January 31, 2011
— Purple Avenger Back in 2009 the cargo ship Arctic Sea mysteriously vanished and six men have been accused, and pleaded guilty, to hijacking it...but the story apparently isn't quite so simple.
...the circumstances surrounding their case are so murky, and the official version so implausible, that their relatives are convinced they were duped into covering up something the Russian government wants to remain secret...I have no fracking idea what's really going on here, and the stock "hijack" story sounds pretty thin, but I'm certain there's a heck of a spook novel or award winning movie script here waiting to be written.
...the alleged pirates claimed they had been hired to conduct temporary environmental work - gathering evidence of illegal pollution from ships - and were training on a rubber boat in the Baltic Sea when a storm blew them off course. They said they were rescued by the Arctic Sea...
...last year a handwritten letter allegedly penned by one of the jailed men - an unemployed roofer before the Arctic Sea incident - appealed to the international community to take concerns over pollution in the Baltic Sea seriously...
...Only a few crew members are taking part in the trial in Arkhangelsk. They've been barred from talking to reporters about the alleged hijacking...
...Mr Bartenev wonders why Russia is trying a case involving a ship registered in Malta, owned by a company in Finland, and alleged to have been intercepted in Swedish waters by residents of Estonia. He also wonders why the eight alleged hijackers and some of the crew - 16 people in all - were flown from Africa to Russia on two large Ilyushin-76 cargo planes capable of carrying 40 tons each, if not also to carry weapons or other illicit cargo...
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With his stare.
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Posted by: Adm. J.P. (USS Obvious Quip) at January 31, 2011 03:16 AM (dxXO1)
They tried stomping on them like roaches, but too many people were slipping and falling.As soon as the Democrats lose the White House the homeless will reappear in the news, baby seals will be clubbed in photography magazines, we will see flag draped caskets, pictures of our soldiers being blown to bits by IED explosions, our air force will be bombing wedding parties, the Klan will make a comeback on page one (and the stories will some how fail to mention that the Klansmen are all Democrats) and the economic news will go from bad to awful etc. In other words the entire propaganda machine of the MFM will be unleashed full force once again
It is not blood libels that the media unleashes on Conservatives that are the most effective of their weapons - it is the thousands of paper cuts per day over eight years that bring their party back into power.
Normally with a Democratic president in power the news would be much better than it is - but it galls the Klan types in the media to have a black president so they have to run bad news stories.
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Dick Cheney once invited me to become a member of the Harp Seal Club. The have polo shirts with a great logo.
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Leeeeeet's do the tiiiiiiiiime warp agaiiiiiiiiiin...
/sings no better in text than in reality
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He also wonders why the eight alleged hijackers and some of the crew - 16 people in all - were flown from Africa to Russia on two large Ilyushin-76 cargo planes capable of carrying 40 tons each, if not also to carry weapons or other illicit cargo...
Obviously one was carrying Cheney's penis, which had been on vacation clubbing baby seals. Duh!
Posted by: Ms Choksondik at January 31, 2011 05:05 AM (F+Y9Z)
I think it is quite clear what happened.
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