Jim

Yahoo and the Yellow Peril

In Biz, Politics, The news biz on November 13, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Yahoo’s paying off a couple of Chinese journalists who were arrested and allegedly tortured after the Internet giant turned over “pro-democracy” e-mails to the Chinese authorities.

The payoff

The state secrets Shi Tao e-mailed back in 2004:

The information involved routine instructions on how officials were to safeguard social stability during the 15th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, democracy movement.

It’s not clear how big a role Yahoo played in the prosecution of the journalists. But don’t you get the feeling we’re rolling down that same highway in this country? We’ve seen telcos all too happy to provide the feds with anything they want, no questions asked. The president can declare pretty much anyone he (maybe she, soon) wants an enemy combatant and have him/her “renditioned” to Egypt or Gitmo. How long before that power is used against whistleblowers and journalists? (West Point grad James Yee would say that’s yesterday’s news.)

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