Wednesday, December 18, 2019
China Is Building a Vast Surveillance Network to
Track Every Citizen
The authorities can scan phones and faces, and find out when people leave their homes, aiming one of the world’s biggest spying networks at regular people.
A surveillance camera on the ceiling of a packed subway car in Zhengzhou. [Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times]
By Paul Mozur and Aaron Krolik
Published Dec. 17, 2019
Updated Dec. 18, 2019, 2:28 a.m. ET
ZHENGZHOU, China — China is ramping up its ability to spy on its nearly 1.4 billion people to new and disturbing levels, giving the world a blueprint for how to build a digital totalitarian state.
Chinese authorities are knitting together old and state-of-the-art technologies — phone scanners, facial-recognition cameras, face and fingerprint databases and many others — into sweeping tools for authoritarian control, according to police and private databases examined by The New York Times.
Once combined and fully operational, the tools can help police grab the identities of people as they walk down the street, find out who they are meeting with and identify who does and doesn’t belong to the Communist Party.
The United States and other countries use some of the same techniques to track terrorists or drug lords. Chinese cities want to use them to track everybody.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
The U.S. has a Vast
Surveillance Network to
The authorities monitor all communications and can send a drone with lethal missiles to murder anyone at any point on the surface of the earth.
The U.S. monitoring and control station at Pine Gap, Australia, one of several such stations distributed around the Earth.
[Not] By Paul Mozur and Aaron Krolik
Published Dec. 18, 2019
[But not] Updated Dec. 18, 2019, 2:28 a.m. ET
The first stage in a standard U.S. regime change operation is the promotion of dissident groups in the target state. Inevitably, to protect its sovereignty, the target state reacts with measures which infringe on the freedom of its citizens.
The U.S. knows this and yet, despite its propaganda machinery's assertions that it exports democracy, it continually initiates regime change operations which have the opposite effect. The logical conclusion from this behavior is that, at best, the U.S. values global domination more than it values democracy. At worst, "Democracy" is merely a buzzword to conceal its drive for global domination.
As the target state reacts, the U.S. propaganda apparatus assists in the regime change operation by demonizing it for its defensive measures.
Hypocrisy is essential to propaganda and it is surprisingly evident in these two sentences from the 4th paragraph of the NYT's article:
The United States and other countries use some of the same techniques to track terrorists or drug lords. Chinese cities want to use them to track everybody.These assertions could only have been made by people and to people who have internalized the American Exceptionalism paradigm, itself a mere re-branding of the German "Master Race" paradigm.