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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member 313

Posted by timothy
from the describe-your-conversation-with-the-inquisition dept.
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State under George W. Bush, and defender of Bush-era (and onward) policies about surveillance by wiretapping and other means, has landed at an interesting place: she's just become a part of the small board at Dropbox. TechDirt calls the appointment "tone deaf," and writes "At a time when people around the globe are increasingly worried about American tech firms having too close a connection to the intelligence community, a move like this seems like a huge public relations disaster. While Rice may be perfectly qualified to hold the role and to help Dropbox with the issues it needs help with, it's hard not to believe that there would be others with less baggage who could handle the job just as well." Some people are doing more than looking for an alternative for themselves, too, as a result.
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

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  • by dcollins (135727) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @02:49PM (#46717827) Homepage

    Let's say Republican Senator Susan Collins took this position instead. Then: No issue and no uproar.

    The problem is not that Rice is a Republican, it's that she was a part of the most terrifying Republican administration in history, and oversaw defense of torture and mass-surveillance wiretapping programs.

  • Re:Surely (Score:5, Informative)

    by Goaway (82658) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @03:38PM (#46718437) Homepage

    Of course there are:

    http://www.drop-dropbox.com/ [drop-dropbox.com]

  • Re:Good choice (Score:5, Informative)

    by cusco (717999) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <ybxib.nairb>> on Thursday April 10, 2014 @05:08PM (#46719511)

    No, even Downing Street knew that the whole justification for the invasion was crap, if you remember they complained internally that "the intelligence is being fixed". Blatant falsification of data, deliberate sabotage of the WMD inspections (IIRC they were 97% complete when the US told inspectors they had to leave immediately because bombing was about to start), illegal propaganda operations targeting the US public, the whole run-up to the war was founded on lies that were exposed in the foreign press but knowingly redistributed by the US media. There may be "a consensus building", but joining that group will require deliberately forgetting everything that was actually going on at the time in favor of historical revisionism.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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