Fresh off their success in pushing Brendon Eich out of Mozilla, the now empowered leftist thought police has a new target, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. On Wednesday, the file-sharing company Dropbox Wednesday appointed Rice to their board. Within hours, an online protest sprung up against Dropbox for their decision to appoint Rice to their board.
The file-sharing startup Wednesday added former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a director to “help us expand our global footprint.”
Quickly, an Internet protest sprang up to encourage Dropbox users to boycott the service unless the San Francisco startup forces her off its board. A new website, “Drop Dropbox,” said Rice’s role in helping set U.S. policies in Iraq, and in promoting U.S. intelligence agencies’’ surveillance policies, made her a poor fit for a startup that “we are trusting with our most important business and personal data.”
Dropbox declined to comment Thursday. A spokeswoman for Rice, now a professor at Stanford University, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
A post about the Dropbox petition on Hacker News, a popular website for Valley tech types, had about 900 comments as of 4 p.m. PT Thursday. Topsy, which tracks keywords used on social-media services, said there were nearly 3,000 Twitter posts in the past day using the “DropDropbox” hashtag – about as many mentions on Twitter as Crimea.
The petition also points to Rice’s work in the Bush administration as the reason for excluding her from the board:
Many people mistakenly believe that Condoleezza Rice simply served as the Secretary of State and didn’t have a role in the decision to go to war with Iraq. In fact, Condoleezza Rice was President Bush’s National Security Advisor during the lead-up to the Iraq War, and was intimately involved in the decision to go to war with Iraq and spoke publicly in support of it. She was an integral part of the Bush administration’s campaign of lies surrounding the war, working to further public support of the war by lying about Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction. In January of 2003, Rice published an editorial in the New York Times entitled “Why We Know Iraq Is Lying.’Here’s a choice quote:
..if a larger type of warhead that Iraq has made and used in the past were filled with VX (an even deadlier nerve agent) and launched at a major city, it could kill up to one million people
The progressive thought police has been very active lately, for example, efforts by Google and others to reach out to conservatives also have provoked criticism. Last year some Silicon Valley backers of FWD.us, an organization established by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives to push for immigration overhaul, pulled out of the group in part over FWD.us’s support of conservative politicians. And of course, there is the expanding effort to ban any objections to the global warming theory.