The silencing of security

Dec 05, 2013

China makes headlines again, as the country is poised to effectively expel all New York Times and Bloomberg journalists if their visas are not renewed ASAP. These roughly two dozen reporters are "guilty" of publishing investigative stories about the wealth of the country's top leaders, and now, with only a couple of weeks until their expiration, there have been strange "delays" in normally routine J-Visa renewals. We wonder why? Nikhita Venugopal at DNAinfo noted, "China is holding up visas for Times and Bloomberg journos. Both may have to shutdown bureaus." Andrew Peaple with the Wall Street Journal called it "Unbelievable." But as Beijing journalist Eric Fish pointed out, "More likely China just making reporters sweat until last minute on visa renewal rather than about to expel them ALL."

Lest we in America get too indignant, however, more documents from Edward Snowden today reveal that the NSA is tracking cellphone locations worldwideKatharine Zaleski at NowThis News muses, "1 interesting new NSA fun fact: using disposable cellphones and switching them now makes you even more suspicious." Ty McCormick with Foreign Policy Magazine tweeted facetiously, "I always suspected that the #NSA was my CO-TRAVELER." Freelance journalist Nina Burleigh quipped, "If only they could watch my kids for me sometimes."

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