Luckily, as the MegaUpload case has shown, the government is perfectly willing to release your data once it has what it wants – a complete copy you have no control over and will never get back – though it won't do anything to allow you to keep that data from being deleted while Uncle Sam holds on to the money you'd normally pay to legal service providers for the legal part of your service.
That's a legal philosophy best demonstrated that doesn't really match the spotty record of European powers in prosecuting pirates in the 16th- and 17th-century.
It's more like the response allegedly given by Bishop Adhemar de Puy, the Pope's representative to the armies of the First Crusade, when we was asked how Crusaders would know who inside the city were "bad" (non-Christian) and should be slaughtered without mercy and which were Christian (who would be slaughtered only when it was inconvenient to avoid doing so).
The comment attributed to Adhemar (which was actually in force as policy for conquered Muslims through most of the First Crusade, used the phrase "God will know his own."
We know it better now as a T-shirt or bumper sticker, not the judgment call of a Bishop representing the decision of the representative on Earth of the Prince of Peace himself:
"Kill them all; let God sort them out."
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