Regulators Suggested Charging Cato, Mercatus Staffers With Treason

  • A federal advisory group recommended in 2020 that staffers at two libertarian think tanks –  the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Institute – be charged with treason.
  • That recommendation was made subcommittee with MARAD, a federal agency that is the steward of the U.S. maritime industry under the Department of Transportation.
  • Cato Institute learned of that recommendation through documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request. It stated: “charge all past and present members of the Cato and Mercatus Institutes with treason.”
  • The regulators apparently were annoyed that the think tanks opposed the Jones Act, a 1920 law that mandates that all shipping between U.S. ports be conducted by ships that are U.S.-built, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed primarily by Americans.


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