Sea Shepherd conservation group declared ‘pirates’ in US court ruling
Piracy on the High Seas with violence. And given that it is the High Seas then it is the duty of every nation to punish it.
The ruling was issued on Wednesday by chief judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th US circuit court of appeals.
In his 18-page opinion, he wrote: “You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; hurl 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.”
Further, we’ve still got this quaint idea that those who conspire to commit a crime, even those who finance one, are guilty as are those who commit the actual crime.
So, all those who have been sending Sea Shepherd money over the years, please report to Execution Dock to await your turn for the three tides thing.
I think this is quite wondrous really. I’m sure that we’ll find all of the usual names on the list of supporters. Everyone from Lean and Lucas through Porritt and Monbiot to every member of Greenpeace ever and the entirety of Friends of the Earth.
Some will cavil that since St. Tony’s time we don’t actually have the death penalty for piracy. Nor, indeed, do we still have Execution Dock. But that’s fine: we’ll just stick with the three tides of the Thames bit. Not as messy, rather more prolonged, but effective all the same.