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Update: Somali Pirates Hijack Italian Tugboat

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From their fans at the Associated Press:

Seafarers official: Pirates hijack US tugboat

By Michelle Faul And Tom Maliti, Associated Press Writers

NAIROBI, Kenya – The head of a Kenyan seafarers’ program said Saturday that Somali pirates had hijacked an American-owned tugboat with 16 crew in the Gulf of Aden.

Nairobi-based Italian Ambassador Pierandrea Magistrati said he only could confirm that "there is a boat that has been hijacked, I believe by Somali pirates." …

The head of the East African Seafarers’ Assistance Program, Andrew Mwangura, said maritime industry sources had informed his organization that the Italian-flagged U.S. tugboat was towing two barges when it was attacked. He said it was unclear if the attack took place off the coast of Somalia or further north near Yemen. He said did not know what was on the barges.

Mwangura said the attack was launched around 11 a.m. (0800 GMT) Saturday…

If this is true, the Somalis are really asking for it.

But given our current administration, they will probably still have to wait to get it.


Officials: FBI launches criminal piracy probe

By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer
April 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the FBI has begun a criminal investigation into the Somali pirates who hijacked a U.S. ship and are holding its captain hostage.

Two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said the bureau’s New York office is handling the case. That office oversees investigations involving U.S. citizens in Africa…

Depending on how the standoff plays out, it could lead to U.S. charges against pirates. That’s something that Attorney General Eric Holder says has not happened in about 100 years.

Aarrgh! This news will surely shiver their timbers.

Those pirates had better lawyer up quick.


The Associated Press is now saying that it is an Italian flagged tugboat:

US ship arrives in Kenya minus kidnapped captain

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali pirates hijacked an Italian-flagged tugboat with 16 crew Saturday, a NATO spokeswoman said, as U.S. warships closely watched a lifeboat where an American captain was being held hostage for a fourth day.

The tugboat was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s northern coast as it was pulling barges, said Shona Lowe, a spokeswoman at NATO’s Northwood maritime command center.

The Foreign Ministry in Rome confirmed 10 of the 16 crew members are Italian. The crew members also include five Romanians and one Croatian, according to Micoperi, the Italian maritime services company that owns the ship.

"We received an e-mail from the ship saying ‘We are being attacked by pirates,’ and after that, nothing," Silvio Bartolotti, the owner of the company, told The Associated Press…

What a soap opera.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Update: Somali Pirates Hijack Italian Tugboat”

  1. Weasel says:

    Lawyer up? Who are we kidding? With this administration, they probably qualify for a bailout…

  2. LewWaters says:

    I am sure B HO or one of his underlings will rush to the UN Security Council and ask for a “stern” resolution condemning Piracy.

    Then, they’ll sit back feeling good that they “attacked the situation.”

    Maybe too, he’ll offer to bring the Pirates to the US and grant them amnesty, place them on welfare, set them up in Government Housing and register them as voting Democrats.

  3. proreason says:

    Our president might be a bit more active in bringing these miscreants to justice if they didn’t follow the same business model as Al Sharpton and the congregation of Rev Wright’s church.

    And besides, the capturing of American property and possibly citizens mustn’t be allowed to distract from the important work of implementing socialism for The Moron’s oligarchy of puppet-masters.

  4. grits says:

    Joe Biden warned everyone there would be tests. Remember, we’re supposed to be patient, because the genius of the president’s response wouldn’t be readily apparent to us plebeians. He’s going to wow us all in a month or six.

    • Weasel says:

      Oh, I’m already “Wow’d”…

      Hans Gruber: The circuits that cannnot be cut are cut automatically in response to a terrorist incident. You asked for miracles, Theo, I give you the FBI.

  5. Colonel1961 says:

    I think a stern talking-to is in order…

    If that fails, I’d suggest something in their permanent records.

    En garde Pirates: you have been warned!

  6. Howard Roark says:

    Gawd, this is getting sick.

    Does anyone else see Clinton-like responses to this terrorism? Bill Clinton agonized for years over what legal angle he could pursue UBL with, because he didn’t have the onions to use our beautiful military, which, of course, he abhors.

    And now we’re treating these cockroaches as if they were a domestic perp needing to be Mirandized? This coward will do irreparable damage to our safety.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Step 1) Figure out how to blame it on Bush
    Step 2) Make it a crisis
    Step 3) Employ the MSM to make it a bigger crisis
    Step 4) Have the prez come out and declare it a “crisis of epic proportions”
    Step 5) Have Frank, Pelosi, Rangel, etc. point the finger at white people who want to destroy the pirates and label them racists
    Step 6) Convince the general public, through the MSM that the only way to stop the pirates is to throw money at them
    Step 7) Throw money at the pirates.

    Substeps include but are not limited to: impressing on the people that pirates have rights, that they “deserve” more than just a wee little boat and some guns to make their living, that they are victims, that the racist, cruel people of the free world are responsible for them not being happy.

    Clearly, this administration, from the bottom to the top, is out of its league. They would prefer to have more parties and smoke some weed and “get down” rather than really address the problem. When asked about the FIRST act of piracy, yesterday, by a reporter, The Black Stick said, “Guys, we’re talking about housing” and thus, he was both unwilling and unprepared to discuss it because he HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.

    Sure, the Navy is there. But I’ll bet dollars’ll getcha donuts that they haven’t even loaded a single weapon, under orders from HIS ROYAL ASS-NESS.

    Y’know…the only thing that keeps me even slightly content is that someday this whole f-ed up government is gonna get theirs. But, I’m still waiting for Bill-Jeff to die of an STD so….maybe just a pipe dream.

    And the pirates…or “emissaries of a lighter kind of terrorism” or whatever the hell they want us to call these “people” have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And they are enjoying leading us around by the nuts.

    Ain’t it great? Ain’t it grand?

  8. mybrotherkeeper says:

    If I was a young ex-military man I would exploit this opportunity in a heartbeat. Get myself a job, with several ex-military buddies, defending these ships. Maybe have some M-16’s and small equipment like grenade launchers. Maybe charge the companies a couple grand a week per guy.
    Think what fun you could have when these pirates approach the ship! And no Geneva Convention to contend with!

    Seriously: How dumb can these companies be??

  9. Paulajay says:

    We have to give Obama some slack. How can he find time to adress this matter when there are much more important issues at hand? This weekend, the new “White House Puppy” is being unveiled!!!!! Now, THAT’S something our Country can be proud of…..

    • DGA says:

      Don’t forget Paula, pondering when to bring back the pizza chef from St Louis to cook them pizzas on our dime, carbon footprint for the trip be dammed! Oh, and figuring out who the entertainment act will be for the next Wednesday night WH party.

      I’m guessing there are zero responses from Chairman Zero about this because there are, in fact, MUSLIM pirates, AKA seaborne terrorists involved here, and we can’t do anything to muslims now, since he is/ was one of them.

    • DGA says:

      Newsflash on the puppy, they named it BO, obama’s initials, makes sense I guess, considering that this man has got to be the world’s premiere egotistical, egocentric maniac. Oh, and I think he likes himself just a little too.

    • proreason says:

      “they named it BO, obama’s initials”

      what a hoot.

      I guess we should be surprised they didn’t name it “The One” or “Your Majesty”

    • caligirl9 says:

      Any bets on the family ditching poor “Bo” once their time in the White House is over, a la the Clintons and Socks the cat, who was lucky to find a forever home with Betty Currie, who lovingly cared for him until the end.
      Can’t be bothered with appearances and pets are disposable, after all …

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Socks got off easy. Poor Buddy was driven to suicide to get away from them.

  10. proreason says:

    Here’s how the Moron thinks about this pirate situation.

    1. It’s no big deal. A couple white guys held for a few days is nothing compared to a dozen brothers killing each other each week while imorally incarcerated. Piracy is insignificant compared to the evil that our country causes every day.
    2. But it is important for positioning the US in the world. And the positioning he wants is to repudiate Yankee bullying. Normally, we would send warships and/or Seals in, shoot em up, grab our guys, and leave. But in The Moron’s mind THAT IS THE PROBLEM. Notice what he has done at every provocation so far? That’s right. Nothing. And it’s not because he is indecisive and weak. He decisively does nothing.
    3. Every action we could take would be PROVACATIVE. Every action would just inflame passion in the parts of the world he wants to please. And the parts of the world he wants to please do not include people who read S&L.
    4. Besides, the United States has forced the pirates into being pirates because we have greedily stolen their resources and used our financial muscle to hold them down and get rich at their expense. It’s no different than what we have done to all the Muslim countries and to Blacks in this country. It’s our fault and The Moron intends to fix that.

    When Biden warned that we might not like what The Moron will do in a crisis, this is why, on a small scale. The Moron has to educate us about the evil of past approaches, and for racists like us, that will take some time.

    In addition, people who think like The Moron don’t even think 9/11 was a big deal. A few beheadings, a piracy here and there, maybe a dirty bomb once in a while…..all of that is JUSTIFIED by what we have done. No action is called for.

    And besides, count the votes. We wouldn’t vote for The Moron anyway. But he has probably picked up votes in Rev Wright’s church and the fever swamps of the lunatic left from people who didn’t think he was looney enough. The people who like him are HAPPY the pirates took our guys.

  11. canary says:

    They fired the first shots at the U.S. I consider this is enough to have declared war against this pirate army. It’s not like the wild west where you only have a gun and a few shots, when it was pretty difficult to try and capture and handcuff
    a clan of lawless cattle rustlers. Hand out badges and get this over with. That’s all we need is a bunch of pirates coming to America and going on trial. Somalia isn’t going to do a thing. The pirate money has brought prosperity to the African Horn. Like the Somalic Quranics followers,bar owners and bar hags, are really going to do a thing. History repeats itself. America’s talk everyone to death, hasn’t worked, and it’s time for revolutions to resolve the growing barbarians.

    Obama has wrapped the chains of slavery around the arms and feet of Americans.

    Americans are now slaves and owned by the Obombies, the terrorists, illegal immigrants, drug cartels, house thiefs, kidnappers, every low-life on the planet.

  12. bousquem says:

    I don’t see the problem the most of the world seems to have about taking care of these idiots in little boats. Shoot them and dump the bodies in the sea, make an example of them then send the marines in to stomo the rest of somolia’s little pirate havens into submission. It worked for when we dealt with the Barbary pirates. “… to the shores of Tripoli” should also probably added “and Somolia.” Soften up the landing area with a good old naval bombardment and shelling. Bomb the havens into the stone age, as far as I’m conserned, if your a part of the pirate support structure or support them, your valid target for bombs, too bad about collateral damage. The pirates are a cancer and instead of excising the tumor and then trying to kill off the remaining cancerous cells, we are basically tossing nutrients other things the cancer needs to survive.

  13. U NO HOO says:

    It took Carter how many months, I mean years, to get into a hostage situation?

  14. B17Engr says:

    Obama will do Nothing!
    Got to hand it to the French! They did the right thing.

    I say ATTACK those bums and continue attacking until they understand that we will not tolerate piracy and kidnapping of our people!.
    These pirates should be all hanged!

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