The original news stories mistakenly spoke of Captain Phillips jumping overboard a second time, which led the Navy snipers to shoot the pirates. In actuality, the Captain of the Mersk Alabama was bound and hidden from sight within a covered section of the lifeboat. Under cover of darkness, the snipers, whose night vision equipment is obviously first rate, kept weapons trained on the lifeboat.
The Navy stated that one of the pirates pointed an AK-47 at the hostage, at which time the Commander of the U.S.S. Bainbridge gave orders to fire. It is significant that the snipers were able to take out three of the pirates with headshots killing them instantly. What really determined the timing of the shots was probably the fact that the snipers had shots on all three of the pirates at once.
The Navy Seals then boarded the lifeboat, captured a wounded pirate still living, (who had been going back and forth between the Navy and the pirates) untied and rescued Captain Phillips.
Obama had given the Navy permission to fire in the event that Phillips life was in imminent danger. The danger was imminent enough for the Commander of the Bainbridge and the Navy Seals.
The one living pirate is reported to be between 14 and 16 years old, in which case he should NOT be brought to the United States, but left to the Kenyan justice system. Bringing a teenager here, whether he is a psychopath or not, will result in liberals turning him loose on American streets and giving him welfare payments.