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Muslim Pirates Hijack American Flagged Ship

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:

Pirates hijack ship with 20 Americans onboard

By Daniel Wallis Daniel Wallis

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somali pirates hijacked a U.S.-flagged, Danish-owned container ship on Wednesday with 20 American crew on board in the latest of a sharp rise in attacks off the Horn of Africa nation, officials said.

Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers’ Assistance Program, told Reuters the 17,000 ton Maersk Alabama had been seized off Mogadishu far out in the Indian Ocean, but all its crew were believed to be safe.

Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk confirmed that the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama had been attacked by pirates about 500 km (300 miles) off Somalia and had probably been hijacked. The company said it had 20 American crew on board.

The Maersk Alabama is owned and operated by Maersk Line Ltd, a Norfolk, Virginia-based subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk and the world’s biggest container shipper.

A Moller-Maersk spokesman said it had been carrying general goods to Mombasa from Djibouti when it was attacked.

A U.S. naval spokeswoman in Bahrain, Lt. Stephanie Murdock, said a U.S.-flagged, Danish-owned ship reported being attacked by pirates early on Wednesday about 280 miles southeast of Eyl, Somalia…

What would Jefferson do?

  Update!

From a disconsolate Reuters:

U.S. crew said to have retaken hijacked ship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. crew of a hijacked U.S.-flagged container ship in the Indian Ocean appears to have retaken control of the vessel, a Pentagon official told Reuters.

"It is our understanding that the crew is back in control of the ship," said the official, who asked not to be named. He said the shipowner would hold a news conference on the matter at 12:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) in Norfolk, Virginia.

Obviously the US crew acted before they were given any advice by the White House.

Hopefully they will be made to give the ship back and apologize – before the cost of reparations becomes too high.

  Update!

From the Associated Press:

US crewman: Somali pirates hold captain hostage

By Katharine Houreld, Associated Press Writer

NAIROBI, Kenya – The American crew of a hijacked U.S.-flagged ship retook control of the vessel from Somali pirates Wednesday but the captain was still being held hostage, according to Pentagon officials and a member of the crew.

The crew member told The Associated Press that the 20-member crew had managed to seize one pirate and then successfully negotiate their own release.

The man, who picked up the ship’s satellite phone but did not identify himself, told the AP in a brief conversation that the crew had retaken control of the ship and the pirates were in a lifeboat. But the man also said that they were holding the ship’s captain hostage…

President Barack Obama was following the situation closely, foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough said.

The ship was carrying emergency food relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked, the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said…

As long as Mr. Obama is following the situation closely, we have nothing to worry about.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

46 Responses to “Muslim Pirates Hijack American Flagged Ship”

  1. Confucius says:

    Does Hillary have any more “reset” buttons?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “What would Jefferson do?”

    From the Halls of Montezuma
    To the Shores of Tripoli;
    We will fight our country’s battles
    In the air, on land and sea;
    First to fight for right and freedom
    And to keep our honor clean;
    We are proud to claim the title
    of United States Marine.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Headline should read:

    “Muslim Pirate… Barack Hussien Obama….Hijacks American Flagged United States and holds it in Contempt.”

    There……..that’s much better and too the point!!!!

  4. Trialdog says:

    We know what Jefferson would do. I fear Obama will apologize and pay tribute to the pirates.

  5. proreason says:

    These pirates are cruising for a stern lecture from the smartest man in the world.

    And if that doesn’t work, The Moron will call for a U.N. resolution.

    Problem solved.

  6. pdsand says:

    Obama may be moved to make a frustrated but sympathetic face while talking about the lack of economic opportunity in Somalia.

  7. caligirl9 says:

    TOTUS will do/say what the teleprompter and ear piece tell him to/say.

    And so it begins …

    • catie says:

      Gird your loins because Cuppa Joe warned us this was coming. Funny how they waited until Bush was gone before they went after an American flagged ship. Just a “coinckydink” as my late grandmother would say, I would say not.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    Obama should just do what he did to North Korea, it hasn’t launched another rocket since last weekend.

    North Korea is a good example of Rush’s theory, there isn’t peace until one side loses.

    • Barbie says:

      Obama should just do what he did to North Korea, it hasn’t launched another rocket since last weekend.

      HAH. Good point.

  9. bousquem says:

    Just got blasted across Fox News, the American Crew retook the ship and they have at least 1 pirate captured. Simple solution to the pirate problem is just to start hanging every pirate like they use to centuries before.

    • caligirl9 says:

      The crew will no doubt be prosecuted for violating the pirates’ right to … pirate.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I wonder if we grew a pair (as a nation) would we be able to retake our ship from the likes of “BLACKBARRY the PIRATE”?

      BRAVO to the crew!!!
      Americans belly up to the fight!!

    • proreason says:

      oh oh.

      Did the American crew check the international law to see if they are permitted to retake the ship.

      They could be in deep doo-doo now. They just trampled on the international rights of pirates.

      update: Cali, didn’t see your post……we had a vulcan mind meld

    • Odie44 says:

      Liberal – OT

      While on our honeymoon in the Grand Caymans, Georgetown has a “legend pirate” named “Big Black Dick”..

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/templarion/261688077/

      A shame the name has been taken…

    • pdsand says:

      I think by hijacking a U.S. flag ship, the pirates are now eligible for green cards and asylum in the U.S. to escape poverty.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Psst…offer them welfare and medical…..sweeten the pot!!

  10. Let the carpet bombing of the shores begin…

  11. pdsand says:

    I wonder how much of the blame for this situation Bush bears?

  12. bousquem says:

    Now apparently the pirates have the captain and another hostage with them when they got forced off the boat into a life boat. Watch the democrats and the UN demand we pay millions to the pirates and all sorts of other aid/offers so that they won’t do it again. It seems like the Barbary pirates all over again. Just send in a special forces team to kill the pirates and rescue the hostages then just unleash the military on the pirates. Blow up the bases and sink the motherships, why bother with this crap of capturing them so they can go to Kenya and probably be released or wait for trials. Seems pretty obvious that if your attacking a ship, your a pirate. Another solution would just be to deploy Q-ships and let the pirates get a nasty and very lethal surprise when they decide to attack the ships then.

  13. Howard Roark says:

    As long as Mr. Obama is following the situation closely, we have nothing to worry about.

    This p*ssy has never had to fight for anything in his life, and doesn’t even know who’s side he’s on–the Islamic pirates’ or ours.

    While this panty-waist calls us arrogant, the world sees one of our merchant marine vessels loaded with emergency food relief for Mombasa, Kenya, get hijacked by Muslims. The world is laughing at this pretender-in-chief who denegrates his own people.

    Knowing that our kindness and generosity–not arrogance–was destined for Barry’s father’s homeland is an irony lost only on the Harvard grad himself.

  14. Confucius says:

    Somebody tell Hillary to ask hubby for advice. He’s an expert in all things Somali, you know.

  15. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Okie-doke, Barry….

    Now—-

    Make those words MEAN something

    BE RESPONSIBLE

    Make those ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

    These are YOUR words, Barry. I’m waiting…….

  16. canary says:

    Maybe Obomies fathers’ dreams were to live in America the greatest country in the world. Obomie will figure out a way to blame the U.S. for this too. He hasn’t even visited Darfur or given them a penny. He is a spoiled prissy fruitloop.

    What’s truly satire is Obomie’s Intelliegence Chief, Dennis Blair, with 30 years in the Navy under his belt, and this pirating has only gotten worse since Obomie election. It seems Obomie daily, continues to place the U.S. of America in more and more danger.

  17. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    How hard would it be to place heavily armed personnel, in a fashion similar to the use of harbor pilots, on all high value targets while they transit the area? Ships leaving the area stop for a short time to transfer the personnel to an incoming ship or holding facility or vice versa. Maybe I don’t understand the scope of how many ships are involved, but this would seem to be a quick and easy plan to implement considering that the U.S. Navy is already in the area. If a ship chooses to decline our personnel, fine, they’re on their own.

  18. artboyusa says:

    Did anyone see Glenn Beck’s “report” on this event yesterday? He was hysterical; yelling, jumping around, flailing his arms like a little girl trying to swat a wasp (I exaggerate but not too much). It was embarrassing to watch, honest.

    As for this piracy business; how about we fit out some Q Ships (look it up; armed ships disguised as helpless merchantmen, used by the Brits against U boats in WW1) and send them out to mosey around these troubled shipping lanes?

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      I can’t watch Beck. I could tolerate him a bit when he first got his show on Fox but when he started “bawling” like a ***** during his “War Room” extravaganza, that was it for me.

      The Q Ship idea is good, no doubt it would be effective in a lot of cases. Let’s implement both ideas, yours and mine. That should be 100% effective IMO.

    • jobeth says:

      I respect you guys, and understand where you are coming from but I totally disagree.

      Beck might be a bit too emotional for you to watch, but he is the only one in the media that has had the guts to tell the WHOLE unvarnished truth.

      Give me a man who is comfortable enough to cry about something that means so much to him (the direction that our country is going) , rather than a man who is afraid to say what needs to be said or to cry because he is afraid to appear weak.

      In the end if it ever came to a situation of needing a man in a combat situation to pick up a gun and do the required job, Beck could/would do it in a heart beat. He makes that perfectly clear.

      A emotional man (or woman) crying about important things in life is no disgrace. The disgrace is in these people out there that keep quiet when in face corruption and tyranny

      We need more men like him.

    • proreason says:

      I didn’t see the Beck breakdown, which would probably bother me a lot.

      But whenever I hear him, he is saying things that ring true to me.

      One of the Repubs’ problems is that they think they need to act above the fray, whereas the Dems are so committed to their lunacy that they will kill their mothers to implement it. Maintaining calm works great in many situations, but it seems to me the Repub calm is lack of passion rather than steely resolve.

      Beck is passionate and he’s right a high percentage of the time. I like him. He’s behind Rush (league of his own) and Levin, in my ratings, and before Hannity (who beats the same drum a bit too much). I like Laura as well. Hewitt and Benett are interesting, but they are above the fray guys too frequently. But all of them, and others, are talented to be able to sustain a show like they do for hours.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      jobeth,

      I don’t have any problem with men or women expressing emotion. Heck, I’ve cried when having pets euthanized. My problem mainly with his display was that it looked absolutely staged. How ridiculously over the top the hype was for that special didn’t help matters either IMO. Maybe he was sincere, but it certainly didn’t appear that way to me. The only display of emotion by a man I can think of offhand that looked more insincere was BJ Bill leaving Ron Brown’s funeral when he suddenly noticed the cameras were on him.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “There is no crying in combat………”

      After….maybe…..but not during.
      Tears in the eyes blurs your attempt to put rounds on target effectively!!
      Real men cry……..candyasses (BJ Bill) do it on cue!!

  19. Confucius says:

    I can’t listen to Beck either. Something is wrong with him. One day he’s screaming; another he’s sobbing. In the meantime, he’s proselytizing like it’s the End of Days and claiming he can “see” things no one else can. He even calls himself a “beautiful mind.”

    If he’s not bipolar, then he’s fallen off the wagon.

    • Barbie says:

      Glenn Beck, has been at least 1 1/2 years, if not longer, ahead of the curve reporting on the financial meltdown – he was warning about the impending financial crisis long before anyone ‘thunk’ there was an economic problem. He knew about the illegal immigration issue, the oil prices and gas prices, the problems with Russia, China, and with Venezuela – the perfect storm, before any other bozo even knew there were issues surfacing. He was defending Compean and Ramos before most people knew their names, and he was kicking Johnny Sutton’s a** over it while most nitwits didn’t have a clue who Sutton was.

      Last week he was on and he slammed the Connecticut state Attorney General with questions to the Connecticut AG about the legal footstool the AG used to go after AIG – the AG couldn’t even form a legal answer – because he had no legal answer. Beck knows pretty much how the left will react and how Obama will spin things before any other media person can even process what’s going on. And he’s not partial to political labels – he doesn’t care if its a Dem or a Repub – he’ll go after them.

      He’s a passionate supporter of our military and this country. He’s a passionate supporter of gun rights. Yes, he is intense, yes he does cry – some. He does. I don’t feel comfortable with it, but he’s ahead of everyone else. I’ve NEVER heard him claim he can see things at least in the psychic sense. And he’s one of the funniest, most sarcastic people on the face of this earth – it does not translate as well on tv as on his radio program where he has more leeway. He’s become intense recently but he’s a roll on the floor funny guy – on the radio. He admits ups front he is not a ‘journalist’, has never had training as a ‘journalist’ so perhaps that somewhat accounts for his less than button down shirt orthodox approach to opining on the politics of the day.

      If you don’t like him, that’s certainly your perogative. He’s just not afraid to show the outrage that most sit-on-their ass conservatives are too embarrassed to actually display. But he is passionate. I listened to his radio program for a a few years and he was way out front of anyone else about the politics in this country. He’s not a fence rider. He doesn’t keep his total composure and weigh. like O’Reilly, what will give him a reputation for being ‘moderate’. He’s not like Hannity, who’s voice is always so well modulated (don’t let any real passion seep in). p.s. I’ve never heard him claim to be ‘bi polar’ but so what if he is, he still speaks the truth – that doesn’t dilute his message. Listen to what you want. But the reality is Beck IS way ahead of any competitors in the news opinion business, bi-polar, hysterical, or not…

    • Confucius says:

      To Barbie,

      Mr. Beck was not ahead of the curve on the financial meltdown. A handful of financial analysts in the private sector were.

      Mr. Beck, however, was the first person I heard interpreting the current financial crisis as the coming of the next Great Depression. Interestingly, Mr. Beck changed his mind about the financial armageddon when Bear Stearns was bailed out in 2008. Then, when the stock market crumpled again in late 2008, Mr. Beck changed his “beautiful mind” once again and went back to the whole Great Depression-thing.

      This isn’t being ahead of the curve. It’s bad guessing gone amuck.

      As for the psychic thing, I don’t think Mr. Beck thinks he is. However, he has stated that he sees things differently than everyone else does; hence, he has a “beautiful mind.” In other words, Mr. Beck fancies himself a savant.

      Speaking of savants, most bipolars think of themselves in this way. I’ve never heard Mr. Beck say he was bipolar, but he sure behaves that way.

      As for the other political issues you mentioned, I can’t comment because I’m not a regular listener.

      If you like him, it’s your perogative. I prefer someone level-headed and emotionally stable. I also don’t equate emotional stability with “sitting on their ass.”

    • proreason says:

      Confucius,

      Many indicators show the global economy right now is as bad or worse than at an equivalent time from the start of the Great Depression.

      The Great Depression got its name because it lasted a lot longer than 18 months Nobody really knows whether today’s economy will deteriorate or when it will improve.

      But comparing today’s situation to the Great Depression isn’t nutty, just based on comparison data.

      And also, some things you hear about the 30’s had a different measurement basis than today. For example, unemployment did not exclude “discouraged workers”. If our 8.5% was measured on the same basis as during the 30’s, it would be much higher than 8.5%.

    • Confucius says:

      Interesting proreason. I’ve read analyses stating the opposite. The most recent from Thomas Sowell.

      I don’t have an economics or finance background so I’m forced to rely on the expertise of others to understand what is happening in our economy and markets. The problem is who to trust. There is too much politics, too many agendas and too little honest objectivity.

      For instance, I find it more than suspicious when someone first predicts a depression and then appears in a gold commercial.

      Well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

    • proreason says:

      Confucius, here is the article I was referencing.

      http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/3421

      Assuming the data is correct (always a risk), you can see there are several indicators showing that GLOBALLY, today is worse, faster than the 30’s.

      In the US, on the other hand, things are better than elsewhere, which might be the root of some US Economists having more optimistic outlooks. Sowell is my favorite, and I quote him a lot, and I would be really curious to hear his take on the global economy at the moment.

      Who knows for sure? I was just saying there are seemingly rational people who believe that at this point in time, a case can be made that things are worse globally than in the 30’s.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      “The problem is who to trust. There is too much politics, too many agendas and too little honest objectivity.”

      Give that man a prize! Dead on Confucious.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Barbie,

      I agree with a lot of his beliefs. That’s why I decided to check his show out. However I just cannot handle how over the top he is. I mean jeez, would you want to sit down and have a beer with him? He’d likely be the guy that gets you in a fight at the local bar because of his mouth.

  20. artboyusa says:

    I’m a Brit Hume man myself. He could convey more meaning with one eyebrow than anyone else I ever saw…last of the old breed though, I’m afraid

    Anyway, off for a few days now. Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all!

    • jobeth says:

      I like Brit Hume a lot as well. So long as they can see the truth in what is happening around us, we need ALL our truthful media.

      Have a Blessed HOLYday.

    • Barbie says:

      I love Brit Hume. He’s a fantastic journalist and analyst. But (and please forgive me, I’m not trying to be testy or combative or rude), sad to say, a cynically raised eyebrow will not combat the left who is plotting daily to trample our country and our rights and our values. I know I’ve been off topic and I apologize to all if I’ve been the slightest bit testy. jobeth is right, we need ALL our truthful media.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      I like Brit Hume also, he’s a class act. Plus he got to sleep with Megyn Kelly. (JUST KIDDING!!!) That was a big rumor (read LIE), for those who didn’t know, on the lefty blogs explaining how Megyn got so far, so fast, at Fox. Happy Easter to you too artboy & jobeth.

      Hey Barbie no problem. We all have our moments here, believe me.

  21. canary says:

    I respect Glen Beck, and followed his booting from CNN. When Fox took him in, it was stipulated on Fox for weeks, that Glen’s show with Fox would entertainment/ light news area, comparable to “Friends at Fox” format. Beck has said his emotional upbeat displays, are because he so happy to leave commie CNN and switch to Fox. It was Fox that decared Beck would not have a hard core news show. Think Beck went from one commi network to another commi network. .
    For Fox to keep using Beck for target practice fo O’Rielly’, who daily defends Obomi, is a disgrace. Fox is calling O’Rielly Fox’s number one show. I can stomach it for the same 30 seconds I can stomach CNN. He’s ignorant, arrogant and a disgrace.
    I am disgusted with the media and news period. The little given is Obami, his Obami’s and we hear nothing from Republicans except a few second statement from McCain, or Inhofe. Is this because (a) all (b)many (c) some (d) few – Republicans are working around the clock just trying to stop the daily destruction of the U.S.? We don’t hear.
    We hear of the 1st Lady’s mother, 1st Grandma’s magazine and photo-op with a popular magazine. As far as how she can bear, or tolerate living in the White House, 1st Grandma gives credit for her ability to sacrifice herself, and sustain living under such poor conditions at the White House; to her daughter and son-inlaw, because they do a good job raising her grandchildren. I hope the magazine paid the 1st Grandma big bucks, so our taxes don’t pay for her beauty and doctor appointments, and all that. Would Obambis still get to use her as a tax-exempt. I dread Obami’s birthday. Maybe Britney Spears who Fox is so concerned about, might sing for Obamie her new song Happy “If You See Kay” Obomi, to you. Raise her skirt at the end.

    Beck has been more outspoken against illegal immigrants than any other news anchor. He said on one of his first Fox shows, that pursuing the issue on illegal immigrants is what got him canned.

    • Odie44 says:

      I respect Beck because he is a guy who believes in what he does and really went from nothing to something, in that American way… through his target audience.

      The fact CNN booted him is directly responsible for their abysmal ratings and death spin financially.

      All of us (who work that is) can appreicate a guy, who much like ourselves, would love to leave a hostile work place that keeps you down – to find a better situation where you are allowed to flourish and earn results.

      I don’t always agree with him – but have a great deal of respect for his accomplishments. I started my own business for the very same reasons (as have many folks at S&L) and will never look back.

  22. sheehanjihad says:

    back to the pirates….to me, it would be unbelievably simple to arm every cargo vessel with GAU-2Ba man portable mini guns port and starboard….and a GAU-8A2 20mm Vulcan on the stern…both equipped with night vision and infrared targeting systems….and man them 24/7 while in any waters that have Somalia Pirate influence.

    To avoid any “international incident”…like there is a Somali government to offend, right, instead of warning shots….hose the pirate craft and destroy it, and all small boats with gun toting crew coming astern at 0500 hours…and do it every time, do not announce it..

    After about six “crews” dont return from their “missions”, it will be a tad more difficult to convince others that it’s a good idea to putt putt out there and hijack ships. Once the Somalis are aware that all ships within 500 miles of their coastlines have shoot to kill orders from the boat’s owners…and there will be no warning, not anything, they will stop.

    Then, use Predator drones to loiter above the port city housing the masterminds of this crap, target their new cars trucks and houses, and eliminate them as a little lesson to any of the other BlackBeard wannabes who suddenly will decide to return to fishing within sight of the shore.

    These buttwipes arent represented by anyone….and to prevent human rights morons from screeching about their being repulsed….eliminate them right off the bat….totally….so the only evidence of their trying to board a vessel for ransom is in those little blobs of shark poop settling on the bottom with the remains of their boat.

    That will work…everything else is a waste of time. Period. Lawless is as lawless does…and they deserve absolutely no consideration whatsoever. Anything within Vulcan range of the vessel is considered a “free fire zone”. Do it, and this will stop.


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