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Castle Doctrine vs Piracy and Burglary

posted 4/14/2009 5:57:24 PM |
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This blog is comment on recent reports on the news regarding piracy near Somalia. Speaking of Somalia, anybody remember 'Blackhawk Down'?

Perhaps a couple of months ago I saw a program on tv where the Coast Guard was inspecting a cargo ship and one of the things they were checking was that there were no firearms on board as that was illegal.

I thought to myself, 'You have GOT to be shittin' me!' A ship's crew not allowed to carry firearms?! They are not allow to protect their homes, albeit temporary, and business from those who mean harm? That makes every cargo vessel on the high seas a soft target for piracy and kidnapping.

Today on CNN there was a report that the reason cargo companies don't invest more for security is that piracy ONLY occurs to one percent of ships on the high seas per year. ONLY ONE PERCENT....yeah, right - ONLY

Colorado, where I live, has the well known 'Make My Day Law' derived from Castle Doctrine. It's been years since I've heard local news reports of any burglaries. Why? Because any stranger caught in a dark house in these parts at 3:00 AM just MIGHT get his balls blown off! - OOPS! - I might be talking about the wrong head. Colorado law allows households to choose to not be soft targets - a small candle lighting sanity in the world.

Castle Doctrine applied to the applicable high seas and littorals would be as good policy as having it for the household. Would one want to wait for a navy ship to come around to keep the pirates off the ship, or a cop to come around to keep the burglars out of the house? ....Yeah - sure.

It's just a matter of working out the details to 'git 'er done.'

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Apr 14 @ 10:01PM  
I am not into the right wing "solutions". But what I do not understand is why with several warships in the area from several nations, they do not set up a convoy system like they did in WW I and WW II to escort them through the area.

Apr 14 @ 11:05PM  
That's a good point.

It might have to do with logistics because many ships are parked offshore from the delivery area waiting for dock space while others are passing through. Considering the vast areas to patrol for parked vessels, convoys and ongoing military operations, that might tax further already extended resources.

On CNN there was talk of the possibility of deploying unmanned surveillance aircraft to patrol the areas. I'm not sure how effective that would be because these pirates can hit and run or create harm rather quickly.

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