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  • Officials identify cause in deaths of 2 US SEALs

    02/25/2014 6:04:58 PM PST · by M Kehoe · 46 replies
    AOL ^ | 2/25/14 |
    AIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police on the island nation of Seychelles say that two former U.S. Navy SEALs found dead aboard the ship Maersk Alabama died of respiratory failure and were suspected to have had heart attacks, possibly from drug use.
  • Drugs on Maersk Ship Where 2 Ex-SEALs Died

    02/21/2014 6:32:40 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 2/20/14 | Brook Verkakis
    Drugs were in the room where two former Navy SEALs were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama, a ship that was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips," a company spokesman said Thursday. Police from the African island nation of Seychelles have given no cause of death for Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44. The Americans were security contractors who were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the ship while berthed in Port Victoria in the Indian Ocean. "We are saddened by the tragedy and our thoughts are with the family...
  • 2 Maersk Alabama guards dead (former USN SEALs)

    02/19/2014 7:28:35 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/19/2014
    Listening to domestic-extremist/right-wing-AM-radio, heard a news report about 2 guards being found dead on the Maersk Alabama in Seychelles. The report identified the guards as 'former Navy SEALs'. Tragic. If it's posted anywhere, I can't find it and it's not indexed in search engines yet. I can't say with certainty whether it was Bloomberg news or Fox News, as this station mixes it up and I didn't catch that.
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Free the Navy SEALs Now

    12/10/2009 6:15:13 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Investors Business daily ^ | December 10, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is. People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes. An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the...
  • Maersk Alabama crew trained to defend itself, but not permitted to

    12/08/2009 4:10:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 658+ views
    St Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2009 | Kurt Hoffman
    The Maersk Alabama, a U.S. flagged cargo vessel, is now a veteran of not one, but two attacks by Somali pirates. The first, back in April, although ending well (except from the perspective of the pirates), was a horrid ordeal. The crew, using kitchen knives [Correction: I have just been informed that it was pocket knives, rather than kitchen knives, that the crew used--my apologies for the mistake] as their weapons, staged a fighting retreat to a secure compartment. There, they endured terrible (and potentially fatal) conditions: for 13 hours, in 130° heat, without drinking water or ventilation, they waited...
  • AP Enterprise: Crew blames capt. for pirate attack

    12/07/2009 9:37:06 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 766+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 3, 2009 | JOHN CURRAN
    Richard Phillips, the ship captain toasted as a hero after he was taken captive by Somali pirates, ignored repeated warnings last spring to keep his freighter at least 600 miles off the African coast because of the heightened risk of attack, some members of his crew now allege. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that maritime safety groups issued at least seven such warnings in the days before outlaws boarded the Maersk Alabama about 380 miles off the shore of Somalia. A piracy expert and the captain's second-in-command say Phillips had the prerogative to heed the warnings or not....
  • Somali pirates attack Maersk Alabama again, defeated by armed security

    11/20/2009 6:56:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 649+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 November, 2009 | Howard Nemerov
    Yesterday, Somali pirates attacked the commercial cargo ship Maersk Alabama. This time, however, an armed security team successfully thwarted the attackers. Last April, Somali pirates successfully attacked the Alabama, kidnapping ship’s Captain Phillips and holding him hostage until Navy SEAL snipers killed the captors. In 2008, Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Navy’s fleet in that area, specifically warned that the Navy “can’t be everywhere” and that “shipping companies have to take responsibility for their own ships.” It appears that after the last near-tragedy, Maersk took the warning seriously. But the story also highlights media bias against self-defense....
  • Maersk Alabama Crew Repels Suspected Pirate Attack

    11/18/2009 3:26:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 548+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer, USN
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Nov. 18, 2009 – The U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama’s security team repelled an attack from suspected pirates this morning 560 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of Somalia, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials reported. Four suspected pirates in a skiff came within 300 yards of the Maersk Alabama and used small-arms weapons in an attempt to board the ship. The ship’s security team responded with evasive maneuvers, long-range acoustic devices and small-arms fire, causing the suspected pirates to break off their attack. The acoustic devices emit a high-pitched sound that can be painful to human ears. "Due to...
  • Lesson from foiled pirate attack on Maersk Alabama? (ear splitting acoustic weaponry used)

    11/18/2009 2:26:00 PM PST · by dennisw · 15 replies · 1,339+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 18, 2009 | By Gordon Lubold
    The lesson from an unsuccessful pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden this week was simple: Guns talk. The Maersk Alabama, the American-flagged ship infamously attacked by pirates in April, was attacked again Monday when Somali pirates opened fire on the ship in an attempt to board it. But the pirates didn't get far this time, after a four-man security team aboard the ship fired back, thwarting the attack. It's the first time a large cargo ship with an armed security team aboard is known to have repelled an attack, says Vice Adm. William Gortney, who commands the Pacific region...
  • Maersk Alabama repels 2nd pirate attack with guns

    11/18/2009 7:19:19 AM PST · by dead · 70 replies · 2,419+ views
    Associated Press ^ | JASON STRAZIUSO
    ... private guards on board the U.S.-flagged ship repelled the attack with gunfire...
  • Maersk Alabama crew repels another pirate attack - this time they had guns

    11/18/2009 9:39:41 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies · 2,119+ views ^ | November 18, 2009 | Tom Kovach
    About an hour ago, the Associated Press reported that the crew of the US-flagged merchant vessel Maersk Alabama repelled a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia.  This is the same ship that was boarded by pirates last April.  At that time, the captain of the ship was taken hostage and was held by pirates in a lifeboat for five days.  The incident ended when US Navy SEAL snipers simultaneously killed all three pirates aboard the lifeboat in a nighttime action.  This time, the pirates never got aboard the ship. What was the difference?  Guns.As the AP report makes abundantly clear,...
  • Maersk Alabama Evades Second Pirate Attack

    11/18/2009 4:19:06 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 19 replies · 1,148+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2009 | Sarah Childress
    NAIROBI, Kenya -- The Maersk Alabama, the American-flagged ship captured briefly by pirates in April, came under fire again early Tuesday morning off Somalia's coast, but evaded the attackers...
  • Somali Pirates Attack U.S.-Flagged Ship Again

    11/18/2009 2:54:53 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 44 replies · 3,601+ views
    FOX News ^ | 11/18/2009 | FOX News
    NAIROBI, Kenya — The EU's anti-piracy force says that Somali pirates have again attacked the Maersk Alabama, the U.S.-flagged ship hijacked last spring. The EU Naval Force says pirates fired automatic weapons at the ship, but that guards on board the craft fired back and thwarted Tuesday's attack.
  • Kevin Spacey plans film of real-life sea captain's Somali ordeal

    05/29/2009 7:21:44 PM PDT · by Bratch · 13 replies · 658+ views, ^ | Friday 29 May 2009 15.48 BST | Ben Child
    A US sea captain whose dramatic rescue from pirates made headlines across the globe earlier this year is to be the subject of a new Hollywood film. Richard Phillips, a 53-year-old father of two who secured the safety of his cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, by offering himself as a hostage to Somali pirates, has sold his story to Columbia Pictures. Phillips was held for five days off the coast of Somalia last month before US navy snipers shot dead three of the four men who had imprisoned him on a lifeboat, an action authorised by president Obama. The fourth...
  • Obama Meets US Captain Rescued From Pirates

    05/09/2009 5:46:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 897+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/9/09
    President Barack Obama met Saturday with a US cargo ship captain who was held hostage by Somali pirates last month before a dramatic high-seas rescue by US Navy snipers. Obama hosted Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips and his wife, Andrea, in the Oval Office for a visit that had not been publicly announced by the White House. Phillips was also due to attend Saturday's White House Correspondents Association dinner, an annual meet of Washington's press corps elite, politicians and celebrities. Obama is set to host the event.
  • Pirate Attack Victims honored in NYC

    05/09/2009 12:23:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Newsday ^ | May 8, 2009
    The U.S. cargo ship captain and a crew member who were taken hostage by Somali pirates have been honored at New York's City Hall by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor presented keys to the city to crew member William Rios and Capt. Richard Phillips and joked about Friday's baseball game at the New York Mets' Citi Field. The mayor says he was going to give the men tickets to the game but decided against it because the Mets are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Gun Control on the High Seas

    05/03/2009 8:44:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 826+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 13 April, 2009 | John Velleco
    Americans received a special gift this Easter Sunday with the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, who had been held hostage for several days after his ship, the Maersk Alabama, was raided by pirates. The raiding of the Maersk created an international crisis and an around the clock media sensation. People around the globe were riveted to their TVs, praying and hoping for Capt. Phillips' safety as the U.S. Navy moved massive vessels into the area. In the end, the brave Captain freed himself and well-trained U.S. snipers took out three of the four pirates. The obvious question that was seldom...
  • Captain Once Held by Pirates Urges Military Protection, Armed Crews (No Mall Cops)

    05/01/2009 2:48:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 826+ views
    Los Angeles ^ | April 30, 2009 | Rebecca Cole
    Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama says, 'And I don't mean a security guard. I don't mean a mall cop. I mean someone who's sufficiently trained.' His boss disagrees.Reporting from Washington -- The freed captain of a merchant ship attacked by pirates near Somalia last month called Thursday for military protection and armed crew members to thwart attacks in dangerous waters. Capt. Richard Phillips, skipper of the Maersk Alabama, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that it was the "responsibility of the U.S. government" to protect any ship flying an American flag, through military escorts or onboard squads of...
  • BUSTED: The Obama Pentagon flat-out lied about the SEAL team (ACTUAL DELAY, 52 HOURS)

    04/29/2009 8:30:53 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 40 replies · 3,612+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-29-09 | Alec Rawls
    With all the back-and-forth between Somali time and D.C. time, a lot of people let this slip through the cracks (including me). The "SEAL pals" email circulated by Rear Admiral Lou Sarosdy (USN ret.) claimed that Obama did not authorize SEAL teams to assist in the rescue of Captain Philips until 36 hours after these resources were requested by the captain on the scene. In their rebuttal campaign last week, anonymous Pentagon sources claimed that the USS Bainbridge did not arrive at the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama until Friday April 10th. It actually arrived on scene at 4:00 AM...
  • Facing no Captain Phillips-type book/movie deal, Maersk crewman sues shipping company

    04/29/2009 2:08:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies · 764+ views
    Strange News Examiner ^ | 28 April, 2009 | J. Doug GillGo to J. Doug's Home Page
    Richard Hicks, chief steward on the Maersk Alabama (AP Photo)Richard Hicks, chief steward on the Maersk Alabama, filed a lawsuit yesterday charging the Waterman Steamship Corporation and Maersk Line, Ltd with knowingly sending him into pirate-infested waters without adequate protection. Somali pirates off the coast of Africa hijacked the Maersk Alabama, an American-flagged cargo ship, earlier this month. The ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, was taken hostage and held in a lifeboat until Easter Sunday, when U.S. Navy SEAL snipers shot and killed three pirates holding him captive. A fourth kidnapper was arrested. When the pirates boarded the ship on April...
  • Ted Nugent: Us vs. pirates

    04/26/2009 6:21:59 AM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 14 replies · 1,212+ views
    The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Ted Nugent
    As one who was privileged and honored to train and hang out with the greatest warriors the world has ever known, it comes as no surprise that mighty U.S. Navy SEALS came through in the recent pirating of a U.S. Merchant Marine ship. The best of the best saved the kidnapped captain, killed three bad guys and captured a fourth. Those of us who cherish justice and good over evil salute the heroes of the American special ops and a commander in chief who gave the green light to do the right thing. God bless the warriors But if common...
  • Captain Shane Murphy Returns To His Seekonk Home (Used Limbaughs name for publicity)

    04/26/2009 5:03:13 AM PDT · by raybbr · 14 replies · 1,403+ views
    WBZTV ^ | Apr 23, 2009 | Christina Hager
    EEKONK (WBZ) ―Captain Shane Murphy returned home from his life threatening ordeal with pirates off the Horn of Africa Thursday night. "I've been around this entire planet," he says. "I've been to every continent, hundreds of countries, and I mean this 100 percent: Boston is the best city in the world."SnipHe says he is concerned for the safety of the unarmed crews that are still out at sea. When asked if he'd be returning to his job, Murphy said he's not sure but is considering a new career fighting for better security on the ocean.
  • Behind the Scenes at the Rescue off Somalia<P>(Rescue Despite B. Hussein Obama)

    04/23/2009 2:28:35 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 33 replies · 3,811+ views
    E-Mail | April 22, 2009 | Buddy Wellborn, USNA '59
    In Africa from Djibouti at the southern end of the Red Sea eastward through the Gulf of Aden to round Cape Guardafui at the easternmost tip of Africa (also known as "The Horn of Africa") is about a 600 nm transit before you stand out into the Indian Ocean. That transit is comparable in distance to that from the mouth of the Mississippi at New Orleans to the tip of Florida at Key West-- except that 600 nm over there is infested with Somalia pirates. Ships turning southward at the Horn of Africa transit the SLOC (Sea Lane of Commerce)...
  • How Obama actually delayed pirate rescue

    04/19/2009 8:50:32 AM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 114 replies · 8,480+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 8, 2009 11:45 PM | Joseph Frah's G2 Bulletin
    WASHINGTON – While Barack Obama is basking in praise for his "decisive" handling of the Somali pirate attack on a merchant ship in the India Ocean, reliable military sources close to the scene are painting a much different picture of the incident – accusing the president of employing restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days. Multiple opportunities to free the captain of the Maersk Alabama from three young pirates were missed, these sources say – all because a Navy SEAL team was not immediately ordered to...
  • How Obama actually delayed pirate rescue

    04/19/2009 3:58:22 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 42 replies · 2,240+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 18, 2009 | Joseph Farah
    SEAL team deployment stalled 36 hours, hampered by limited rules of engagement. WASHINGTON – While Barack Obama is basking in praise for his "decisive" handling of the Somali pirate attack on a merchant ship in the India Ocean, reliable military sources close to the scene are painting a much different picture of the incident – accusing the president of employing restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days.
  • How Obama Actually Delayed Pirate Rescue (B. Hussein O'Buffoon)

    04/18/2009 10:36:47 PM PDT · by kellynla · 32 replies · 2,241+ views ^ | April 18, 2009 | staff
    WASHINGTON – While Barack Obama is basking in praise for his "decisive" handling of the Somali pirate attack on a merchant ship in the India Ocean, reliable military sources close to the scene are painting a much different picture of the incident – accusing the president of employing restrictive rules of engagement that actually hampered the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips and extended the drama at sea for days. Multiple opportunities to free the captain of the Maersk Alabama from three young pirates were missed, these sources say – all because a Navy SEAL team was not immediately ordered to...
  • U.S. Weighs Changes in Strategy to Fight Pirates

    04/18/2009 12:01:06 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 13 replies · 673+ views
    WSJ ^ | Apr 18, 2009 | By JOHN W. MILLER and PETER SPIEGEL
    Senior Pentagon planners are debating a shift in military strategy to crack down on piracy off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. Longstanding rules of engagement followed by the U.S. and other nations usually prohibit dramatic hostage rescues like the one that saved Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, unless military forces can overpower pirates with low risk to prisoners. SNIP Some Pentagon officials now want to formulate policy to encourage more daring commando raids, according to U.S. military officials. They say a mix of special operations forces and conventional Navy assets at sea would be...
  • Enemy in the White House; BHO Blocked Navy from Rescuing Captain

    04/17/2009 10:17:26 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 86 replies · 3,295+ views
    Atlas Shrugs Blog ^ | April 17, 2009 | Pamela Geller
    And they are giving Mansourian President credit for the save. The question one must ask oneself is, who was Hussein secretly rooting for in this stand off? President Obama Restricted Navy SEALs From Rescuing Ship Captain With Force (hat tip Larwyn) Now this is interesting if true, and not surprising in the least. (h/t Ex-Liberal In Hollywood) Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following: 1. BHO wouldn’t authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on...
  • Capt. Richard Phillips is back home....

    04/17/2009 2:33:12 PM PDT · by Doogle · 35 replies · 854+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 04/17/09 | FOXnews
    Richard Phillips, who was freed from his ordeal with Somali pirates on Easter Sunday, landed in Burlington, Vt., late Friday afternoon on a small blue Maersk chartered jet. (SEE THE VIDEO)
  • Rescued ship captain returns home

    04/17/2009 2:18:38 PM PDT · by appleseed · 19 replies · 761+ views
    BBC ^ | 17 April 2009
    Richard Phillips, captain of the US container ship the Maersk Alabama that was attacked by pirates off the Somali coast, has arrived back in the US. His home town of Underhill, Vermont, is preparing to give him a hero's welcome. After being reunited with his family, Capt Phillips thanked the military for rescuing him, saying there were the real heroes. During the attack, he offered himself as a prisoner to the pirates in return for them letting his crew go free. He was rescued after US snipers shot dead three of the pirates that were holding him captive on a...
  • The truth behind maersk Alabama?

    04/16/2009 7:09:51 PM PDT · by mrmargaritaville · 117 replies · 9,495+ views
    Pulled from a boating message board
    Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following: 1. BHO wouldn't authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation. 2. Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE that they couldn't do anything unless the hostage's life was in "imminent" danger 3. The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction 4. When the navy RIB came under fire...
  • Navy’s Rescue Mission ‘Textbook,’ But Piracy Still Looms, Gates Says

    04/13/2009 4:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 514+ views
    QUANTICO, Va., April 13, 2009 – The U.S. military’s rescue of a kidnapped American ship captain yesterday was “textbook,” but the issue of piracy is likely to worsen in the absence of a systemic solution, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Off the Somali coast yesterday, U.S. special operations snipers on the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three pirates who had held hostage the captain of the Maersk-Alabama cargo ship on a lifeboat for five days. Military officials said Capt. Richard Phillips’ life was in imminent danger at the time of his rescue. “It was textbook,” Gates said of...
  • The Story of a Successful Rescue (and the Obama Adminstration’s Attempt to Claim Credit)

    04/13/2009 4:21:02 PM PDT · by happygrl · 22 replies · 1,191+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 13, 2009 | Jeff Emanuel
    April 13, 2009 - by Jeff Emanuel Page 1 of 2 Next ->Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers After four days of floating at sea on a raft shared with four Somali gunmen, Richard Phillips took matters into his own hands for a second time. ... the captive captain of the M.V. Maersk-Alabama took his second leap in three days into the shark-infested waters of the Indian Ocean. This diversion gave the Navy Special Warfare operators all the opening they needed. Snipers immediately took down the three Somali pirates still on board the life raft, SEAL operators hustled down the...
  • Pirate's US hostage rescued ("We were under attack for a week!")

    04/13/2009 12:51:07 PM PDT · by Sax · 24 replies · 1,750+ views
    SKYNEWS ^ | 4/12/2009 | SKYNEWS
    A video clip of the Maersk Crew being interviewed at the dock in Kenya.
  • The Spirit of United 93 Lives on in a Ship's Crew

    04/12/2009 6:10:47 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 9 replies · 735+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2009 | Lee Cary
    As details of the Maersk Alabama episode emerge, one clear lesson surfaces: The Spirit of United Flight 93 lives on. The ending of the hostage story at sea will soon be followed by the requisite second guessing and questions. Not to mention the inevitable criticism of the killing (someone will call it execution without due process) of three pirates. Then, if the fourth pirate is brought to the U.S. for trial, that promises to become a legal mini-series. But all of that will pale in importance in the face of what happened this Easter Sunday at sea.
  • Captain Richard Phillips freed as US snipers kill three Somali pirates

    04/12/2009 5:31:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 43 replies · 5,333+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | April 13, 2009 | James Bone in New York and Rob Crilly in Nairobi
    US Navy snipers killed three Somali pirates who had been holding an American merchant skipper on a lifeboat last night, rescuing the hostage unharmed. The US Navy Seals opened fire from about 25 metres away under standing orders from President Obama when they saw one of the pirates pointing an AK47 at Captain Richard Phillips’s back, putting his life in imminent danger. All three pirates were killed. A fourth, who had come aboard a nearby US warship to negotiate, was taken into custody. He was reported to be as young as 16. Captain Phillips, a former Boston taxi driver who...
  • American captain rescued, pirates killed, U.S. official says

    04/12/2009 10:45:31 AM PDT · by libstripper · 93 replies · 3,651+ views
    CNN ^ | April 12, 2009 | CNN
    The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN. The official said Capt. Richard Phillips is uninjured and in good condition, and that three of the four pirates were killed. The fourth pirate is in custody. Phillips was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship. Earlier Sunday afternoon Maersk Line Limited, owner of the Maersk Alabama, said the U.S. Navy informed the company that it had sighted Phillips in a lifeboat where pirates are...
  • Crew who fought off pirates hail hostage Captain Richard Phillips 'a hero'

    04/11/2009 10:19:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 931+ views
    source cannot be posted | April 12, 2009
    see link below
  • Islamic Pirates and Jihad - Overseas Contingency

    04/11/2009 9:09:22 PM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies · 331+ views
    Somalia Standoff Generates US Policy Debate Voice of America - ‎Apr 10, 2009‎US officials said the group, which controls parts of Somalia, poses a dilemma. They point to its rapid expansion, ties between its leaders and the al-Qaida ...   The Pirates Challenge Obama's Pre-9/11 Mentality Wall Street Journal - ‎Apr 10, 2009‎As the eminent military historian Sir Michael Howard argued shortly after 9/11, the status of al Qaeda terrorists is to be found in a distinction first made ...   Somali Pirates Tied to Jihad Intellectual Conservative - ‎Apr 8, 2009‎Since 2003, Somalia has witnessed the growth of a...
  • U.S. Navy Blocks Ships Coming to Aid Pirates in Standoff

    04/11/2009 9:11:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 103 replies · 3,526+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Saturday, April 11, 2009 | AP
    NAIROBI, Kenya  —  U.S. warships are trying to stop Somali pirates from sending reinforcements to a lifeboat where an American captain is being held hostage as the high-seas standoff off Africa's eastern coast entered a fourth day Saturday. Underscoring the high stakes involved, France's navy on Friday freed a sailboat seized off Somalia last week by other pirates, but one of the hostages was killed. A Nairobi-based diplomat, who spoke on condition on anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to reporters, said the pirates have summoned assistance but at least two American ships and U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft...
  • Pirates want $2 million for American hostage: source

    04/10/2009 1:21:55 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 183 replies · 3,986+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/10/09 | uncredited
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates holding an American hostage on a drifting lifeboat want $2 million for his release, a fellow pirate onshore said on Friday. The pirate, speaking to Reuters from Haradheere port, also said other pirates were taking a hijacked German ship, with foreign crew on board, toward the scene in the Indian Ocean where the lifeboat is floating, watched by U.S. warships. "Knowing that the Americans will not destroy this German ship and its foreign crew, they (the approaching pirates) hope they can meet their friends on the lifeboat," said the pirate, who has given reliable information...
  • Somali Pirates Send More Ships to Area of Standoff w/US (dozens of hostages-human shields en route)

    04/10/2009 2:35:54 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 111 replies · 2,714+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 10 April 2009 | VOA staff
    Maritime officials in east Africa say Somali pirates are sending several hijacked ships carrying dozens of hostages to the site of a standoff with the U.S. Navy over American captive, captain Richard Phillips. Capt. Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vt., is seen in this family photo released on 08 Apr 2009 The officials say the pirates, who are holding Phillips on a lifeboat, are apparently trying to use the other hostages as shields. The lifeboat is being trailed by a U.S. warship, the USS Bainbridge. The pirates have threatened to kill Phillips if they are attacked. They are demanding a ransom...
  • Officials: Navy has Amphibious Assault Ship Ready ( U.S.S. Boxer on the way )

    04/10/2009 5:10:07 PM PDT · by kellynla · 117 replies · 4,545+ views ^ | 4/10/3009 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is moving a huge amphibious ship closer to the scene of the pirate hostage standoff off Somalia. Defense officials say the USS Boxer will be nearby soon. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss sensitive ship movements. The Boxer is the flag ship for a multination anti-piracy task force. The Boxer resembles a small aircraft carrier. It has a crew of more than 1,000, a mobile hospital, missile launchers and about two dozen helicopters and attack planes. Two other Navy ships are expected to remain much closer to...
  • Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid

    04/10/2009 4:34:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 97 replies · 2,788+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/10/09 | MSNBC
    The American sailor being held hostage by Somali pirates managed to jump off the lifeboat overnight but was recaptured, NBC News reported Friday. Captain Richard Phillips tried to swim away before being taken back into the pirates' custody, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski told the TODAY show. The escape bid was witnessed by the U.S. Navy but happened too quickly for them to come to his aid.

    04/10/2009 2:06:02 AM PDT · by Liz · 106 replies · 4,707+ views
    NY POST ^ | 4/10/09 | REBECCA ROSENBERG in Underhill, Vt., LORENA MONGELLI in Seekonk, Mass, DAN MANGAN in NY
    A US Navy destroyer stranded a hapless group of Somali pirates on the high seas. "We are surrounded by warships and don't have time to talk," one terrified pirate told Reuters via satellite phone.....the four blubbering buccaneers refused to release Capt. Richard Phillips, as the 510-foot destroyer USS Bainbridge, spy planes and drones kept tabs on the pirates' stranded, covered lifeboat, which had run out of fuel, with 10 days of emergency rations aboard. Capt. Richard Phillips offered himself as a hostage after his crew locked themselves in a room containing the ship's controls when the pirates boarded the vessel...

    04/10/2009 2:23:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 615+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 10, 2009 | Arthur Herman
    THE seizure of the Maersk Alabama and her American crew of 21 by pirates on Tuesday may finally be the wake-up call we need to deal with the ongoing piracy threat in the waters off Somalia. To their everlasting credit, the Americans on board saved the Obama administration from its version of Jimmy Carter's Iran hostage crisis by turning the tables on their captors and taking back their ship. Can we hope that the US government will finally be as decisive -- and truly act against this growing threat to world trade? The pirates prey at the Horn of Africa,...
  • U.S. navy, pirates negotiate over hostage captain

    04/09/2009 4:46:01 PM PDT · by topfile · 111 replies · 2,753+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 9, 2009 7:04pm EDT | Abdi Sheikh and Andrew Quinn
    MOGADISHU/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy negotiated on Thursday with Somali pirates who held an American ship captain hostage in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, their first such seizure of a U.S. citizen. The gunmen briefly hijacked the 17,000-tonne Maersk Alabama freighter Wednesday, but the 20 American crew retook control after a confrontation far out at sea where pirates have captured five other vessels in a week. Four gang members were holding the captain, Richard Phillips, on the ship's lifeboat after he apparently volunteered to be a hostage for the sake of his crew. The Bainbridge, a U.S. warship,...
  • U.S. navy, pirates negotiate over hostage captain

    The U.S. Navy negotiated on Thursday with Somali pirates who held an American ship captain hostage in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, their first such seizure of a U.S. citizen. The gunmen briefly hijacked the 17,000-tonne Maersk Alabama freighter Wednesday, but the 20 American crew retook control after a confrontation far out at sea where pirates have captured five other vessels in a week. Four gang members were holding the captain, Richard Phillips, on the ship's lifeboat after he apparently volunteered to be a hostage for the sake of his crew. The Bainbridge, a U.S. warship, arrived on the...
  • FBI in hostage talks with Somalis ( Holding captain of American crewed ship)

    04/09/2009 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 102 replies · 2,246+ views
    BBC ^ | 9 April 2009 16:00 UK 15:00 GMT, Thursday, | BBC Staff
    FBI in hostage talks with Somalis Capt Phillips apparently offered himself as a hostage to save his crew The US Navy has called in FBI hostage negotiators to help secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean. Capt Richard Phillips was taken from the Maersk Alabama cargo ship after it was briefly seized by pirates. Officials said a US warship had arrived in the area and was remaining in sight of the lifeboat during the tense talks. Relatives of the Maersk Alabama crew told US media the ship was now...