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Last month, we reported in this space on the European Unions so-called document police. This new-age constabulary can walk without warning, and without a warrant, into any business in search of evidence of price fixing and abuse of market power. As if this proto-totalitarian policy were not bad enough, the EUs anti-trust investigators are seeking to expand their powers. For example, they want to be able to searchagain without warning or a warrantthe homes of business executives suspected of malfeasance and to question employees without granting them the right to remain silent or the right to an attorney.
This is hardly the only ominous news coming out of Brussels these days. If the unelected bureaucrats running the EU get their way, the document police will soon be joined by a br ...
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