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  •  Letters of Marque and Reprisal (1+ / 0-)
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    Ed in Montana

    Would have been one way of dealing w/Osama and Al Qaeda.
    Letters of Marque were what gave privateers "authority" to harass ships of a certain flag--for example, you might tell Jean Lafitte, "go after the Spanish".  What it really meant was if the Spanish caught him, he couldn't be hanged by them.
    Letters of Reprisal--someone correct me if I'm wrong here 'cause I'm less certain of this one than of Letters of Marque--basically put a bounty on the head of an individual or group and allows unrestrticted war by private organizations in a specific area or against a specific group.  So rather than put Blackwater on the payroll, the Letter of Reprisal route would say, "The US will pay X$ for the heads of Osama bin Laden and his seventeen number two guys."
    Both letters could be more cost effective, less geo-politically damaging ways of getting dirty work done.

    "The Universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius "I'm a gun carrying member of the ACLU" me

    by Mosquito Pilot on Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 03:50:07 AM PDT

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