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    US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    In one of those stories only I might be interested in: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    An appeals court in the United States has labelled the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd as pirates, clearing the way for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against it.
    In making his ruling, chief judge Alex Kozinski said people no longer needed a peg leg or an eye patch to be classified as pirates.
    "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," he said.
    This was true "no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be," the judge added, in a ruling that dubbed Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson "eccentric."
    What I think is important is the idea that even if you are trying to aide a good cause, but do it illegally, you are still a criminal. Here is the Sea Shepard in action:

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    Trying to save whales by intentionally putting other humans at risk is the wrong way to do things...
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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    I doubt sea Shepard is going to be discouraged by this ruling, as long as it gets attention for its cause. Then again it is not like the Japanese are telling the whole story either.

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    Those anti-whaling vessels are pretty darn luck so far they have not run up against a ship that will attack them. I am all for protecting the whales, but I wouldn't think twice if the US Navy or someone else sent these liberal attack ships and their crews to the bottom of the ocean.

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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    i'm not big on radical environmentalism, but i'm also very turned off by calling commercial whaling "research."

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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    I doubt sea Shepard is going to be discouraged by this ruling, as long as it gets attention for its cause. Then again it is not like the Japanese are telling the whole story either.
    What it does it open up the possibility to sue Sea Sheppard. That will discourage them.
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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    Paul Watson, a person who dirties the reputation of Canadians, a man who swore in court to honor the conditions of his bail and then fled into hiding yet pathetically continues to protest his innocence, gets no sympathy or benefit from this Canadian, regardless of what I may think about the Japanese and their fishing practices.

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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    Long overdue for those wankers. This means they may have their flag withdrawn and they'll be held if they ever touch an American port. Also means the Japanese can fire on them when they try their BS.

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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Those anti-whaling vessels are pretty darn luck so far they have not run up against a ship that will attack them. I am all for protecting the whales, but I wouldn't think twice if the US Navy or someone else sent these liberal attack ships and their crews to the bottom of the ocean.
    Please fisher, this is not a politicly biased topic.

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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    In one of those stories only I might be interested in: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)



    What I think is important is the idea that even if you are trying to aide a good cause, but do it illegally, you are still a criminal. Here is the Sea Shepard in action:

    sea-shepherd-officially-pirates-003.jpg

    Trying to save whales by intentionally putting other humans at risk is the wrong way to do things...
    Perhaps in this case, although from a philosophical point of view, not quite. Laws themselves are just words on paper. Their true strength is embodied in the will of the people who comply with them. In some cases, laws that pervert or undermine those who must live under them can be resisted 'illegally', such as smuggling Jews out of countries under the lawful rule of the Nazis.

    Back to this case: not quite sure I agree with the pirate designation, although I'm equally unsure what the category implies.
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    Re: US court declares Sea Shepherd pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i'm not big on radical environmentalism, but i'm also very turned off by calling commercial whaling "research."
    The "research" is whaling. It is clear cut, no questions. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Attacking people to protect whales is the wrong way.
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