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FBI vs. Pirates

Given the FBI’s track record in recent years, this is a development that perhaps Richard Phillips, the American ship captain currently being held hostage by Somali pirates, could do without: Federal investigators have joined the U.S. Navy’s efforts to secure Phillip’s release. The pirates took Phillips hostage after the crew of the Maersk Alabama overpowered them and forced them to abandon ship. Phillips surrendered himself in order to guarantee his crew’s safety. It was the first such attack on American sailors in 200 years.