Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Political Prisoner Database
As of October 10, 2012, the PPD contained information on a total of 7,014 cases of political or religious imprisonment in China. Of those, 1,484 are cases of political and religious prisoners currently known or believed to be detained or imprisoned, and 5,530 are cases
of prisoners who are known or believed to have been released, or executed, who died while imprisoned or soon after release, or who escaped.
Is one of these The Mandarin?
The most famous liner hi-jacking was the Archille Lauro in 1985. Since then there have been other attempts against ships, most notably off the East African coast. But incidents have also been reported in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean.
Was this genuine? Or just a spoof?
How many have gone unreported – because the security forces on board were able to neutralise the situation and protect the passengers?
Location: Bigfork, Montana
On one of the sea-days a few passengers started talking about a security response should someone try to board the ship while it is at sea.
Whether there are weapons on the bridge or not, no crew members I asked wanted to talk about it. My guess is yes, they have weapons and the on-board 'security' crew members are likely trained on protecting the ship from an assault.
IN THE DIARY - Maddy has a veritable arsenal secreted on board by her employers.
Location: Hotel de la Muerte
What they thought was a simple cruise ship was really...a fully operational battle station.
I worked for a cruise line for several years, and you may be surprised to know that the security forces on the ships are surprisingly well trained and capable.
IN THE DIARY – Maddy certainly demonstrates these qualities, and in keeping with this observation, her interaction with the passengers is not in her role as Security Officer –but as her alto-ego, Eleanor.
They had pretty tight security on who could get on board the ship when I went on a cruise. However I would assume getting weapons on board wouldn't be too hard.
I wouldn't be surprised if hidden among all the crew (there are something like 600 crewmen for every 1200 passengers, I believe) there are some highly trained security agents folding towels and just being observant.
IN THE DIARY – Little China Girl fits the bill.
Cruise ships tend to be full of upper middle class passengers (so people deemed of value to society, and people who could get a nice ransom). I'd assume they had a lot of security they don't tell people about.
IN THE DIARY – It is clear that the passengers on board were all high net worth individuals.
Location: Falls Church, Va.
Wouldn't another route onto the ship be by joining the crew? What kind of background checks are run on cruise employees when hired
A recent news article mentioned how terrorists had plans to hijack cruise ships. The one I read didn’t mention how they planned on doing this, but I see two scenarios. The first would be people buying tickets, smuggling weapons onto the ship and then forcing their way onto the bridge.
IN THE DIARY – This scenario is born out!
CNN – May 1st 2012
Editor's note: This story is based on internal al Qaeda documents, details of which were obtained by CNN. Hundreds of documents were discovered by German cryptologists embedded inside a pornographic movie on a memory disk belonging to a suspected al Qaeda operative arrested in Berlin last year. The German newspaper Die Zeit was the first to report on the documents.