Last month, the Resurgent broke news regarding Gwinnett County spending over $100,000 on questionable COVID-19 “thermal scanners” that leverage Chinese surveillance technology.
At the time, Georgia Rep. Steven Sainz and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler had weighed in.
However, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins– vying to replace Sen. Loeffler in the Senate– has also been tracking the scandal and is hitting out hard against the thermal scanner acquisition.
Collins sees the scanners as a potential effort by the Chinese Communist Party to engage in theft of Americans’ data, and in a statement provided exclusively to the Resurgent, he sounds like he may be urging Gwinnett to dump the cameras, and for Georgia government entities to desist from purchasing them.
Collins told the Resurgent:
“As our nation works to find innovative solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while getting our economy back up and running, we must beware of bad actors – like the Chinese Communist Party – attempting to take advantage of any opportunity to steal our data. Just last week, the Trump Administration ordered China to close its consulate in Houston after the FBI discovered China had been stealing our research. It’s clear China can’t be trusted, which is why I would encourage all levels of our government – Federal, state, and local – to take every measure possible to protect our citizens from China’s malfeasance.”
As concerns grow about Chinese negligence with regard to the outbreak of COVID-19, and Chinese human rights abuses linked with totalitarian surveillance state measures in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, the issue of Georgia taxpayers’ money being funneled to a company providing surveillance technology and used in these scanners is not going away. Expect this issue to keep bubbling up as the election approaches.
One week from today, September 29, President Donald Trump will square off against former Vice-President Joe Biden in front of the entire nation as they debate the best path forward for our nation.&nbs …