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U.S. Lawmaker Calls for Tougher Action Against Pirates as Threat Escalates
Fox News ^ | May 10, 2011 | Amy Kellogg

Posted on 05/10/2011 8:08:50 PM PDT by jazusamo

Pirate attacks quadrupled in the first three months of this year, as compared to the same time last year, several piracy experts said, and there have been four attacks in the last few days, prompting calls for Western powers to take a tougher stand against the threat.

The most recent attacks were unsuccessful, but they shows the pirates still pose a serious threat despite improved patrols in the Gulf of Yemen.

Pirates are now using hijacked “motherships” to do their dirty work, the European Union Naval Force in Somalia said. This makes them more powerful in two ways: They can travel much farther out to sea, to areas where seamen used to feel safe, and they do their hijacking with hostages on board —human shields—which makes international navies reluctant to use fire.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., just returned from a fact-finding trip to the Horn of Africa. He thinks the U.S. Navy should put a total blockade on pirate ports.

“We should recall our Jeffersonian past and blockade main pirate port locations," he said. "That means they will not be able to meet their payrolls, and the number operatives and expeditions leaving Somalia will be reduced. And once you put a U.S. frigate or a naval destroyer off a pirate anchorage, with comprehensive rules of engagement to engage and sink pirate controlled vessels you’ll see a lot less piracy.”

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: piracy; somalia
International classes on the deterrent for piracy should be taught by the Russian Navy.
1 posted on 05/10/2011 8:08:55 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Rule of the sea - sink the scum and let them try to swim home.


2 posted on 05/10/2011 8:10:21 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: jazusamo
piracy experts

How does one become a piracy expert?

Want to stop these pirates?

Carpet bomb their towns. Hang them when caught. Use their bodies for shark bait.

3 posted on 05/10/2011 8:16:35 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana
Use their bodies for shark bait.

Bump!

4 posted on 05/10/2011 8:17:56 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

5 posted on 05/10/2011 8:18:37 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

For hundreds of years or more, the traditional treatment for pirates was execution on the spot.

Call it “the Osama Solution,” if you wish.

It worked then, it’ll work now.


6 posted on 05/10/2011 8:18:43 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: jazusamo

The South Koreans and Indians have not done too bad either. The Russians do take the cake though with their “we released them but we don’t know why their ship blew up just beyond the horizon” routine.


7 posted on 05/10/2011 8:30:27 PM PDT by BBell
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To: FReepers
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8 posted on 05/10/2011 8:43:46 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: BBell

Let’s hope they keep taking the cake.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 8:44:37 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: jazusamo

They should break up the Pirates immediately, before they run away with the NL East.


10 posted on 05/10/2011 8:59:32 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: jazusamo

Shoot the bastards in the forehead, but for God’s sake don’t waterboard any of them....


11 posted on 05/10/2011 9:13:03 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Vengeance, Victory, Gratitude, Remembrance, Vigilance....)
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To: jazusamo; Travis McGee
This is the perfect argument for the US to build at least 100 real Frigates. From 3,500 to 4,000 tons.

Armed with the latest guns and cheap short and mid range missiles.

$300 - $400 million per copy.

Instead we are planning beyond the Arleigh Burke class DDG (7,000 tons) at $1.1bil per copy...to the new stealth DDG (8,000 tons) at $2.8bil per copy.

This is silliness to any who has been charged with defending the seas.

Yes, we need Capital Ships. We need to complete the Burkes at 30 copies. We need to complete the Virginia class at 30 copies. We need to keep 12 Carriers and 8-10 Amphibious Assault Ships of the Wasp class.

But we also need numbers.

And we aren't building anything under $1bil each anymore. It's just plain silly.

12 posted on 05/10/2011 9:13:19 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: meatloaf
Laughs all around


13 posted on 05/10/2011 9:18:30 PM PDT by BBell
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To: jazusamo

Fighting pirates? One word: Q-ships.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 9:18:52 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff! "Anybody but Obama in 2012!")
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To: Bean Counter

Shootin’ the bastards in the forehead is the answer and feeding them to sharks would be the icing on the cake.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 9:20:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Mariner

That sounds right to me and I don’t know the first thing about Navy ships.


16 posted on 05/10/2011 9:24:06 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; All

HOORAY Mark Kirk! FReepers should be representatives (just read the comments)!


17 posted on 05/10/2011 9:24:59 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: BBell

What a wonderful painting! Who was the painter?


18 posted on 05/10/2011 9:27:29 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: jazusamo
The ball is in your court Senator. Remember, back when the Constitution was written the single largest item in the Federal budget was tribute to muslim pirates in NW Africa who were doing exactly what those in Somalia are now doing. Euroweenies back then showed no interest in ending it. It took Jefferson, Madison and Monroe and, importantly, their Congresses to end it. The Constitution considers this an Article One power - your power - not one of Obama's Article Two powers. Give those pirates a Section 8! They are exactly what the Framers had in mind writing this:
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water
Europe, but not the US, gave up this 'orange' options back in 1856. Ron Paul (not my candidate) tried to revive them after 9/11; however, no one else was interested, considering them too archaic and controversial. But no one is talking about having Congress exercise the 'red' Constitutional options, even while most wring their hands claiming no one has jurisdiction. The Constitution gave you jurisdiction, Senator. With the power comes the responsibility. Use it!
19 posted on 05/10/2011 9:32:38 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: JohnBovenmyer
The Constitution gave you jurisdiction, Senator. With the power comes the responsibility. Use it!

Well said. Sen. Kirk should have no trouble convincing a patriotic Senate and even Harry Reid decisive action is authorized in our Constitution. Unfortunately Reid and his supporters are not about to commit to actions against these pirates.

20 posted on 05/10/2011 9:50:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Send out bait ships and kill every pirate that bites. This is not a complicated problem.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:31 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: JohnBovenmyer; All

Jefferson was very strong on trying to do something aggressive. Congress was timid. He spent a lot of effort trying to get European countries to unite in concerted action against the Barbary Pirates. Not much success. Now that Obama’s street cred is up with the Osama success, perhaps he can get better cooperation than Jefferson did.


22 posted on 05/10/2011 10:24:38 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: jazusamo
Obummer says, we do not have the time and the money to chase after people really killing people. He is busy stealing from Libya.
23 posted on 05/10/2011 10:35:07 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: jazusamo
Obummer says, we do not have the time and the money to chase after people really killing people. He is busy stealing from Libya.
24 posted on 05/10/2011 10:35:19 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: marsh2

Cossacks respond to the Turkish sultan's demand they surrender. They laugh about the insults they are sending back. This scene is about 3 by 5 inches, and is based on two paintings by the Ukrainian painter Repin.

25 posted on 05/11/2011 7:16:51 AM PDT by BBell
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