out a small boat, earlier to test their defenses.

Next, after getting one pirate on board, they also were trying to “be the nice guys” to the pirates and they offered to “tow” them. And the pirates agreed to the tow. So, the Navy set up a short tow line (makes for better shooting, doncha know) and started towing those pirates (down to only three in the lifeboat now...).

After everything was “set up”, all they did was wait for a good shot for *all* of the pirates to be visible at once. They saw their shot and they took it.

End of story... :-)


14 posted on 04/12/2009 6:07:13 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: smokingfrog
under standing orders from President Obama when they saw one of the pirates pointing an AK47 at Captain Richard Phillips’s back, putting his life in imminent danger.

This had nothing to do with the usurper. Blackfive gives the real story.

This was not a rescue attempt ordered by National Command Authority i.e. the President. It was a reaction by the on scene commander under standard authority to safeguard the life of a hostage.

15 posted on 04/12/2009 6:08:31 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: smokingfrog
The US Navy Seals opened fire from about 25 metres away under standing orders from President Obama when they saw one of the pirates pointing an AK47 at Captain Richard Phillips’s back, putting his life in imminent danger.

Let me fix that:

The US Navy Seals opened fire from about 25 meters away when they got a clear head shot on each pirate. To cover their asses concerning ROE they noted that one of the pirates was pointing an AK47 at Captain Richard Phillips’s back, thus putting his life in imminent danger, and neatly satisfying the silly rules put on the engagement by Lord Zero.

16 posted on 04/12/2009 6:12:34 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism and Liberty are mutually exclusive.)
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To: smokingfrog

Three Somali pirates dead ????????? All I need to say is, “And NOTHING of value was lost.”


17 posted on 04/12/2009 6:12:41 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ("The smallest minority on earth is the 'individual'." ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: hsalaw
Dumb question, but is a "standing order" something special that has to be specifically issued by the CIC for a specific circumstance?

Not a dumb question at all, especially when the professional readers are being deliberately ambiguous.

Click the link in post 15 for clarification of your question.

18 posted on 04/12/2009 6:17:21 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: smokingfrog

Snipers from 25 meters? Hmm. Anyway, the Captain is free and congratulations to the Seals! Job well done.


19 posted on 04/12/2009 6:17:33 PM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: hsalaw

The dog’s named for Bo Diddley.

I must admit that I kind of like this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HICsPNm2ARY&feature=related


20 posted on 04/12/2009 6:18:55 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: hoosiermama

“Will he be tried as an adult? Which college will he be enrolled into? Any with a Pirate mascot?”

In the tradition of the Taliban mouthpiece, this kid probably already has a full ride at Yale lined up.


21 posted on 04/12/2009 6:23:27 PM PDT by bobjam
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To: smokingfrog
My suggestion posted this past Thursday, early on in the hostage situation, was obviously read and approved of by the U.S. Navy ... ;)

Thursday, April 09, 2009 9:58:45 AM · 23 of 24

BluH2o to Federalist Patriot

What we need are three or four Marine snipers on a Navy vessel within 500 yards of the pirates life boat. Each sniper is assigned a target and they shoot precisely at the same time. Kill the pirates closest to the hostage first and tap any remaining pirates not killed in the initial shoot next.

This was complicated by the fact that the life boat was enclosed (which I was unaware of at the time) but they managed to work out that small problem.

22 posted on 04/12/2009 6:24:19 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: smokingfrog

Freed again? This must be the 25th time here on FR!


23 posted on 04/12/2009 6:25:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: smokingfrog

The skill level between the pirates and the Navy SEAL Team is so unevenly matched it’s actually pretty funny. I am quite sure those pirates never even saw what was coming those few moments before the rescue, lol.


24 posted on 04/12/2009 6:26:36 PM PDT by Valentine_W
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To: centurion316

I was thinking the same thing. It also shows how much confidence the Skipper had in the Seals’ shooting ability.

Now watch Obama take action against the Skipper.


25 posted on 04/12/2009 6:38:10 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I Hate All Politicians, Republicans Included.)
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To: hsalaw

BO stands for Body Oder.


26 posted on 04/12/2009 6:44:13 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: smokingfrog

the navy has snipers that operate FROM the ship? really?

damn fine shooting


27 posted on 04/12/2009 6:53:49 PM PDT by sten
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To: sten

the navy has snipers that operate FROM the ship? really?.

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My understanding is they have always had on-board marksmen. It is the reason for the cross braid on the top of Marines’ covers, so they wouldn’t be hit by friendly fire in close quarters hand to hand fighting to repel boarders.


28 posted on 04/12/2009 7:07:10 PM PDT by wrench
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To: DemforBush

New 50 cal. sniper rifle? They are very potent!


29 posted on 04/12/2009 7:21:17 PM PDT by mono
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To: ChicagahAl

I hold taxi drivers in FAR greater esteem than sneering “news reporters”.


30 posted on 04/12/2009 7:30:47 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: Revolting cat!

..Might be new news to some FRs. 25th time you posted about 25th time that this was announced on FR. Ya might want to find time fer,,, counting stars in the sky, start with 10 to the infinity power and get back on the next time this is discussed...


31 posted on 04/12/2009 7:37:58 PM PDT by gargoyle (It's a good day to die for this Nations Freedom. Regret for only one life for my country.)
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To: hoosiermama

Should have “accidentally” slit his throat and tossed him overboard. Nobody would have noticed.


32 posted on 04/12/2009 7:44:08 PM PDT by pankot
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To: smokingfrog

According to NYT, “President Obama had authorized the use of force if Capt. Richard Phillips was believed to be in danger, so U.S. snipers fired when the pirates aimed an automatic rifle at their hostage.”

Excuse me for asking, but wouldn’t use of force be authorized under all circumstances? Even a 4 year old knows that pirates are hung if they are caught.


33 posted on 04/12/2009 9:06:50 PM PDT by KingofZion
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To: bboop

“From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli ...”

Yes, yes, as a former US Marine I kept thinking, in the back of my mind, that the US Marines had to have something to do with this rescue.

The US Navy relies on Marines for security and offensive missions.

Thank you Marines, you are my brothers, and I am proud.


34 posted on 04/12/2009 9:09:08 PM PDT by Milheiser
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To: hoosiermama
"He was reported to be as young as 16

Will he be tried as an adult? Which college will he be enrolled into? Any with a Pirate mascot?

The Oakland Raiders new water boy.

35 posted on 04/12/2009 9:56:28 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: Milheiser

And thank YOU, former Marine. We love you guys, depend on you all to protect us. I was so proud today to read of this. I suspect there is a lot we’ll never hear that was even more stupendous.


36 posted on 04/12/2009 10:09:28 PM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: smokingfrog
Any word yet of US lawyers jetting over to Mogadishu, then jeeping down to Eyl, to consult with families of the deceased "maritime income redistributors" (pirates) to see if they have a case to sue the US government for offing little Abdullah, Omar and Akheem?

37 posted on 04/12/2009 10:25:41 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (We live in interesting times.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

..US lawyers jetting...
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Bet your Bippy they were already there.
Lets see now, we have probably cost the families of the deceased BILLIONS in speculated earnings and look for a disbarred lawyer like WJC to be there to teach them how to properly use English (American) words like is etc....
Heard a snippet on radio this PM and our “glorious leader” praised the Captain and thanked him...the portion the station played left out any praise or thanks to the USN (not that he sent any their way)


38 posted on 04/12/2009 10:39:26 PM PDT by xrmusn (")
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To: smokingfrog
Captain Phillips, a former Boston taxi driver...

This was obviously a long time ago, as in recent years you'd have to look real hard for a taxi driver with a name like Phillips.

If I am ever taken hostage, the Times of London will note that I am a former dishwasher.

39 posted on 04/12/2009 10:42:54 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch
As a rule, I think the Brits probably hold taxi cab drivers in higher esteem than Americans.

London Taxi Driver's brains

40 posted on 04/12/2009 11:15:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog (How big is your God?)
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To: hsalaw

better than a certain mass. senator naming his dog splash..


41 posted on 04/13/2009 5:16:27 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: smokingfrog

God Bless our military!


42 posted on 04/13/2009 6:50:34 AM PDT by soccermom
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To: Reaganesque

no dogs ,pork, or booze in your luggage, infidel.


43 posted on 04/13/2009 8:06:43 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I’m sure the US will be accused of violating at least half a dozen UN resolutions in killing the pirates.


44 posted on 04/13/2009 8:09:58 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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