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Pirates, Barbary and Otherwise.

“What is needed now is a framework for an international crime of terrorism…Coming up with such a framework would perhaps seem impossible, except that one already exists…The ongoing war against pirates is the only known example of state vs. nonstate conflict until the advent of the war on terror, and its history is long and notable. More important, there are enormous potential benefits of applying this legal definition to contemporary terrorism.” Via Breaching the Web, author Douglas Burgess makes an intriguing case in Legal Affairs for using long-standing anti-piracy laws to fight terrorism. Definitely worth a read, and not only because I have pirates-on-the-brain after finishing the literary (and highly-condensable) exploits of Jack Shaftoe, King of the Vagabonds earlier this week.)

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2 Responses to “Pirates, Barbary and Otherwise.”

  1. This is really very practical. The IRA segued seamlessly from political bombing to drug smuggling.

    Posted by acflix | August 22, 2005, 4:17 pm
  2. I was thinking about the Burgess piece when I read this article in The Economist:
    “For jihadist, read anarchist”
    http://economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=4292760

    Posted by Ted | August 22, 2005, 7:00 pm

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