“Enough Shame to Go Around in China” – Joe Nocera

From the New York Times, via The Peking Duck:

I have a few simple questions," the congressman said, scowling at the four witnesses before him. "Can you say, in plain English, that you are ashamed of what you and the other companies have done?"

The witnesses " sacrificial lambs, really " were representing four of the glory names in high technology: Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. They were appearing last Wednesday before a House subcommittee investigating their role in helping the Chinese government suppress free speech on the Internet, censor political content and even turn over data about suspected dissidents. The congressman, Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress, had earlier been comparing the companies' activities in China to the odious work certain companies once did to aid the Nazis.


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