Major CEOs of Silicon Valley are upset about how Obama has refused to reform the NSA.
As most readers will be aware, Silicon Valley has major left-wing, pro-Obama credentials. On gender and biology, many tech companies want to replace reality with virtual fantasy. They are ready to display the liberal self-righteousness that is Obama’s outspoken religious preference.
Nevertheless, Silicon Valley is not happy with Barack Obama. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Obama acknowledges strains with Silicon Valley.”
The U.S. intelligence agency’s bulk data collection efforts and the government’s “slow” response have strained the White House’s relationship with Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama said on Friday.
The president made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with Re/code’s Kara Swisher in Silicon Valley, where he headlined a first-ever White House summit on cyber security issues and was scheduled to attend a Democratic Party fundraiser.
These strained relations between the White House and Silicon Valley were placed in sharp focus Friday after the chief executives of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo declined White House invitations to attend the summit — and a private lunch with the president.
These companies are among a number of tech giants that have pushed Washington to end the bulk collection of private data because of customer privacy concerns, but little has happened to curb the NSA’s practices.
The White House’s cyber security gathering, which took place at Stanford University, marked the first time the administration has hosted a summit with corporate, government and privacy officials to discuss issues around how to protect U.S. computer systems as well as consumers’ privacy.
The point of this “summit” was to deal with lessons allegedly learned from North Korea’s attack on Sony. So, maybe another reason the CEOs didn’t want to attend is that they know that the entire North Korea story is probably a lie. In any case, it is not simply a matter of ending bulk collection. Some numbers of these companies have faced (quasi) legal threats to force them to betray the privacy of their customers.
Often businesses end up running government for their own ends. That is bad. But what is worse is when government becomes a powerful lobbying group to itself and starts running businesses into the ground for its own ends.
I don’t feel sorry for Silicon Valley, but I do hope their support for Democrat insanity comes to an end.