Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sound familiar?

Herald Tribune:
Pro-Beijing lawmakers approved legislation here [Hong Kong] Sunday giving broad authority to the police to conduct covert surveillance, including wiretapping phones, bugging homes and offices, and monitoring e-mail.

The bill was passed by the 60-member Legislative Council in a vote of 32 to 0 soon after pro-democracy lawmakers walked out of the chamber in protest Sunday morning. The Democratic Party and its allies had tried to introduce nearly 200 amendments through four days of marathon debates, but all were defeated or ruled out of order.


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