Brownback Urges Bush Not to Attend Olympics Opening

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sen. Sam Brownback is accusing China of ordering U.S.-owned hotels to install Internet filters to spy on international visitors during the summer Olympics.

Brownback made that charge at a news conference today where he and other lawmakers criticized China's human rights record. The Kansas Republican also urged President Bush not to attend the Olympics' opening ceremony.

Brownback says he has seen memos about the Internet filter request from two U.S.-owned hotels, but he wouldn't name them. He says he's releasing the information to encourage public pressure to persuade the Chinese government to drop the demand.

Brownback said he would press his case for Bush not to attend the Olympic opening ceremonies when the president visits tornado-damaged Greensburg on Sunday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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