Could Pirates Become an Army for the Stateless?Annalee Newitz4/09/09 5:23pmFiled to: FuturismPiratesSomaliamaritime dystopia - OK drink!DystopiaCrimeCrimes of the futureRantTopOvermind1271EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA group of pirates is holding a US ship captain hostage in East African waters after hijacking his freighter. Forget robot soldiers - the ancient pirate is the future of warfare in a post-national world.The US is negotiating with the pirates who took the freighter Maersk Alabama. Though crew retook the ship, their captain is still being held in a lifeboat by pirates while the ship itself is being escorted by crew from the US destroyer Bainbridge to safer waters. Over the past five years, hundreds of ships have been attacked by pirates off the coast of East Africa, as you can see using the International Chamber of Commerce's live piracy map (a snapshot from today's map is below). France has even gotten into intense firefights with some of them, sparking UN debate.