Students, Nuns and Sailor-Mongers, Beware

Fang-Face writes “This one so unbeliveable you’ve just got to see it for yourself.

a report at, which was reprinted from the L.A. Times, that Ashcroft invoked a 125 year old law in an effort to treat Greenpeace as a terrorist organization. The crime in question? Sailor-mongering.

A New York court in 1872 described the law as both “inartistic and obscure.” An Oregon court in 1890 described the purpose of the law as preventing “the evil” of “sailor-mongers [who] get on board vessels and by the help of intoxicants, and the use of other means, often savoring of violence, get the crews ashore and leave the vessel without help to manage or care for her.”