A software engineer who works at Google pulled open source code that he had written off Github when he found out the tech company Chef, which has a contract with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), was using the code.
Github is an open source repository for software code, meaning that other software engineers and companies can access it for use on their own platforms.
The saga began when “woke” anti-ICE activist Shanley Kane demanded to know why Chef has a $100,000 contract with ICE.
Chef is a private tech company, and doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for how it makes money, so it blew her off. The Verge said that ICE uses Chef for “IT functions.”
Enter Google engineer Seth Vargo, who, when he found out that ICE had a contract with Chef, also realized that Chef was using his code for its platform to function. He reportedly reached out to Chef to find out why they had a contract with ICE. Chef ignored him.
“It became apparent that they had no interest in acknowledging their partnership with ICE – the organization best known for tearing apart families and locking children in cages,” Vargo reportedly said.
The family separation policy that has the far-left up in arms began under President George W. Bush, continued under President Barack H. Obama (nobody cared then), and continues now. Its function is to positively identify alleged parents when they cross the border with children. Human traffickers often cross the southern border with Mexico claiming that underage kids are their biological children. Oftentimes, they are not.
ICE is known for capturing and deporting illegal alien sex traffickers and pedophiles, and recently arrested 39 foreign war criminals residing the United States. All of this is lost on the far-left, which so hates President Donald J. Trump that it hasn’t considered the rational purposes for ICE’s existence.
In any case, Vargo, like the good “woke” tech worker he is, pulled his code from Github. That code, it turned out, was relatively important to Chef’s functionality. The code pulled down Chef’s service for an hour and a half.
Vargo then went on a media tour, lecturing about morals.
“As software engineers, we have to abide by some sort of moral compass,” he reportedly said. “When I learned that my code was being used for purposes that I personally perceive as evil, I felt an obligation to prevent that.”
Ironically, Vargo currently works for Google, which in 2018 quietly removed its original slogan “Don’t Be Evil” from its manifest. Some have argued that Google is an inherently evil company, and that it will always do evil.
In any case, I reached out to Vargo with a simple question: how long had Chef been using his open source code? I wanted to find out if the IT company used it during the Obama administration, when the family separation policy was also active. In other words, did Vargo have this epiphany of morality because a guy he doesn’t like is president? Or was it a legitimate moral crisis for him?
He didn’t return my comment request in time for publication.
Update: After publication, Vargo replied to my comment request.
“Chef Sugar was created and open sourced on Oct 15, 2013,” he said. “I have not audited Chef’s codebase (nor do I intend to), so I can’t speak to when its use began.”
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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