Of course the whole idea that pirates captured off Somalia shooting at a U.S. warship are given full access to our courts with defense attorneys and appeals is a completely different subject.
The homosexualization of our military was apparently complete long before Barack Obama stepped into the White House.
Actually, I am wrong on this one, and you are right. I checked the legal definitions, and piracy specifically requires robbery at sea. Robbery specifically requires that the criminal take possession of property. By the letter of the law, this was not piracy, so the lawyers have a point. It was just attempted murder (shooting at a person is specifically classified as attempted murder). The problem is that the law gives our warships jurisdiction over piracy on the high seas but not over attempted murder. Legally, we should not spend $40k a year to warehouse these pirates for life, since we have no jurisdiction over attempted murder in international waters. We should release them, preferably the way the Russians do - in a leaky inflatable boat, 600 miles from land, with a day's water for one person and no propulsion.
That is as it should be:
Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.