Saturday, May 05, 2007

Have we come full circle?

Coast Guard Ben
Originally uploaded by craZirina.
Many years ago, when America's Fifth Military Service started carrying weapons and conducting regular law enforcement boardings, there were tales of over-the-top encounters with mariners, mostly recreational boaters.

Well, now we've moved on to perceived over-the-top encounters with professional mariners.

Michael Grey recently published his "Viewpoint" on Lloyd's List; it's worth a read.

Follow that with Alexander Hamilton's first Letter of Instruction.

And wonder how far the smallest American military force has come... or how far it has not come...

1 comment:

  1. This was an interesting article. I had a chance to read it a few days ago as it was being passed around the Coast Guard. I printed it out and now have it as a "must read" for my guys (Sector Seattle VBST). I'm sorry to see that this kind of incident happened, but I would like to reassure your readers that it is not the norm for USCG law enforcement to take such actions. I hope all who read this take it as the writings of one person and not the whole USCG.

    ~Ryan @