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Capt. Richard Phillips to Obama: Do more to stop pirates
Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2014 | BY DAN LAMOTHE

Posted on 07/02/2014 9:27:41 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

President Obama had been in office less than a year when Navy SEAL snipers opened fire on a small lifeboat in the Gulf of Aden, killing three armed Somali pirates and freeing an American mariner, Richard Phillips. That April 2009 ordeal has since become the stuff of legend, outlined in a bestselling book that was developed into the 2013 Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips.”

Phillips met with the president in the Oval Office the following month. But it appears that will only take Obama so far. The captain is coming out in a public relations offensive against the White House’s new counter-piracy plan. It is time for the United States to “zero in on the pirates’ nests and eradicate them,” Phillips said in news release published Wednesday by a maritime officers union.

The new White House plan, released June 20, states that pirates require land-based support and access to weapons in order to hijack ships at sea. It suggests that piracy at sea can only be reduced if bases on shore are disrupted or dismantled, and says the United States “will work with other governments and international organizations to disrupt and dismantle pirate bases to the fullest extent permitted by U.S. and international law.”

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1 posted on 07/02/2014 9:27:41 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Arrrrrrr . . .


2 posted on 07/02/2014 9:30:14 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Prepare for your audit, sir.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 9:31:25 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I don’t think the government needs to get involved in this. It can be easily solved by the ship owners.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 9:31:42 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Veggie Todd

At least the governments can offer Letters of Marque!


5 posted on 07/02/2014 9:34:46 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: All

“It suggests that piracy at sea can only be reduced if bases on shore are disrupted or dismantled...”

As much as many of these shipping companies don’t want to consider the idea, maybe it’s time they started having a security crew on each ship.

The crew would obviously be equipped with all the necessary heavy weapons (rocket launchers, etc) needed to completely STOP a boarding by pirates.

I wonder if many of these piracy attempts would start diminshing if a number of these pirates never came home from their raids and instead ended up as fish food. The others back home might start to think “Hey, this piracy thing is not as easy as it used to be”.

That might eliminate the need for ground-based disruptions of their camps and safe havens.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 9:36:03 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Alas Babylon!
At least the governments can offer Letters of Marque!

But, but, the Constitution does not define what Letters of Marque are!!!

Only teasing.....

7 posted on 07/02/2014 9:37:20 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: MplsSteve

Cluster bombs on ever “fishing” village along the Somali coast.


8 posted on 07/02/2014 9:42:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Simply done;

Either train and arm the sailors on these ships with AKs, or put armed private security contractor professionals on them.

Problem solved.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 9:43:30 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Veggie Todd

In 1974 I worked for a short time in the South China Sea guarding cargo containers from pirates. Got paid fairly well(for back then) and the government sent me home. (Just got discharged).


10 posted on 07/02/2014 9:44:34 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: MplsSteve

[The crew would obviously be equipped with all the necessary heavy weapons (rocket launchers, etc) needed to completely STOP a boarding by pirates.]

The excuse by ship owners for not arming up is that most ports of the world prohibit armed merchant ships.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The sad thing is that if Tom Hanks had asked this, Mullah Obama would probably listen.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 9:51:52 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
what about the pirate in the Whitehouse??


13 posted on 07/02/2014 9:52:30 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MplsSteve

Three step process. First, you hire up special forces retirees and put a minimum of three on each vessel. Second, you let it go out on a public statement that if at sea, and outside of any treaty area....you will use any and all force necessary...period, no exceptions. Third, after each encounter with pirate vessels...sink the vessel and dispatch the crew into the deep.

Your problem goes away in six months, as less pirates exist and less vessels exist. The chief pirates back in Somalia will have to figure a new game...like taking vessels while in the Med, and then start risking more European naval involvement.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 9:54:29 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Veggie Todd

The ship owners cannot solve piracy by themselves. Fishing boats, yachts and other small craft are soft targets. Some governments do not allow small vessels to carry arms. India recently arrested a contractor protective service vessel & crew.

Multiple means are required.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Brad from Tennessee

a squadron of AC-130 PUFF gunships ought to do the trick.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 10:05:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal to some enterprising Ex-SEALS................................


17 posted on 07/02/2014 10:06:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,752 threads and 85,005 replies. ..)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just one......................


18 posted on 07/02/2014 10:08:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,752 threads and 85,005 replies. ..)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I guess nobody has told Phillips that because of the international effort the number of ships seized by pirates off Somalia has dropped to fewer than one a year. The newest pirate haven is Nigeria, and they have a central government that should be dealing with that. The other old ones are Indonesia and Malaysia, and there are governments there as well.


19 posted on 07/02/2014 10:08:59 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Red Badger
Issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal to some enterprising Ex-SEALS

Alas, outlawed by the 1856 Treaty of Paris.

20 posted on 07/02/2014 10:10:15 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: MeshugeMikey

that guy is more of a butt pirate...


21 posted on 07/02/2014 10:10:33 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: DoodleDawg

The US was not, and still is not, a signatory of the treaty. We abide by it, and continue to recognize its principles, but we are not constrained by it. We, the Congress not the President, can still issue Letters of Marque per the Constitution, though none have been issued since 1815.


22 posted on 07/02/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,752 threads and 85,005 replies. ..)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The Russian’s approach to pirates:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TruV3sxS9Zw


23 posted on 07/02/2014 11:01:23 AM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It is time for the United States to “zero in on the pirates’ nests and eradicate them,” Phillips said....

***
Naive to think that Obamugabe would move against islamonazis.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 11:01:58 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

One thing wrong with your graphic; Obamugabe’s chest of a 6-year-old could not support that much metal.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 11:04:10 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Bigg Red
hes far better suited to be a "protestor"


26 posted on 07/02/2014 11:07:58 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Cold Heart
The ship owners cannot solve piracy by themselves. Fishing boats, yachts and other small craft are soft targets.

You're right. I was thinking only of container ships. I didn't even think of smaller vessels.

27 posted on 07/02/2014 12:12:52 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Cold Heart
Fishing boats, yachts and other small craft are soft targets

First time I shot an AR-15 was on a sailing trip thru the bahamas. My uncle bought it a few days before we sailed in case of a pirate run in. This was 30 years ago.

28 posted on 07/02/2014 12:16:18 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I thought pirates are funny and cute and looked like Johnny Depp?


29 posted on 07/02/2014 12:20:47 PM PDT by Yaelle
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