Green Taliban declared Pirates

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“You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel. “When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.”

And with that very clear explanation, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared Paul Watson and his supporters pirates.  

Being declared pirates on the high seas isn’t just a label, it means that the Sea Shepherd and its crew are now sitting duck without any protection from the courts.

Under a principle of international law known as the “universality principle”, a government may “exercise jurisdiction over conduct outside its territory if that conduct is universally dangerous to states and their nationals.”¬†

The rationale behind the universality principle is that states will punish certain acts “wherever they may occur as a means of protecting the global community as a whole, even absent a link between the state and the parties or the acts in question.”

Under this principle, the concept of “universal jurisdiction” applies to the crime of piracy.¬†For example, the United States has a statute (section 1651 of title 18 of the United States Code) imposing a sentence of life in prison for piracy “as defined by the law of nations” committed anywhere on the high seas, regardless of the nationality of the pirates or the victims. — Wikipedia

The Japanese Government has put a¬†military¬†vessel with armed helicopters in the area, and I for one can’t wait for the Sea Shepherd to test how serious they are.

 

Source: MyFox Houston

  • Mr_Blobby

    The real reason our Navy didn’t want to go south was so they didn’t have to get mixed up with sea shepherd and the Japanese navy.

    “When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag
    metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders;
    launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers
    at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate,”

    The Japanese Navy are well within their rights to defend there Nationals. NZ and Australia should also front up and send ships south to help maintain order and chase away anyone down there without a good reason, for there own safety if nothing else. They should also not offer safe harbor for these clowns when they want to resupply.

    Who funds these wankers, I have never seen or heard of any fundraising in NZ.

    • StupidDiscus

      No doubt your tax dollars, directly and via the unions.

  • JeffDaRef

    Couldnt agree more WO – that chubby buck-toothed sanctimonious prick Paul Watson has had this coming for some time – hope him being taken down is captured live on tv!

  • Patrick

    About time, now torpedo their boats & leave them to swim home

    • Cadwallader

      But first “keel haul them matees!” Good riddance to these ghastly crims.

  • BW_Lord

    Excellent. This should get interesting

  • John.Doe.

    Obi Wan must have had the green taliban in mind when he uttered those famous words “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”…….so, so true

  • BJ

    Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd funded by the socialist elite and the naive ones – of the false belief that it supports a good cause but all the while just supporting the unemployed lifestyle of the chosen few

    • blokeintakapuna

      yeah, but it helps to assuage any guilt from my AGW activities, whilst then allowing a sanctimonious, superiority complex – because i’m saving the planet…

    • Hazards001

      Yeah..but since the whole story relies on the statement handed down by a judge…well panel of them…the representatives of whom on any other given day can be found to be a complete f…n morons then we’ll see what happens with this. Personally I’m not going to hold my breath that a realistic result will occur. Good fun to watch the wankers cringe though..if they actually do!

  • blazer

    of course everone believes the Japanese whalers are just there for research purposes.The U.S should mind its own business.Environmental vandals need to be challenged.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Shouldn’t kill smart animals . Unless they are on two legs and coming for you .

    • Allan R

      If you paid attention you would know that the US courts are involved because Watson has a case there.

  • Macca

    GOLD!!!! Would love to watch these wankers get their come up-pence! I just wish the Gweens and all their supporters would go down and join them. The MSM giving these terrorists prime coverage is nearly as bad as them trying to make Tama Iti out to be some sort of hero! FFS!

  • ConwayCaptain

    Does this now mean that the Japanese Navy7 can go down and arrest these bugger and take them back to Japan for trial??

    • Mr_Blobby

      The Japanese and one other country has an Interpol red notice-arrest warrant for the fool.What are the chances of the Government doing a DotCom on his arse. Better check with the US first.

    • StupidDiscus

      They are required to sink any pirate vessels they encounter -and they can try and hang any pirates on capture. No trial necessary.

  • hagar

    The Japs are barefaced LIARS calling it research. This is the only thing I agree with the Greens on.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      They are researching which whales and where they are harvested are the best for food, so that the whale numbers do not decrease rapidly.
      Quite simple realy

    • Ronnie Chow

      Whitebait poaching is called research where I come from .

  • williamabong

    If you are serious about stopping Watson lobby the oil companies to cut off fuel to his ships, no fuel = no problems, also if his ship were impounded and tied up in red tape that would pretty much stop Watson and his hippy followers.

  • StupidDiscus

    Under the Law of the Sea treaties, Nations have a moral obligation to hunt down and sink any pirate vessels. Also under the piracy act of 1698 (still in force in NZ apparently) public-spirited citizens are able to hang any pirates found on land.

    • Hazards001

      You pirate you…

  • Allan R

    The Admiralty Act 1973 annulled all earlier English piracy law.

    Currently piracy is covered by the Crimes Act 1961 s.92

    92

    Piracy
    (1)
    Every one who does any act amounting to piracy by the law of nations, whether that act is done within or outside New Zealand,‚ÄĒ
    (a)
    Shall upon conviction thereof be sentenced to imprisonment for life if, in
    committing piracy, he murders, attempts to murder, or does any act
    likely to endanger the life of any person:
    (b)
    Is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years in any other case.
    (2)
    Any act that by the law of nations would amount to piracy if it had been
    done on the high seas on board or in relation to a ship shall be piracy
    for the purposes of this section if it is done on board or in relation
    to an aircraft, whether the aircraft is on or above the sea or is on or
    above the land.

  • Allan R

    Piracy is primarily robbery or violence on the high seas committed
    by one vessel against another, for private ends or by a mutinous crew.

    Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law
    (4th ed), 1990 at p 239 states that Article 15 UN Convention on the
    High Seas 1958 represents the existing customary law. In summary, piracy
    is any illegal act of violence, detention, or any act of depredation,
    committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship
    or aircraft and directed on the high seas (or in a place outside the
    jurisdiction of any State) against another ship or aircraft or against
    persons or property on board. An important analysis of piracy is found: Re Piracy Jure Gentium [1934] AC 586 (PC).
    The parameters of piracy were indicated, namely actual robbery is not
    an essential ingredient, a frustrated attempt amounts to piracy, a
    passenger robbing another ship passenger does not commit piracy,
    rebellion by a crew against officers could be piracy, and the act must
    be done without commission of a State. However, it appears clear that
    piracy is committed where passengers on a ship both rob other passengers
    and attack the officers or crew so as to take temporary control of the
    ship: R v Liang Bing Zhao [1997] 2 HKC 499.
    A pirate may be taken and tried wherever found. Piracy is ordinarily
    limited to acts involving ships and aircraft, and the crews: Smith and
    Hogan, Criminal Law (6th ed), 1988, pp 815-819. A pirate is hostis humani generis and is subject to universal jurisdiction: 18 Halsbury’s Laws of England (4th ed), para 1535.

    • Ronnie Chow

      “A pirate is hostis humani generis ‘

      A name like that would get you on the ‘No Fly’ list.

  • Allan R

    now what about this little section of legislation;
    97
    Accessory after the fact to piracy
    Every
    one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who,
    within or outside New Zealand, is accessory after the fact to any act
    amounting to piracy by the law of nations.

    Now won’t that be interesting if they come to any of our ports.

  • Kacanga

    Are these the same people that seem unable to stop uneducated Somalis with AK47s and open boats with outboards from pirating vessels worth millions of dollars?

    Sure got their priorities right.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Grant-Michael-McKenna/681230209 Grant Michael McKenna

    Article 101 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea:
    Definition of piracy

    Piracy consists of any of the following acts:
    (a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed:
    (i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft…

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