Last week the Senate heard testimony and this week a House special investigative committee will issue a report that essentially states that during the last 20 years, China acquired numerous nuclear warhead designs and other military secrets and that China continues to maintain an aggressive spying operation. Additionally, China has as many as 3,000 front companies, especially on the West Coast and in Massachusetts to help it obtain satellite and other civilian technology that would ordinarily be off limits to it. Chinese nationals living here operate the front companies which include large corporations and small non-profit groups.
Other points: The Clinton administration did not comply with the National Security Act requiring regular reporting to Intelligence committees and the leadership in House and Senate. Janet Reno did not act quickly when it came to her attention back in 1995 that there was espionage going on at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The Justice Department did not respond to requests from the FBI to examine the office of suspected spy Wen Go Lee, a scientist at Los Alamos. Even though Lee was under investigation for over three years, it wasn’t until this past March that he was fired. It should be noted that Lee has not yet been charged with any crime. And reports sent to the Justice Department about Lee turned up missing. U.S. export licensing laws and regulations were violated. U.S. companies hired Chinese sentries or security companies to guard U.S. satellites. But the guards were often found asleep, drunk or taking souvenir photos.
Notra Trulock, Deputy Director of Intelligence at the Energy Department called the theft of nuclear secrets from Los Alamos “on a parallel with the Manhattan Project compromises” of the 1940’s. Trulock said he told Clinton administration officials back in 1995 that there was espionage going on at Los Alamos, after three scientists from there confided in him with their suspicions.
Everybody agrees that security at Los Alamos was breached, only the extent of it is being debated.
Is National security in this country some kind of joke? Bungling and buffoonery seem to be accepted practices. Clinton gives the Chinese Premier first class treatment on a visit to the U.S. I’d be surprised if Clinton didn’t let him sit at the Presidential desk in the Oval Office just to see how it feels to run the whole shebang. Clinton’s already given away the farm.
Last week, it was reported that Clinton gave the CIA the okay to “secretly” train the Kosovo rebels in Yugoslavia. Not much of a secret now that Milosevic and the entire world know.
American officials overseas are usually on a very tight rein. But in this country, not only do we hold the door open for them but we give them the red carpet treatment right into the vault.
And what China didn’t steal outright, we probably sold to them to keep open the trade route. It doesn’t seem to bother our government how much high-tech equipment it sells to China or any Mid East countries that have already proven to be our enemy, just as long as it brings us a fast buck. Then the U.S. will be sitting around wondering why we’re being obliterated by our own technology or undersold in the marketplace. We gave it to them, you nitwits!
China accumulates nuclear secrets as if they were jelly beans. But try to get a copy of your ‘secret’ file like former AP bureau chief Terry Anderson did after being held captive in Beirut all those years and suddenly everything’s classified. Last I heard, the poor man’s still trying.
I just don’t happen to agree with those who think the China Spying Issue is much ado about nothing. It’s not that I’m surprised that the Chinese have been spying, it’s that they’ve been so successful at it, thanks to administrative bungling and lax sales policies. Common sense is not a concept that this government recognizes. It never did and never will.
1. I don’t care if China researches our technology in Popular Mechanics, Jane’s or Glamour Magazine – our government is incapable of maintaining safeguards of tech sales by U.S. companies. I hear about this stuff all the time and all they (the companies) get is a slap on the wrist and continue on their merry way to do it over and over again – all for a fast buck.
2. There shouldn’t be ANY breaches of security in any TOP-Secret lab.
3. Lost Justice Dept. reports on a suspected spy? Infighting between Justice and FBI? Bureaucratic incompetence.
4. Livermore Lab scientist Peter Lee admitted last year he passed on classified info. Security Incompetence
5. I do not believe it is in the interest of this country to sell our enemies any technology that would help them in a military sense and that includes high-performance computers. If China is so great then let it figure things out itself.
6. The anti-U.S. propaganda after the accidental embassy bombing shows just how much that government really likes us. To hell with them.
Original post May 24, 1999