By Thomas Claburn
July 29, 2008
In an apparent mistranslation of the concept of hospitality, Chinese
authorities have ordered foreign-owned hotels to install Internet
monitoring equipment to spy on hotel guests during the Olympic Games,
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, charged on Tuesday.
"I am very disappointed that the Chinese government will not follow
through on its promise to the International Olympic Committee to
maintain an environment free of government censorship during the Games,"
Brownback said in a statement. "The Chinese government has put in place
a system to spy on and gather information about every guest at hotels
where Olympic visitors are staying. This means journalists, athletes'
families and other visitors will be subjected to invasive intelligence
gathering by the Chinese Public Security Bureau."
According to a news release issued by the senator's office, Chinese
authorities have ordered foreign-owned hotels to install a software
program and a hardware device to help the Public Security Bureau spy on
hotel guests. Several hotel chains have reportedly confirmed the
existence of this order and provided documentation to Brownback.
A spokesperson for Brownback was not immediately available.
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