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Originally posted by TrueAmerican
IMO, this is dangerous, and may end up provoking action which may not have been necessary. Maritime law provides for free navigation of the high seas outside of territorial waters. The first ship that says "screw you, we are not providing you any information because we are in international waters," will likely be immediately suspect and intercepted/boarded, causing distress and possibly harm to those involved. This could spark some nasty consequences. The gray area between freedom and security is blurred even further with this action by Australia.