ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 09, 2009
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(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.]
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