Why We Might Not Want to Use Letters of Marque and Reprisal to Fight Pirates

A while back I noted Ron Paul’s idea to use letters of marque to fight pirates off the Somali coast.  Though I thought we might see some more calls for such a plan after the most recent pirate incident, I really haven’t.  In this post, however, the author explains why using letters of marque and reprisal to fight pirates today would be “the worst possible solution” to the problem.

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One response to “Why We Might Not Want to Use Letters of Marque and Reprisal to Fight Pirates

  1. Since your book isn’t out yet… Do you deal with the question of whether the US adopted the Treaty of Paris outlawing Letters of Marque (I don’t think we did)? Also with the even more obscure “Rules for capture on land and water” clause?

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