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April 13th, 2009
08:34 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Pirates' Revenge Coming?

Cargo ship Capt. Richard Phillips is shown aboard the USS Boxer shortly after his rescue Sunday.

Cargo ship Capt. Richard Phillips is shown aboard the USS Boxer shortly after his rescue Sunday.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

President Obama wants to get tough on pirates operating off the coast of Africa. Today he praised the work of U.S. Navy SEALs who rescued American Capt. Richard Phillips and killed three pirates.

"I share our nation's admiration for Captain Phillips' courage and leadership and selfless concern for his crew. I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of piracy in that region. And to achieve that goal, we're going to have to continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks. We have to continue to be prepared to confront them when they arise. We have to be sure that those that commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes," Pres. Obama said.

Meantime, pirates in Somalia are vowing revenge for the killings.

Three gunshots, all fatal, led to the successful rescue operation in the waters off Somalia yesterday. Navy SEAL snipers hit three pirates on their lifeboat in near darkness to end a five-day hostage standoff. The pirates had repeatedly threatened to kill their hostage, Capt. Phillips. A fourth pirate, who fled the lifeboat to get medical attention earlier in the day, is now in U.S. custody. The Justice Department is reviewing the case to see if the surviving pirate should face U.S. prosecution.

Do you think he should face charges?
Also, do you think the U.S. can do more to patrol the waters off Africa to fight piracy?
Sound off below.

The first officer of Capt. Phillips' ship called on U.S. to fight tough against piracy, "America has to be at the forefront of this. It's time for us to step in and end this crisis. It's a crisis. Wake up. This crew is lucky to be out of this with every one of us alive. We're not going to be that lucky again," said Shane Murphy.

Join us for the latest developments on the rescue of Capt. Phillips tonight on AC360°. We'll also have tonight's other headlines, including the remarkable story of a passenger who landed a plane after the pilot died.

Turn to CNN in at 10pm ET.
See you then!


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Suzy Stevens

    Whats the message are we sending Somalian Pirates in our Actions at sea. Could become targeted here in our own Nation if the Solimians have Cells here in United States of America? Why did not former President Bush place more control over this nation, Somali?

    April 14, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  2. ronvan

    Round 1 is over with a happy ending. What is round 2 going to bring?
    MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, that is the driving force behind these pirates. The owners of these ships will not provide security because it is cheaper for them to pay the ransom. So they use other countries naval ships, for free, to take care of the problem. How about they start paying a fee to those countries providing naval support? No money, No support! As for the threats from these 2 bit, thugs, well, simple. If you do then expect land action, not by troops, but from the air. And yes,
    I would blow every ship identified as pirate out of the water.

    April 14, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  3. M

    Since the pirates have effectively 'declared war', it's time for the US to go green. Use radio direction finding equipment to locate the mother ships supporting the pirates, and turn them into artificial reefs where they sit.

    April 14, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  4. John Thomas

    Maybe the rest of the world should start talking about all the European Nuclear waste that is being dumped in Somali waters. That's how it all started. I don't see any of these "mainstream media" talking about Somalis getting sick and dying from all the Nuclear and Heavy metal waste being dumped in their fishing grounds.
    Maybe thats why the Pirates have the support of the people?

    It ok when western countries kill people, then its justified. Other way around and you're a menace to world peace.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  5. Terry, TX

    Good old Rick....obviously not an American...and can't understand what the big deal is....it's a big deal and thank God our crew and ship are safe...obviously with no help from your country...the rest of the bloggers do not agree with you...and bless them. Go Seals....Go Navy. I would like to know who is leaking these ships routes and time of departures to these Muslim Pirates...that's alot of water for them to zero in on these ships...and who is arming them? There is a lot more to this story

    April 14, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  6. Bern R

    I wish CNN would cover the origins of this piracy crisis: there is a lot of talk of the failed Somali government, but no talk on TV (and only minor coverage in print) about the foriegn fishing trawlers overfishing Somali waters and foreign corporations dumping toxic waste into their waters. Not that this is an excuse for piracy, but it explains why shipping and fishing vessels are targets.

    April 14, 2009 at 7:37 am |
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