There has been a leary mindset in silicon valley and elsewhere when Ms. Clinton and President Obama that encapsulates why folks like Uncle Bob absolutely loathe and hate websites like Facebook, a mindset that any form of communication that is not under their tight control is just a "tool of a foreign government used to take them out of power". People tend to forget the situation in Soviet Moscow during the Watergate Incident, where the Kremlin was stunned at how the Washington Post was able to report on President Nixon's actions.
Do not be surprised if more countries take the P.R. China approach and outright block access and the use of websites like this.
Folks, if you are going to talk - make sure you check which District you live to get the correct House Rep that is suppose to represent you. As for your State Senators, do take some time to compose something in your own voice about the subject.
One other item of note... if you are not a registered voter, be not surprised if your voice/e-mail/letter gets "circular filed".
Mike - let's face it, it is ALWAYS cases like this that are used - from the Amber Alert system to the Brady Bill. Unless that human element to these issues is dealt with, along with the existential, then we all see laws that are either too draconian or questionably functional.
Love or Hate Ken Zeran (and from the looks of it, more than a few people here have some emotions about him) - it cannot be denied that what happened to him was dangerous to him and his family. God knows, I have personally seen this sort of B.S. at other sites - but not to degree that happened to him. Whoever did this was lucky this did not occur in this day and age (i.e. the Smoking Gun vs. Pranknet), because I have a feeling Mr. Zeran would not have hesitated to go after them with the same sort of righteous rancor that he did for AOL and Diamond Broadcasting, the company that owned the radio station that had "trouble" realizing that Ken Zenan was NOT the twit that posted the messages (nice touch not mentioning that part Mike).
When it comes to the subject, of "please audit us" - I tend to think about the myraid of ISO, QS, and other 'Quality Control' audits over the years I have worked. Frankly, Huawei is probably thinking this is going to be another 'Red Envelope' situation.
Tends to get funny when commies (like Uncle Bob) get mentioned in the news - just to watch how people will bend over backwards in the comment section to either defend or flame the them, without sounding too John Birch or Pinko in the process.
Bottom line: Strongmen LOVE when countries like the U.S. get themselves involved with questionable actions - because it gives them more FREEDOM to do what ever the hell they want.
And Mike - I would like to think that you have travelled outside the U.S. borders to somewhere other than Canada, so please do not pull a 'Pollyanna' act.
Comes down to this scenario: Truck driving down road, driver attempts to hit the breaks before hitting some crossing the street, truck hits person. Person sues driver, company, and truck maker. In this case, the shangzhai truck maker can attempt to include Scandia in the lawsuit because "they helped design the truck".