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[–] 4547888? 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wouldn't that also mean that since the spy isn't American, it wouldn't be illegal for him or her to obtain the information they were sent to "steal"? After all, being a non-American, he or she isn't subject to the law. Unless what you're saying is they they're still subject to it, but can't be protected by it. In which case, doesn't that create a slave class where a non-American citizen could enslave another non-American citizen and everything would be legally okie-dokie as long as they were within the jurisdiction of US law? Can't be a victim of a crime if you're not protected by the law.

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[–] OhBlindOne 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That kind of thing falls under International Law

But, for the sake of argument, let's say there is no international law. A spy comes over to country X and tries to steal information. Yes, that spy, we'll call him Agent Bob, is not protected under the laws of country X, as the spy is not a citizen of the country.

That being said, since the laws of country X do not apply to Agent Bob, Agent John (a country X agent) could shoot Agent Bob where he stands because he is a spy and not a citizen of the country; therefore, there are no laws protecting Agent Bob or giving him rights.

This is why the UN exists and there are International Laws, to avoid these kinds of legally ambiguous situations.