An internal Cisco document (.pdf) leaked to reporters on the eve of a Senate human rights hearing reveals that Cisco engineers regarded the Chinese government’s rigid internet censorship program as an opportunity to do more business with the repressive regime.
The 90-page document is an internal presentation that Cisco engineers and staffers in China mulled over in 2002 as the central government was upgrading its local, state and provincial public safety and security network infrastructure. Under the category "Cisco Opportunities," the document provides bullet point suggestions for how it might service China’s censorship system called the "Golden Shield", and better known in the West as the Great Firewall of China.
The document is the first evidence that the networking giant has marketed its routers to China specifically as a tool of repression.
It goes without saying that if networking giants like Cisco are competing to get into the Chinese surveillance racket, there's not a hope in hell that they'd decline to help spy on Americans.