By Keith Bradsher
International Herald Tribune
December 27, 2007
In preparation for the Beijing Olympics and a host of other international events, some American companies are helping the Chinese government to design and install one of the most comprehensive high-tech public surveillance systems in the world.When told of the companies’ transactions, critics of China’s human rights record said the work violated the spirit of a sanctions law Congress passed after the Tiananmen Square killings.
The Commerce Department, however, says the sophisticated systems that Honeywell, General Electric, United Technologies and IBM are installing do not run afoul of the ban on providing China “crime control or detection instruments or equipment.”
With athletes and spectators coming from around the world, every Olympic host nation works to build the best security system it can. In an era of heightened terrorism concerns….