Monday, April 13, 2009

Here's my idea:

Apparently, the Obama Justice Department is trying to figure out what to do with the pirate who was captured this weekend. Apparently this wayward youth was part of the party who decided it would be a good idea to board an American flagged vessel and take the captain of said vessel hostage and thumb their collectives noses at the U.S. Navy.

There are three things being bandied about.

1. Try this guy in either New York or Washington in federal court.
2. Give this putz to the Kenyans, who have agreed to try and punish pirates from that area of the world.
3. Give him to whatever passes for a government in Somalia these days.

#3 is a non-starter. There hasn't been a real government in Somalia since I was in high school. Giving this twerp to whoever calls themself El Jefe in that 3rd world craphole would only get him appointed to the local board of aldermen.

#2 isn't much better. I know that Kenya has been friendly to us for a long time, and they have taken pirates off of our and our allies' hands in the past, but I want this scum tried in a U.S. court.

So, that leaves #1. But I don't think that our over-burdened civilian courts need to be bothered with this.

Here's my plan:

1. Fly several 3 or 4 star admirals out to the USS Bainbridge, which is in the area and was in on the rescue of Captain Phillips. At least one of these should be a lawyer.
2. Provide this idiot with a small group of very competent lawyers from the Navy Judge Advocate General.
3. Hold a military courts martial on the deck of the Bainbridge, with the admirals acting as the judge and jury.
4. If he's found not guilty, then we give him a days worth of bread and water, an inflatable dingy, and let him loose about 40 miles off the coast of Somalia. If he's found guilty, he's hung from a yardarm within site of his village. Extra points for tieing his body to mined buoy and leaving it there for the seagulls.

Yeah, it's harsh, but oh well.

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