US Navy SEALS responded to emergency development, through standard rules of engagement; and owe their oath in protecting the Captain.
VIDEO: NO OPTION FOR FAILURE VIEW.
IMAGE SEAL: To you we owe
Ace remarks that early MSM reports of a 'fire fight' were somewhat over stated. It seems 3 shots, 3 ex-pirates is more like the case. read.
For all of us who prayed for the captain's safety:
Vermont Town Celebrates Richard Phillips' Release
The FBI is treating the ship's hijacking as a crime scene. gateway.
As Obama Whitehouse officials:
Consider Criminal Charges Against Captured Pirate.
Blackfive's Uncle Jimbo, reports:
"The AP is reporting that President Obama gave the order to use military force to rescue the hostage, that is misleading." #
How the rescue happened: READ.While this is an International problem... This pirate 'pay-off problem' happened long ago, as shown in a 3-min Documentary:
The lifeboat was approx. 25 m behind the Bainbridge when snipers on the fantail observed one of the pirates in the pilot house of the lifeboat pointing an AK-47 at the back of a tied up Phillips and the other two pirates on board were visible (at least shoulders and heads). The standing authority gave them clearance to engage the pirates if the life of the captain was in imminent danger.
The on scene commander deemed this to be true and gave the order to fire. All three bad guys were taken out and then a rigid inflatable boat went to the lifeboat to retrieve Phillips. Iti is unknown at this point whether the shooters were SEALs or Marine Scout Snipers as both would have been available. This was not a rescue attempt ordered by National Command Authority i.e. the President. It was a reaction by the on scene commander under standard authority to safeguard the life of a hostage. Read more.
VIDEO HISTORY: "Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates"
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The U.S. Military changed this History; & we're not going back to those days! Our Military will do as is deemed appropriate, in the interest of safety...
(Meanwhile, the big story in the US; Obama gets a cute dog)
BIG MEDIA STORY:
"The wait is over—Obama chooses his new dog" VIDEO.
In my opinion...Usually ships with a US flag were avoided; until they banked on a new U.S. President who would rather file "nasty worded petitions" to be delivered by meaningless organisations that view pirates as "wealth distributors" and thus pay huge ransoms hoping that it will all go away... U.S. Military doesn't run (or run on polls.)