Oh the Hypocrisy! 2007 - Yahoo turns over journalists' data to Chinese government during crackdown - then apologizes!Submitted by VietVet4Liberty on Sat, 06/15/2013 - 11:46
After reading an archived Guardian article regarding how Yahoo cooperated with the Chinese government in 2007, turning over its data on at least two Chinese journalists, and then noting U.S. Congressional outrage over Yahoo's submission to China's government, I couldn't help but notice some parallels, and especially the abject hypocrisy of our so-called congressional leaders in light of their reaction (last week) to Edward Snowden shining a bright light on the U.S. government's vast surveillance operations, both domestically and abroad.
Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (in 2007), scolded Yahoo: "While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies."
Lantos went on to say, "It took a tongue-lashing from Congress before these hi-tech titans did the right thing," he said. "What a disgrace."
Now, it is interesting to learn what the journalists were charged with--just what kind of illegal activity were they up to?
Journalist Wang was accused of "incitement to subvert state power" after he emailed electronic journals advocating democratic reform and establishment of a multiparty system to replace the present authoritarian state. Journalist Shi was charged with passing on information that was designated a "state secret".
Oh, how the U.S. Congressional pot has the audacity to call the Yahoo kettle black!
Had these brave whistleblower journalists been Americans, and performed the same courageous acts, revealing a subversive and corrupt U.S. government, their fate would still have been the same--imprisonment by the regime in power.
Edward Snowden's case is really the same as the Chinese journalists--only the details are different. Like the Chinese journalists, Snowden has attempted to reveal the need for "reform" within an "authoritarian state". Like the Chinese whistleblowers, Snowden's revelations were considered "state secrets", however, they were actually state secrets AGAINST the American people and a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.
I am anticipating additional astonishing releases through Glenn Greenwald, that will no doubt reveal even more of the rotting core of our U.S. surveillance state. Meanwhile, by going underground, Snowden has mostly taken the focus away from himself so the light can rightly be reflected upon the violations of the government against "We the People" and our Constitution.
Oh, the hypocrisy of Congress in 2007! Now, just a few years later, they cry out for Snowden and Greenwald, much like the mob outside of Jesus' so-called trial: "Crucify him! Crucify him" "Let his blood be upon us, and our children!"
Like the mob in Jesus' day, our mob-like leaders and their despot Executive, will be judged--and it will be said of them, "your house is left unto you desolate!"
Below are a few paragraphs from the Guardian's November 2007 article regarding the Chinese journalists, Yahoo's cooperation with the (Chinese) government, and Congress' reaction.
The Guardian, Tuesday 13 November 2007 - The internet giant Yahoo settled a lawsuit yesterday in relation to allegations that it helped China in a crackdown on two journalists.
Yahoo's decision to settle came a week after the company was criticised in Congress, with one congressman accusing the company of being moral pygmies. . .
The journalists, Wang Xiaoning and Shi Tao, are serving 10-year jail sentences. Wang was accused of "incitement to subvert state power" after he emailed electronic journals advocating democratic reform and establishment of a multiparty system to replace the present authoritarian state. Shi was charged with passing on information that was designated a state secret. They both sued Yahoo in April.
Wang's wife Yu Ling claimed Yahoo had turned over information that helped identify her husband and that he and others were "subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, including arbitrary, prolonged and indefinite detention, for expressing their free speech rights and for using the internet to communicate about democracy and human rights matters".
In Congress last week Tom Lantos, chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, told Yahoo: "While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies."
After being informed of the settlement Lantos said yesterday: "It took a tongue-lashing from Congress before these hi-tech titans did the right thing," he said. "What a disgrace."