PIONEERING PATRIOT-SEAMAN OPENS THE DOOR TO SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS ON THE MARITIME FRONT AT DHS/USCG NMSAC MEETING APRIL 12, 2011

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UPDATED THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Don Hamrick
The Pioneering Patriot-Seamen!
Defender of Second Amendment Rights of American Merchant Seamen as
A Vital Function of the Common Defence Clause in
The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

Yeah! I’m Braggin!
And I Have Every Right to Brag!


Where are THEY(!) for Second Amendment Rights on the Maritime Front? 

THEY(!) Were NOT at the NMSAC Public Meeting to Defend the
Second Amendment Rights of American Merchant Seamen!

I WAS!

I will limit the topics of this article to my own personal views on the Transportation Worker’s Identification Credentail (TWIC) card and Second Amendment rights of seamen in intrastate, interstate and maritime travel.

I leave all the other topics that were discussed at the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) public meeting held April 12 and 13, 2011 hosted by the American Bureau of Shipping in Roslyn, Virginia to John C. Bennett’s blog MPS at Maritime Protective Services, Inc.

Because Mr. John Schwartz, TSA’s TWIC Program Manager had a conflicting appointment for his afternoon scheduled appearance at the NMSAC meeting Capt. Jeff Monroe, NMSAC’s Chairman juggled the schedule to allow Mr. John Schwartz to speak to the Committee that morning. After Mr. John Schwartz spoke to the Committee and just as he was preparing to leave I approached Mr. Schwartz and handed him the printed article by John A.C. Cartner, [TWIC] Identity Card is US Maritime Hobgoblin, Lloyds List, Frebruary 15, 2011, and told him this article is opposition to the TWIC Program. Mr. Schwartz glanced at me and said he did not know there was any opposition to the TWIC Program and not waiting for this to become a conversation he continued his exiting the public meeting. Out the door he went. As I returned to my seat I saw Committee member Earl Agron, Vice President of Security and Environment, APL Limited, Oakland, Califonria had overheard Mr. Schwartz’ admission. He grinned and remarked the he, himself, is surprised that no one else has opposed the TWIC Program. The people at the TSA and the BATFE would provide interesting case studies for GROUPTHINK, and Cultural Neuroscience into the behavioral patterns of government bureaucrats creating useless and wasteful programs as if funding is a limitless burden on the taxpayers with no voice for objections.

ABOLISH THE DAMN TWIC PROGRAM!

THE FRAUD OVER THE TWIC CARD

 

Think Enron.

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PIRACY EXPOSÉ BY VOYTENKO MIKHAEL: “THE MOB. WHO IS RULING SOMALI PIRACY?”

Friday, April 15, 2011 1 comment

I, Don Hamrick, am on the Eccoterra International emailing list for their Counter-Piracy Updates: Status of Seized Vessels and Crews in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean. Their bulletins come packed with several articles and commentary on piracy providing a wealth of information. So it was with their April 14, 2011 bulletin that I found Voytenko Mikhail opinion piece that reads more like an exposé than a conspiracy theory. Much of this exposé corroborates what I have researched and found out about or deduced from my research to be true.

NOTE: Bolded Text in the paragraphs implies emphasized points made by the author that I want to stress. Highlighted text notes my commentary.

 The Mob. Who is Ruling Somali Piracy?
By Voytenko Mikhail, Maritime Bulletin, April 14, 2011
Somali Piracy: Maritime Bulletin Study – Multi-billion Falsification, 
A blogger located in the Turks and Caicos Islands [Country Doman = .tc]
about 113 Nautical Miles (130 Land Miles) North of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
http://www.odin.tc/mbbs22/index.asp

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TWIC OPPOSITION REVIEW OF DHS/USCG NMSAC MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

NRA, SAF, GOA, JPFO, VCDL, SAS, OTHERS WERE MIA FOR THE 3RD TIME IN A ROW TO DEFEND THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF AMERICAN MERCHANT SEAMEN AT DHS/USCG ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard held their National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) meeting, hosted by the American Bureau of Shipping in Roslyn, Virginia, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 to discuss various items of maritime interests such as America’s Waterway Watch Program, Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) Card Program, Coast Guard port assistance program, seamen’s shoreside access from vessels docked at marine terminals, and other topics. One topic on their agenda was the Second Amendment rights of American merchant seamen which I had requested to be placed on their agenda at their January meeting.
 
I gave the NRA and all the other Second Amendment advocacy groups their chance to show up at the DHS/USCG Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) April 16-17, 2009 meeting and the DHS/USCG National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting in January and April 12, 2011 meetings. Not a one showed up. That’s three strikes against Second Amendment advocacy groups. I guess I can safely stake my claim to being the pioneering patriot for the restoration of Second Amendment and Ninth Amendment rights of American Merchant seamen in interstate travel, i.e., National Open Carry Handgun in the United States and defensive firearms aboard ship to defend against pirates on the high seas (stored in a gun safe or secure locker in accordance with maritime law).
 
CULTURAL NEUROSCIENCE OF THE BRAIN AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Cultural neuroscienc advances to study of Groupthink: the behavior of groups of people.

DIAGRAM OF A NEURON CELL OF THE BRAIN
  
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JOINT COMMENT FROM MM&P MEBA AMO SIU SUP & MFOW IN RESPONSE TO THE DHS/COAST GUARD FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE BELOW

Sunday, March 27, 2011 1 comment

Comments of the
International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (MM&P)
Marine Engineers’ Beneficial association (MEBA)
American Maritime Officers (AMO)
Seafarers International Union (SIU)
Sailors Union of the Pacific (SUP)
Marine Firemen’s Union (MFOW)

Before the
United States Coast Guard
______________________________________________________

In the Matter of
Request for Comments on
Policy regarding standard rules for the use of force for
self-defense of vessels of the United States

 Docket No. USCG-2011-0012

___________________________­­­___________________________

 February 25, 2011

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FEDERAL REGISTER, JAN. 26, 2011 SELF-DEFENSE OF VESSELS OF THE UNITED STATES (COMMENT PERIOD EXPIRED MARCH 1, 2011)

Sunday, March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Federal Register
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Volume 76, Number 17 [Notices] [Pages 4706-4707]

[FR Doc No: 2011-1571]

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG-2011-0012]

Self-Defense of Vessels of the United States

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: [EXPIRED] Notice; request for comments [EXPIRED].

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 912 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act, the Coast Guard is reviewing its policy regarding standard rules for the use of force for self-defense of vessels of the United States and is requesting comments on the current policy.

[COMMENT PERIOD EXPIRED MARCH 1, 2001]

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FEDERAL REGISTER: MARCH 23, 2011: US COAST GUARD MERCHANT MARINE PERSONNEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO RENEW CHARTER AFTER 1 YEAR EXPIRED CHARTER

Sunday, March 27, 2011 2 comments

Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

A Notice by the Coast Guard on 03/23/2011 

Summary

The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the establishment of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties of the U. S. Coast Guard.

Name of Committee: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. [MERPAC]

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AUSTRALIAN SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION: THE INCREASING THREAT TO WORLD SHIPPING

Monday, February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Australian Shipowners Association
Media Release

The Increasing Threat to World Shipping

Monday, February 28, 2011

Over 800 seafarers are currently being held hostage in appalling conditions by armed gangs of Somali pirates. Subjected to physical and psychological abuse for months at a time, they are held ransom for millions of dollars.  Merchant ships are being attacked daily and run a gauntlet of gunfire and rocket propelled grenade attacks.

 “The piracy crisis in the Indian Ocean is getting worse, and not just for the shipping industry” said Ms Teresa Hatch, Executive Director of the Australian Shipowners Association. “The impact on the key supply routes and vessels having to look at alternative routes will mean increased transport costs and delivery times.”

“Recent figures show that piracy is costing the global economy billions of dollars a year” Ms Hatch said.

To highlight the severity of the crisis the international shipping community has now resorted to placing adverts in the world’s media and calling for action from governments. 

The Australian Shipowners Association has raised the industry’s concern over this increasing threat with the Gillard Government.

The world relies on freedom of the seas for the safe delivery of 90% of food, fuel, raw materials and manufactured goods. This freedom is threatened. The lawlessness has spread right across the Indian Ocean – through which half the world’s oil supply passes.

As part of the campaign to increase awareness and a call for government action, the SOS Save Our Seafarers website was launched today – http://www.saveourseafarers.com/  Supporters can send a pre-prepared letter, signed by them to their chosen heads of government.  The website will also have up-to-the minute information on the piracy situation, and an SOS TV page with film clips and pictures. 

MY INSERT INTO THIS PRESS RELEASE:
Bible Voyage Ends in Tragedy
CBN News, February 25, 2011 

Orchestrating the Response to Piracy
NATO Community, February 14, 2011
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency, has launched an action plan to tackle the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia.
[MY COMMENTARY: IMO is avoiding any consideration for a new maritime treaty on the arming of merchant vessels and their crew (not just armed contract security teams). Criticism of IMO’s reluctance in this regard is increasing.]

 
RocketBoom, October 15, 2008
 
TV2 Africa
 
Aljazeer TV News (English), November 19, 2008

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