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There is no doubt that cross border crime and illicit trade harm individuals and communities and pose challenges to governments, including the United States. But the panicked discourse and frenzied law enforcement policies that define Washington’s current approach are an alarmist reaction.

 
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He observes that in the early history of America, we were major intellectual pirates where we violated English law and smuggled contraband patented machinery frequently. The entire American textile industry was built with stolen and pirated trade secret and patented technology. We did not even recognize copyright and pirated books from all over the English speaking world. Currently, he believes that we have few rational and effective law enforcement techniques and the government favors certain companies and industries in law enfcement but does almost mothering for most—especially small businesses while it acts on the verge of protectionism of some large companies and industries.

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