Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another Wide Stance: China's Spying and Ours

Senator Sam Brownback is outraged over revelations that the Chinese government reserves the right to monitor the internet use of guests in Chinese hotels during the Olympics (and presumably beyond). Glenn Greenwald notes:

[T]o watch U.S. Senators like Sam Brownback actually maintain a straight face while protesting China's warrantless spying on the email and telephone communications of foreigners, and lamenting that private companies feel unfairly pressured to cooperate with China's government spying out of fear of losing lucrative business opportunities, is so surreal that it's actually hard to believe one is seeing it.
Does Senator Brownback read the legislation he himself votes for (e.g., this and this) and if so, does he characteristically condemn the laws he supports? Shouldn't he re-think that? If he doesn't read what he votes on because he is unable or unwilling, shouldn't he leave the Senate?

Sam Brownback is to law-bound police surveillance what Larry Craig is to the sanctity of marriage -- he cares passionately about it and takes it as a matter of deep principle as it pertains to other people. Neat.

And a bonus Wide Stance: Senator Ted Stevens is all about fiscal discipline, integrity, self-reliance, and related manly virtues.

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