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Venezuela Holds U.S. Vessel And Crew On Suspicion Of Arms Trafficking
Forbes ^ | 6 Sep 2012 | Christopher Helman,

Posted on 09/06/2012 6:17:13 PM PDT by mandaladon

The Venezuelan government has seized a U.S. flagged ship and detained its captain for more than a week. The ship Ocean Atlas has been at port in Maracaibo, Venezuela since August 29. After four hours in port, the ship was boarded by armed security personel, and the captain was detained on suspicion of trafficking in arms or drugs. The rest of the crew of 16 Americans has remained on board under guard. According to a well-placed source arrest warrants have been issued for all of the crewmembers, who are to be taken off the ship for questioning.

Incredibly, my Forbes colleague Jeff Bercovici has been in touch over email with one of the crewmen, Russell Macomber, who has managed to post updates to his Facebook account while under detention. In a sardonic tone, he even relayed that when Venezuelan authorities raided the Ocean Atlas they stole cartons of cigarettes, ate the crew’s ice cream and let their dogs defecate on the deck. Macomber writes that he would like nothing more than an airdrop of Budweiser. Officials at the ship’s operator, Intermarine, did not immediately respond to Forbes’ requests for information. Nor did officials at American Maritime Officers, which is believed to have provided the crew for the ship. A spokeswoman at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington said she would look into the incident.

A spokesman for the Seafarers Union confirmed the seizure to Forbes and said, “The SIU is working feverishly to help resolve this situation and to ensure the safety of all mariners aboard the Ocean Atlas. We are staying in touch with the crew and will continue doing so.”

A U.S. Embassy official in Caracas also confirmed the incident to Reuters earlier today.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 201208; 20120829; 20120906; amo; armssmuggling; chavez; democrats; hostages; hugochavez; intermarine; kerry; libya; macomber; maracaibo; obama; obamasbuddy; oceanatlas; russellmacomber; smuggling; venezuela
The seizure of the ship could become an international incident if not resolved soon. ...................Zero will probably just apologize to Chavez and the issue will be resolved.
1 posted on 09/06/2012 6:17:20 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
A spokeswoman at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington said she would look into the incident...................Doesn't sound like they're in too much of a hurry
2 posted on 09/06/2012 6:19:17 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

It will probably take Hugo a few more days to pack
the Cocaine shipment into special compartments in
the hull and remove all the ATF arms shipment.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 6:20:31 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mandaladon

but but but I thought Chavez and obama were homies


4 posted on 09/06/2012 6:20:31 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mandaladon
Time to call Max Hardberger!
5 posted on 09/06/2012 6:23:01 PM PDT by AirForceBrat23
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To: mandaladon

Obama allowing Chavez to seize our ships? nice...


6 posted on 09/06/2012 6:24:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

” he would like nothing more than an airdrop of Budweiser.”

I gotta question this guy’s judgement!


7 posted on 09/06/2012 6:26:30 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mandaladon

He is Obama’s buddy. Obama talks tough, sends in Spec Ops and rescues them... vote for me!!!!


8 posted on 09/06/2012 6:29:49 PM PDT by dannyboy72a (the circuit is closing)
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To: mandaladon

“The Department of State requested that the vessel be quietly diverted to Libya, where under special security cover, the vessel was loaded in its entirety with equipment from Libya’s nuclear and other WMD programs arsenal. They included specialized centrifuges used in the processing of uranium to weapons grade, equipment from a uranium conversion facility, and Libya’s five SCUD-C longe-range missiles. The cargo was discharged at an undisclosed U.S. East Coast port. The Libyan cargo move was truly a spur-of-the-moment operation.”

So that’s how they got the gold out of Libya. Nukes and
scuds were just a cover.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 6:30:05 PM PDT by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: mandaladon

Project Gun Floater?


10 posted on 09/06/2012 6:31:57 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: mandaladon

Ocean Atlas

http://www.intermarineusa.com/fleet/ocean-atlas.php


11 posted on 09/06/2012 6:40:58 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: mandaladon
Sounds like the Barbary Pirates to me.
12 posted on 09/06/2012 6:41:27 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: dannyboy72a
Yeah,I was thinking something along those same lines as you were. Obama & Hugo would concoct something like this to try and influence the vote in November.
13 posted on 09/06/2012 6:42:30 PM PDT by Patrioticdale (" I regret that I have only one life to give for my country" ---- Nathan Hale)
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To: mandaladon

Obama will just kiss his buddy Chavez’s ass and promise to give him anything he wants.


14 posted on 09/06/2012 6:42:39 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: mandaladon
So now Obama has his own hostage crisis during the election, just like Jimmy Carter?

-PJ

15 posted on 09/06/2012 6:52:17 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: mandaladon

We are just hearing of this????


16 posted on 09/06/2012 6:57:21 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: mandaladon

ARE YOU SH***ING ME? We are allowing this little punk to hold one of our ships and crew and we haven’t blown their toilet bowl country off the map yet? Lord help us!


17 posted on 09/06/2012 7:07:21 PM PDT by Fighting Irish ("I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Nachum

Ping.


18 posted on 09/06/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Fighting Irish

Well now, don’t you understand how “efficient” Obama’s political machine thinks? You have to hold off responding to this incident until after the convention, then when his post-convention bounce (as small as it will be) begins to drop and inexorably slide south, he’ll unleash the SEALs again to save the day and rescue the crew. Voila! A new, large upswing in his attaboys for being such a tough leader. /S/


19 posted on 09/06/2012 7:27:04 PM PDT by miele man
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Thanks Army Air Corps

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


20 posted on 09/06/2012 8:18:13 PM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mandaladon.


21 posted on 09/06/2012 9:04:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TigersEye; Travis McGee; Cindy; kcvl

bump


22 posted on 05/16/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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