What to think of Falun Gong... Are they victims of religious persecution? Or benevolently evil, like Google?
Richard Morais of Forbes writes about China's Fight With Falun Gong -- although "Falun Gong's Fight with China" would better reflect the article's content.
"...a Falun Gong practitioner in Washington traced the denial of service hacker attacks through an Asia-Pacific Internet registry, to No. 14 East Chang'an Street, Beijing, where China's Ministry of Public Security is located."
Or is he just claiming to have traced the attack to China? Morais doesn't test the claim. I try to trace IP addresses of nasty comments on my blogs, but the destination tends to get blocked by something -- perhaps a firewall. If the Chinese were smart enuf to crash a server, wouldn't they be also smart enough to hide the origin of the attack?
"But paranoia hit when a CCP investigation in the late 1990s estimated that the fast-growing Falun Gong movement had between 70 million and 100 million followers across the country; the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] itself has only 63 million members."
Again Morais makes no attempt to substantiate the numbers. But here is a clear case of both sides using huge numbers to their advantage: the Communists generate a huge number so imply the theat from a religious group; the religious group uses the huge number to confirm how important they are.