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Jarrod
04-30-2009, 1:15 PM
Rescued captain advises Congress on piracy (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30501853?GT1=43001)
Phillips wants armed crew, government forces but also final say

Associated Press
updated 2 hours, 8 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Commercial ships working pirate-infested waters should be protected by an armed corps of senior officers backed by the government, Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips told Congress Thursday, emphasizing all must operate under a clear chain of command.

"I am not comfortable giving up command authority to others, including the commander of a protection force," Phillips said in remarks prepared for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and obtained by The Associated Press. "In the heat of an attack, there can be only one final decision-maker."

Phillips, who was held by pirates for five days this month and rescued by Navy SEALs, was the star witness during a series of hearings as Congress considers ways to combat a spike in piracy against ships carrying billions of dollars in cargo and humanitarian aid.

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demnogis
04-30-2009, 1:35 PM
Phillips, who was held by pirates for five days this month and rescued by Navy SEALs, was the star witness during a series of hearings as Congress considers ways to combat a spike in piracy against ships carrying billions of dollars in cargo and humanitarian aid.

Best way to combat the spike in piracy? Arm the crew!