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A little-known congressional power could help the federal government keep the Somali pirates in check — and possibly do it for a discount price.
Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
We could issue letters of marquis, but the fact that the pirates of Somalia have now attacked at least 2 American ships consitutes an act of war.
Is the US responsible for the Gulf of Aden and surrounding waters?
. . . . To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; . . . .