Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An Unreasonable and Unnecessary Pirate Quandary

After the excellent rescue of Captain Phillips by the United States Navy, the government is now in a quandry over what to do with the 4th living and captured pirate involved in the incident.

Potentially they might consider this a law enforcement matter and try him in New York or Washington D.C.:
US weighing where to charge captured Somali pirate
The Justice Department was considering whether to prosecute a Somali pirate in Washington or New York, U.S. officials said following the rescue of a U.S. hostage and the apprehension of his only surviving captor.

The decision will determine where the pirate will be flown in what is shaping up as the first U.S. piracy case in recent memory.

Three pirates were killed Sunday in a military operation that rescued Capt. Richard Phillips, who had been held hostage aboard a lifeboat for days. A fourth pirate was in discussions with naval authorities about Phillips' fate when the rescue took place.

Both piracy and hostage-taking carry life sentences under U.S. law.
Great, so we'll now have the expense of a securing this guy in jail in the US pre-trial, a trial and government appointed defense counsel with all rights granted to a US Defendant, then hopefully with a conviction and then we get to keep him for life in a U.S. Prison probably with living conditions and civil rights far ahead of what he has ever had and when he gets out then what, more years of legal wranfgling to deport him, or is piracy going to be a new eventual path to citizenship?

Just grand, and ceetainly not a disencentive to commit Piracy.

How about a simpler situation and instead of mamking this international act a US domestic law enforcement issue just enforce the law of the sea in situ.

Yardarm, Rope, Pirate -- some temporary assembly required.

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