Originally Posted by hellosailor
"If you can quote the criminal law that makes an armed boarding illegal, we're listening. "
Is that a trick question? An armed boarding is only illegal under certain circumstances, trick question #1, it is not *always* illegal.
And the first level law that makes boardings illegal in many situations, regardless of whether they are armed or not, is of course not a criminal code, but the Fourth Amendment.
Have you read the posts in this thread? The SAME people who wrote the 4th amendment also granted government officers the power to board vessels without any kind of suspicion - let alone a warrant.
I wish you could go back 222 years and explain to them that some people far in the future will live on their boats, you might have gotten them to limit that power to merchant vessels. But it's too late. Now, you'll have to get the law changed.