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China Arrests Anti-Corruption Blogger

Soulskill posted 1 year,10 days | from the forcibly-recommending-a-new-line-of-work dept.

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quantr tips this news from Bloomberg: "A Chinese journalist who posted allegations of corrupt dealings during the privatization of state-owned assets has been formally arrested on a defamation charge, his lawyer said. The Beijing People's Procuratorate approved Liu Hu's arrest on Sept. 30, lawyer Zhou Ze said by phone yesterday. Liu, who worked for the Guangzhou-based New Express, had been in detention since Aug. 24, according to Zhou. Liu's arrest adds to evidence that the government is stepping up a crackdown against people who go online with revelations of official malfeasance. At the same time that the Communist Party has vowed to get tough on corruption, authorities have targeted outspoken bloggers and announced that people who post comments deemed defamatory could face as much as three years behind bars."

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News For Nerds (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45101949)

Why is this here? How the fuck is this relevant to slashdot? No tech angles in play here. It doesn't matter if you don't live in China. Mind your own fucking business.

There are numerous China blogs that cover this stuff better and more extensively.

Re:News For Nerds (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102025)

Why is this here? How the fuck is this relevant to slashdot? No tech angles in play here.

Blog about corruption, get arrested for defamation.

That's pretty much the point of the YRO section of Slashdot.

You know, Your Rights Online.

At this rate, I won't be surprised to see this start happening in other countries which are supposed to be against this sort of thing. *cough* America *cough*

Re:News For Nerds (2)

bob_super (3391281) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102063)

"[Snowden/Assange]'s arrest adds to evidence that the government is stepping up a crackdown against people who go online with revelations of official malfeasance." Yep, sounds good.

Re:News For Nerds (2)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102169)

And, of course, there's this [slashdot.org] as well.

Aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information and broad electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists. In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Those suspected of discussing with reporters anything that the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mail records

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103051)

Snowden has been charged with leaking classified information. That's illegal in every country and has been for a century.

Assange has not been charged with anything by the US government and nobody with authority has proposed doing so.

Re:News For Nerds (2)

bob_super (3391281) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103223)

Snowden has exposed broad secret surveillance that is clearly breaching the spirit (and probably the letter) of his country's constitution. There's a term for that "whistle-blowing", and it should be protected.
Now, it's normal that he is charged and there is an investigation. What's not normal is that everybody expects him to be convicted by the USA's government^H^H^H^H^H^H^ an impartial judge.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103621)

Snowden made no effort to follow established whistleblower protocols. Only judges have the authority to interpret the spirit of the constitution. Snoweden chose to do something illegal because he thinks it's the right thing to do, and that's perfectly noble. But it does not excuse him from punishment for those illegal actions. I have not seen anyone argue that what he did wasn't illegal.

Re:News For Nerds (3, Insightful)

AlphaWoIf_HK (3042365) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103661)

Snowden made no effort to follow established whistleblower protocols.

And he shouldn't have, because if he had, the public still wouldn't know about the NSA surveillance, and everyone else wouldn't be aware of the specifics. What you ask for is that he let politicians blow the fact that the government is blatantly violating the constitution under the rug.

But it does not excuse him from punishment for those illegal actions.

I damn well think it should; the people who should be arrested are the politicians who supported this and everyone directly involved in the NSA.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103739)

I damn well think it should; the people who should be arrested are the politicians who supported this and everyone directly involved in the NSA.

Then you don't believe in the rule of law. If you want the laws to be changed, there are plenty of ways to accomplish that.

The laws we have now disagree with you.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

bob_super (3391281) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103893)

Then you don't believe in the rule of law. If you want the laws to be changed, there are plenty of ways to accomplish that.

The laws we have now disagree with you.

Has the laws' constitutionality been tested ?

A few other democracies have ways to challenge a law right after it's voted, even if the majority and the head of state believe the law is legitimate. In the US, you have to wait until someone can prove that they are affected (standing) before they can start a very very long and costly battle to try to repeal something that is already effected

Re:News For Nerds (1)

AlphaWoIf_HK (3042365) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103937)

Then you don't believe in the rule of law.

Not if those laws are unjust, as many have been.

Re:News For Nerds (2)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | 1 year,9 days | (#45104003)

I think that speeding laws are unjust. Should I be able to drive as fast as I want?

Re:News For Nerds (1)

AlphaWoIf_HK (3042365) | 1 year,9 days | (#45104281)

You can try, but you'll have to find other individuals to get behind you if you expect to get anywhere, as that's where change starts. Your infantile examples and analogies will do you no good.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45105123)

I think that speeding laws are unjust. Should I be able to drive as fast as I want?

Sorry Trebek.

The actual question, of course, was "if I witness government officials and enforcement agents regularly breaking the law/constitution, should I be prosecuted for providing evidence?"

Re:News For Nerds (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | 1 year,9 days | (#45105727)

Then you don't believe in the rule of law. If you want the laws to be changed, there are plenty of ways to accomplish that.

The laws we have now disagree with you.

the law? i am the law!

Re:News For Nerds (2)

bob_super (3391281) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103921)

Only judges have the authority to interpret the spirit of the constitution.

Shiver...

"only judges can issue rulings on the basis of the constitution" FTFY. Everybody can AND SHOULD interpret the spirit, and if there is no safe legal recourse under current law to point out constitutional violations, going to the 4th branch is the right thing to do

Re:News For Nerds (2)

celle (906675) | 1 year,9 days | (#45104777)

"Only judges have the authority to interpret the spirit of the constitution."

      I haven't seen anyone yet challenge this, how sad. As members of the US public we have the authority, responsibility, and right to interpret the wording and the spirit of the constitution at all times just like any party to any contract.

Re:News For Nerds (-1, Offtopic)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102231)

America is not a country, it's a continent.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102243)

America is not a country, it's a continent.

Everyone except Americans seems to know that.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102329)

Well, in my country America means USofA. And even if we are not Americans, we at least know that there is no continent named America. You may think of the Americas if you really want to group two continents together.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102383)

Well, in my country America means USofA.

And it's largely been that way for decades now.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103175)

My country is not USofA. Not sure if that was clear from my comment, or not :-).

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102637)

And which country are you from. Because I don't know of any country that teaches north america and south america are two separate continents apart from the USA itself.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

khellendros1984 (792761) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103161)

Well, checking the German and Spanish wikipedia articles on Continents, the German intro notes a 7-continent model (with North and South America as separate continents), and the Spanish wikipedia page has a nice section describing which continental divisions are commonly taught in different places. It notes that the Americas are commonly considered a single continent in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Belgium. They're considered separate in Japan, countries of the former Soviet Union, most English-speaking countries, and China.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45103715)

I'm from Eastern Europe.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102551)

That America can also informally refer to the USA is from historical precedent, not out of ignorance. Historical precedent in part related to Europeans dicking everybody around in the past few centuries (not that we weren't).

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45103995)

South America is a continent. North America is a continent. America is a country (actually shorthand for "United States of America").

There is no continent named "America".

Re:News For Nerds (3, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102355)

America is not a country, it's a continent.

No, dink, it's a common shortening of the name for a country; specifically, the United States of America.

You're thinking of North America, or maybe South America, or possibly the quasi-continent in-between known as Central America, but there is no continent that is known as just "America."

Of course, we all know that nobody on the internet is dense and uninformed enough to actually believe in the amiguity you're referring to, so it pretty much goes without saying that your comment is pure troll and nothing else. The real question is, why? What was your purpose behind leaving such an obviously stupid and pointless comment? For the attention?

Well, congrats, you got it: We all now know how stupidly uptight and unreasonable you can be. Bet your parents are real proud.

Re:News For Nerds (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102647)

Ah yes, the incorrect pedant troll. One of my favorites.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102875)

He's probably European. They are taught America is one continent, and technically is connected.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103543)

In Pangaea, we teach that North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica are all one continent.

Re:News For Nerds (2)

Flavianoep (1404029) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103581)

No, he's probably Latino-American.
We (I'm a Brazilian) are taught in the school that America is either the name of the continent or of the three Americas considered as a whole. We usually refer to the USA as Estados Unidos and some (not including me) even call its inhabitants "estadounidenses" and insist that "Americans" are the inhabitants of any America.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

VocationalZero (1306233) | 1 year,9 days | (#45105749)

So does this mean you potentially get offended when people bash "stupid Americans", or does the label apply only when convenient?

Re:News For Nerds (1)

bennomatic (691188) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102457)

I assume you religiously refer to Rhode Island by its official name, 'Rhode Island and Providence Plantations'.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

AJH16 (940784) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103059)

Actually, if you want to be technical, America is 2 continents. If you are going to be asinine, at least be sure you make a correct asinine statement. North America is a continent, South America is a continent. America generally refers to the country, Americas refers to the two continents and North or South America refer to the individual continents.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103099)

You can consider America as one, two, or three continents. Although I don't think there's any geographic, but only political, reason to consider it three.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103035)

China is jailing people for criticizing their government. The US is not.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103357)

But only because they had trouble extraditing them.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103585)

Snowden wasn't indicted for criticizing the government. He was indicted for leaking classified information. That is illegal in every country.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

ihtoit (3393327) | 1 year,9 days | (#45105907)

isn't there an exception somewhere for when (not if, it is apparently a common occurrence) classification of materials is misused to conceal evidence of criminal activity by the State? For instance, when someone is indicted by the Public Prosecutor in England, any and all evidence whether relied upon or not is revealed and offered to all parties to the case per the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 Part 1.1 paras. 2(b)-(c). This would necessarily include any and all such documents and other materials marked "Classified". Apart from the content of such documents, knowledge of the existence of said documents would from that point become a matter of public record. There's nothing stopping the court, upon agreement of all parties or by order from the Ministry of Defence per the Official Secrets Act 1911, from only revealing the contents of those documents in chambers, out of public view.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103409)

Yes, I've always thought the approach of U.S. policy makers of completely disregarding criticism is more efficient than the approach of Chinese policy makers of trying to stop it and responding to it when it happens.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103263)

It isn't an arrest in the US, so it is perfectly OK. The US is the sole source of corruption, brutality and malfeasance in the world, so only things that are influenced by them are worth noting. Chinese oppression isn't something we care about on /.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45104733)

China is doing the wrong thing, regardless of what the US is doing. I wish for once people would shut up about the US when the story is about particular things that are happening in China.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102035)

No tech angles in play here.

There probably aren't that many tech angles anywhere. Even most "tech" news these days is really just soap opera based around me-to start-ups. Yeah sure, CEO of MobileSwap, Inc. (a site for posting short messages and pictures) plans to re-write SwapTronic (TM) engine in Python is tech news.... but... does it really matter?

Re:News For Nerds (1)

Nyder (754090) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102067)

Why is this here? How the fuck is this relevant to slashdot? No tech angles in play here. It doesn't matter if you don't live in China. Mind your own fucking business.

There are numerous China blogs that cover this stuff better and more extensively.

I miss the host files rants, now it's all "Why is this here?" posts. how fucking boring.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102109)

Why this is news for nerds:

For tech nerds

This deals with a blog and the legal ramifications of posts in China. This may lead to administrators having to worry about assets in China and other oppressive countries.

Economics Nerds
In the very lengthy book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty [amazon.com] , the authors mention China and its extractive policies and economics and how its tremendous growth will end unless things change. On of those things is the corruption regarding privatization (things like well connected people getting rich for doing nothing other than knowing the right people). This shows that China is more than likely going to have some really bad times ahead - like the end of Soviet Russia.

And when I see American companies scrambling to get into China and moving operations there, I just shake my head and hope they get burned soon so I can jump into the vacuum they leave behind and make my own money or at the very least, pay my student loans.

Re:News For Nerds (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102247)

"well connected people getting rich for doing nothing other than knowing the right people"

How is this different from the USA?

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102437)

The USA is different in that its government doesn't put you in jail for pointing that out.

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102589)

The USA is different in that its government doesn't put you in jail for pointing that out.

The other difference is the people need it to be pointed out because they cant work it out for themselves.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

VocationalZero (1306233) | 1 year,9 days | (#45105817)

Is that why they bothered posting corruption allegation on a blog with the aim of informing the public? Why risk being arrested if everyone can work it out for themselves?

Re:News For Nerds (0)

corbettw (214229) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102185)

Are you fucking kidding me? I've been coming to /. for 15 years now, and government crackdowns on free speech online have been a core part of their coverage that entire time.

If you don't like then create an account, go into your preferences, and turn off Your Rights Online (YRO). Otherwise, shut the fuck up and go away.

Re:News For Nerds (1)

quantr (1722336) | 1 year,9 days | (#45103853)

you can read an article and with basic reading comprehension skills discover he posted articles on the internet. internet is technology. internet uses computers. computers are technology. get with the program!

Isn't it ironic ... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,10 days | (#45101951)

Don't you think? Yet is really is ironic.

Sounds like they're not so much worried about stopping corruption, as stopping people reporting about corruption.

Just like every other government.

Re:Isn't it ironic ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45101987)

Hey, they are learning from US. #Snowden

Re:Isn't it ironic ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103349)

it's actually more akin to Europe where relatively strict hate speech and defamation laws restrict discourse. Also, in a number of EU nations, because media enjoys more public funding, the government gets to have a voice when it comes to deciding who gets to run certain news outlets.

Re:Isn't it ironic ... (2)

intermodal (534361) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102089)

This is almost more honest than the approach of other governments.

Re:Isn't it ironic ... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102373)

In Soviet China government Logs YOU in.

Re:Isn't it ironic ... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102415)

On the subject of ironic

Why did Iron Man go to China?

He needed a charge.

Re:Isn't it ironic ... (1)

TemperedAlchemist (2045966) | 1 year,9 days | (#45104133)

I thought this at first too, but then it occurred to me that the opposite is more likely.

The Chinese government is cracking down on corruption, and in turn the corrupt are cracking down to silence anyone who would make them look bad.

what website is this... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45101963)

and where did /. go

can't wait till Rahm Emanuel learns this tactic (1)

iggymanz (596061) | 1 year,10 days | (#45101975)

over hear in Crook County, IL, then might find the Chinese government's ideas intriguing and would wish to suscribe to their newsletter

Re:can't wait till Rahm Emanuel learns this tactic (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102153)

Those dastardly Democrats! You need to get some good, honest Republicans in power there!

Re:can't wait till Rahm Emanuel learns this tactic (2)

iggymanz (596061) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102209)

vote for the mega-corporate bitch of your choice?

Re:can't wait till Rahm Emanuel learns this tactic (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102273)

Just mocking you. You've, apparently, already agreed to surrender your local government to them so little more than mockery is possible.

Re:can't wait till Rahm Emanuel learns this tactic (1)

iggymanz (596061) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102929)

I did not vote for either party; or are you suggesting an alternative method than the ballot box?

Re:can't wait till Rahm Emanuel learns this tactic (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102969)

Those dastardly Democrats! You need to get some good, honest Republicans in power there!

In Chicago???

Hell will freeze over first. Twice (once when you find an honest Republican, again when he wins an election in Chicago).

obvious conclusion is obvious (3, Insightful)

cellocgw (617879) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102023)

They've simply defined "corruption" as "Speaking out against the government." As experienced coders, you should all be familiar with this type of "operator overload" :-(

Re:obvious conclusion is obvious (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102261)

It was in The Fucking Summary.

He's charged with defamation, not corruption.

Re:obvious conclusion is obvious (1)

interval1066 (668936) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102593)

Yes, people need to be jailed for the things they say.

Re:obvious conclusion is obvious (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103063)

So defamation isn't a crime?

Or do you *know* that corruption was taking place.

Re:obvious conclusion is obvious (1)

ihtoit (3393327) | 1 year,9 days | (#45105803)

it depends on the jurisdiction. Some (such as England which is a constitutional legal system) defamation is a civil matter. In others which operate a primarily statutory legal system, it can be civil or criminal - depends how far the legislative branch has gone to suppress freedom of speech or expression of dissent.

Re:obvious conclusion is obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45104851)

They're trying to stamp out corruption by ensuring that no one reports it. As an experience coder, I see this as akin to the effort to deliver bug-free software by firing QA.

Re:obvious conclusion is obvious (1)

steelfood (895457) | 1 year,9 days | (#45104921)

War is peace.

Just like here. Closed is open.

Progress! (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102137)

They didn't hang the blogger on a tree, didn't beat him to death and throw the body somewhere in pit. Instead they arrested this guy officially and they're going to press charge by real laws.

That's so much better than what they had before. People should celebrate!

Re:Progress! (0)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102281)

They didn't hang the blogger on a tree, didn't beat him to death and throw the body somewhere in pit. Instead they arrested this guy officially and they're going to press charge by real laws.

That's so much better than what they had before. People should celebrate!

Real laws, which they'll make up as they go along, same way as they invent charges to suit the situation.

The blogger rubbed someone the wrong way.

Re:Progress! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45103737)

"Real laws, which they'll make up as they go along..."

All laws are made up as people go along, dumbshit.

It's China (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102143)

Um, yeah. It's China.

They are a communist dictatorship. They don't have freedom of the press. If you say things that the government doesn't like, they lock you up. (If they find out and get around to it - for run of the mill stuff, they will have people with the drive and efficiency of your average telephone sanitizer on the job.)

what beans? (1)

themushroom (197365) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102201)

That's one way to fight corruption -- by quieting those who point it out.

Re:It's China (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102235)

Um, yeah. It's China.

They are a communist dictatorship. They don't have freedom of the press. If you say things that the government doesn't like, they lock you up. (If they find out and get around to it - for run of the mill stuff, they will have people with the drive and efficiency of your average telephone sanitizer on the job.)

A dictator implies 1 leader calling all the shots. What you actually have is an oligarchy, many leaders, agreeing on policy and electing a figurehead. Lip-service payed to Chairman Mao (who was a bandit chieftain before co-opting the communist movement and ruthlessly purging his rivals and creating myths to suit his goals) so ... there's a pretty good chance that the rising rich in China are now pwning "party" members and some of them don't take kindly to criticism.

Re:It's China (3, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102315)

A dictator implies 1 leader calling all the shots. What you actually have is an oligarchy, many leaders, agreeing on policy and electing a figurehead.

No, an oligarchy implies corporations are running the show.

How's "oppressive regime" work for you? Or, "dictatorship ran by committee"? I guess there's always "Glorious and selfless people's leaders", but people might laugh.

Re:It's China (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45104129)

No, OP is right, an oligarchy just means that the power in a society rests with a just a small class of people. A corporatocracy is just one kind of oligarchical rule.

Re:It's China (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,9 days | (#45104849)

No, an oligarchy implies corporations are running the show.

You're thinking of "oligopoly"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligopoly [wikipedia]

Re:It's China (1)

interval1066 (668936) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102607)

A dictator implies 1 leader calling all the shots. What you actually have is an oligarchy...

Yeah, that makes it sound a lot better.

Re:It's China (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102431)

Um, yeah. It's China.... If you say things that the government doesn't like, they lock you up. (If they find out and get around to it - for run of the mill stuff, they will have people with the drive and efficiency of your average telephone sanitizer on the job.)

You seem to be under the impression that sort of behavior is exclusive to the Chinese government.

They don't have freedom of the press.

Neither does 'Murica, apparently:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/06/politics/06cnd-leak.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 [nytimes.com]

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/209539/fox-news-reporter-who-wont-reveal-sources-threatened-with-jail/ [poynter.org]

Remember (1)

djupedal (584558) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102171)

The best way to live outside the law in any country is to live within it.

Re:Remember (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102797)

The best way to live outside the law in any country is to live within it.

Truly, living inside the laws would be the best way to rule as rules, for anything, not just for countries...

The laws are intangible thought machines. As the laws grow they increase in power and complexity, more laws means more subjugation of mankind. The complexity of the legal systems have nearly surpassed the bar for sentience. Once that occurs you get a combination of The Matrix and The Terminator. Now, re-watch those movies and realize they are allegory for the intangible thought machines which already rule the human world...

When those movies are outlawed or subverted into anti-human stalemates then you know the jig is up! Wait a second: Neo and the machines have a truce already? --Wait a nano second: He can see orange matrix code "IRL" and machines can move into the real world, and he can destroy sentinels with a thought?! Damnit, The films have taken the ultimate non-conformist, and trapped him in another level of control: an Amber Screen themed Matrix!

Repent! The end is incredibly fucking nigh!

The nerve of some bloggers (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102175)

Didn't pay the necessary bribes to blog about anti-corruption

in bitcoins

sounds familiar (1)

nimbius (983462) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102307)

and america arrests journalists who report on whistleblowers. potato po-tah-to.

Re:sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102427)

potato po-tah-to.

Weird. You wrote the word, then wrote how to pronounce it. Did you mean to do that?

Re:sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102509)

Duh!

Re:sounds familiar (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102435)

Yeah but nobody is arrested in America for criticizing China!

Re:sounds familiar (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102661)

And 50% of the population are perfectly fine with shooting someone because you're scared of them. including and especially cops. We need to clean our own house before worrying about someone else's.

Re:sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103283)

I agree. Seriously, though, how is Europe any different. Europeans live under stringent defamation and hate speech laws. What kind of freedom is that?

Same laws in the UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45102341)

A year or so back, the British Secret Services mounted a massive operation against a British man in the UK. His crime? His wife had been unfaithful with one of Tony Blair's VERY powerful cronies, so the unfortunate husband emailed everyone he could that had business relations with the rat, informing them of what kind of man he was.

He was arrested and prosecuted as a result of the combined efforts of MI5, and the London anti-terrorism police division. ONLY the fact that the story broke across the Internet and was making the wrong groups of people feel very uncomfortable indeed (Blair - who by the way rules Britain just as Putin rules Russia- with or without a formal title- had D-noticed the press over the story, but journalists at the bigger papers realised that a refusal to cover this outrage would make them OBVIOUSLY government stooges, even in the eyes of the thicker sheeple, and so exerted maximum pressure to be allowed to write about the police-state atrocity).

The relevant star chamber discussed the issue, and decided that far too much damage was being done in the court of public opinion, and ordered the court to find him not guilty. You see in history, similar cases in Soviet Russia and East Germany, when the target worked to gather so much publicity, they became far too damaging to take out in the usual way.

GOOGLE "Ian Puddick" for the details of this case.

China and despotic Middle East nations actually QUOTE and refer to commonplace abuses of power by the UK government against 'difficult' individuals to justify their own police-state actions. The persecution, arrest and prosecution of protesters in the UK and USA, which has become widespread since Blair first rose to power, is designed to set an example for all those nations that Blair wishes to corrupt. Indeed, when Blair was setting up Gaddafi and Libya for complete destruction, Blair personally oversaw projects to kidnap Libyan dissidents (and their wives and children) abroad using British Intelligence agents, so these people could be transported BACK to Libya for 'torture' (actually, Gaddafi was far too civilised to torture such targets, which is why they are alive and healthy today, helping run the stooge forces that currently control Libya). Blair bought Gaddafi's trust with such acts, persuaded him to disarm, recruited many within his administration (via the multi-faith 'religious' organisation Blair created and heads) to act as fifth columnists, and prepared for the recent invasion that destroyed Libya utterly.

China is corrupt BUT doesn't wish to be corrupt. The UK and USA are infinitely MORE corrupt, with those that rule desiring that even more corruption be possible in the future. You cretinous Yanks, for instance, allow your politicians to LEGALLY indulge in insider trading. THAT is how thick and subservient American sheeple are. And then, while Obama is insider-trading to make him and his family billionaires so his lineage can properly rule over the sheeple for hundreds of years to come, American sheeple worship him as a god.

Why do the owners of Slashdot keep posting ANTI-China and ANTI-Iran stories, and PRO-Israeli ones? A science, engineering, computer and technology portal constantly pushing the agenda of the Neo-cons, and PNAC. They are not exactly subtle, are they?

Obligatory Futurama (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102451)

Documentary Narrator: Fortunately, our handsomest politicians came up with a way to combat government corruption. We simply arrest anybody who talks about government corruption. Of course, because the corruption still takes place, we need to arrest more and more people for speaking out against it, solving the problem once and for all.
Suzie: But...
Documentary Narrator: Once and for all!

China is corrupt by design (1)

kawabago (551139) | 1 year,10 days | (#45102677)

It is not possible to form a government where power flows from the top down without the government becoming corrupt. Can't be done. This blogger's arrest proves the point. When a citizen reports official corruption, the citizen is jailed for leaking state secrets. Yes, corruption in China is considered a state secret. Can corruption get any worse? Yes! Look at North Korea. A communist state with a hereditary emperor for a leader. North Korea went from democratic to communist to feudal fiefdom. All to benefit the emperor, which is really funny because communism is supposed to depose emperors not create them. China keeps the emperor in power while the people starve. When the people finally revolt and kill the emperor, they will not turn to China for help rebuilding. China has made itself the enemy of the North Korean People. A mistake they will deeply regret in the future.

Re:China is corrupt by design (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#45103537)

Designed by Hirschel Mardochai the damned (Karl) Marxist!
Design flaws can be rectified after they have been identified as flaws. Uhhhhh, we now live in the "internet age", where info flows rather freely (albeit through many nsa filters and akamai servers), but be that as it may,

The privatised remnants of Communist Russia, amongst other unfortunate nations, have fortunately been quite well documented, despite the myriad of law-firms, numbered accounts, politricky asylum claims and all; the Chinese are well geared to have learned from the mistakes of other countries, RATher than burn their own hand in the flame.

Take the thieving Berezovsky, Nezvlin, et.al...... you think the Chinese are gonna let that shit happen to them?
Honestly, Maoism brought a revolution within a revolution, and then along came Deng Xiaoping....
One thing is for certain though, the current lover`s-quarrel between the republickers and democrazies in usa may continue to delude the well-deluded "common" yanks, but the partisan wool cannot be pulled over the eyes of the Chinese, who are fully aware that the lover`s-quarrel is about concealing Bernanke`s retirement/the role of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Now we all know if it were a republican president, same diversionary tactics would be in play, deflecting the wrath of the duped taxpayers.

No, China is not locking up the wrong people, for fox sake, they sentence (and execute) corporate villains to DEATH!
Imagine if they could get their hands on Bernanke-GoldmanSachs-Janet Yellen!!

They are very well aware of Hirschel Mardochai`s historical links to the Russian privatisation-oligarchs, thus no interest in seeing massive-historical-financial-fraud repeating itself. Nothing to see here, accept it that the israelis are gunna get raided, move along.

Not enough information; was it libel? (1)

Yakasha (42321) | 1 year,10 days | (#45103531)

Think of it this way: He was arrested for libeling a government official. He just blogged "omg he did something illegal", without proof, and without the ability to prove it.

The only difference in the US is that this would be a civil matter instead of criminal. But with a government & laws based in non-capitalist ideals I imagine there are a lot more criminal than civil offenses there when compared to the US.

From Communism Straight to Fascism. (1)

srobert (4099) | 1 year,9 days | (#45104221)

Am I the only one who sees the irony in the "Communist Party" overseeing "the privatization of state-owned assets"? It's like "we'll go instantaneously from the extreme totalitarian left to the extreme totalitarian right without passing through any democratically controlled space in between. Oh, but we'll hang on that 'Communist' brand name because to admit that didn't work would be losing face."

pleading ignorance here (1)

ihtoit (3393327) | 1 year,9 days | (#45105779)

...but in England, the defence to a defamation claim is the facts in evidence. The trick is to get the facts in evidence. If you're defending a defamation claim and have the supporting facts in evidence, providing you're not in front of a corrupt judge you're home free; if either condition isn't met, you're fucked.
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