Commonplace: Chris Smith

16 February 2006

It’s not every day that a member of Congress says something in a committee hearing that’s worth being etched in stone, but Chris Smith, Republican of New Jersey, pulled off that trick yesterday when he said this:

“Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits.”

He said this in the context of hearings on the business dealings of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Cisco in China. It’s important to remember that, while China has made great strides in many areas — its economic strength above all — it is still far from free.

More:
Summary at Good Morning Silicon Valley.
Rep. Smith’s opening statement at his committee’s hearing.

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