|INTRODUCTION TO: SEA DOG MARITIME SECURITY SERVICES (INTERNATIONAL)
Piracy is a basic and fundamental concern for all coastal nations, especially island nations like The Republic of Cape Verde. From almost the beginning of state-
sponsored navies, piracy suppression has been one of their major responsibilities - when Julius Caesar was captured by pirates in 76 BCE, the first thing he did
after paying the pirates’ ransom and being released was to fit out a squadron of ships to take his revenge. Despite piracy’s importance and the continued
frequency of piratical attacks, however, relatively few recent works have been written analyzing cases of modern piracy and piracy suppression in terms of
varying strategic, policy, and operational decisions.
SCI is currently conducting research in order to conclude a feasibility study for the purpose of establishing a subsidiary for the establishment of a Maritime
Security Service for the exclusive need (s) of the Republic of Cape Verde. All here at SCI have recognized that not only is there a need for such service's, we
can meet that need. SCI's network of former U.S. Navy Special Operations, Law Enforcement, Merchant Marine Personnel and its current Legal Staff are
Ready, Willing and Able to assist in this important endeavor as we move towards the development of Cape Verde and the establishment of; SEA DOG
Maritime Security Services.
SEA DOG Maritime Security Services, Inc. (currently in its infancy) will educate and enlighten those involved within the security and economic development
of the Republic of Cape Verde and the surrounding African nations.
This white paper is basically a small but valued case study – An attempts to fill in the gaps.
As a lifelong student of Maritime and International Law and a former U.S. Navy Operative, it gives me great pleasure to research and write about a subject that
is close to my resoluteness.
There have been a number of important historical studies that have dealt with the subjects of piracy and piracy suppression. Books written from the point of
view of those wishing to end piracy have tended to focus on legal issues, including the rights of victims, the procedures and decisions of Admiralty courts in
punishing pirates, and the capture of piracy ships as prizes. Others have looked at the existence of piracy in terms of one particular place or time period, with
the Barbary Coast and the Caribbean Sea claiming disproportionate shares of attention.
One of the first books to examine both sides of the piracy issue appeared in 1724, Lives of the Most Notorious Pirates. Many have suspected that Daniel Defoe
was the author, writing under the pen name “Captain Charles Johnson.” In addition to discussing the exploits of many famous pirates, the author openly
blamed various European governments for piracy’s creation, since state-sponsored privateering often led to piracy. As one solution, he advised the British
government to establish a public fishery to end piracy: “Wherefore, if there was a public spirit among us, it would be well worth our while to establish a
national fishery which would be the best means in the world to prevent Piracy, employ a number of the poor, and ease the nation of a great burden by
lowering the price of provision in general, as well as of several other commodities.”
I hope I've gotten your attention by now, so let's look at, the turn of the eighteenth century, the Royal Navy was primarily responsible for using force to
suppress piracy. British privateers continued to roam the seas, preying on Spanish gold. However, several changes in British maritime legal practice made a
renewed fight against piracy possible. On 13 October 1696, Sir Charles Hedges, judge of the High Court, revised Admiralty law so that pirates could be
punished anywhere: “Now piracy is only a sea term for robbery, piracy being a robbery committed within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty. If any man be
assaulted within that jurisdiction, and his ship or goods violently taken away without legal authority, this is robbery and piracy.”
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