China’s Intelligence-Gathering Inside U.S. Growing
Posted by Joshua Price on April 3, 2008
If you’ve been reading the stories related to China here at The Conservative Beacon that headline really shouldn’t shock you.
In a Washington Post story primarily about a recent individual spy case the following comes up:
Mak was sentenced last week to 24 1/2 years in prison by a federal judge who described the lengthy term as a warning to China not to “send agents here to steal America’s military secrets.” But it may already be too late: According to U.S. intelligence and Justice Department officials, the Mak case represents only a small facet of an intelligence-gathering operation that has long been in place and is growing in size and sophistication.
The Chinese government, in an enterprise that one senior official likened to an “intellectual vacuum cleaner,” has deployed a diverse network of professional spies, students, scientists and others to systematically collect U.S. know-how, the officials said. Some are trained in modern electronic techniques for snooping on wireless computer transactions. Others, such as Mak, are technical experts who have been in place for years and have blended into their communities.
There is some good news on this front. It would seem that our government has started to take some action:
The FBI recently heightened its counterintelligence operations against Chinese activities in the United States after Director Robert S. Mueller III cited “substantial concern” about aggressive attempts to use students, scientists and “front companies” to acquire military secrets.
If you’re still not convinced that Chinese spies aren’t an issue, let me close with this piece of the story:
The cases are among at least a dozen investigations of Chinese espionage that have yielded criminal charges or guilty pleas in the past year. Since 2000, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have launched more than 540 investigations of illegal technology exports to China.
But I’m sure we have nothing to worry about. In fact, I’ll bet we’ll hear how they are only stealing American technology in order to make their exported products cheaper for us here. If China doesn’t attempt this excuse I’m sure the globalists will.
Why us everyone defending China? Explain to me why we do business with China but not Cuba? Both are communist nations. Is one better than the other?
I better not such questions because, after all, no good capitalist should ever question the so-called benefits of globalism.