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    New Piracy resource coming online

    For those monitoring piracy, a new resource is coming online: Global Marine Piracy Magazine. Their mission is to… provide the world’s best and most comprehensiveinformation on marine piracy … clearly, the most significant threat to the world economy today. While "briefcase" nuclear devices are often in the news … the international media seldom reports piracy unless it’s a major event. The typical pirate is an armed robber, but the ease with which armed bandits can commandeer large merchant vessels is well-know to terrorist organizations which thrive on chaos. A single terrorist incident involving a bulk carrier in a major port can exceed the damages caused to the World Trade Center…

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    A Primer on Pirates

    "Combating piracy takes good intelligence. The authors also offer this warning: Piracy "has never been reduced through any process of negotiation." Historically, only armed force suppresses pirates."

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    Maritime Terrorism Threat

    News background from 12 December 2005 and a PINR questioning the threat from Maritime terrorism: In October 2000, al-Qaeda carried out an attack on the U.S. Navy destroyer the USS Cole while it was anchored in Aden Harbor in Yemen. Shortly before noon, two suicide bombers approached the USS Cole in an explosive-laden speed boat and detonated it along the port side of the vessel. The blast tore open the Cole’s steel hull and killed 17 members of the crew. Two years later, the MV Limburg was the target. The super-tanker was attacked in the Gulf of Aden as it approached Yemen’s Ash Shihr oil terminal. Again, a small boat…