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Navy Seals Take Over North-Korea-Flagged Oil Tanker In Libya

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Tensions around the North-Korea-flagged tanker that "illegally" obtained oil from rebels who hold a Libyan port have been escalating for the last week. However, The BBC reports that overnight US forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory. The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters south of Cyprus, said spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby. The US Seals operated from the USS Roosevelt, a guided missile destroyer, which "provided helicopter support and served as a command and control and support platform" and are now in "full control" of the vessell carrying 234,000 barrels of illicity-obtained oil. The message is clear - don't mess with the Petrodollar.


Via AFP,

US Navy Seals boarded and took control of an oil tanker that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea, the Pentagon said Monday.



No one was hurt "when US forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans," Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.


The operation was approved by President Barack Obama and was conducted in the early hours of Monday (just after 0200 GMT) "in international waters southeast of Cyprus".


The Morning Glory's evasion of a naval blockade at the eastern port of Sidra prompted Libya's parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week.




Adm Kirby said the operation had been authorised by President Barack Obama and that no-one had been hurt.


"The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained," he said, adding that it would now be returned to a Libyan port.

North Korean?

The Morning Glory originally was a North Korean-flagged ship, but Pyongyang on Wednesday denied any responsibility.


The ship was operated by an Egypt-based company that was allowed to temporarily use the North Korean flag under a contract with Pyongyang, North Korean state news agency KCNA said.


Pyongyang had "cancelled and deleted" the ship's North Korean registry, as it violated its law "on the registry of ships and the contract that prohibited it from transporting contraband cargo".

Next Steps...

The loading of the Morning Glory and its escape to sea marked a major escalation in the struggle between Tripoli and the rebels, and triggered the ouster Tuesday of liberal-backed premier Ali Zeidan, who fled the country


...the US move is likely to act as a deterrent to any further attempts to illicitly buy oil from the rebel-controlled ports.

Don't mess with the Petrodollar...


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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:43 | 4559133 1stepcloser
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You're Welcome Kim

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:46 | 4559157 NotApplicable
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War is a Racket!

Good jorb, Navy Seals!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:50 | 4559188 DoChenRollingBearing
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North Korea counterfeits our money.

We take their oil/ship/money back.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:07 | 4559281 Kirk2NCC1701
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LOL.  You mean they counterfit our counterfit fiat currency!

Why do you think the Fed came out with new $100 FRNs?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:09 | 4559288 fockewulf190
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Expect nuclear detonations in a North Korean mountain in 3...2...1...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:22 | 4559366 BigJim
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 The message is clear - don't mess with the Petrodollar.

Tyler, how was this an illustration of not messing with the petrodollar? Did the three Libyans controlling the ship pay for the oil with gold?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:31 | 4559412 666
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I'm confused. I thought this vessel was hit by a missile shortly after leaving port. Was there little damage?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:47 | 4559513 HarryWanqer
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USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!

We're the baddest pirates in the world m'f'ers!!!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:55 | 4559561 0b1knob
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 The message is clear - Obama is like a monkey with a hand grenade.

I said several weeks ago that the Libya-North Korea flap was just the sort of unprdictable black swan event that could lead to WWIII.   Not so improbable now eh?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:03 | 4559612 smlbizman
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:50 | 4559829 Lore
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Hoist the Jolly Roger (skull & crossbones). Extra rum rations for all. 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:23 | 4561635 StychoKiller
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"Mmm, grog!"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:09 | 4559291 nope-1004
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This is proof that the only thing the USD is backed by is a commodity and military.  Pretty funny, actually, since gold and silver are given such bad press on the topic.

USD intrinsic value = 0



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:16 | 4559330 ParkAveFlasher
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When do they start handing out eye patches and shoulder parrots to our Navy SEALs as standard issue?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:23 | 4559379 Renewable Life
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What's even more funny is, the navy seals I know (yes I do know some) wouldn't continue to take orders from Obama very long after their salary check, pension contribution, healthcare contribution for themselves and their family, their expenses contribution and their "benefits" packages didn't keep arriving on time and sadly in USD's!!!!

Not long at all! That might be keeping "the man" up at night too, or it damn well should be!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:18 | 4559706 johnconnor
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so what's the difference between Somali Pirates and the US Navy, other than the second having bigger and more advanced ships?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:51 | 4559189 DoChenRollingBearing
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dupe, sorry

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:59 | 4559243 maskone909
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And this whole time i thought NK was a subsidary of te fed, you know, like a primary dealer? With the funny money and all ;-)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:59 | 4559240 Stoploss
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How the fuck can a US backed rebel group "steal" an oil tanker?




Oh, right..

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:15 | 4559323 balanced
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The only message here is that U.S. soldiers will still be put in harms way to protect Halliburton's profits. How can Halliburton profit from selling Libyan oil if the Libyans are selling it themselves?!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:18 | 4559340 Pure Evil
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Now, once again, Americans can feel proud about their military.

We just need Tee Off Time Barry to fly in and give a speech with a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner waving so proudly behind him.

Word of caution, SEAL team members should be wary of flying in any Chinook's over the next 8 months.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:07 | 4559278 European American
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"Good jorb, Navy Seals!"????? You gonna say that when the same fella's, now retired, and now working for the fascist american corporation, swoop down on you and your neighbor, after you just filled your gas tank in his garage with an "illegal" purchase on the black market using one half gram of gold?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:08 | 4559285 Againstthelie
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Since there is no legal base for this hostile act of war, the Navy Seals in fact are terrorists.

USrael seems keen on tunring the world into Wild West where international laws have no meaning anymore.

I wish one day this will hit the self proclaimed chosen ones and their muppets as they deserve it.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:17 | 4559337 XAU XAG
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If it was flying the Korean flag lagit this not an act of war??

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:20 | 4559354 BigJim
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 Since there is no legal base for this hostile act of war, the Navy Seals in fact are terrorists.

I guess anyone who is part of a death squad can fairly be labelled a terrorist. But this was more an act of piracy, surely? But is it piracy if you're seizing a ship that was itself seized by pirates?

*I'm so confused* 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:13 | 4560016 Againstthelie
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Are Us soldiers regular soldiers or pirates?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:36 | 4560147 Telemakhos
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No, there's plenty of legal basis for this.  NK revoked their flag, the possessors of the ship weren't actors for any legitimate state or commercial or private interest of any legitimate state and are in fact said to have seized the ship, and the ship ran a naval blockade put up by the legitimate (for what that's worth in the MENA) government.  It's not a clear-cut case of high-seas piracy, since the seizure took place in Libyan waters, but sailing a stolen boat without a legitimate flag past a naval blockade into international waters is pretty much guaranteed to get you declared some sort of hostis humani generis, if not specifically a pirate.  I don't think there's a lawyer around who could make a good case that this tanker wasn't subject to universal jurisdiction, the right (actually obligation, once Libya requested help) of any armed ship nearby to capture it.

You might not like US foreign policy, and you might not like whichever clowns are running Libya this week, but seizing this tanker was fully legal and in accordance with international law and custom going back to Hugo Grotius.  Sometimes cookies crumble that way.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:48 | 4559172 fooshorter
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And to celebrate their achievement, all the seals will die in random helicopter crashes!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:50 | 4559191 1stepcloser
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Kimchi from above!  I want the movie rights

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:51 | 4559195 rsnoble
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As much as I bitch about the US it's hard to have any sympathy whatsoever for that little bitch.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:53 | 4559210 1stepcloser
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Feeding your uncle to staving dogs....Deserves a hot poker up the pooper

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:58 | 4559239 john39
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MSM said it happened, so it must be true.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:03 | 4559259 maskone909
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We should be very very careful in this situation. Its been rumored that the NK's have become novice model rocketry enthusiasts. Hasbro does alot of business there we cant afford to lose another trade partner.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:16 | 4559329 wtf1369
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Unless his uncle was a real asshole.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:57 | 4559225 NotApplicable
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Why would anyone have any feelings concerning puppets of state?

You don't get mad at professional wrestlers, or unicorns do you?

I don't understand why people insist upon believing in Santa Claus.

Kim is a murdering puppet of the elite, just like every other head of state. To feel anything other than disgust at the existence of puppets is to further empower them as they latch onto your emotions.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:07 | 4559272 Ham-bone
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and you know all this to be true because the propagnda machine tells you who to hate, loathe, kill, or bail out.  I lived in S. Korea and nobody there knows shit about what happens in the N.  He may be the devil or he may be simply another prop. 

Seems what we really "know" is pretty limited...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:01 | 4559255 Oracle 911
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If I recall correctly, what the US Navy did is an act of piracy according the international law. Which US gov don't always respect,  just in cases, where it is fit to its needs.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:04 | 4559271 patb
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Boarding a ship at sea, in international waters is a challenging issue of maritime law.

however, i'm not sure, if anyone has good authority here.


The Libyans lose jurisdiction at 12 miles, and the American's don't gain it.



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:17 | 4559294 Ham-bone
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Any ship likewise purchasing oil from Russia or her sphere in non-dollar payments can expect a request from an american puppet to be intercepted and "liberated"...

There is and will continue to be murder (soft "war") called interational police actions or international justice to maintain the petro-dollar.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:11 | 4559300 Kirk2NCC1701
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Piracy, War, Independence or Money is what the US says it is. 


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:22 | 4559369 scrappy
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Or ye walk the plank!

From Periscope Down! Arrgh!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:07 | 4559284 XAU XAG
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Poking the Russian the Korean Bear................who is next China?


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:10 | 4559297 wtf1369
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Would that be the Panda Bear?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:58 | 4559582 Grinder74
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Hmm, is King Barry setting up his retirement?  $22mil worth of oil that will suddenly go missing?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:45 | 4559146 Ignatius
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Jim sinclair in his current interview with Greg Hunter (USAWatchdog):

"They kill to protect the petro-dollar."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:50 | 4559184 CrashisOptimistic
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This is not a petrodollar move.

This is a move to pressure the rebels and get oil flowing from Libya again.  Oil flow is everything.  Dollars, not so much.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:57 | 4559229 NotApplicable
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Ummm.... this WAS the rebels getting oil flowing.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:01 | 4559248 Zadok
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No, no, the other rebels...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:01 | 4559251 Ignatius
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Sinclair was speaking generally, not about this incident.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:56 | 4559202 Ham-bone
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oil flowing in dollars is everything...

something tells me the oil was not purchased in the appropriate dollar backed fiat...and thus there will be blood...anyone challenging the petro dollar system is soon visited by Navy Seals.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:46 | 4559149 caShOnlY
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rebels are told "welcome to hotel tripoli, you may think you can check out from the dollar but you can never leave"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:48 | 4559154 Dr. Engali
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I hope the seal team members don't take any helicopter rides anytime soon. Anybody involved with orders that come directly from zero seem to meet an untimely death.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:48 | 4559176 NotApplicable
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Well, at least this operation (protection of their status quo) seems legit on its face.

I'm guessing that ship will be stateless no more.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:46 | 4559155 RockRiver
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Awesome! Now we are the pirates....



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:07 | 4559282 disabledvet
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no need for sarcasm. Why not hoist the Jolly Roger and do a little "rogue trading"?
Everyone else is....

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:37 | 4559457 RockRiver
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How do I show very disgusted sarcasm?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:03 | 4560556 zerozulu
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So now they don't like us for our piracy ?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:46 | 4559158 LoneStarHog
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Uh...and the difference between this and Somali pirates is.....?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:52 | 4559201 LawsofPhysics
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The uniforms and tactical capabilites...

move along sheep, nothing to see here.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:12 | 4559308 nope-1004
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printing press

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:10 | 4560005 LawsofPhysics
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No, that does not belong to the Seals, that belongs to the bankers.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:04 | 4559262 Zadok
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Its wrong when they do it but right when we do it. It really is that simple.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:11 | 4559286 wtf1369
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The Trident...and the ego.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:13 | 4560596 zerozulu
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:49 | 4559165 agstacks
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So does this replenish some of our Crush Kremlin Energy Prices™, er, Strategic Reserves?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:47 | 4559169 Son of Captain Nemo
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Okay North Korea in Libya...

Now lets see our boys in uniform pull that stunt in the Baltic or Black Sea when Russia dumps all of their holdings in U.S.-T's and demands gold for oil and gas from the rest of the EU "peanut gallery".


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:48 | 4559173 A Lunatic
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I guess there's a fine line between hijacking and liberating........

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:48 | 4559174 SmittyinLA
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That's "our" broke Europe's oil, we can't let the bankrupt EU go under (our currency debasement cartel would tank).

The Libya "Arab Spring" was a EU bankrupcy grab for cheap energy, it wasn't enough.  

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:49 | 4559182 NotApplicable
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Don't forget the gold.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:38 | 4559460 Cacete de Ouro
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Somebody somewhere needs gold for oil. Let the payments begin!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:52 | 4559196 LawsofPhysics
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Correct.  Now they paid for their short term thinking.  The BRIICs may have finally had enough.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:50 | 4559187 LawsofPhysics
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All the political theater has always been and will always be about one thing, power and control over real resources.

same as it ever was...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:52 | 4559197 Soul Glow
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:53 | 4559205 roadhazard
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How many SEALs does it take to quell three libians.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:53 | 4559207 franciscopendergrass
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America is so tough against countries without nuclear arms.  They are COMPLETELY powerless and have no leverage against China and Russia.  

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:55 | 4559216 discopimp
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Since when are the Navy SEAL a mercenary squad?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:05 | 4559276 wtf1369
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Mercenary squad sounds so ugly. Lets go with revenue generating unit.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:55 | 4559217 SillySalesmanQu...
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No dollars, no oil. Gold is such a barbaric means of money...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:55 | 4559220 Yen Cross
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      I wonder what the going rate is for an U.S. navy SEAL team to recover your Corzined tanker? Can they be hired to rescue tankers full of slave labor, or do they only have terms for oil tankers?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:58 | 4559231 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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The message is clear - don't mess with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Fixed that for you.

Who's is running the government in Libya?

Which major Arab group just declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization? Give you hint starts with a G.

Who's brother is a major Muslim Brotherhood financer with tax exempt charity in said country's President's name and said charity was given illegal tax exempt status by the IRS and Lois Lerner?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:58 | 4559236 PlusTic
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Hoo-yah motherfuckers.  The teams were getting bored and needed some action.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:19 | 4559347 ParkAveFlasher
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They should change their battle cry to "ARRRRRR!"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:58 | 4559238 djsmps
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So, now the US Navy are pirates for hire.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:02 | 4559249 medium giraffe
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Egyptian ship that had been 'allowed' to fly the Nork flag, previously implicated in the removal of Lybia's president, intercepted by well reported U.S forces operation but travelling neither West out of the Med, nor to somewhere in Egypt, or even toward the Suez?

I see.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:28 | 4559263 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Language people.

Libyan federalist gunmen demanding regional autonomy and a share of oil wealth managed to load crude onto the ship, which escaped Libya's navy, embarrassing Tripoli's government and prompting parliament to sack the prime minister.

Who's boyz are the Muslim Brotherhood again? Remend me who's brother is a major player in the Muslim Brotherhood again?

They are starting the subtle programming of ideas already for the sheep to poison the minds to save their asses already.

They are gunmen....... who happen to be federalists.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:33 | 4559350 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Some more on these 'gunmen' who just happen to be federalists who also happen to be rebels but not terrorists unlike the Muslim Brotherhood who just happen to be running the Libyan government and who just happen to be caliphatists who also happen to be ex-rebels.

His statement follows a conference on Tuesday attended buy 3,000 delegates in Benghazi at which a Cyrenaica National Council was declared.  It is headed by Ahmed Zubair Senussi, a relative of the late King Idris and Qaddafi’s longest-serving political prisoner.  Zubair is a member of the NTC.

The congress was opposed to the NTC’s constitution plans, wants more representation for the east in June’s constituent assembly elections and specifically wants the adoption of Libya’s 1951 constitution, in which Libya was a federal state, divided into Cyrenaica, Tripoliitania and Fezzan.

In 1964, the constitution was amended and Libya became a unitary kingdom with 10 regions.


A number of the new parties have publicly stated their opposition to any return to Libya being divided into three state with their own governments and legislatures. The Muslim Brotherhood, the Democratic National Party, the Free National Party, the Libya Revolutionists Union, the Union of 17 February revolutionists, and the Democratic Libyan Youth Society put out a joint statement condemning federalism.

It said that “in order to change the central system and individualism of the former regime, there needs to be a legal decentralised system where local authorities of every region will have their freedom to run their own affairs and serve their own citizens”. The parties were opposed to discrimination based on regional differences and said they would resist any calls or plans aiming to break national unity or dividing the country.



Some more reading



“Tripoli has fallen into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood but they have failed,” he said, sitting at the four-star Amal Hotel in Ajdabiya, wearing an Italian suit with a rhinestone watch instead of his usual military fatigues. “Meanwhile, we have the support of 90 percent of the tribes in the East.”

Rebel leaders say they are not seeking full independence for Cyrenaica. Instead, they want autonomy within Libya, said Abd-Rabbo al-Barasi, chief of the Council of Cyrenaica, when announcing the composition of his 24-member Cabinet in October.

Mr. al-Barasi noted that Libya’s constitution, written shortly after independence in 1951, had the country divided into three federal states — including Cyrenaica, each with strong powers in relation to the federal government. The rebels want that system, known locally as “federalism,” to return.



Remind me who the bad guys are here if we are aligned with the GCC still?



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:23 | 4559377 glaucon was right
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It is so good that the USSA takes care of every little problem around the world.


I have this rat infestation in the cellar, could the navy seals help me out with this? I heard the rats exchange oil for gold...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:26 | 4559395 swmnguy
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OK, this whole thing is so screwed up I can't make heads or tails of my scorecard.  Which rebels are these?  Sounds like rebels against the rebels we used as a strawman to kill Gadhafi, take his gold, and seize all the Chinese-financed infrastructure.  Alright, I get that.  So whose ship is it?  It's an Egyptian ship that for some reason I can't fathom, went to some effort to fly the Nork flag.  That just seems freakin' weird. I don't understand why Norks would want to fly the Nork flag, but OK.  I've seen Norks in China; they're like Mormons.  Always in pairs, wearing their blue suits with flag pins on their lapels like Fox anchors.

So who was buying the oil, and where was it supposed to be going?  If it was Egyptians dressed up as Norks, what was the point?  Most of the really dangerous assholes in the world who would want a tanker full of oil are already on our payroll.

I don't get it.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:35 | 4559440 falak pema
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Just understand one thing and everything becomes clear as french smog rising from Eiffel tower :

When you play divide and rule all you want is people to shoot each other. Period. There is no good guy-bad guy. You have two guys who are hooked on obsolete arms trade for the next generation. And, a despot who was anti NWO got rubbed off. Now that's payoff as understood by the NWO Oligarchs...we have a market for guns and white powder and its totally free of regulation and wide open ! Yipee! 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:58 | 4559570 swmnguy
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I guess that makes as much sense as the rest of it.  Especially "all you want is people to shoot each other. Period."

I understand well enough what the US is up to. What I don't get is whom, exactly, the other players are.

Good Lord.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:28 | 4559401 falak pema
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Morning glory heading for rising sun got hijacked in Libyan port by the same team that plays hijacker in Somalia and Islamabad.

Not surprising that irate Boeing pilots decide to hijack a 777 to go eat curry in some godforsaken haven of the old spice route. 

Putin hijacks Crimea and now its the done thing to hijack anything thats visible on the Internet screen.

I have a prescient feeling that somebody is going to hijack Boris of London as 5 families own more than 12 million  Londoners of its real estate.

Karma, bitchezz...

Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Economy | The Guardian

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:28 | 4559402 Bawneee Fwank
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So if ambassador Chris Stevens had a bunch of gas with him that night he would have been saved...check

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:40 | 4559470 Cacete de Ouro
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Cypriot government?

You've come a long way baby!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:49 | 4559526 shutdown
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Yup. They sure have. As we've all expected they're saying and doing exactly what they're told.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:48 | 4559524 americanspirit
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The SEALS were following orders Whether or not those orders were illegal is another matter. I very much doubt that any of the SEALS, or anyone else in the chain of command, has any respect for the Commander-In-Chief. But at least for the time-being the military must do what it is told to do by the civilians at the top of the government. It is up to civilian institutions like Congress and the courts to invalidate the authority of the President, although that deck is heavily stacked. The inmates have taken over the asylum and there seems to be nobody outside the gates with the balls or the brains to do anything about it. We are so fucked. God help America.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:58 | 4559584 Seize Mars
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Would it be too much to ask for them to just stop obeying?
Oh right, that would take actual courage...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:19 | 4559656 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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It is called consent of the governed. Military personal are still citizens of the United States. The problem isn't the institutions it is the people in general. Uniforms don't define character it is the person in the uniform first and foremost. The institutions are ultimately only as good as individuals who make them up. The problem is a lot bigger than the military personel but solution also starts with them as individuals.

Here is the major problem with the military in general. It has become a mercenary standing army that fights for a paycheck and pension as incentive instead of what it was meant to be by the found fathers which is a well regulated militia and on not a militia like the common perception of modern militias but like Rome pre Ceasar or Sparta where you have seperate military that was the people and all the people had to put some time in regardless of stature in society. Take a look to Switzerland to get an idea of how a well regulated citizen's militia can be structured. We wouldn't need the DHS either since you can structure homeland security into the whole design. We wouldn't need mercenaries collecting paychecks to keep us safe and fucking secure if we were the fucking military and homeland security, every single fucking citizen no exceptions as part of responsibilities of being a US citizen and put their mandatory time in first then voluntary afterwards.

The biggest nail in the coffin for a liberty and freedom for all type of society that this country should have been was the day they undid the draft for the military. It seemed like a good idea at the time but these people always take good intentions to use them to foward their consolidation of power. If they couldn't consolidate the empire and expand it otherwise we'd still have the draft. We might have never went into Iraq if we did have a draft and people had skin in the game.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:12 | 4560594 Buckaroo Banzai
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Pretty good summary of the problem.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:55 | 4559559 W74
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Man, we are a bunch of Cunts.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:57 | 4559573 Seize Mars
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Navy SEALS: cowards who follow orders.
Steal some shit! "Yes sir!"
Kill someone who doesn't use our brand of debt! "Yes sir!"
LO fuckin L.
Brave men in uniform. Ha!
Fuckin goon squad stealing stuff. Hoo-rah!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:59 | 4559936 Rising Sun
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Free oil bitch!!!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:05 | 4559976 Canucklehead
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What do you do for a living?  Sell Guiness Beer?  In Boston?  I think a Beer Party is in Order...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:10 | 4559661 Zymurguy
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World Police... Fuck Yeah!!!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:11 | 4559666 Zymurguy
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If this doesn't warrant another Nobel I don't know what does.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:16 | 4559691 Emergency Ward
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Blackbeard O'Bomba, New World Pirate with a private military.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:33 | 4559796 Robert of Ottawa
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Isn't this an (illegal) act of piracy? Or is it not legal when Obama does it?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:35 | 4559806 Cornholiovanderbilt
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"What difference does it make"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:49 | 4560222 Payne
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Isn't this an act of piracy ??  by the US

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 16:20 | 4560361 Don Diego
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Are they going to make a movie out of this military action? maybe a Seal will publish his memoirs with this feat?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:15 | 4560602 message2gowri
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Glad the world is run by Corporate Industiral Complex than some Scum Bag Politician or Scum Bag Buracrat or  Tyrant run it. It is impossible for a Normal Effeciant Person to Run this Dirty Business anyway. 
Do you know why?????????? Because I can still put this message out there in ZH!!


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:09 | 4560832 tony wilson
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how do the seals feel really deep down.

are these morons really the best of the best.

they work for rothschild,soros and the bush family.

they allow the cia to slaughter seal team 6.

they let a cunt in hollywood make up lies about a bin laden kill.

and they go to work killin knowing they will be future killed for silence by the ci fucking a.


Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:16 | 4585287 fedupwhiteguy
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Navy Seals and their counterparts in the other branches of the military services are the best of the best. When they are enlightened and chose to repent their ways, we should be there to support and comfort their return to our fold. non calcabit super me!

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 03:30 | 4601714 dogismycopilot
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From "Middle East Economic Publications"....the very expensive Oil and Gas weekly update...$$$$ for a subscription. Here's a taste:

Libya’s tumultuous politics spilled over into the international arena once more this week, in the process exposing the murky world of oil trading.


…..In a turn of events that reads like the script of an action thriller, Cypriot press reported that the tanker was boarded by three men, who had flown into Cyprus in a Lear Jet on 14 March and rented a boat to reach the Morning Glory, then moored in international waters. After negotiating for the cargo, the men were detained by the police when they returned into Cypriot waters. Two of the men were Israelis and the other Senegalese. They were in possession of diplomatic passports from Senegal and from a central African state. The three were released from detention because their dealings had taken place in international waters, and flew to Israel on 16 March….

The PBC has appointed Montreal based consultancy and lobbying firm Dickens and Madson to support its efforts to sell oil independently of Tripoli, which the US has called an act of theft from the Libyan people. Dickens and Madson is headed by Iranian-born Israeli Ari Ben-Menashe, who gained infamy for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s.

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