April 13th, 2009
08:34 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Pirates' Revenge Coming?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/04/13/somalia.piracy.warning/art.phillips.02.navy.jpg caption="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. 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 |
  2. cestal

    "four armed teenagers in a 25 foot boat with no water, no food and no possible way out. Big deal !!!!" And a number of other pirates who headed their way, but turned back specifically because of the American boats surrounding them... but dont lets let facts get in the way of a good rant.

    April 14, 2009 at 6:47 am |
  3. Rick, Indiana

    These ships can put security on their ships if they want. Theres no laws stopping them.They feel its cheaper to pay a ransom if they get highjacked. So ride the sea at your own risk.,If your to cheap to pay for security.

    April 14, 2009 at 6:19 am |
  4. James Bradley

    How come nobody is talking about a blockade?

    The navies of the world only need to patrol outside the pirate home ports and deny them access to the sea. Any suspect vessel is stopped and searched.

    There are only a few ports along the coast that the pirates can work out of with their long range vessels.

    We cannot patrol the whole sea hundreds of miles out, but a blockade the ports and patrol of coastal waters will deny pirates access to their prey. This is a very old naval strategy.

    Such a concerted effort could be approved by UN resolution.
    It sounds like there is now world consensus for action.

    April 14, 2009 at 5:50 am |
  5. Cliff John (Lynnwood, WA)

    Other countries should take note from us regarding our policy - not paying ransom to terrorist. Yes, I prefer the word "terrorist" on pirates, since they can inflict terror.

    Once you start paying, they (the terrorists) will keep on coming back for more - like stray cats looking for food.

    April 14, 2009 at 4:36 am |
  6. marry

    Piracy is surly becoming a real plague! And measures have to be taken. But – piracy is not going to be stopped if the Somali – problem is not solved. Being shown as the looser in a fight with big navy ships is just encouraging them to try more. The “pirates” on those little boats are young men with nothing to lose – the real “money makers” sit elsewhere! Go after them!
    For that it takes more than “gunboat diplomacy”. The poorest and most violent country in the world, where even the last few fish are “stolen” from the people! Hyping everything up without end in the media (one American ship!) surely is no help. Perhaps the media should try to show the whole picture – too complicated for the readers (viewers)?

    April 14, 2009 at 3:43 am |
  7. Dorothy DeMartin

    What in the world is the facility at Diego Garcia for, if not to be the first line of defense along the African coast? Since it is so top secret, who knows if there is spy-in-the-sky monitoring from the island (ya think?). And since Diego Garcia successfully participated in the first Gulf war with long range missles ... why can't the capabilities be used to monitor pirate ships?
    This would give the US options without "boots on the ground".

    April 14, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  8. Gabriel

    I think that people dont hate the Gay people but they hate the practice but not the individual. Jesus told us to love siners but hate sin with the issue they talked this morning, the Gay pastor is taking it personal when the other gentle man sadi he loved Gay people. He as a pastor need to read the bible carefuly before he says that Gay wasnt mentioned in the bible cos the whole world is watching.

    April 14, 2009 at 2:01 am |
  9. Gabriel

    I want to comment on the issue about gay. They said that gay wasnt mentioned in the bible but in genesis we learnt that Sodom was destroyed because of the practice of gay relationship, also we learnt that in the same bible said that woe unto a man that have sexual relationship with another man and woman that have sexual relationship with another woman. I think they need to look into King James version and see by themselves.

    April 14, 2009 at 1:56 am |
  10. robyn caffrey keyser west virginia

    everybody can sleep good now

    now that your finaily home with your family, ( what an easter – gift for your wife and kids

    yes we can ""'

    April 14, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  11. Lambwe Munyama

    Enough is enough. I think it is time to stop this "sea robbery" before we start losing inocent lives. I know this not an easy problem to solve but the US has the capability to put a complete stop to this "sea water bulling".

    April 14, 2009 at 12:19 am |
  12. Manish P

    These reclusive pirates should be terminated once and for all. These parasites are nothing but a threat to the global economy. I admire president Obama's committment to ending piracy in the somali waters. There has been a rise in piracy in recent weeks and we should do something about this right now, to avoid future consequences, since the pirates have vowed revenge for the loss of 3 of their men...

    As for the 4th guy who was caught, I'd say death sentence!!!

    April 14, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  13. Mitchmaster

    Amazing! There is actually a story that is such an complete victory that no Republican has tried to spin it against the President.

    April 14, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  14. Greg Jost

    I’ve yet to hear anyone question the claim that the captain’s life was in imminent danger. I believe this to be fabricated justification for the use of lethal force. The captain was the only thing keeping the pirates alive; killing the captain would’ve meant certain death for the pirates, and they definitely knew this. It is much more likely that the snipers had standing orders to take the first, coordinated clear shots. I’m a firm believer that there is always a smarter way. No matter how skillfully performed or how seemingly justified, killing isn’t heroic. I believe we should idolize those that can find peaceful ends to complex situations with their minds, not their might. Unfortunately, it seems I stand alone in my Utopia of 1.

    April 14, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  15. Art M

    When a pirate group attacks a US flagged ship, it is time to have the US military step in. Pirates don't respect anything but having the door slammed on them, and I can't think of anything more peace seeking than to nullify pirates. (nullify means scare them into more peaceful ways of life, or terminate the bands of roving pirates. ). There is no politics here, so we may actually do something positive for the world.

    April 13, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  16. Normand Paquette

    A simple solution to stall and deter these pirates all around Somalia would be to have all shipping companies coordinate their vessel sailing through this known pirate area.
    For example when there are 40 ships ready to sail, they will all sail 2 abreast in close proximity. These ships would be 'escorted' by several nations military ships on different days to share the costs.
    This is a basic workable solution and should be considered to save a lot of manpower and efforts we all are presently paying for.


    April 13, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  17. Aynes

    Who would have ever believed that piracy in Somalia would be on Obama's plate but the can has been opened and the worms are coming out. Unless Obama is prepared to not just talk "tough" but carry this through we will be laughing stalks around the world. Obama did well and the navy seals did great but it is just starting....

    April 13, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  18. Nick

    Well done with the Phillips rescue! Now what is needed is for the UN and the world to proclaim any piracy or hi-jacking attempt as an act of war, giving the patrolling ships the right to have firing practice with the pirate mother ships and any small craft that approach commercial boat traffic. Get rid of the mother ships and it will not be possible for the Pirates to go 300 miles out to see. The satellite surveillance capabilities of the USA should be able to track the mother ships movements.

    April 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  19. vincent

    piricy will never end. the pirates will always risk it where there is a cance for sucses, there is always that chance. we need to rework our ransom skills. i think with a cange in technoligy, many contrys have the sub, and it is the key.a relativly cheep solution to a hostig nagotiation is to fit subs whith a boat clamp. "if u dont realeas our people we will submerg this boat and skoop u out of the watter at our convenionce" this means no maned raids to get people killed and a chance to take there salvig. sence we have no navel wars, send our subs to gaurd evry copple ships and detain pirates. and send dummy ships to decreas moral in the pirates. they aint got nothin but some hiden troops, and put out fake info on the boat saying its careing some kind of valubel. find out where thier geting thier intell.

    April 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Why is it we always have to solve these type of problems the hard way. We always seem to play by there rules and put American lives at risk in the process.
    If these shipping companies think that the problems will just go away by paying these guys off they are deadly wrong! I believe that if we turn the tables and offer a bounty for these pirates and there leaders we would create the fear from the bottem up in these criminal organizations and they would just self distruct .
    We would then be able to get the intel needed for the legal process and no Americans put in harms way.

    April 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  21. Lorraine

    I know I'm off topic but dontcha just love Michelle Obama. I DO!

    April 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  22. david matherly

    It was an excellent job by the S.E.A.L.s.
    And this ridiculous piracy situation needs to be stopped.

    But I notice no mention here (or on CNN) of the atrocities committed by European countries.
    After Europe overfished the region, apparently, tons of radioactive medical supplies were dumped off the Somali coast since the 90s.
    The fish being caught by the people were contaminated.
    Babies were born malformed, and many died of cancers that rarely occurred.
    In 05, the Tsunami actually upwelled this toxic garbage and when the beaches were littered with European medical waste, many more got sick.
    Those people may have a rightful gripe, but I wouldn't expect many of us to care much about them.
    Would that explain the silence on this subject?

    April 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  23. alohame

    Although the U.S. wants to do something drastic about piracy, we have to look at the history of it before we do anything. By analyzing past strategies against it, perhaps we can gain a better perspective, no?

    April 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  24. Jim Green

    I think we need to increase presents in the area by 300% and AC 130 gunships could only add to the puhch needed, E-2 AWACS needed for support and C-2/4 of this mission area......

    April 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  25. Lorraine

    Am I the only one that thinks 16 crew members are not enough? I dont think it would cost the millons that the pirates are getting. There are lots of noncombustible wepons that could be used. And now that 3 of theirs have been killed dont think for a minute they wont step up the violance now.

    April 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  26. Val

    Okay, let's get this straight...I'm riding along on my giant ship minding my own business. You (mr. pirate) "sneak" up on me in your little boat. My gov't warns you to let me go. You say $2 million and safe passage back to your coast. Apparently you did not know about the rule of the US not to negotiate with terrorists/pirates (...and they weren't negotiating with you, they were bying time to set you up). You also may not know that hostages, according to the US gov't is considered dead anyway...why do you think Captain Phillips jumped overboard in the first place? So now mr. pirate, you are 'salty' (embarrassed) because my gov't cleaned your clock. What time is it now? Time to get your own country together and put those business minds together, and handle your country's business. If you can rally your young men together and take over ship after ship and figure out how to make money illegally, I'm sure you can come together and govern yourselves and your country and leave the rest of the world alone.

    April 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  27. Gail A

    To Chris B: Unfornately, these are sophisticated pirates. The little boats they travel in are built to withstand what the merchant ships would fight back with, because they know what the ships have on board. The little boats are like the cars in the movie, Fast and the Furious. All the money and items they steal from the hostage ships, they use or reinvest to build on their weapons to gain control of the water.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Chops

    It was excellent – the job done by the navy seals and the overall result. It is amazing how they managed to get the three Pirates in a covered Life-Boat!!. Anyhow, whatever the case, it was an excellent result – and thats what matters!

    Yes, of course there will be repercussions from the Pirates as they lost 'this battle' and they will probaly want revenge in some form or another. Maybe, they will try to have some revenge killing and more 'Hijackings' thats for sure. Maybe American manned vessels shud be more vigilant.

    However, it is hoped, as mentioned by president Obhama that this curse of Piracy is permanently resolved and removed from the face of this planet.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  29. El Bernardo

    The pirates rule and conquer purely through violence. Their is no justice in their world. I say let the same be done unto them. If we dare to start bargaining with this new breed of terrorists – what then comes of it? An agreement at some foreign table? New hostages being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu? Just face the facts, they show no fear of the United States. Only defiance. I say put the fear in play and end their means of piracy. What good is all this Naval might if we just talk, negotiate, and shake our heads in disgust? If a photographer is taking their picture, surely there is military capability to shoot at them.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Rick

    Its amazing how Americans have gone over the top about this incident. OK they had an American hostage and, of course, the pirates were threatening all sorts, including to kill him. But; did you really need three naval ships, including a guided missile destroyer, a hospital ship, and a third naval ship ? Plus overhead drones, satellites, navy seals, the FBI and Presidential licence to shoot to kill ? Bearing in mind you were up against such formidable odds; four armed teenagers in a 25 foot boat with no water, no food and no possible way out. Big deal !!!!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Barb - Ketchum, ID

    I agree with Jim – publicly state our intentions, then follow through with tough action. Blow the pirate ships out of the water and level all the towns on shore that support them. Once they lose their base, and know that any other town they inhabit will suffer the same fate, they won't have any "safe harbor" – and piracy won't be a problem anymore!
    Tell other nations they should join us, but if they don't have the guts, we'll handle it ourselves!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  32. DeeAnna Edens

    Piracy should never have been tolerated and no ransoms should ever have been paid. Arm the ships - shoot pirates on sight. Piracy should be zero tolerance !

    April 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Donald Bush

    During WW 2 Ships entering dangerous waters organized into protected convoys. Couldnt the navies of the world protect our merchant ships if they organized this way? Any unauthorized vessel approaching would be given one warning shot.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Chris B

    How are these Pirates able to gain control of these vessels? Seems to me if the vessels were adequately armed, they would be able to fight these attackers off until help could arrive. Water cannons don't stop bullets, but as we have seen, bullets sure do stop pirates.

    Why are the vessels allowed to be armed?

    April 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  35. hessetta

    I can't see the general American Public willing to do anything that would cost them unless it affected them personally. We tend to be quite short sighted and selfish. Now when the Flat screens and valued imports quit making it to the US shores,there might be enough outrage to accomplish something.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Jim Carroll internet free press.com

    The USA Navy should protect the interest of private enterprise.The shipping lanes should be free if the USA Navy has to kill a few people.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  37. CaliforniaClem

    After a threat like that, might as well scrap the trial, apply the law of the sea, make the pirate walk the plank and go get us some more pirates.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Brad H

    What about movie and video pirates

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  39. Patricia

    I congratulate President Obama. He took the bull by the horns!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  40. abdul Hassan

    Iam a Canadian born in Somaliland.Way to go Seals.Pirates should be dealt this way.I would advise Obama to recognise Somaliland to deter more piracy

    April 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Terry, TX

    These Pirates...terrorists...thugs...Muslims...whatever...must be stopped... I agree....and all countries must step to the plate to protect these ships...and air strike the sources. I agree with Jim from California...he hit it right on the nail. May I add the ships and crew be armed.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Joe G. (Illinois)

    First let do some of them All American Congressional Hearings to figure out what’s wrong and how not to repeat it again all over again, and then.. Let’s put Federali Marshals aboard them Ocean Liners. Let’s make it all cost.. let say a couple trillion dollars for 25 jobs (one year contract jobs..) To stimulate the economy and put people to work!

    April 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  43. Andy

    To consider pirates to be “criminals” is a mistake. These individuals are “hostis humani generis” and should be treated as such under this concept.

    April 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  44. LorenaR

    It is too bad that the people of Somalia are so poor and so subject to the power of the warlords. We know too little of this country. Yet i know many Somali young people have come to this country. Some, in the high school I knew, have excelled in scholastics and sports. The lawless marauding life of the pirate comes with consequences.

    April 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  45. WDsnake

    This should have been dealt with a long time ago, but there's something not being told, why hasn't the rest of the world dealt with this, what happened to all the million paid, whose selling all the weapons to them, and why,this is a poor region, with no real government, but it is rich in resources,minerals, and somebody wants the inside track!! WHO??

    April 13, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  46. Gail A

    I agree that it's about time that something started with the pirate madness going on. Mr. Murphy really had a speech that hopefully opens a lot of eyes globally and some uniformed maritime laws take place across the board. Politicians globally, come together and put something in stone to stop this high-sea madness, we are in 2009.

    Obama gave the green light and the Navy Seals...well, you don't mess with the Navy Seals. We took a chance and new the consequences and moving forward, merchant ships need to have security on board and armed. I'm surprised that people continually go out there with no support.

    I believe the pirates are really mad at what has taken place the past week, I'm sure...we're talking desperate people in desperate times and no one received money...so they are really upset.

    CNN has done a great job in following this wild story since it came to light.

    April 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  47. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening, Maureen Miller!

    How are you?
    Nice to see you!

    In retaliation to attacks, pirates say they will kill all American and French Hostage. This type of Desm is unacceptable. The nations must do something to protect the crews at sea.
    The government acted very well, but must take the consequences and, in some way, not let the crew's own luck.

    What story more interesting and intriguing about the pilot who died during the flight and one passenger landed the plane with the help of the control tower! I await the details!

    See you later! Bye!

    April 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
  48. Jim- Calif

    Do You Think The Pirate Should Face Charges?????
    NO- Pat Him on the Head & send him home!!! ( YES I'm being VERY sarcastic!)
    The Pirates Did not learn their lesson- I say go to where they berth their boats & send every last one of them to the Bottom If we see a Armed Pirate ship – Blow it out of the water. Then Maybe they will get it through their thick heads- PIRACY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!!

    April 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  49. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    you know I bet those pirates are all talk. They say something that they might do but they will probably never do it....

    April 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  50. ChicaWest

    I admit something has to be done about the piracy in that region but should it be America's responsibility to soley patrol the waters off Africa? I believe all of the world who do export business in that region SHOULD want to free it of the piracy activity.

    April 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
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