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[liberationtech] White House Petition - Deny Visas to Censors

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 13:15:23 PST 2013


Yes, Pranesh.  But that would require our administration to actually
acknowledge its existence and stop protecting AT&T and the NSA.


On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 4:14 AM, Pranesh Prakash <pranesh at cis-india.org>wrote:

> Tye, John N [2013-01-29 21:48]:
> > A petition on whitehouse.gov calls for the U.S. to deny visas to
> > anyone working to advance internet censorship, e.g. the builders of
> > the Great Firewall.
>
> I don't quite get the point of this.  Should other countries prevent
> those responsible for the building of Room 614A[1] from being granted
> visas?  Should employees of Narus and Verint and Pen-Link be prevented
> from travelling at all?
>
> While I am all for arguing that the issue of moral complicity cannot be
> ignored ("it *is* my department"), I am not quite clear why visa-denial
> is a useful response.
>
>  [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A
>
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