It’s already beginning. The media putting forth pleas from the pirate’s mom that he is just a confused kid. A defense dream team in the making already working the media. They’re already working hard to portray the US as a big mean world bully picking on young pirates who do not know any better.
“He is 16. I sent him to school. He’d gone missing, and I had been looking for him for 15 days,” she told the BBC.
“Students told me that my son was seen to be talking with pirates. He was going around with them. When I could not find him, students said to me they thought he had gone with pirates,” the pirate’s mother, identified as Hassan, said from her home in Galka’yo town, 465 miles north of Somalia’s capital.
“I would like to request from the U.S. government and President Obama to release my son. He has nothing to do with that crime, he is only a child, and he has been used for that crime by the other men,” she said, pleading.
HMM, she doesn’t have any issues w/ the pirates plucking her son and making him overtake a ship against his will?
Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, told the AP that he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somali pirate.
“I think in this particular case, there’s a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas,” said Kuby. “This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age.”
The US should play nice. I mean, this pirate was negotiating in good faith!
UMMM, What happened to the pirates’ good faith negotiating with the ship’s crew for the captain?
This case will probably end up requiring that our military needs to card all combatants they encounter to make sure they are at least 18.