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American Security Firms Collaborate on Chinese Olympics 68 68

A New York Times story at notes the efforts of American security organizations to help the Chinese government prepare for the coming Olympic games. Critics argue this assistance violates the spirit of Congressional sanctions, and that the technology left behind after the games are over could be used to track dissident elements. "'I don't know of an intelligence-gathering operation in the world that, when given a new toy, doesn't use it,' said Steve Vickers, a former head of criminal intelligence for the Hong Kong police who now leads a consulting firm. Indeed, the autumn issue of the magazine of China's public security ministry prominently listed places of religious worship and Internet cafes as locations to install new cameras. "
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American Security Firms Collaborate on Chinese Olympics

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  • ... and that the technology left behind after the games are over could be used to track dissident elements ...
    I don't think the Chinese government necessarily needs outside assistance with implementing technologies to track political dissidents. They might be pretty backward with their approach to human rights, but technologically impaired they are not. Their "Great Internet Wall of Censorship" is designed to filter the exposure of the populace to other cultures, for example. I don't think they're going to have any difficulty implementing more severe monitoring programs, with or without Western assistance.

    This is not to say that it's ethical for Western security firms to help their government, but business isn't always ethical.

  • Am I paranoid? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by drspliff (652992) <> on Sunday December 30, 2007 @02:47PM (#21858114)
    Or would this be a great trial run before deployment in "the homeland". :)
  • by rucs_hack (784150) on Sunday December 30, 2007 @02:54PM (#21858150)
    Would these be the same kind of sanctions that are still being applied to Cuba, decades after they stopped being a Russian pawn?

    Honestly, the whole thing about congressional sanctions seems to be a low point on the moral landscape to me when I consider that case. Ok, perhaps relevant three or four decades ago, but still?

    The idea that you can pass rules in Washington, and somehow bring about magical barriers to the kind of nastiness that can be done with technology at any levelis absurd. After all, the US (and many other countries), spent untold billions preparing high tech weapons for an expected large conventional/nuclear war, and restricted the sale of, or passing of information about, much of this technology. Then what do we find? It's actually nutbars with explosive belts and cheap guns that are the problem.

    I recommend we sanction sanctions, that'll fox em..
  • Re:Am I paranoid? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sumdumass (711423) on Sunday December 30, 2007 @05:24PM (#21859272) Journal
    Considering anyone in Iraq has brown skin, I don't see why it was necessary to put that in. Are you insinuating that it is being done for racist reasons? I mean if it was because of racism, why not just kill them and skip the suspected parts and claim they had a gun or something and shot at them.

    Indeed, I am having trouble understanding your comment.

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