On April 13, 2010, President Obama issued an Executive Order and Message to Congress. These were posted on the Maritime Law Association which has a Piracy Committee of which I am a Member. The Order represents a clear recognition by the Obama Administration of the seriousness of the piracy situation off the coast of Somalia as it relates to the safety and welfare of our U.S. Mariners, Foreign Mariners and international trade and transport. As I interpret this Order, it makes illegal the payment of any ransom as a result of capture of a mariner and/or maritime goods or property. They are attached for your perusal and comment.