Somali Pirates: They were just poor … and hungry

And they would have killed Maersk Alabama Bosun William Rios if given the chance. But I think he knew that. Listen to the interview, very interesting as Rios describes how he takes down one of the pirates and what the pirate tells him.


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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. gillie28 on April 21, 2009 at 6:55 am

    A Kenyan minister reported that the pirates had looted about $150 million in the 12 months prior to Nov 2008.  Many of them are building mansions, buying expensve goods and cars, and living the life of luxury.  The locals are thrilled because of the burgeoning economy that is, in turn, making them richer.  Ones that were standing trial in Africa have hired expensive lawyers.   They've had their fun.   They've thumbed their noses at the west and have become local folk heroes.  If nothing decisive is done, they will not only grow bolder, but encourage further lawlessness in the world.

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