Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bring back private pirate hunters: U.S. lawmaker

Barry Artiste Op/Ed

Ohh and Arms Race between Privateers and Pirates.  Imagine if you will a cargo ship armed with surface to surface missles and indiscriminaltely blowing up any boat within 5 miles of it reach.

Though a great idea in concept, cargo carriers are not Military and the Military are not Babysitters and Security Guards. One solution is the charge shippers a fee for a military escort into dangerous waters.  Designate certain days and shipping lanes like a convoy of cargo containers through the straits under military escort, and the Military charge
all ships a fee for safe passage.

Now there is an idea!

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. lawmaker says Somali piracy has an age-old solution: "Letters of marque" empowering private citizens to chase the seaborne scoundrels from the oceans.

Republican Representative Ron Paul and a handful of conservative theorists say it's time that the U.S. Congress used the technique, pioneered by European powers in the 18th century as a way to wage naval warfare on the cheap.

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