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Job-Killing Globalist Snoops Reach for More

Job-Killing Globalist Snoops Reach for More
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By Wednesday, 27 July 2016 07:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Globalism doesn’t just kill jobs. It concentrates power in global institutions and tries to make national borders meaningless. 

This month we have yet another example. The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) lost an important search-warrant case against Microsoft (MSFT). I mentioned this last year in "Feds Find a New Way to Attack Tech Sector."

The U.S. government wanted data from a Microsoft data center located in Ireland. It could have simply gone through the Irish legal process and got what it wanted - but that wasn’t good enough. Washington wanted to set a precedent that Microsoft must release customer data instantly, no questions asked.

The Justice Department argued that a federal search warrant covers anything an American person or company owns, anywhere in the world.

U.S. companies that operate overseas simply can’t do business that way. They have to comply with local laws. More important, their customers in other countries rely on local laws. If they wanted to subject themselves to U.S. law they would move to the U.S.

Microsoft last month won an appeals court ruling. The court sensibly said federal warrants can’t be used to search data held outside U.S. borders.

The very next day, a DoJ official announced it would seek agreements with foreign governments allowing each to cross-serve search warrants on each other’s citizens in each other’s countries.

Here’s how it will work. If police in the United Kingdom want to search property owned by a U.K. citizen in the United States, they will just issue a U.K. search warrant and take what they want. U.S. officials will have the same right to search American citizens in the U.K.

See where this is going?

Get enough of these agreements in place and no one will be able to hide anything, anywhere. Your government will always be able to search and seize your property no matter where you try to hide it.

So much for “borders.” Crossing them already subjects you to intrusive searches. Now Uncle Sam will follow you to the other side, too.

The DoJ argues it will only make these agreements with countries with strong civil rights laws, citing the U.K. as an example.

The U.K. is certainly more democratic than many places, but it has nothing like our Fourth Amendment protections. Scotland Yard’s search power is far broader than its U.S. counterparts have.

Much of Europe is no better. France just extended a state of emergency, first declared after last year’s Paris terror attacks, that lets the Gendarmes search anyone, any time, with no judicial oversight at all.

Aside from the privacy invasion, this is a serious economic problem.

Foreign businesses and individuals invest in the U.S. partly to gain the protection of U.S. law. They may not trust their own governments. These cross-border search agreements will reduce foreign direct investment and harm U.S. exports when we really can’t afford doing either.

The globalists don’t care. They want to bring everyone, everywhere, under a single worldwide authority. It’s for our own good, they say.

That’s wrong. Their real goal is to expand government power ever-deeper into the economy and our personal lives. The grip tightens more each year.

Patrick Watson is an Austin-based financial writer. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickW

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