Now property of the USA

To a buyer, or the bottom? James Mason photo

A federal judge in Anchorage yesterday signed this forfeiture decree for the Bangun Perkasa, a suspected high-seas driftnetter authorities seized and took to Dutch Harbor last year.

The judge signed the decree after no one came forward to claim the vessel. The government may now sell it.

Or better yet, says Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, the Coast Guard should use the "pirate" for gunnery practice and sink her.

What's your vote?