The chilling effect of a “mother, may I” economy

The tentacles of spying state agents reach into all of our lives, but imagine having no choice but to invite a police detective into your home to open all your drawers on the off chance there’s something that could be turned into an indictment.

Fishing around for lawsuits

When the Department of Justice Antitrust Division sued to stop the merger of two beer makers last month, the complaint filed in court quoted more than thirty times from internal company documents.

The two companies involved (Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo) are private companies. How, one might wonder, did the government get its hands on their private internal documents, prior to making its first legal claim of wrongdoing?

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