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Qiushi: The U.S. Is the Prime Culprit Endangering Internet Security

On April 4, Qiushi, the Chinese Communist Party’s flagship publication, accused the United States of being the "prime culprit" behind Internet insecurity. The following is an excerpt from Qiushi‘s article.

"Recently, another scandal broke out regarding the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. On March 22, 2014, the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel and the New York Times disclosed, with documents provided by Edward Snowden, that the National Security Agency (NSA) conducted large-scale surveillance and espionage activities against China’s Huawei. The targets of U.S. intelligence agencies also have included China’s former national leaders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce, banks, and telecommunications companies."

"Frankly speaking, the news was not particularly shocking or unexpected. How could a country be lenient on a ‘highly concerned target’ if it would even tap into its own allies national leaders? Many analysts point out that the United States has been playing the game of a thief crying ‘stop thief.’ For a long time, the U.S. government has been accusing China of ‘organized’ hacking, stealing its government and business intelligence, and posing threats to its national security and economic interests. However, since the PRISM-gate scandal, a series of large-scale NSA domestic and foreign surveillance programs have been made public. Friends and foes have all suddenly become enlightened: the prime culprit behind the Internet insecurity is here."

"Alongside the surveillance scandal is the U.S.’s post-Cold War logic on national security. In short, the U.S. is seeking to achieve ‘absolute security’ both in the real world and in cyberspace. Starting from building the Theater Missile Defense system to today’s PRISM program, the U.S. has been pursuing security against any threat or challenge in an almost paranoid state of mind. Ever since the 9.11 incident, the U.S. has made gathering intelligence one of its top priorities. As the birthplace of Internet technology, the U.S. has a unique advantage in accessing information. Therefore, the U.S. intelligence agencies are heavily dependent on a variety of network tools to get the information that they want. As long as their so-called security is relevant, then privacy, legal restrictions, and moral principles are all left behind. … Its ideal version of network security is one in which the U.S. can monitor any object without any restriction, while any other country cannot do anything similar to the U.S. One strong piece of evidence is that, when the PRISM program was exposed, President Obama repeatedly defended the need for the program in terms of security, but never admitted that surveillance and monitoring are wrong."

Source: Qiushi, April 4, 2014