"A reporter interviewed one of the SEAL snipers that took out the pirates and breathlessly asked, "what did you feel when you had to fire your rifle and take another human being's life?
The seal thought about it for a few seconds and replied, "Recoil....”
Ron Paul's plan to fend off pirates
A little-known congressional power could help the federal government keep the Somali pirates in check — and possibly do it for a discount price.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and a growing number of national security experts are calling on Congress to consider using letters of marque and reprisal, a power written into the Constitution that allows the United States to hire private citizens to keep international waters safe.
Used heavily during the Revolution and the War of 1812, letters of marque serve as official warrants from the government, allowing privateers to seize or destroy enemies, their loot and their vessels in exchange for bounty money.
The letters also require would-be thrill seekers to post a bond promising to abide by international rules of war.
I vaguely recall that I wrote about “letters of marque” a few years ago, maybe here? I’ll have to look. I think this is a peachy idea, sadly, no one in our government (Left or Right) has the stones to implement it.