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Your beloved and dead constitution lists three crimes, and only three crimes, which the federal government may prosecute. I’ve gone over this before, noting that the government itself is generally the worst perpetrator of those three crimes. Today, an example of imperial piracy on the high seas.

U.S. federal prosecutors filed suit late Wednesday to seize four tankers-worth of gasoline Iran is sailing to Venezuela, the latest salvo in the administration’s effort to stifle flows of goods and money helping to keep two of its top foes in power.

By filing a civil-forfeiture complaint, U.S. prosecutors aim to not only prevent delivery of the Iranian fuel to Venezuela, which began the journey last month, but also deprive Tehran of the revenues from the cargo and deter future shipments.

The action is the latest in a series of moves the U.S. has taken against Iran and its ally Venezuela, as part of a broad operation to pressure the governments in Tehran and Caracas to meet U.S. demands.

We’ve covered civil for theft too. Another batch of Iranian tankers made it through just fine this spring. And in January, we found out that Iran is longer a missile lightweight. They have extremely accurate and powerful anti-ship and ballistic options. They also have subs. This could, should this piracy go too far, get very interesting. Leave well enough alone?