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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 07:57 AM
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The Hijacked Ship---Who's In Charge of Negotiations/Actions?
The Danish-owned, US-operated hijacked ship has 20 US crewman. Who is in charge of getting the crewman and/or the ship back?

Is it the private company that owns the ship, the US Navy, NATO?

I know the pirates have had some successful hijacks, they have a history of not harming the crew, and making off with millions of dollars. Does the company or the government pay them off? I know the US 'doesn't negotiate with terrorists', but would the US stand in the way if Maersk wanted to pay to get the crew out safely?

Who is in charge in this case?
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:01 AM
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1. I think it's up to the owners of the boat to pay the ransom
the US Navy was supposed to be starting an anti-pirate response team, but I dont know how that's working out for them.

It's crazy, unregulated, and oft times unpatroled areas of the water. I heard this boat was 300 miles off shore and still captured.

I have read about old skool pirates and pirate hunters and would love to get some kind of "pirate defense" job on cargo ships.
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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:07 AM
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4. 300 miles off shore and they still got captured?
:wtf:

Did the pirates have some kind of sophisticated radar or something? I always thought they were rag tag. Like this....

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:15 AM
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8. those are just the little launches from big boats with all the toys....
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lazer47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:04 AM
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2. If you pay these pirates, they will do it again,, there is at this point
only one thing these "outlaws" will respect..They have been paid off too many times.....
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:05 AM
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3. They have been paid off quite a bit,
that is how this became such a habit. But, I wonder if this time, with the US involved if it will be any different.
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lazer47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:12 AM
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6. Just like children who have developed a bad habit, time to call a,, TIME OUT
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Mike Daniels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:16 AM
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9. The pirates have been smart in not harming any crew members
Edited on Wed Apr-08-09 08:17 AM by Mike Daniels
As long as there's no violence and the harm is strictly economic there will be very little outcry for a concentrated show of military force.

As soon as one crewman gets killed in the act of defending a ship or while in custody then I think the pirates are going to see attitudes change real quick.

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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:11 AM
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5. The one thing I truly respected about President Ford was
when the Mayguy was captured and those twenty some Marines were captured Ford immediately sent in teams to secure their freedom. Immediately...There was no hemming and hawing. We sent in forces and got our troops back..Obama should do the same... Yesterday...
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:14 AM
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7. And this has been a long time coming.
I am sure the contingency plans have been drawn and waiting the word for months, maybe years.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:26 AM
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10. This is why we have a Navy, to protect US ships from piracy on the high seas
Edited on Wed Apr-08-09 08:27 AM by ThomWV
It is a primary function of the United States Navy to protect US flagged ships at sea from piracy. It is a legitimate use of force for us to retake that ship and to have justice done to the pirates.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 08:30 AM
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11. Then, I hope the Navy is on its way.
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