The U.S. is sanctioning PRC tech firm CEIEC for enabling the Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. Their support to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance against political opponents is robbing Venezuelans of a democratic future.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 30, 2020
While Americans in America are not allowed to discuss certain things and express certain opinions through social media, the U.S. government pretends to be concerned about the freedom of speech of foreigners in foreign countries.
Americans cannot even express their complete support for their president without getting banned from the public square (from YouTube, from Facebook, from Twitter) or being labeled a Russian bot or hacker.
The least free and least democratic country in the world is acting as the arbiter of freedom and democracy.
The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on a Chinese company, alleging that it was supporting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in undermining the country’s democracy, including restricting internet access and conducting digital surveillance of the regime’s political opponents.
The U.S. says the company, China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC), is facing financial penalties after providing software and services to government entities, including Venezuela’s state-run telecommunications provider that controls 70 percent of the country’s internet service.
“The illegitimate Maduro regime’s reliance on entities like CEIEC to advance its authoritarian agenda further illustrates the regime’s prioritization of power over democratic values and processes,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
“The United States will not hesitate to target anyone helping to suppress the democratic will of the Venezuelan people and others around the world,” he added.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a separate statement highlighted that CEIEC has been supporting Maduro’s government since 2017.
“PRC [The People’s Republic of China] technology companies, including CEIEC, lead the world in developing and exporting tools to monitor, censor, and surveil citizens’ activities on the internet,” Pompeo said.
“CEIEC has been supporting the Maduro regime’s malicious efforts to repress political dissent and undermine democratic processes since 2017,” he said.
Yes, people who engage in malicious efforts to repress political dissent and undermine democratic processes deserve to be severely punished.
The Department of Treasury in a press release said CEIEC was basically providing the Maduro government with a “commercialized version of China’s ‘Great Firewall.’ ”
“The Great Firewall is China’s nationwide system of web blocks and filters, used to maintain strict online censorship, control the information Chinese citizens can access outside China, and prevent the internal dissemination of content deemed undesirable by political leadership,” reads the press release.
Such support was provided in part to the Venezuelan National Telephone Company, which the administration alleges frequently blocks open dissent, whether it is remarks from opposition members or online independent newspapers.
As a result, the department says the new sanctions are because CEIEC helped “materially” assist, sponsor or provide support for “actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions.”
Imagine uttering something about not wanting anyone to “undermine democratic processes or institutions” with a straight face after the blatant Biden vote hoax is still hot and fresh from the oven.
It’s all just so gross and ridiculous.
These people have no shame.
Sure, Pompeo is technically a Republican, but where is he on the massive censorship going on in this country? Why doesn’t he make a statement about how that is a threat to global security, peace and prosperity?
He is a leech on this administration, and if and when Trump secures his second term, he needs to go about as fast as William Barr.