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Surely a true patriot would not even attempt to bring their President into it...
Originally posted by jdub297
AGAINST HIS WILL, without his approval
President Barack Obama had already authorised the Bainbridge's commander, Frank Castellano, to use deadly force if Mr Phillips' life was in "imminent danger".
Just before 7.20pm, that moment arrived. One of the pirates inside the lifeboat appeared to point his Kalashnikov at the 53-year-old captain's back.
At the same time, the snipers reported they had rare clear lines of fire through their night-vision scopes at each of the pirates.
The order was given, and they fired simultaneously. Shortly afterwards, rescuers slid down ropes into the lifeboat and found the three pirates dead.
On Friday night President Obama gave authority to use lethal force to save the life of Captain Phillips. The next night the Seals arrived.
Each Seal is trained for more than a year at a cost estimated at up to $500,000. After an initial eight weeks of basic US Navy training, candidates go through six months of specialised Seal training, including three weeks of parachute training and the so-called Hell Week – five days of almost nonstop exercises with only four hours’ sleep. The US Government, which has 2,450 Seals on active duty, will not say where the Seals who joined the USS Bainbridgeare based. Reports said that they belonged to the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known as DevGru.
The Seal sharpshooters reportedly had many opportunities to shoot but held fire because they believed that Captain Phillips was not in imminent danger. On Sunday morning the pirate wounded by the ice pick asked to come on board the USS Bainbridge. The surrendering pirate reportedly told officers that the pirates were ready to kill their captive and demanded a ransom.
The lifeboat was drifting closer to the hostile Somali coast where the hostage could have been taken to a stronghold. When the weather deteriorated on Sunday US Navy negotiators offered to tow the drifting lifeboat to calmer waters. The USS Bainbridge had attached a 200ft towline but reeled it in slowly until the lifeboat was only 75ft behind the warship.
As darkness fell at 7.19pm on Sunday the snipers, watching through their night-vision rifle scopes, saw two pirates poke their heads out of a lifeboat hatch. The third, visible through a window, pointed his AK47 at Captain Phillips’ back.
ABC News reported that Captain Phillips had moved to one side of the lifeboat to relieve himself, giving the sharpshooters clean shots. Commander Frank Castellano, the captain of the USS Bainbridge, decided that the American hostage was in imminent danger andgave the order to fire. The snipers each took a single shot, killing all three pirates immediately, officials said. “This is something that was not overly complicated,” Mr Cummings said. “The distance was not that far. A few things made it more difficult. They were shooting a moving target from a moving platform, and you need a lot of patience too. On something like this they probably had to go for head shots . . . And they had to do it simultaneously.”
When the Seals rushed on board the lifeboat they found Captain Phillips tethered to its inside.
Mr Murphy said that the pirates had many chances to save themselves. “They were warned. We gave them so many outs, and they got greedy.”
Originally posted by Jazzyguy
If you handle every situation cowboy style, the next time, the criminals will raise the stake and the ransom. Believe you me, you don't want to go there, especially if you only have your big mouth to back you up.
Originally posted by Ismail
Bah, leave it Benoni, they believe that somalis (sorry "raggies" was it ?) represent without exeption "the axis of evil". The only good somalis are the one's who just shut up and starve to death.
They can't grasp the fact that the western world has bled africa dry, which has inevitably lead to warlords, attacks on humanitarian workers, poverty and crime.
They cannot understand that killing has consequences, and that the more they kill, the more will seek to destroy them. They welcome this, because human life has no value to them if it does not fly an american flag.
Originally posted by benoni
still no reply to my quote from The Times, which makes a mockery of the right wing slant to the thread?
Didnt think so...
Originally posted by dooper
reply to post by Amagnon
I've never heard such total crap in my life. In the first place, the proper slang term for Somalians is "skinny's."
In the second place, these people do what they want to in their country. If they're too stupid, lazy, brutal, or have a negative factor in the morals bucket, to correct these matters for themselves, then it's their fault, their problem.
They breed like rats, the don't produce diddly squat, and it is my fervent hope that in the future, many more of your supposed pirate "heroes" have been exterminated.
SEAL EMAIL CRITICIZING OBAMA IS BOGUS
There's an email whipping around the internet, supposedly written by a Navy SEAL who complains that President Obama delayed decisions to deploy the Navy SEALs because he wanted to resolve the hostage standoff with Captain Richard Phillips "peacefully."
There's enough background detail in the email to suggest it was in fact written by a SEAL, but several senior military officials who were involved in the direct planning and execution of the mission -- including in consultations with the White House and President Obama -- tell NBC News the claims are bogus.