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Somalia / Maritime Piracy / Standoff #928645

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 09, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The drama over the standoff by Somali pirates who are holding hostage the captain, Richard Phillips, of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship featured; animation of the lifeboat shown; details given about the pirate demands, the return to port of the ship & the standstill in the negotiations. [Attorney General Eric HOLDER - comments.] [Voice of Third Mate Colin WRIGHT†- says he is all right.] [Wife of ship's mate Serena MURPHY†, sister-in-law of captured captain Lea COGGIO†- comment on the situation.] [CSIS Juan ZARATE††- calls this a nightmare scenario as the Navy avoids use of force.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The escalating crisis off the coast of Somalia for ships being attacked by pirates noted.

(Kings Point, New York: Sharyn Alfonsi) The ships at risk in dangerous international waterways featured; details given about why crews are unarmed. [US Maritime Services Capt. Jon HELMICK†- explains why ships are not armed; states the Navy cannot cover the waterfronts.] [RAND Corp. security analyst Brian Michael JENKINS†- says the ransoms are an incentive.]

Gibson, Charles;
Raddatz, Martha;
Alfonsi, Sharyn

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