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USA leans on Swiss banks, shocked that anyone can object

If you make yourself the moral leader, you always have the right to be upset when others don’t like your plan — after all, you were just trying to Christianize the hottentots errr I mean educate the rednecks errr I mean bring the good news to the impoverished.

U.S. tax authorities said on Thursday they were still pursuing a civil case against UBS seeking access to thousands more names of U.S. citizens it says are hiding about $14.8 billion in assets in secret Swiss bank accounts.

UBS agreed on Wednesday to pay a fine of $780 million and to disclose about 250 names of U.S. clients it said had committed tax fraud to settle U.S. criminal charges that it had helped rich Americans dodge taxes.

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) called on Saturday for retaliation against the United States over a U.S. tax probe into the country’s biggest bank UBS that threatens prized banking secrecy.

The populist SVP, the country’s biggest party, said Switzerland should not take in any detainees from the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which the Swiss government said last month it could consider to help shut the camp down.


“We’re doing right” is not an excuse for strong-arming smaller nations, and some people notice this, although most are too drugged on modern individualism to have a clue.

In the meantime, why would any nation sign up to take ex-Gitmo prisoners?

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