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Posted on 05/04/2010 5:05:34 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
(AXcess News) Washington - Eleven suspected Somali pirates have been indicted in Norfolk, Virginia, on charges of attempting in the dark of night on the high seas off Somalia to attack and plunder what they believed were defenseless cargo ships.
They were mistaken. Instead of cargo ships, the vessels they attacked turned out to be two US Navy warships.
At this early stage in the two cases, one huge mystery looms: How these alleged pirates lived to tell the tale.
According to the indictments, one attack took place March 31 against the USS Nicholas, a frigate. The second attack took place on April 10 against the USS Ashland, a dock landing ship.
In both cases, the pirates were armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. In contrast, US naval warships are equipped with a full array of modern weapon systems.
The indictments use language that doesn't appear often in federal charging documents - at least not since the 1700s or thereabouts.
The charges: Piracy and attacking to plunder a vessel. One of the indictments says that five of the Somalis "by surprise and open force, maliciously attacked and set upon a vessel belonging to another, specifically, the USS Nicholas belonging to the United States of America, with intent unlawfully to plunder the same, and to despoil any owner thereof of any money, goods, and merchandise laden on board."
The indictment explains: "The primary purpose of the conspiracy was to make money by means of piracy on the high seas."
According to the indictment, one group of five suspected pirates left Somalia in an ocean-going vessel with two small boats in tow. The alleged pirates used the ship as a support platform for provisions and long-range transportation while in search of merchant ships to attack, according to the indictment.
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Obama will probably require that all Navy ships from now on have huge neon signs “Warning... US Navy” which must be illuminated at night.
Like the title reads, DUMB A** ALERT
They are going to get so much free stuff while in prison. Free cable tv, weights to lift, education, etc. all at taxpayer expense. And they will be let out early for good behaviour.
Attacked a US Navy ship and they are alive? Something is wrong here.
Arrrrgh! Mateys we got the wrong ship.
Were these 40 something white male Somalis??
I support catch and release in the case of Somali pirates. First, destroy their vessels; second, throw them back into the water; third, pour a couple of buckets of blood into the water to attract sharks; fourth, sail on.
Why these guys aren’t spending eternity as shark poop is beyond me.
“They are going to get so much free stuff while in prison. Free cable tv, weights to lift, education, etc. all at taxpayer expense. And they will be let out early for good behaviour.”
And for their good behavior they will be rewarded with Citizenship, since we can’t send them back, because they might be harmed.
This administration is teaching me one thing that it shouldn’t. How to hate. May Erich Holder and the O be victim’s of their own efforts.
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth!
Slice off their heads and let the sharks figure out who was the leader!
Oh, I take that all back; Holder read them their rights, so Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe will represent them for reparations because they’re black muslims!
Piracy ... death!
THAT LOP-EARED KENYAN INTERLOPER AND HIS DUMBASS REGIME IS GONNA GET US ALL GOOD AND KILLED IF WE DON’T PUT A STOP TO IT!
It’s okay, “Butch” Neapolitan (have you seen her hair) is our head BIC.
She will make us all safe......./S
An answer to that has become more apparent with the announcement that US Navy ships may not actually defend themselves against enemies or apparent enemies without specific approval from the President.