US Firms Complicit as China Fortifies Police State

'Bush would do what they are doing here in a heartbeat if he could,' expert says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 5:28 PM CDT
Visitors react to their age estimated by Omron Corporation's "OKAO (Face) Vision" during the Security Show at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Friday, March 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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(Newser) – Free Tibet protests 3 months ago allowed China to road-test a new security network before the summer Olympics, Naomi Klein writes in Rolling Stone. Under the so-called “Golden Shield,” China is now installing closed-circuit cameras nationwide linked to facial recognition and other biometric software—technology from big-name US firms like IBM, Honeywell, and General Electric.

Despite a ban dating back to Tiananmen Square days, Klein thinks post-9/11 America will happily import a version of Golden Shield once it's operational in China. "George W. Bush," a US-based consultant said, "would do what they are doing here in a heartbeat if he could."