Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Yahoo! Does Dirty Work For Communist China

The Enemy Press AP ran a story about Reporters Without Borders claiming Yahoo! China provided e-mail logs allowing the thug government of China to track a dissident, which resulted in business reporter Shi Tao receiving a ten year prison sentence for releasing so-called "state secrets."
"Reporters Without Borders said court papers showed that Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. gave Chinese investigators information that helped them trace a personal Yahoo e-mail allegedly containing state secrets to Tao's computer. Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. is part of Yahoo's global network."
This stinks. The stench of this perfidy ought to be spread far and wide. Let everyone smell the foul actions of Yahoo. What possible reason could Yahoo have to do this? Cash no doubt. The greed for a cut of the lucrative Chinese market overrode all other consideration. Considerations like morality, freedom of speech, in fact, political freedom for the people of China. But Yahoo, who recently bought a large share of a Chinese internet firm, decided that currying favor with mass murderers was more important than the exposing of the plans to control access to the internet by the illegal Chinese government.
The response to these charges: "Pauline Wong, head of marketing for the Hong Kong office, said Wednesday that the company had no comment on the statement. 'We're still looking at it,' Wong said." Looking at it. Like you don't know what happened? Gee, someone had to authorize access to the records, and it hardly seems likely that some low level clerk gave the go ahead. No, you got caught and have no decent reason to have done it except to ingratiate yourselves with the hoodlums running China. "Reporters Without Borders said in a statement. 'How far will it go to please Beijing?'" How far indeed. What would Pauline say if the sentence was death instead of imprisonment? "We're looking at it?" Would you be able to look at yourselves after such a sentence was carried out, abetted by your own company? One would hope not. Still cash can be a powerful influence. How many people throughout history have been betrayed for money? Some for as little as thirty pieces of silver. Is Yahoo's price a little higher?