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PIRATES, SOMALIA AND LONDON.  (readers, I have no idea if those outside UK can listen to this)

Drew did his things on pirates yesterday and I know we all feel the same about those folks.

Because there is more to listen to on radio here then there is in the US, I’m listening to radio more then I ever did back home. And I worked in that medium.

I don’t know if you people outside of the UK will be allowed to listen to what I heard last night.  I hope you can.  You will get an education and begin to see this problem a bit differently.  Which doesn not mean we will change our mind with regard to the solution.  Drew spelled it out in plain English but of course his suggestion won’t be applied. Instead, more ships will be taken, more money paid out to pirates and in the end would you like to take a stab at who really ends up paying the freight?

Like most other ppl, I just assumed that the pirates were simply bands of seagoing criminals looking for easy prey and an easy buck.  Well folks, apparently the prey was even easier then we may have imagined it.
As well, I would never have guessed how sophisticated the pirates in fact are or the fact that they are receiving intel on ships movements etc, from land based people ON THE INSIDE!  And if they aren’t inside, then they sure do know a heck of a lot about the shipping industry, the routes and the cargoes.

I had been under the impression and I bet you have too, that those boats were targets of opportunity.  Well guess again because they ARE NOT!
Oh sure, there might be the odd one or two. That’s a given.  But this latest modern day scourge is well funded, VERY WELL organized and run by professionals!
Not only that .... and many have already cottoned on to this.  A lot of the money goes into the coffers of terror groups.  If you already guessed that, you guessed correctly.


Availability:

6 days left to listen
Last broadcast 29 Jan 2009, 20:00 on BBC Radio 4.


Synopsis:

Simon Cox investigates modern-day piracy. He talks to some of those involved, reveals the extent of the British connection to the modern kidnap and ransom business and discovers that, far from its popular recent associations with the Somali coast, much of the negotiations to free seized ships actually take place in the world’s maritime law capital, London.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00h36y6


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/30/2009 at 01:10 PM   
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