Thursday, June 03, 2004

Big Brother

Things may not be quite as private as we thought here in China. A man on our trip, we'll call him SpyGuy for short, is convinced that the U.S. government is following him. He has told people that he is either (1) currently in the secret service, or (2) a retired secret service agent, and that the government is following him around Asia. SpyGuy has told us how he went to work out the other day and there were no cameras, and then the very next day there were 6 cameras installed facing the exact machine he had been using. He tells us that he'll walk down the street and see dozens of unmarked cars, and when they start following him he'll make a sharp turn or U-ee back, and of course the cars come to a screeching halt trying to follow him. He often stands with his back to the wall with eyes darting around stealthily to keep watch for suspicious activity.

The sad thing is, I'm not making any of this up nor exaggerating it for dramatic effect. Just think kids, SpyGuy will be representing people soon in a court near you.