This is almost becoming a joke. I doubt the US taxpayer is even aware of this. Today the site owner of Megaupload.com was arrested in New Zealand and will be extradited to America. The charges: facilitating copyright violations.
I don’t know about you guys, but I have used this site regularly, mainly for small files. Most of the stuff that I download was freeware programs like a portable version of Google Chromium, or PDF versions of papers about taxation. They want you to pay so badly that they almost discourage downloading large files. There’s an interesting comment in one of the links how Universal Music was sending fake copywright infringment notices.
So now basically anywhere you go, anything you do that is contrary to US law or opinion, you stand the risk of being deported and serving jail time in America. But the questions begs, “How can these people really get a fair trial?” It’s said that the trial of arms dealer, Victor Bout was nothing more than a Kangaroo court where his defense was not allowed to properly defend him. I won’t be surprised if the same thing happens to the owners of Megaupload. Oh yeah, in Bout’s case, he was doing nothing related to the US and they say that he even worked for the US in the past flying into difficult areas (Iraq) to deliver food aide.
What’s next? Showing the benefits of relinquishment and renunciation is BAD? I wouldn’t doubt it.
So far, we have the countries who are super-cozy with America. In essence, these countries will hand over their own sovereignty and right to the US. They also can care less if the US wants to send their citizens to jail. Permanent residents are especially at risk:
1. The UK
3. New Zealand
4. Cost Rica
The countries that will only deport under SERIOUS diplomatic pressure (almost impossible to deport), mainly aliens or people on tourist visas:
If anyone has a country to add to either list, just let me know.