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Old 04-09-2009, 11:45 AM   #21
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This is what I've been wondering.

If you know you're going anywhere near Africa, what on earth is stopping anyone with half a brain from just bolting a couple of machine guns to the ship. This whole thing could've been prevented if they'd spent, like, half an hour thinking about basic self-defense.
Maybe finding someone with half a brain?
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This is what I've been wondering.

If you know you're going anywhere near Africa, what on earth is stopping anyone with half a brain from just bolting a couple of machine guns to the ship. This whole thing could've been prevented if they'd spent, like, half an hour thinking about basic self-defense.


I heard their was an international law (WTF is that anyway?) stating that no weapons are allowed on these vessels. That needs to be changed!
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I heard their was an international law (WTF is that anyway?) stating that no weapons are allowed on these vessels. That needs to be changed!
The crews on private ships are not Navy or Marine, nor are they trained that way.

International law overrides the Constitution according to the Obama administration. The laws everyone is subject to no matter where your at.
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The problem is you can't just start arming merchant ships and then expect a country to allow them into their trading ports-of-call...

"Don't mind that big 50mm cannon on the bow...it's just for protection. Honest."

Would we (the US) want some ship from the Mid-East (or anywhere else, for that matter) coming into one of our ports and docking there when it has big guns on it?
The peaceful merchant trade ship becomes a ship of battle when it gets armed
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The crews on private ships are not Navy or Marine, nor are they trained that way.

International law overrides the Constitution according to the Obama administration. The laws everyone is subject to no matter where your at.
Misinterpreting things is a great way to make an argument!

International law is exactly that, a communion between many nations (US included) on rules we'll abide by.

The Constitution is for ourselves, and only ourselves. How silly to think the Constitution applies to Somolia/International Waters.
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Misinterpreting things is a great way to make an argument!

International law is exactly that, a communion between many nations (US included) on rules we'll abide by.

The Constitution is for ourselves, and only ourselves. How silly to think the Constitution applies to Somolia/International Waters.
Show me where I said it applies to other counties! Reading comprehension sunshine.

Obamas administration wants international law to trump constitutional law within the US.
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