Hope you're feeling a bit politically aware, I'm on a rant.
This is what Sen. Sam Brownback (D-KS) of the State Judiciary Committe discussed today:
Beijing announced months ago they planned to have "open internet" facilities at all hotels to better accomodate the world's representatives coming to China. No one seemed to have misgivings about it and indeed, it sounded like progressive movement of China toward an historic re-emmergence into the world as a major commercial power. In other words, no military regime. How could we be so beguiled? so naive? How could we forget the Chinese are socialists?
According to Senator Brownback, they now admit these internet options are to SPY ON AMERICANS USING THE NET in order to TRACK, ARREST and IMPRISON DISSEDENTS. Unknowingly, people will be helping a regime with an atrocious human rights record to locate those Chinese citizen's working for honest changes in their government. The abolishment of communism. We'll be used by China to further more of what history shows is their reputation for torture, murder, silencing the voices of freedom and human rights. Their record is criminal.
All you need to remember is the Dalai Lama barely escaping to India while the Chinese invaded Tibet and murdered thousands of peaceful Buddhist monks, burying them alive in the bombed-out temples of the mountains.
I support the Olympics (or any action that brings peoples of differing agendas together in peace, for peace). I wouldn't cry "boycott" here, but let's at least be AWARE. Let's not beused.