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Yahoo’s Collaboration with Evil Bears Fruit

“A Chinese political prisoner and his wife sued Yahoo in federal court Wednesday, accusing the company of abetting the commission of torture by helping Chinese authorities identify political dissidents who were later beaten and imprisoned.

The suit, filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act, is believed to be the first of its kind against an Internet company for its activities in China.

Wang Xiaoning, who according to the suit is serving a 10-year prison sentence in China; his wife, Yu Ling; and other unnamed defendants seek damages and an injunction barring Yahoo from identifying dissidents to Chinese authorities.

“I hope to be able to have Yahoo promise that in the future they will stop this kind of wrongdoing,” said Yu, speaking through an interpreter in a telephone interview from San Francisco.

Yahoo said it had not yet seen the suit, filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, and could not comment on the allegations. ”

Now how soon until all the Dot.coms run to Washington bribing Congressman like mad to repeal the act or add a provision giving companies immunity for following the law in a brutal totalitarian dictatorship?

Google already has a D.C. lobbyist so it’ll be a short walk for him to proclaim Google’s new mandate, Be Very Evil On Behalf of Our Stockholders.

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