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Sea Shepard Pirate Skips On $320kus Bond In Germany

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BTPost, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Sea Shepherd whale activist on the run vows to continue work
    BERLIN —
    The founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd vowed Tuesday to continue disrupting Japan's whaling fleet when it heads for the southern oceans this winter, despite authorities in at least three countries seeking his arrest.
    Paul Watson, 61, was detained in Germany in May on a Costa Rican extradition warrant that accused him of endangering the crew of a fishing vessel in 2002.
    About ten days ago the Canadian, who sees himself as an advocate for whales, sharks and other marine animals, skipped bail after learning that Japan, too, was seeking his extradition from Germany.
    "I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that," he said in a statement issued by his Friday Harbor, Wash.-based group, which didn't disclose his current location. "In December, our ships will sail forth for the ninth campaign to oppose the outlaw Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary."
    The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is a vast conservation area around Antarctica in which commercial whaling operations are banned.
    Watson said he believed the Japanese warrant related to the collision of a Japanese whaling support ship and a Sea Shepherd boat in January 2010. Sea Shepherd has accused the Japanese ship of deliberately ramming its futuristic, rocket-shaped boat, the Ady Gil, and eventually causing it to sink. The whalers deny the ramming accusation, saying the Ady Gil's captain deliberately put his vessel in their ship's path.
    Watson said he expects Japanese authorities "to exploit all avenues to find a way to stop" him.
    "I have, however, eluded them once again and I will continue to try and keep a step ahead of them, no matter what risks and costs have to be made," he said
    German authorities have issued a warrant for Watson's arrest after he failed to report to police, as required under his bail conditions which also included a (EURO)250,000 ($320,000) bond.

  2. JABECmfg

    JABECmfg multi-useless Site Supporter

    Hmm... maybe a publicity stunt, to get people to watch his show?
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Twisted attempt to blame the little guy for corporate greed.
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  4. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Bail jumper, wonder what that would pay out for capture, I could be in Friday Harbor Washington in a few hours :)
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    He isn't in Friday Harbor, Quig... That is just where his base of Operations and Post Office Box is located.... Paul Watson is a Canadian National, I believe, but a Resident Alien, here in the US... Mostly he is a Pirate, and sails under "Flags of Convenience" as a non-Commercial Vessel, (Yacht/Pleasure Craft) where ever he can find a Nation that will allow him to register. The Dutch and a few other Nations, have pulled the Registry of his Vessels, after issues, from his exploits, were reported. Bail Recovery is usually 10-20% of the Bail Amount.... could be a nice hunk of change... for someone, if they could catch up with him.....
  6. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Yea I know thats the office, But thanks for pointing it out...he has to check in some time ;)
  7. limpingbear

    limpingbear future cancer survivor....

    Im just waiting for the Japanese to send a Navy vesel down there and put a couple holes in his hull. He keeps up his antics and there wont be a country anywhere that will alow his ships to dock.
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  8. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The only issue with that is, the Japanese do NOT have a Navy. Not since the end of WWII. What they do have is a Coastal Patrol Force, HOWEVER, that Unit is Restricted to Japanese Territorial Waters, by Japanese LAW. Japanese High Seas Fishing Vessels are also UnArmed, by Japanese LAW. You may have noticed that Mr. Watson has never returned to the North Atlantic, to mess with the Norwegian Whalers, since his encounter with a Norwegian Naval Frigate... it is AMAZING what happens when a 5" shell lands 30 ft off your bow, and the radio is saying "The next one goes thru the Pilothouse window".....Much easier, and safer, to go play with the unarmed Japanese....
  9. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    There is a Q boat out there somewhere. That is NOT a harpoon gun on the foredeck (or is it?) "Ah, oops. Wrong charge in the chamber, sorry 'bout that."


    "A wolf in sheep's clothing."
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  10. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    I just sent a message to the folks at the Discovery Channel asking that the 'Whale wars" show be pulled as it helped to fund a criminal. I will contact any advertisers on the show to let them know how disappointed I am over their support of a criminal.

    If this guy is right, he would be happy to go to court.

    And please don't go on about "Save the whales" The US allows bowheads to be killed right off the shore here in Alaska. If it is OK for one group....
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  11. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Japan DOES have a Navy (The "Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force"). They have destroyers, submarines and other ocean-capable ships. Where they are allowed to operate - that may be up to discussion. Ihave no doubt if the need arose to pursue this modern-day pirate across the sea, they have the ability to do so.
  12. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Monkey+

    I'd luv to see this guy go up against those crazy crab fishermen on the Wizard ....
  13. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Never doubt that the Japanese Commercial fishing vessels are armed and since they often cut others lines or foul them so badly that US fishermen go home empty handed, this in the Atlantic, they are not concerned about international law.
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  14. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    This is a list of active ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The JMSDF is one of the world's largest navies and the second largest navy in Asia. It operates four helicopter destroyers, eight guided-missile destroyers, thirty frigates, six light-frigates and sixteen attack submarines (SSK).[1][2] Despite its size the JMSDF is a defense force.

    If Japan decides to support their Whaling Ships then they have the resources.

    List of active ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JMSDF_Fleet#Future_JMSDF_vessels

    A Real Navy by any accounting.

    I have seen them thousands of miles from Japan.


    "The JMSDF has cooperated in Japan’s Antarctic region observation since 1965. Today, the JDS (Japanese Defense Ship) icebreaker SHIRASE has embarked helicopters in service transporting observation personnel, materials and provisions between Japan and Japan’s Showa base in the Antarctic.
    The JMSDF has conducted an aerial observation of the ice floes by its aircraft every year since 1957. The observation covers the sea area off the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, the Straits of Nemuro and the southeastern sea area of Kushiro through P-3C (Reconnaissance aircraft) for five months from the end of December to the middle of May every year. The outcomes of observations are reported speedily to each section involved in meteorological authorities and therefore, it greatly contributes to preventing human life from disaster."

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  15. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Monkey+

    I believe Japan sent a warship of some kind to patrol for Somali pirates ..... some talk about mounting part of a mobile missle defense system on warships and positioning them against N Korea ....
  16. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I remember we were training a metric TON of Japanese soldiers out in White Sands back in 2006. This has nothing to do with the topic, I just wanted to throw that out there.
  17. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+

    Japanese people weigh like 95lbs so that's like what, 23 people?
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  18. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    I would not shed a tear if Japan sank every Sea Shepherd ship they can find........ [winkthumb]
  19. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Yep a 5 incher through the Pilot House and then a Fish into the engine room oughta do right nice.
  20. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Why waste the 5"? Sea Shepard is not armored, an inert warhead on a Mk 16 motor would do nicely at minimum cost.
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