“Are you ashamed?”

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

On Wednesday, Representative Tom Lantos, the only member of Congress who is a Holocaust survivor, grilled executives from Google, Yahoo, IBM and Microsoft during a hearing on China, the internet, and censorship, and continued to ask one question that no one would answer:

Rep. Tom Lantos: Can you say in English that you’re ashamed of what your company and what the other companies have done?

Google:: Congressman, I actually can’t, I don’t think it’s fair for us to say that we’re ashamed.

Lantos: You have nothing to be ashamed of?

Google: I am not ashamed of it, and I am not proud of it…We have taken a path, we have begun on a path, we have done a path that…will ultimately benefit all the users in China. If we determined, congressman, as a result of changing circumstances or as a result of the implementation of the Google.cn program that we are not achieving those results then we will assess our performance, our ability to achieve those goals, and whether to remain in the market.

Lantos, to Cisco: Is your company ashamed?

Cisco: (Begins to talk about products that Cisco sells.)

(Via Boing Boing)


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