[QUOTE]\nMy understanding is that the communications intercepted by the FBI\ninclude records of them talking to each other about how much money they\nwere making on the back of illegal downloads and of them making\narrangements to operate the business. In other words that they admit in\ntheir own communication with each other to criminal conspiracy. It is\nenough to prove criminal intent to get a conviction on criminal\nconspiracy charges. Cops love conspiracy charges and bring them whenever\nthey can. I think that it sucks, Dotcom and his friends are hardly\ngangsters and civil prosecution would be quite enough.[/QUOTE]\n\nI agree. But what concerns me the most is that allowing this kind of\nOTT grandstanding by the police might set a precedent that will lead\nto more of the same. I know that heavy-handed, quasi-military\noperations like the Dotcom swoop are part of the American culture, but\ndo we want this kind of storm trooper mentality here? I know I don't.