From Sat Feb 28 07:45:07 2004
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 01:03:55 -0600 (CST)
From: Candyce J. Hawk <>
Subject: [PRISONACT] U.S. takes Criminal Jurisdiction over Space
Article: 174304
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

Excerpt from the U.S. Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 1, Paragraph 7

ยง 7. Special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States defined, release date: 2004-08-06

The term special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, as used in this title, includes:

(4) Any island, rock, or key containing deposits of guano, which may, at the discretion of the President, be considered as appertaining to the United States.

(5) Any aircraft belonging in whole or in part to the United States, or any citizen thereof, or to any corporation created by or under the laws of the United States, or any State, Territory, district, or possession thereof, while such aircraft is in flight over the high seas, or over any other waters within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States and out of the jurisdiction of any particular State.

(6) Any vehicle used or designed for flight or navigation in space and on the registry of the United States pursuant to the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies and the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, while that vehicle is in flight, which is from the moment when all external doors are closed on Earth following embarkation until the moment when one such door is opened on Earth for disembarkation or in the case of a forced landing, until the competent authorities take over the responsibility for the vehicle and for persons and property aboard.

(7) Any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation with respect to an offense by or against a national of the United States.