Originally Posted by Dsanduril
Can't give you legislative proof, because legislation doesn't say it in so many words. But, case law, up through the Supreme Court, does. A little snippet below, but investigate United States v. Flores 289 U.S. 137 (1933):
There's lots of discussion in that case about the commission of piracy
, as defined under US law, while on a US vessel in foreign sovereign waters.
In this particular case the question was of a murder, committed aboard a US flagged vessel 250 miles upriver (pretty close to your inland Chinese lake
) from the sea:
Thank you Dsanduril, you were able to provide what Boatswain couldnt.
From reading through this rather labourish case, the U.S does claim jurisdiction to trial serious crimes committed on certain vessels in soverign lands. But, it's not as black and white as some on here think. Ive parsed out the following.
A 'lake' seems to be discounted as there was lots of talk about the vessel being connected to international waters and being able to return to international waters.
Lots of emphasising of 'merchant' vessels.
Local authorities must not have first acted upon the crime first.
A number of countries have apparently confirmed their willingness ( Britain, Belgium named) for the U.S to deal with crimes on their own merchant vessels.
Lots of emphasis that no U.S ability to over rule
And the last point which i thought most relevant.
Nothing in the judgement about the origional claim in this thread that the U.S.C.G can board and check a U.S flagged vessel in any other country. "nothing"!