Friday, April 17, 2009

Pirates say they’re collecting 'fines' for illegal acts

The pirates do not use the word "ransom." They say they’re collecting "fines" for illegal acts.

There’s more to this story than we’re being told:

1 - It has been reported that the Maersk Alabama belonged to a U.S. Department of Defense contractor with top security clearance.

2 - European and Asian ships are estimated to be illegally taking more than $450 million in fish out of Somalia's waters annually. It is believed that ships from the EU alone take out of the country more than five times the value of the EU's aid to Somalia every year.

3 - European ships are dumping toxic, and sometime radioactive wastes in Somali waters. It is estimated that the cost to European companies to dump the wastes on Somalia's beaches is $2.50 per ton compared to $250 a ton to dispose of the wastes in Europe.

Obama advisor Lawrence Summers — then president of the World Bank — recommended "encouraging MORE migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (Less Developed Countries).

Mr. Summers argued that "the costs of health-impairing pollution depends on the forgone earnings from increased morbidity and mortality."

In other words, human beings in LDCs are worth less than human beings in developed countries, according to Mr. Summers' leaked memo of December 12, 1991.

The U.S. and Europe are making plans that could "open the way for more missions to hunt down the pirates inside the lawless country."

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