Re: "Free Science Clinic/Enclave" (Was: THE SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL)

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Mon Jul 03 2000 - 19:16:50 MDT

On Mon, 3 Jul 2000 wrote:

> clinic. The ship option is very expensive, adding the entirety of maritime
> operations to the cost of the clinic, and also adding the need for a home
> port that the ship could call at in which it could be serviced without
> harassment. Both options have the problem of customer access. The islands


I once discussed the "ship option" with a licensed captain. His opinion
was that it is next to useless...the Coast Guard by no means restricts
itself to U.S. territorial waters, and can and will board vessels of *any*
flag if it believes U.S. citizens are in danger or that U.S. law is being
broken. It is actually *easier* to do such things in international
waters, since they are obviously not invading anyone's soveriegn
territory. The flag country has grounds to complain, but rarely does.

Bear in mind the suspected terrorist that was lured into international
waters and arrested a few years ago. In many ways the U.S. government has
*more* power at sea. If they decide they want you...well, they just go
*get* you.


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