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Britney Spears Used as Somali Pirate Repellent

Cruel and unusual punishment.

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Bridget Johnson

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November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm

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Sailors off the Horn of Africa have actually found a use for Britney Spears songs:

Her hits are blasted out to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed.

Spears’s chart-toppers Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay.

Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: ‘Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most.

‘These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.’

…Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.

‘It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,’ said the 34-year-old, from Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirling.

‘As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.’

Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said: ‘Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.’

He added: I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.’

Somali Pirates, by the way, is the name of a punk band in San Diego — but Britney is surely greater torture on the ears of would-be hijackers.

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Cross-posted from PJ Tatler

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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He added: I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.’

:D

In the immortal words of the game, "Battleship", HIT! SUNK!
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But if it were truly "Western culture [and] music" that they loathed, there'd be equal or better results from rocking the pirates with "The Art of the Fugue."
37 weeks ago
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Yeah, but will it work in Iran?
37 weeks ago
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I got two more places where Britney could be used to disperse gangs up to no good: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and Capitol Hill.
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