A new war rages off the world's coastlines. Piracy is making a comeback. Intelligence indicates that pirates and terrorists are merging tactics. Over 90% of international trade travels by water and pirates have long known what Sir Walter Raleigh once said: "Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself." Nations and corporations are racing to protect themselves and their goods. So far the pirates are ahead, but new international response units and mercenary ships are combating the attacks. The US Coast Guard trains navies worldwide in anti-piracy measures, but corrupt law enforcement officials mar advances in their effectiveness. Though Captain Kidd and Blackbeard have disappeared into Davy Jones's Locker, piracy is a growing threat to the world's economy and security. Today's pirate is organized, political, and will command world attention once again.
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