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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The President Shouldn't Go To The Olympics

IOC Agrees To Internet Blocking At The Games
The Chinese government confirmed Wednesday what journalists arriving at the lavishly outfitted media center here had suspected: Contrary to previous assurances by Olympic and government officials, the Internet would be censored during the upcoming games. [...]

On Wednesday - two weeks after its most recent proclamation of an uncensored Internet during the Summer Games - the International Olympic Committee quietly agreed to some of the limitations, according to Kevan Gosper, chairman of the IOC press commission, Reuters reported.
No surprises here. Lord knows the IOC doesn't haven't the balls to stand up to them, but one could have hoped the United States would at least mention the active censorship and lack of freedom in China. I've never been in favor a full boycott of the 2008 Games, however I have always been of the opinion that we should only send low level representatives to the Beijing. Having the President of the United States, or the leader of any nation in the free world, at the games sends a message to China that their conduct is acceptable. Mr. President, stay home.

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