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American Law Will Stop Tech Sales to Tyrannical Regimes

American Law Will Stop Tech Sales to Tyrannical Regimes

Added: Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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The government of the United States considers a legislation that would stop companies from exporting surveillance equipment to the countries with repressive regimes. The suggested legislation to enact a Global Online Freedom Act is expected to curb the freedom with which tech companies can operate in countries where these products are used for censorship of the web or citizen surveillance.


A few days ago Senator Chris Smith has tabled the legislation. It seems that he was aware of the irony of denouncing the regimes in countries like Iran or Libya while allowing American-made goods to help maintain state dominance. In fact, this isn’t a problem for the United States only.

You may remember how a French outfit Amesys was caught dealing with a spy network. In addition, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has also been accused of being connected with a company that had been less than careful about how its goods had been used. Actually, there are a lot of large corporations that have reportedly supplied repressive regimes with surveillance tools. For example, Huawei is suspected for its ability to track people to prospective Iranian buyers, and Cisco is believed to be cooperating with China in this regard as well.

This is not the first attempt to clear up the industry, but according to media reports, a previous bill put forward by Senator Smith was put aside in favor of less restrictive trade rules. Such international giants as Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft have tried to establish a self regulatory industry group in respond to criticism of their involvement in China. Industry experts claim this was done to fend off actual regulations where the government could clamp down harder with the outfits hold accountable.

Anyway, not many have supported this idea, and it seems that Cisco has given short shrift to it. The company already has a questionable record, facing allegations about being involved in a massive plan by the country to supply the Chinese city of Chongqing with half a million of surveillance cameras. The company managed to circumvent current American legislation by saying that the cameras are only used for “anti-crime” purposes rather than for repressive ones.

This may remind one the famous Bill Hicks sketch with “farming equipment” being sold to Iraq before being turned into flame-throwing rakes or armoured tractors. Of course, Cisco has been widely criticized for this deal, which it managed to make thanks to a loophole in existing legislation. However, under new rules it wouldn’t be easy to agree on such a deal.

December 2nd,2011

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Date:  Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-12-02 15:36:55)
LickaLottaPuss avatarSoooo....does this mean then, that pretty much all of these companies will soon be restricted from selling anything to the U.S. government or any sub-contracted computing service that the gov. employs/uses? If it is an issue of censorship of the Web (torrents, et al.), or maybe for citizen surveilance ... wouldn't it also include any monopoly regimes from also being sold to as well?

posted by (2011-12-02 15:51:32)
CaptCosmo avatarAnother example of "Corporate Greed" screwing up things for Citizens of the "Free World". Anti Crime?? Bull Sh*t!! Cisco's action of "Circumventing" the law was a crime unto itself. You can never convince me that Cisco didn't know their repressive intentions for that many cameras. It's all kinda scary.......

posted by (2011-12-02 16:23:46)
1shadowwolf avatarUhh, this is kinda stupid... If they do this, it will help lead to WW3... pissed off countries toward america... They're already angry.... Lets not anger then more for the next decade... Yes they are repressive... SO is china were the crap is made.

posted by (2011-12-02 17:00:08)
gblue69 avatar"stop companies from exporting surveillance equipment to the countries with repressive regimes" like they're ever gonna make it really work as long as someone gonna profit then people will find a way e.g buying equipment from USA via another country who doesn't have any such legislation, if Tony Stark could stop it no-one can
Truth be told though if i ran a company selling goods be it bottled water or bongo drums i simply wouldn't export any goods to these companies directly i'd make it as much a hassle as possible

posted by (2011-12-02 17:23:25)
LickaLottaPuss avatar@4:

No you wouldn't, because that would mean smaller profit margins, lesser profits and therefore less money, which is what it's all about anyways.

posted by Blocked (2011-12-02 22:04:45)
No avatarSo when are they cutting aid to Israel then? Pretty much the biggest misusers of western tech alive. They used western tech against the US many times in false flag operation with the pinnacle of 9/11. Just wait till the Israeli run security firm let someone bomb the olympics in London next year, then bitch and cry we need to attack Iran because they are the biggest threat to the west, let us forget lil ol Israel for 9/11 and the coming olympics massacre, they are not as much a threat as Iran...

Anywho back on topic lol, why does anyone give a chit about buying from USA? Anything USA invents is made in China so all these regimes have to do is contact the factory in China and ask them to increase output off the record and they will buy direct from China at USA retail prices, considering China make this stuff for pennies, if I owned a factory in China making say Iphone, Apple pay me what £20 per iphone? If someone offers me £500 per iphone to ship to non friendly Apple company/country I would double output off the record ahaha.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-12-03 00:17:47)
fusseltier avatarlooks like the US falls into that category too, at least when the republicans are in office or in control of congress.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-12-03 00:26:46)
fusseltier avataryeah Loll, we all know how the UK is, V for Vendetta was too close for comfort.

posted by (2011-12-03 00:42:50)
uax4it avatarAll you need is a commodore64

posted by (2011-12-03 08:03:09)
dikhed avatarHAHAHA.... Yeah Right!!!

posted by (2011-12-03 12:56:41)
No avatarSo are they going to stop web browsers from being shipped too? Pretty much every browser is made by an American company or organization and they all use cookies for tracking which is pretty much surveillance.

#6 I live in China and getting anything that is made for the US by a Chinese contract manufacturer is next to impossible here. You would think being in China everything would be dirt cheap and available but actually the cheapest place to buy anything made in China is in the US. Distribution is locked down pretty tight here and all those contract manufacturers have foreign managers locally placed for oversight.

posted by (2011-12-03 18:17:41)
gblue69 avatar@5:

Am afraid your wrong, i like many other people find sleeping easier with a clean conscience, i simply couldn't look at myself in the mirror knowing that what i did to make profit from caused direct negative affects to others, maybe you and the big corporations think "that's what it's all about" but I couldn't be that selfish.

p.s i know profit is profit but you have to draw the moralistic line some where

posted by (2011-12-05 02:51:45)
kewzee avatarso im guessing the u.s. is gonna stop supplying itself with surveillance equipment then? because I know some tyrannical regimes are marveling at what this foreign backed false government of ours is undertaking.

posted by (2011-12-05 06:16:09)
jibbajabba avatar*cough* Made in China *cough*

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