Ron Paul's Plan to Fend Off Pirates: Letters of Marque

by Benjamin Domenech on 11:20 am April 15, 2009

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.

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