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US sea captain freed in swift firefight

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by ghostryder65, Apr 12, 2009.

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  1. ghostryder65

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    MOMBASA, Kenya – An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, U.S. officials said.

    Capt. Richard Phillips' crew, who said they escaped after he offered himself to the pirates as a hostage, erupted in cheers aboard their ship docked in Mombasa, Kenya. Some waved an American flag and fired a flare in celebration.

    The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said Phillips was resting comfortably on a U.S. warship after receiving a medical exam.

    President Barack Obama said Phillips had courage that was "a model for all Americans."

    Obama said he was pleased that Phillips was rescued, adding that the United States needs help from other countries to deal with the threat of piracy and to hold pirates accountable.

    The Navy said Phillips was freed at 7:19 p.m. local time. He was taken aboard the Norfolk, Virginia-based USS Bainbridge and then flown to the San Diego-based USS Boxer for the medial exam, 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen said.

    Christensen said Phillips was now "resting comfortably." The USS Boxer was in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia, Christensen said.

    The U.S. did not say if Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was receiving medical care because he had been injured or if he was being treated for exposure after his ordeal.

    U.S. officials said a pirate who had been involved in negotiations to free Phillips but who was not on the lifeboat during the rescue was in military custody. FBI spokesman John Miller said that would change as the situation became "more of a criminal issue than a military issue."

    Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said prosecutors were looking at "evidence and other issues" to determine whether to bring a case in the United States. The pirate could face a life sentence if convicted, officials said.
     
  2. berettaman7

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    Great news, our government, as much as many may dislike it for other reasons, stands by our people, wherever they are and do not second guess taking action to protect us. America`s best at work, congratulations on a job well done!

    Berettaman7
     
  3. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    Finally, after it is all over we hear from the elected president....
     
  4. waterhouselake

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    B man....when they want. It's not like it is proven day after day.....
     
  5. daddiooo

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    Barry's been hiding in the bunker since it all started. Good thing the Navy Seals were involved.
     
  6. waterhouselake

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    Trials cost money. The hell with shysters in the law profession. He's a friggin pirate. He can walk the plank carrying an anvil.....
     
  7. berettaman7

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    Pirates have a place in the bottom of the ocean not in court.

    Berettaman7
     
  8. J.Woolsey

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    .22 short behind the ear. Countless thousands saved in legal fees, food and lodging and last but not least, it certainly would be a guarantee that he would no longer be a threat to anybody....
     
  9. Bobby 47

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    Woolsey now thats what i'm talking about! Lots of garbage in this world that needs to be cleaned up!
     
  10. ghostryder65

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    Our President Obama should be hailed as a hero for seeing through this ordeal, this is the kind of President this country has needed for a long time.
     
  11. shannon391

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    Good Easter sunday! Good wins over evil.
     
  12. crusha

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    I love it!
     
  13. philk

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    "we need help from other countries" WTF ? He`s probably working on an appology speach right now.
     
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    ghostryder65, you've got to be kidding. BO didn't have a clue what was going on. The seals did their job.....like normal. The seals are the heros. I wouldn't be surprised if the seals waded on 12 hour shifts waiting for the Pirates to F-up! Obama....well he is a F-up.
     
  15. ghostryder65

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    "ghostryder65, you've got to be kidding. BO didn't have a clue what was going on. The seals did their job.....like normal. The seals are the heros. I wouldn't be surprised if the seals waded on 12 hour shifts waiting for the Pirates to F-up! Obama....well he is a F-up."

    He most certainly did setterman he gave the go ahead twice to use force, this has to come from the commander-in-chief and to say other wise is just lip service to the Bush crowd that hangs out in here.
     
  16. chuckles

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    ghostryder65.......Truth be known....Obama called Bush asking what to do in this situation, Bush said "That's what we train Navy Seals for"....

    regards
     
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    Truth be known....Obama vacillated on this issue finally authorizing specific orders to use Lethal Force only if the hostage's death was imminent.....

    Criminal prosecution was prefered...

    Action Reports have the White House, Homeland Security, FBI and several ranking Administration officials taking credit for actionable decisions.
     
  18. JB Logan Co. Ohio

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    Hang 'em high, hang 'em quick. Piracy on the high seas is punishable by DEATH. We (the world) should not mess with the likes of Somalian pirates!

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
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    I see ghostryder has been munching on some of nipper's urinal cakes......

    Davey Jones' Locker for the pirates!!


    FEAB9


    Curt
     
  20. claybuster38

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    This is the kind of resolution they deserve! Why don't all nations chip in and keep a warship cruseing the coast. Blow em out of the water. Some african leaders think the way the pirates do. Plunder /steel.
     
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