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Pirate hunter guns for Somali raiders
The Telegraph ^ | 22 July 2011 | Richard Grant

Posted on 07/23/2011 5:48:04 PM PDT by Palter

Max Hardberger, a maritime repo man who recovers stolen ships from lawless Caribbean ports, has set his sights on the notorious Somali pirates

'I don’t know why I like Haiti so much,’ Max Hardberger says, as we battle and swerve through the choking dust and chaos of Port-au-Prince traffic.

'The Haitian people are wonderful, sure, but sometimes they do bad things, especially when they get in mobs, and the country is obviously frustrating. One thing I do like is that it’s lawless here, which makes it much easier for me to operate.’

Hardberger is a 62-year-old adventurer from Louisiana who specialises in stealing back ships that have been fraudulently seized in corrupt ports, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

He describes himself as a 'vessel repossession specialist’, a kind of maritime repo man who ghosts into tropical hellhole ports, outwits the guards and authorities, and ghosts out again with a 5,000- or 10,000-ton cargo ship, usually under cover of darkness and preferably during a heavy rainstorm.

A Hollywood film about his escapades is planned, with The Good Pirate as a working title, and there’s undoubtedly an element of piracy to what he does.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; US: Louisiana; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: haiti; louisiana; maxhardberger; piracy; pirate; somalia; waronterror
Max Hardberger, vigilante of the high seas

Max Hardberger in Miragoâne, the Haitian port where he staged his most daring ship repossession, stealing a 10,000-ton freighter from under the noses of a rioting mob

1 posted on 07/23/2011 5:48:12 PM PDT by Palter
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To: Palter

Coming to the History Channel soon?.........


2 posted on 07/23/2011 5:49:36 PM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Palter

I think I love this guy. LOL!


3 posted on 07/23/2011 5:52:53 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Heh. When I first saw his photo. Dude, that's Paula Deen's husband! A tugboat captain.


4 posted on 07/23/2011 5:58:44 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Palter.
The Haitian people are wonderful, sure, but sometimes they do bad things, especially when they get in mobs, and the country is obviously frustrating. One thing I do like is that it's lawless here, which makes it much easier for me to operate.
I like this guy already.


5 posted on 07/23/2011 6:07:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Palter

Public notice is not what Max Hardberger needs.


6 posted on 07/23/2011 6:09:06 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Palter

He likely has a position in his group which I would consider to be an “ideal job.”


7 posted on 07/23/2011 6:11:10 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Palter

Sounds like great adventure. Also sounds dangerous as all get out.


8 posted on 07/23/2011 6:17:09 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, if he loves mobs, he’s gonna love Somalia. I’d say they have some of the best mobs in the world.


9 posted on 07/23/2011 6:21:19 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: Palter

Great article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it all.


10 posted on 07/23/2011 6:27:01 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Palter

Interesting piece, thanks for posting.

Hope his success holds out!


11 posted on 07/23/2011 6:31:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Palter

thank god this man is one of us;see’s a job opportunity and uses free will and american entrepreneur spirit and does a job that no other american can seem to pull off.....i salute him.(i do not give up salutes unless they are deserved these days).


12 posted on 07/23/2011 6:43:45 PM PDT by robsat61
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To: Palter

Like him?

You’d **LOVE** the old guy who repo’s luxury aircraft for a living; he has LOTs of spies on the lookout for him, greases a lot of palms for his info; a/c controllers, limousine guys, FBO personnel, etc.

He can fly anything, it seems, and has nearly got his a$$ shot off for some of the big jobs he’s pulled (usually against African potentates, etc.).

He’s afraid of NOTHING, loves action & flying.


13 posted on 07/23/2011 6:54:14 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Palter
Has anyone seen this?

Link to video

NO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HERE!

This video shows Russian Navy commandos on a Somalian pirate ship shortly after the pirates had captured a Russian oil tanker. The Euro Union navy that patrols these waters would not interfere because they feared there could be casualties.

All explanations are in Russian with a single exception of when a wounded pirate says something in English and the Russian soldier says "This is not a fishing boat". All conversations between the commandos are in Russian. If you don't understand Russian, the pictures speak for themselves.

The soldiers freed their compatriots and the tanker. The Russian Navy Commandos moved the pirates back to their own (pirate) ship, searched the pirate ship for weapons and explosives and then they left the ship and exploded it with all remaining pirates hand-cuffed to it.

The commandos sank the pirate ship along with the pirates and without any court proceedings, lawyers, etc. That is, they used the anti-piracy laws of the 18th and 19th centuries where the captain of the rescuing ship has the right to decide what to do with the pirates. Usually, they were hung.

Russian ships probably will not be targets for Somali pirates.

14 posted on 07/23/2011 6:54:37 PM PDT by CitizenM (He who is silent is understood to consent)
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15 posted on 07/23/2011 7:15:13 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Read the whole article.

No, I have not submitted a resume.


16 posted on 07/23/2011 7:19:39 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Palter

This guy does not need this publicity, unless he has retired. He is a dead man walking.


17 posted on 07/23/2011 7:34:47 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Maybe, just maybe, he is placing a ‘salt lick’ for the feral demons. ...


18 posted on 07/23/2011 7:40:29 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Palter

What a great couple!... I’m still lookin’ for a Paula Dean.


19 posted on 07/23/2011 7:43:13 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Palter
I hate to keep harping on the fact, but how come the best
factual and best written news comes from Jolly Ole’ England these days?
If not for the Telegraph and Daily Mail I don't believe I
could stomach the print media at all anymore.
Great post, great story and one brave SOB as the subject.
Definitely a Man among mice in my eyes.
20 posted on 07/23/2011 7:52:37 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: Palter

I think this would be a much better reality TV than Whale Wars... Get a letter of marque from panama, nigeria or the bahama’s to hunt pirates.Where can you sign up to be a crew member? We can call it Pirate hunter and have an actual competent crew wipe out a pirate band each episode. A mothership supporting 3 or 4 fast patrol boats ( their are some East German Type 151 hulls available) and a couple of choppers and a seaplane would make for some fun viewing. Guests on the show could include the competitors from Top Shot and Prince Harry and his Apache. Great TV.


21 posted on 07/23/2011 8:27:28 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds like the makings of a great reality show.


22 posted on 07/23/2011 8:57:32 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Palter

I wish him success with his plans for Somalia. His strategy is the only one I’ve heard about that won’t enrich the warlords and ultimately make the situation worse.


23 posted on 07/23/2011 9:26:32 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Palter

;’)


24 posted on 07/24/2011 8:03:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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