posted on Dec, 11 2002 @ 09:46 AM
I think this is just demonstrative of the "heightened level of security" America is currently (and quite possibly perpetually given the nature of
the "war against terror" ) under
For all practical purposes America is at war. Or is at least behaving as though it is at war, it simply hasn't officially declared war.
As such its current practices do theoretically allow it greater legal freedom to do pretty much anything it likes in order to win that war.
This includes locking people up without trial, "softening up" (bombing) countrys its not actually at war with yet and yes, I guess, stopping ships
in international waters.
The UK does it routinely as well, we have sort of designated ourselves the police of the world, suspicious behaviour anywhere given the "state of
emergency" will probably be dealt with as though it is on our home soil.