* Somebody must have told those FBI agents that theirÂ sensitivityÂ and cultural awareness-training sucks and decided that action speaks louder than words:
(CNN) — The captain of the Maersk Alabama was freed Sunday after being held captive since Wednesday by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
The official said Capt. Richard Phillips is uninjured and in good condition, and that three of the four pirates were killed.Â The fourth pirate is in custody.Â Phillips was taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, a nearby naval warship. (Yeah! But why take prisoners?/ed)
* Â Pamela:Â Have you been watching the press conferences at all. The terror loving media cannot contain itself concerned with the pirates ……. sick. Pathelogically morally ill.
AOL headline:Â What Happens to the Pirates?
Earlier Sunday afternoon Maersk Line Limited, owner of the Maersk Alabama, said the U.S. Navy informed the company that it had sighted Phillips in a lifeboat where pirates are holding him.
Phillips was spotted another time earlier in the day, the Navy said.
On Saturday, the FBI launched a criminal investigation into the hijacking of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship by Somali pirates, two law enforcement officials told CNN. The probe will be led by the FBI’s New York field office, which is responsible for looking into cases involving U.S. citizens in the African region, the officials said.
The Maersk Alabama reached port in Mombasa, Kenya, on Saturday. Crew members aboard the freed cargo ship described how some of their colleagues attempted to “jump” their pirate captors.
A scuffle ensued and one of the sailors stabbed a pirate in the hand in the battle to retake the container ship, one of the sailors told CNN.
Snippets of information are starting to emerge about how the Alabama’s crew managed to retake the ship after it was hijacked by pirates Wednesday about 350 miles off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean….
Pirates: “We never kill people. We are Muslims. We are marines, coastguards — not pirates.”
They “never kill people,” because they “are Muslims.” However, they do “threaten to shoot or beat them.” Welcome to the Orwellian world of jihadspeak.
“WITNESS: ‘Hi, is that the Somali pirates?'” by Andrew Cawthorne forÂ Reuters, April 12 (thanks to JW)
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Your best source is jailed. You track high-sea hijacks by text and email. You get through to captors on a satellite phone but are then roundly abused….Reuters reporters in Somalia were able to contact Phillips’ captors — on their fuel-less, floating lifeboat stalked by U.S. warships — at the start of the standoff. They issued various defiant messages to the world in barked conversations.
Having then been informed, however, that their remarks were making instant headlines on TV networks across the world, the pirate gang became less cooperative.
“We are tired of your calls. We have no time for journalists,” is a polite translation of some of the last quotes our team managed to extract from the pirates.
“If you bother us again, we will order someone in Mogadishu to meet you,” a gang member added before the line went dead.
Often, though, the pirates are friendly and helpful, though they detest use of the p-word. “We never kill people. We are Muslims. We are marines, coastguards — not pirates,” one said.
Hostages say the pirates are normally as friendly as they can be under the circumstances. While they threaten to shoot or beat them if they do not cooperate, they also roast goat for their captives and pass phones around for calls home….
Yes, they are capital fellows.Â Decent fellows.