Recent social media uproar over a dentist's alleged killing of an African Lion referred to by persons as Cecil, in honor of Cecil Rhodes. Cecil was killed outside of the sanctuary within which his typical range was in Zimbabwe, a country which was also once named for Cecil Rhodes. The story was picked up by the social media outrage machine and amplified by mainstream media organs.
Now that the initial round of noise has settled and sufficient outrage has been stoked editorials are appearing which call for expanding the extraterritoriality of United States Federal Law in still more cases that the United States Government already claims it. This first editorial proposes amending the Federal Endangered Species Act to explicitly feature extraterritoriality even though such extraterritoriality would not make the killing of African lions and the shipping of their trophies into the United States criminal as the United States does not recognized African Lions as threatened or endangered under the act at this time. There is an outstanding proposal floating around the relevant Federal rule making bodies to list the African Lion as a threatened species under the act, but such an addition would mean little in this particular case driving the hype. By the time African lions could be added to the list of threatened species Cecil's trophy will have had time to receive respectful treatment by a taxidermist for return to the dentist.
It is well known that federal laws in the United States are already so broad that persons physically residing in the United States may be assumed to be a criminal under the law. Further many Federal Statues apply even in the absence of Mens Rea meaning no criminally culpable state of mind, or awareness of the illegality of an action is required for prosecution. Further citizens in the United States wherever they reside thanks to extraterritorial application of laws face daunting challenges which impede them from accessing basic tools of fiat personal finance, at least if they wish to avoid exposure to criminal liability for both their self and their foreign bank. This same mechanism which leads to United States citizens being regulated out of foreign banking products is exactly the fate of jurisdictions like New York and the United Kingdom which believe they can somehow tame Bitcoin and humanity at large with regulation.
Further it must be noted that even abandoning United States citizenship is not a panacea which can prevent abduction and return to the United States at the whims of any United State's Attorney's office as Arthur Budovsky discovered when Preet Bharara was unhappy with Budovsky's centralized attempt at creating universal internet money. In spite of the apparent obstacles though an increasing number of United States citizens are choosing to renounce their citizenship not merely out of self interest but out of a need for self preservation.
As always, when government friendly media organs fan the flames of outrage in unison over a matter as routine as the sport hunting, it is necessary to cautiously search for the angle where pressure is going to be directed in order to expand government power.