Let’s break that down like an old school street-corner hip-hop track.
“Former”…Meng Hongwei is still Chinese. I would not immediately assume that his affiliation with Chinese security *is not* his primary allegiance.
“Security Head”… he was a vice minister, ran “public security”.
“Runs”… he was duly elected by the general assembly of INTERPOL. And, admittedly, this position is deliberately not very powerful [in and of itself].
So, what we have here is a guy who used to run the internal security service for one of the Earth’s largest human rights violating and fence testing nations–a nation which has a pretty extensive track record of trying to use INTERPOL to track and intercept refugees and dissidents–is now nominally in charge of the Earth’s largest policing body. (I avoided using the term “police force”…because INTERPOL.)
Seems legit. What could possibly go wrong?
A country that is deliberately sticking every possible finger, toe, and other digit, into every possible pie it can get that digit on/in now has a national level security asset with access and placement in some of the largest crime, security, and law enforcement databases (this means access to both bad guys AND good guys, here) on the gaming grid. This seems poorly thought out, politics and shit notwithstanding.
Interpol prides itself on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its SOP frowns on any action as or intervention of “a political, military, religious or racial character,” which further addresses my question of “What the fuck?”
Now, I’m not saying the guy is a shitbird. Nor am I saying that China set out to gain access and placement. I’m saying that the guy *may* be a shitbird–by proxy. And I’m saying that China now has access and placement, and has been a stereotype in this game for a long history of reasons. And, just to keep shit real, I’d start amping up the watchdog groups’ attention span, just to get extra eyeballs on.
As a result of this move, I can promise you that other nations involved in INTERPOL have now pulled several of their cards much closer to their chests, as well they should. Because China also has a track record of playing Fizzbin while their opponents are still playing Go Fish.
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