Smiling Pirate in Handcuffs


At home in central Somalia, Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse frequented a dusty, outdoor cinema after school, watched Bollywood films dubbed into his native Somali and, his mother says, “was wise beyond his age.”

Now Muse ā€” the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain ā€” is a world away in New York City to face what are believed to be the first piracy charges in the United States in more than a century. He smiled but said nothing Tuesday as he was led into a federal building under heavy guard.

Why’s the pirate smiling? Could it be that because in US custody his standard of living just increased ten-fold?

His mother says he was “brainwashed,” “duped,” and “outwitted” into becoming a pirate, but I don’t really see how that squares with her claim that he was wise. Maybe something was lost in translation.

They should try him in Boston. The USS Constitution probably has an available yardarm.


  1. I bet this guy will eventually be allowed to become a legal resident. He will end up living in the vibrant Somali community in Minneapolis. Diversity is our strength.

  2. Hey! It was his first time out as pirate, he was so high on khat he didn’t know what he was doing, and it was the bad crowd he’d been led astray by! NOT GUILTY!!!!! LOL!

    PS: Murdoc………….if you have my e mail on file send me an e mail please. When I click on the contact link, all I get is a prompt telling me the default mail client is not installed. I’ve got a flick I would like to submit for publication.


    Yup… I’m sure he will have a good outcome to his trial no matter what! The fact that he has probably attempted to kill so many people won’t mean much… considering the way the media portrays them.

    Ridiculous! He should get the same sentence as attempted (planned and executed) murder… well he has planned it for months, and surely had plenty of times where he could have just said no (well they do have to wait for ages and often a hijack doesn’t work)!

  4. Why was he even brought back? Didn’t the Alabama have a yardarm? Or a crane?

    Just a swinging…….

  5. It gets better. There is already interest from certain legal quarters in getting the case dismissed, as when he was captured he was under a flag of truce.

    I’m not making that up.

  6. GL: Iā€™m not making that up.

    Oh, come off it. If you weren’t making that up, the next thing we’d see is people rallying to the side of some American who joined the Taliban and was captured fighting against US troops.

    Oh, wait.

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