Murder of 4 American Hostages Aboard ‘Quest’ by Somali Pirates Could Have been Averted

 

Last week it was reported that four Americans were murdered aboard the hijacked ’Quest” off the coast of Oman at the hands of Somali pirates. 

Now it is being reported  from the  UK Daily Mail that the murder of  four Americans, Jean and Scott Adam, from California, and Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle, at the hands of Somali pirates could have been prevented. If this is the case, this hijacking and eventual murder of the four Americans is even more tragic than originally reported.

The killing of four American hostages on board their yacht may have been sparked by the U.S. Navy’s decision to detain two of the pirates who had come to negotiate with them, it emerged today.

Jean and Scott Adam, from California, and Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle, from Seattle, were shot aboard the Quest off the coast of Oman, East Africa, on Tuesday.

A day earlier, two Somali pirates had boarded the U.S.S. Sterett stationed 600 yards away from the yacht to talk face-to-face, and American officials thought a breakthrough with the gang was imminent.

According to reports, the FBI negotiators did not take the leaders of Somali pirates that they were negotiating with seriously. The Somali leaders had left orders if they did not return, the hostages should be killed. Sadly, that is was happened.

A pirate source quoted by the newspaper said their leader had told them that if he did not return, they should kill the hostages. American officials say they do not know that to be the case.



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    10 Responses to “Murder of 4 American Hostages Aboard ‘Quest’ by Somali Pirates Could Have been Averted”

    1. Carpe on February 27th, 2011 12:30 pm

      Who goes cruising near Somalia without some heavy artillery? I would like to know who wakes up in the day thinking that this is a workable game plan?

      Come on, mannnn!

    2. Steve on February 27th, 2011 1:30 pm

      I just had a post disappear; could you check the spam folder?

      Thx.
      _____________
      SM: Cannot seem to find anything.
      R

    3. Steve on February 27th, 2011 7:27 pm

      If the following sentence: “According to reports, the FBI negotiators did not take the Somali pirates seriously and it appears that the leaders told them that id they did not return, the hostages should be killed.

      who exactly does “them” refer to. I find that with the three possible references, it is a bit confusing. The reference just prior to leaders is “Somali pirates“, which doesn’t really seem to make sense.
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      SM: Steven CTC … which stands for CUT THE CRAP. If you want to be an English proferssor on this site you will be banned and put on the blacklist. Comment on the topic and cut the crap . Keep up your nonsense and you will be gone permanently. I tire of you BS. Having your posts simply go yo the delete category will be an easy propostion.

      Is it possible for you to be respectful at all? If the next comment you make is not specifically about the content of the post, it and all future comments will be deleted. Is that plain enough for you?

    4. Steve on February 28th, 2011 1:09 am

      3(sm),

      I’m sorry I upset you. Sincerely, all I was trying to do was figure out what the words were trying to say, because the language was confusing to me. In rereading the linked article and the story above, I see I can find what I need in the article. Again, I’m sorry for any trouble.

      – –

      For those who didn’t follow the link to the Daily Mail article, but relied on the summary above, I’d like to share more of that article, in case you find the additional context informative.

      —-

      But an FBI hostage negotiator came to believe the two pirates were not serious, according to The New York Times.

      The men were taken into custody and the Navy told the pirates who were on the yacht to send over someone they could do business with, a military source told the newspaper.

      – — – four short paragraphs here — – –

      A pirate source quoted by the newspaper said their leader had told them that if he did not return, they should kill the hostages. American officials say they do not know that to be the case.

      —-

      Note that the usage of “serious” (not “seriously”, as paraphrased), followed by the FBI action to try and get someone else {other pirate(s)} to come over to do business with (because those already on board were not serious).

      Then note the 4 intervening paragraphs before the article mentions the bit about killing the hostages. With this being quite removed from the “serious” remark, it should have little (if no) relationship to it.

      Each reader of these events is free to draw their own conclusion, but I see no one actually suggesting that the hostage killing could have been averted. Also, the way the story is told by the FBI (according to the Daily Mail) there is no suggestion there to support that conclusion.
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      SM: ok, gotcha … maybe it is because it came from o foreign newspaper. Even though it was from the UK, sometimes the wording is different.

    5. Waterboy on March 1st, 2011 12:02 am

      I know this may be a naive question, but doesn’t anyone on the open sea arm themselves?

      Strategy here would be to arm everyone on board, put on the Kevlar vests with hardened steel inserts; and invite the pirates in for close quarters tea, but serve hollow points instead.

      Anyone see anything wrong with this strategy; especially when the filthy swine (no pun intended) are going to kill you, or worse anyway?

      Jerry

    6. Waterboy on March 1st, 2011 12:08 am

      I rather die with an empty Glock 21 in each hand, than my hands tied behind my back and a bullet in the back of my head.

      Wouldn’t you?

    7. NGBoston on March 1st, 2011 5:13 am

      #5—There you go—another Man with a brain. If ever I am pissed at my Husband, all I have to do is sign on here and kinda’ sorta’ but not really but kinda’ sorta’ yes start to fall in love with a random stranger who types words across the screen.

      Go Waterboy/Jerry. Hello? OPEN SEAS= YOU ARE OWN YOUR OWN. Bring effective weapons, and a dart gun (like the high powered ones Deep Sea Divers use to ward off sharks) also excellent idea.

      AHOY, Mate-ees! Eff with my Sea Vessel and you shall be proceeding at your own risk.

      Somali Pirates, My Arse. How about we toss a couple sticks of dynamite on to their rig as well.

      Get the EFF out of here—Proud to be American Baby.

      I nominate WaterBoy as my Co-Captain.

      xoxoxox

    8. NGBoston on March 1st, 2011 5:14 am

      *ON

    9. Waterboy on March 1st, 2011 11:20 pm

      New Girl,

      I know your type, You would make me walk the plank.

    10. Dolf on March 4th, 2011 5:53 am

      @9

      I believe she would.

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