Saturday, February 21, 2009

Switzerland complains about disclosure of tax cheats using their banks

Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe.  If we keep pressing for names, the party says, Switzerland should refuse to help the US close Guantanamo, or to deal with Iran, or to sell securities.  All this to show Swiss opposition to "foreign blackmail."

So far, though, this isn't being covered as a privacy debate between American barbarians and civil-libertarian Europe.  How come?  Fighting terrorism is just Big Government, but collecting taxes is a vital function of a civilized society?

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