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  • Captain saved from pirates pens book (Captain saved by SEALS)

    03/31/2010 7:25:34 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 5 replies · 398+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | updated 12:13 p.m. CT, Wed., March. 31, 2010 | Associated Press
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - The cargo ship captain who spent five days as a hostage of Somali pirates says in a new book it was a high-seas double-cross that led to his brutal ordeal in a sweltering lifeboat. Richard Phillips says that one of the AK-47-wielding pirates was grabbed by the crew of the Maersk Alabama last year, but the crew agreed to release him if the pirates released their captive, Phillips. Bad idea, he says now. The crew gave up the pirate, but the other pirates reneged on the swap and kept Phillips. "Don't make deals with pirates," Phillips writes...
  • 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
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | 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.
  • 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...
  • Obama’s Order Not To Rescue Hostage Confirmed by National Security Advisor and Pentagon

    04/24/2009 3:55:12 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 62 replies · 3,109+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-24-09 | Alec Rawls
    Stung by the widely circulated “SEAL pals” account of what really happened in Somalia (discussed here last Friday), the Obama administration had National Security Advisor James L. Jones and a number of anonymous Pentagon sources give their side two days ago in a Washington Times exclusive. Their mission, according to reporter Bill Gertz, was: ... to dispel Internet reports that the military was delayed from taking action by indecision inside the White House. Clintonesque parsing of words is evident throughout the Jones-Pentagon account, amounting on more than one occasion to outright dishonesty. Yet the actual information they provide (as opposed...
  • AP source: Celebration planned for pirate hostage

    04/23/2009 8:09:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 273+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/23/9 | JOHN CURRAN, Associated Press Writer
    Montpelier, Vt. (AP) -- A person familiar with the plans says a homecoming party is planned this weekend in Vermont for the ship captain who was taken hostage by pirates. The person was not authorized to release the information and spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity.
  • Rescued Captain invited to the Whitehouse(NOT)

    04/19/2009 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Vendome · 23 replies · 948+ views
    Vanity | 04/19/2009 | Vendome
    Hey, I was just wondering: Did the Captain get invited to the Whitehouse for dinner or lunch? You know to meet his rescuer.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Somali Pirates Vow They Will Revenge From French and America

    04/14/2009 9:12:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 781+ views
    Jama’ Si’ad, a member of the Somali pirates in the coast of Somalia has vowed on Tuesday that they will kill and revenge from any of the American and French forces they capture in the Somali coast. “We are very sorry for what happened to our friends who were shot and killed by the French and American marines. But we will pay a quick reaction of that killing. If we capture any of the American or French citizens, we will kill them with guns, swords and any kind of weapons we can,” said Jama’ The Somali pirates said that they...
  • C'Mon, Rush, Three Hours Of "Thanking The Most High Obama For Pirate Kill And Rescue?"

    04/13/2009 3:10:05 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 44 replies · 1,779+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 04/13/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    I have been a semi faithful student of Rush's EIB Institue since the early nineties, or earlier. I value Rush as the magna cum laude proxy leader of the Republican Party, because there ain't anybody else around qualified to do it. However, Rush's OOCD Obsessive Obama Compulsive Disorder is getting a little boooooring, even as I admit Obama is quite Obsessive - about himself. Were Obama's kids required to name their new dog "BO?"Aren't those BO's initials? I do not approve of President Obama, and I do not say we must "respect the office of the President," no matter who...
  • Politicizing Captain Phillips' Rescue From Somali Pirates

    04/13/2009 1:42:51 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 9 replies · 598+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | April 13, 2009 | Michael Eden
    The breathless Associated Press report describes Obama as the hero - and not just once, but twice over: WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama twice authorized the military to rescue a U.S. captain held by Somali pirates and whose life appeared to be at risk. Officials say Obama gave the OK on Friday and Saturday to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast. Officials say both times the Pentagon believed Phillips' life was at risk. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Of course, anonymity gives political officials free-reign to lie...
  • Wacky Left Blames Captain Phillips For Deaths of Pirates

    04/13/2009 1:41:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 1,391+ views
    Holy Coast ^ | April 13, 2009 | Rick Moore
    How out of touch with reality do you have to be to believe this? The pirates' modus operandi is that they hold the crew, ship, and cargo harmlessly until a lot of money is paid to them. Phillips "heroic" actions put his crew and himself at risk. If he'd done nothing except acquiesce to the pirates' demands, there would have been no risk, just possible discomfort until the extortion money was paid. Instead he put himself and the Seals at grave risk. I applaud the crew, the Seals, and the military chain of command for their actions. I think Phillips...
  • The Story of a Successful Rescue (and the Obama Adminstration’s Attempt to Claim Credit)

    04/13/2009 10:01:04 AM PDT · by mojito · 57 replies · 2,565+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4/13/2009 | Jeff Emanuel
    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. With the small inflatable lifeboat in which he was being held captive being towed by the American missile destroyer USS Bainbridge, and Navy Special Warfare (NSWC) snipers on the fantail in position to take their shots at his captors as soon as the command was given, 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...
  • How SEALs Carried Out Their Mission

    04/13/2009 8:55:29 AM PDT · by Delacon · 148 replies · 7,317+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 13, 2009 | Ann Scott Tyson
    The operation to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips involved dozens of Navy SEALs, who parachuted from an aircraft into the scene near dark Saturday, landing in the ocean. The SEALs were part of a group of Special Operations forces involved in the effort, according to military officials. The SEALs set up operations on the USS Bainbridge, which had been communicating with the four pirates via radio and had used smaller boats to make deliveries of food and water to their lifeboat. Yet the pirates were growing increasingly agitated, the officials said. At one point Saturday, the pirates opened fire on one...
  • Somali government hails rescue of U.S. hostage

    04/13/2009 5:19:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 2,027+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr. 13, 2009
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's fledgling government applauded on Sunday the release of an American hostage whose five-day capture by pirates in the Indian Ocean highlighted lawlessness both in and off the Horn of Africa nation. "We are very happy at this action and the outcome," Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar told Reuters by telephone from Djibouti. "It shows that the world will not accept criminality." Asked what he knew about the operation to free ship captain Richard Phillips, Omaar said details needed to be kept confidential. "I am not surprised, nor will anyone be surprised, at the actions of the...
  • How the rescue happened

    04/12/2009 5:12:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 2,216+ views
    blackfive.net ^ | April 12, 2009 | Uncle Jimbo
    I just finished listening to the press conference w/ ADM Gortney about the rescue of Captain Phillips. At the time it happened the USS Bainbridge was towing the lifeboat to calmer waters as the sea state was deteriorating. One of the pirates was on board the Bainbridge as the talks about obtaining Phillip's release continued. The lifeboat was approx. 25 m behind the Bainbridge when snipers on the fantail observed one of the pirates in the pilot house of the lifeboat pointing an AK-47 at the back of a tied up Phillips and the other two pirates on board were...
  • 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...
  • Commander: Pirates' deaths could escalate violence

    04/12/2009 5:09:23 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 56 replies · 2,873+ views
    crAP ^ | 4/12/09
  • Official: Captain Was In 'Imminent Danger'

    04/12/2009 2:00:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 1,644+ views
    AP Report ^ | April 12, 2009
    Official: Captain was in 'imminent danger' Swift rescue operation left three of the Somali captors dead MOMBASA, Kenya - A U.S. military official said Navy Seals and other officers opened fire on three pirates when a Navy commander made a split-second decision that an American hostage's life was in danger. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney also said the pirates made a ransom demand for the release of Capt. Richard Phillips. Gortney said the pirates threatened throughout the ordeal to kill Phillips. Gortney says the pirates were armed with AK-47s and small-caliber pistols, and were pointing the AK-47s at the captain. Gortney...
  • Captain reportedly freed, 3 pirates dead and one captured (updated)

    04/12/2009 3:37:39 PM PDT · by fiodora · 77 replies · 3,619+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Congratulations all around to the daring warriors who rescued Captain Richard Phillips and captured one of his captors alive. I am delighted that President Obama's team did not endlessly equivocate. I credit them with bringing the incident to a close. If they needed time to position assets and plan, I am glad they waited. Update: Reports are that Captain Phillips jumped overboard again. Fragmentary reports suggest sharpshooters may have opened fire allowing him the escape. It is still unclear if there was an actual rescue operation launched Further update: The head of Maersk just had a news conference ion Norfolk,...
  • Official: US sea captain faced imminent danger

    04/12/2009 1:17:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 56 replies · 4,229+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2009 | LARA JAKES
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The American sea captain held hostage by Somali pirates was in "imminent danger" of being killed by his captors before U.S. Special Operations forces fatally shot them, a U.S. military official said. The hostage, Richard Phillips, was not hurt in the several minutes of gunfire off the Somali coast Sunday. Phillips was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
  • Obama Twice Approved Plan to Rescue U.S. Sea Captain, Philips' Family "Happy and Relieved" (Video)

    I'll give the President some credit for this, but I still think the military should have acted sooner. Alas. All's well that ends well! My hope is that the Administration is serious about cracking down on piracy in the Indian Ocean and that Captain Philips has opened America's eyes to the dangers that many of our citizens face around the world. Fox News reports: President Obama twice authorized the military to rescue a U.S. captain held by Somali pirates and whose life appeared to be at risk. A senior administration official told FOX News that Obama granted the authority on...
  • Captain jumps to freedom

    04/12/2009 2:02:50 PM PDT · by GVnana · 71 replies · 5,356+ views
    The Washington Time ^ | 4/12/2009 | Sara A. Carter
    DEVELOPING:Capt. Richard Phillips jumped to freedom on Easter Sunday from the lifeboat where four pirates had been holding him captive off the coast of Somalia in a five-day stand off with the U.S. Navy. Capt. Phillips, who has been described by his crew as a hero for leaving with four pirates in a lifeboat to save his ship, the Maersk Alabama, escaped by jumping overboard. Before pirates could respond, U.S. forces killed three pirates still on the lifeboat and arrested a fourth pirate.
  • Obama: Rescued captain showed model heroism

    04/12/2009 12:36:13 PM PDT · by libh8er · 68 replies · 3,085+ views
    AP ^ | 4.12.09
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the captain who survived capture by Somali pirates has courage that is "a model for all Americans." Obama says he's pleased that Capt. Richard Phillips has been rescued and is on board a Navy ship. Obama says Phillips' safety was his main concern after being held hostage aboard a lifeboat. Obama says he is proud of the U.S. military and other agencies that worked to free Phillips. The president says the United States needs help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracy and to hold pirates accountable. The president praised...
  • Somali Elders Seek to Free American From Pirates

    04/12/2009 8:30:21 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 23 replies · 1,053+ views
    NST Online ^ | 4/12/09 | Staff
    Somali elders on Sunday renewed efforts to free an American held hostage for days on a lifeboat after his pirate captors fired on a US navy vessel and defied attempts to have them arrested. Even as negotiations resumed to free the American captain, pirates manoeuvred an Italian vessel and its 16-strong crew toward the Somali coastline
  • Captain Richard Phillips FREED - a glorious Easter Sunday!

    04/12/2009 12:26:53 PM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 12 replies · 734+ views
    The Daily Change ^ | 04122009 | TDC
    Less than an hour ago, Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk ALABAMA was freed from the hands of evil by the joint effort of his own courage and boldness and the swift and decided action of the American Navy Seals! Moments like this reinforce our emphasis on the need for a continued strong national defense policy. Our nation’s military program is not an area we should cut funding for but rather we should create incentives for our young men and women who want to serve and protect Americans and America while bettering their own lives. A BIG THANK YOU TO...
  • Captain jumps overboard, SEALs shoot pirates, official says (breaking

    04/12/2009 12:14:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 90 replies · 4,692+ views
    The American captain of a cargo ship held hostage by pirates jumped overboard from the lifeboat where he was being held, and U.S. Navy SEALs shot and killed three of his four captors, according to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.
  • U.S. Navy rescues captain held by pirates

    04/12/2009 11:16:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies · 4,065+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/12/09 | AP
    MOMBASA, Kenya - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, the ship's owner said.
  • 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...
  • US ship, choppers, shadow hostage captain, pirates

    04/12/2009 10:23:56 AM PDT · by libstripper · 6 replies · 635+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2009 | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and KATHARINE HOURELD
    U.S. warships and helicopters stalked a lifeboat holding an American sea captain and his four Somali captors Sunday as a Somali official and others reported negotiations for his release have broken down.
  • 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
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  • Negotiations Break Down in Standoff With Pirates

    04/11/2009 8:48:36 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 41 replies · 2,807+ views
    NYTimes ^ | April 11, 2009 | NYTimes
    Negotiations over the American captain taken hostage by Somali pirates broke down on Saturday, according to Somali officials, after American officials insisted that the pirates be arrested and a group of elders representing the pirates refused. Somali officials said the American captain, Richard Phillips, and the four heavily armed pirates holding him hostage remained in a covered lifeboat floating in the Indian Ocean about 30 miles off Gara’ad, a notorious pirate den in northeastern Somalia. The negotiations broke down hours after the pirates fired on a small United States Navy vessel that had tried to approach the lifeboat not long...
  • Lifeboat with US captain nears Somalia-Only 20 miles and where did they get the gas?

    Somali pirates obtained fuel for their hijacked lifeboat and were moving within 35 kilometres of Somalia's shore late Saturday with Phillips on board, ABC news and CNN reported.
  • BREAKING: Pirates Fire On U.S. Navy Craft

    04/11/2009 3:16:58 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 105 replies · 3,893+ views
    Gunfire Erupts As Sailors Approach Lifeboat Holding Somali Bandits And Hostage; FBI Prepares For Piracy Prosecution CBS News Interactive: About Somalia NAIROBI, Kenya (CBS) ― Pirates opened fired as a small U.S. Navy team approached the enclosed lifeboat on which an American was being held hostage in waters off the coast of Somalia, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozer reports. A Defense Department official told CBS News that the Navy team was in a rubber craft headed toward the lifeboat holding the kidnapped captain of the Maersk Alabama when Somali pirates fired at or in the general direction of the Navy...
  • White House says Obama getting updates on pirates ("aides met at 8 a.m. and at 2 p.m.")

    04/11/2009 3:47:08 PM PDT · by maggief · 101 replies · 3,032+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09
    EXCERPT The White House says the president has received updates on paper and by phone on Saturday. Administration aides met at 8 a.m. and at 2 p.m. to discuss the four-day-old situation off the east coast of Africa.
  • Captive Captain 'Still Alive' as Pirates Steer Lifeboat Toward Shore

    04/11/2009 4:44:03 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 165 replies · 4,707+ views
    ABC News ^ | 4/11/09 | Staff
    Pirates Have Gas on Lifeboat, Fire Shots at U.S. Navy Sailors The captain of a U.S.-flagged ship held hostage by armed pirates on a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean appears to be alive after a daring escape attempt -- but the pirates now seem to have fuel and to be moving closer to shore, sources told ABC News. The latest evidence that Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, is alive came as the pirates holding him in a 28-foot covered lifeboat fired shots at U.S. Navy sailors who approached their vessel at an undisclosed time after the escape bid.
  • Source: Pirates repel sailors attempting to reach captain

    04/11/2009 1:16:29 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 257 replies · 14,935+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/11/09 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pirates off the eastern coast of Africa fired on U.S. sailors Saturday as they tried to reach the lifeboat where an American captain is being held, a U.S. official familiar with the situation told CNN. The gunfire forced the sailors, who did not return fire, to turn back, the official said. The incident took place some 12 hours ago as the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge sent a small team toward the lifeboat, said the official.
  • Somali Pirates, U.S. Navy in Tentative Deal, One Pirate Says

    04/11/2009 12:46:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 100 replies · 3,117+ views
    Bloomberg | April 11, 2009 | Dick Schumacher
    This story comes from Bloomberg -- which we cannot excerpt. However, we can provide our own summary of the general gist of the article which is that one of the pirates has claimed both sides have agreed to a prisoner exchange -- our captain for four of their outlaws. The article goes on to warn that as of right now, this is by no means a done deal. You can read the article HERE.
  • U.S. Navy in Standoff With Pirates (just in from WSJ)

    04/11/2009 11:46:01 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 58 replies · 2,212+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 4/11/2009 at 2:30pm Eastern | SARAH CHILDRESS
    The Maersk Alabama pulled into its berth in Mombasa port Saturday evening, while U.S. warships tried to stop Somali pirates from sending reinforcements to a lifeboat where the Alabama's capitain is being held hostage off Africa's eastern coast. About seven Alabama crewmembers, clad in blue overalls and hardhats, watched from the railings as the ship was pulled into its berth. A few waved and one pumped his fist as the ship approached the dock, which was covered with journalists wielding cameras and notebooks, as a helicopter rented by the Associated Press hovered overhead. The ship had visible security: several men...
  • Pirates Hijack Second US Vessel

    04/11/2009 8:35:25 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 357 replies · 17,169+ views
    BBC ^ | 11 April 2009 | Staff
    Somali pirates have hijacked a US-owned tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew on board, reports say. Maritime industry sources say the tug, which sails under an Italian flag, was towing two barges at the time of the attack, at 1100 local time (0800 GMT). The crew are said to be unharmed. The US and Italian governments have not confirmed the hijacking. Meanwhile pirates holding a US captain hostage have warned that using force to rescue him could result in "disaster". The pirates said they hoped to transfer Capt Richard Phillips from a lifeboat to a bigger vessel,...
  • High Seas Hostage Drama Could Conclude in US Court

    04/11/2009 7:43:16 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 67 replies · 1,830+ views
    AP ^ | 4/10/09 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The standoff between hostage-taking pirates and a U.S. Navy warship looks and feels like a military showdown, but as a matter of law, it's more like the aftermath of a bank robbery gone bad. Whether a U.S. citizen is taken hostage at a downtown bank branch or on the high seas, federal authorities can claim the authority to capture suspects and prosecute them in U.S. courts. That means, if the Somali pirates holding a U.S. cargo ship captain hostage in the Indian Ocean make it off their small lifeboat alive, they may have to answer to the...
  • Somali Tribal Elders to Mediate Hostage Release

    04/11/2009 6:07:34 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 107 replies · 2,345+ views
    Radionetherlands ^ | 11 April 2009 | Staff
    Somali tribal elders are going to help mediate for the release of a US ship captain. Captain Richard Phillips is being held hostage by pirates in Somali waters in the Gulf of Aden. The tribal elders want the captain released, but are not willing to negotiate a ransom. The Pentagon is reluctant to intervene for fear of the captain's life. The pirates say they want to bring the man to another hijacked ship and are threatening a bloodbath if they are prevented from doing so. Other pirates holding 24 hostages on a German ship have given up attempts to help...
  • 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...
  • High Seas Drama: Hostage Killed; Captain Still Held

    04/10/2009 1:00:18 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 74 replies · 2,185+ views
    thewitness ^ | 10 Apr 2009 | Staff
    MOGADISHU — French forces freed a yacht captured by pirates, though one French hostage was killed, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said in a statement yesterday. Four other hostages, including a child, held on the Tanit since April 4, were also freed. Two pirates were killed in the military operation and three others seized. The statement said a decision to launch a rescue operation was made after the pirates refused to accept negotiators’ terms and tried to sail towards the coast. Meanwhile, pirates holding an American hostage on a drifting lifeboat hauled him back when he jumped overboard to escape...

    04/10/2009 8:44:10 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 194 replies · 6,530+ views
    UK Express ^ | Friday April 10,2009 | By Emily Garnham
    A SOMALI in contact with a pirate leader says the captors of a US sea captain are ready to kill him if attacked. Four pirates are holding Captain Richard Phillips hostage aboard a drifting lifeboat, with US officials trying to negotiate his release. The Somali, who last year helped negotiate a ransom to pirates who seized a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. He says he has spoken with a pirate leader on the ground in Somalia who is coordinating action on the lifeboat currently adrift in the Indian Ocean. He says the...
  • Officials: Pirate Fired Weapon in Foiled Escape

    04/10/2009 9:35:05 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 81 replies · 2,041+ views
    Wztv.com ^ | April 10, 2009 | Staff
    <p>Defense officials say that one of the pirates holding an American captive fired an automatic weapon when the hostage tried to swim to safety.</p> <p>Defense officials say it's not clear whether the pirate fired at the fleeing hostage, or into the air. The officials spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the sensitive, unfolding operation.</p>