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UNITED STATES OF CHINA: As Trial of Treasonous Harvard Prof Opens, Biden Faces Pressure to End Trump Program to Catch Chinese Spies

By Aaron Kliegma
December 15th, 2021

As a high-profile Harvard professor stands trial for hiding his ties to the Chinese government, the Biden administration is coming under intense pressure from a loose coalition of lawmakers, nonprofits, and academics to abandon the so-called China Initiative, a Justice Department effort to preserve America’s technological edge by thwarting Chinese spies.

Launched by the Trump administration in 2018 and continued so far by its successor, the China Initiative is designed specifically to identify and prosecute those engaged in hacking, stealing trade secrets, and conducting economic espionage for the Chinese government on U.S. soil. The program has led to several arrests and convictions, including, for example: 

  • Last month, a federal jury convicted Yanjun Xu, deputy division director of China’s Sixth Bureau of the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security, for attempting to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage. 
  • In July, three officers in China’s Ministry of State Security were charged with participating in a global computer intrusion campaign targeting infectious disease research. 
  • In April, a PhD chemist and U.S. citizen from Michigan was convicted of wire fraud, economic espionage, conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, and possession of stolen trade secrets to help set up a new company in China.

Charles Lieber, a renowned nanotechnology professor who chaired Harvard’s Chemistry Department, was arrested and charged nearly two years ago. Federal prosecutors allege he lied about his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a Chinese government initiative meant to recruit experts in science and technology, and about becoming a “strategic scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology.

Lieber’s trial, which began Tuesday, may help determine the fate of the China Initiative.

“It may have a real impact on the future of these cases being brought under the China Initiative,” Derek Adams, a partner at the Potomac Law Group, told the Harvard Crimson. “If Lieber ends up being found not guilty on this one, then I think it’s just going to increase the pressure of some folks in Congress to shut down the initiative entirely.”

The Justice Department’s push to shut down Chinese espionage activities seems to have deterred at least some potential spies. More than 1,000 researchers who had hidden their affiliation with the Chinese military fled the United States last summer, according to the department.

However, critics argue any successes are the exception to the rule and part of a witch hunt that’s having a chilling effect on scientific research.

Activists are calling for the Biden administration to end the China Initiative, arguing it targets people of Asian descent with racial profiling. These critics also claim the program is mainly focused on innocent academic researchers and has largely yielded charges of fraud — such as lying about links to Chinese entities or accepting foreign money — as opposed to concrete espionage.

This month, the MIT Technology Review found that nearly 90% of China Initiative defendants are of Chinese origin, only about a quarter of defendants charged under the initiative have been convicted, and the initiative’s focus has shifted from espionage to cases of “research integrity,” often involving researchers failing to disclose ties to China.

Academics at some of America’s most elite universities have made similar complaints. Nearly 100 Yale University professors signed on to a letter castigating the China Initiative as invasive and discriminatory. They also endorsed an earlier open letter signed by 177 Stanford University faculty members to Attorney General Merrick Garland claiming the China Initiative “disproportionately targets researchers of Chinese origin.”

The Stanford professors, who called for Garland to kill the program, didn’t mention that last year federal authorities arrested a Stanford researcher for failing to disclose she was actively working for the Chinese military.

Academics aren’t the only ones targeting the China Initiative. The Committee of 100, a nonprofit promoting closer U.S.-China relations, released a study arguing American prosecutors are more severely punishing and more often falsely accusing Asian and Chinese defendants of espionage than others.

The U.S. Heartland China Association, a pro-China business group that regularly works with organizations tied to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, described the Justice Department program as “McCarthyism,” a reference to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s crusade against communist influence in the early years of the Cold War. Two of President Biden’s picks for senior roles in his administration — Reta Jo Lewis to run the Export-Import Bank and Mitch Landrieu to serrve as infrastructure czar — are both listed as “strategic advisers” for the association, according to the Washington Examiner.

California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu and 90 other members of Congress made similar accusations, calling on the Justice Department to investigate “the repeated, wrongful targeting of individuals of Asian descent for alleged espionage.”

Supporters of the China Initiative reject accusations of racial profiling, noting that the overwhelming majority of China’s espionage activities are carried out by individuals of Chinese ethnicity and that each individual accused of spying for China gets due process under U.S. law.

One problem with distinguishing between Chinese espionage and legitimate research is that China doesn’t distinguish between the civil and military domains and commercial and military applications. As part of its strategy, Beijing blurs the lines between academia, industry, the private sector, and military research, according to experts.

“While the U.S. government often twists itself into knots determining what is classified or unclassified, the Chinese government often sees little-to-no distinction,” said Craig Singleton, an adjunct China fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Instead, Beijing is focused on collecting and harnessing any and all useful information to power its defense modernization. This includes everything from foundational knowledge taught on U.S. college campuses to cutting edge research, much of which is not technically classified but still has potential military applications.”

The U.S. must also account for China’s “passive collection of information in support of its military aims,” Singleton continued. “The Chinese government has not been transparent about its defense build-up … thereby making it very difficult to determine which kinds of cooperation pose a national security risk … These disciplines vary widely, from specialties such as artificial intelligence and armaments technology to fields not typically associated with the defense industry, including geology.”

Singleton just authored a new report detailing how numerous U.S. universities — and even some K-12 schools — support China’s military-industrial complex.

Whatever the outcome of the Lieber trial, Chinese espionage isn’t going away. In fact, U.S. officials say the threat is only growing.

About 80% of all economic espionage cases brought by the Justice Department allege activities that would benefit the Chinese state, according to recent department figures. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the department’s trade secret theft cases are connected to China.

This surge in known Chinese espionage activity has caught the U.S. intelligence community’s full attention.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified his agency is opening counterintelligence investigations into China “every 12 hours.” 

Chinese espionage costs the U.S. between $200 to $600 billion a year in stolen intellectual property, according to Mike Orlando, the acting director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. This has been happening for some 20 years, putting the total cost well into the trillions of dollars. 

Earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines described Beijing as “an unparalleled priority for the intelligence community.”The Justice Department didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Harvard Law Prof: Coronavirus Is an Excuse to Dump Free Speech, Property Rights from Constitution

Alana Mastrangelo,
May 5th, 2020

Harvard Law Professor Adrian Vermeule suggests using the Chinese virus pandemic as an excuse to establish a new interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, implementing policies that do away with concepts such as “free speech ideology” and “property rights.”

Adrian Vermeule, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, recently wrote a piece for the Atlantic in which he argues that traditional interpretations of the U.S. constitution have “now outlived its utility,” and that it is now time for the government to take a more centralized role in people’s lives.

Vermeule argues that “circumstances have now changed” due to the Chinese virus pandemic, and that it is now possible to imagine “moral” constitutionalism, which he says is not “enslaved to the original meaning of the Constitution,” and is also “liberated” from the narrative of “relentless expansion of individualistic autonomy.”

The professor is advocating for a new interpretation of the U.S. constitution, which he refers to as “common-good constitutionalism.”

“Such an approach,” wrote Vermeule, “should be based on the principles that government helps direct persons, associations, and society generally toward the common good, and that strong rule in the interest of attaining the common good is entirely legitimate.”

Vermeule also scrutinizes “the libertarian assumptions central to free-speech law and free-speech ideology,” which he says is “forbidden to judge the quality and moral worth of public speech,” and therefore, should “fall under the ax.”

The law professor even goes as far as stating that “property rights and economic rights will also have to go,” because they “bar the state from enforcing duties of community and solidarity in the use and distribution of resources.”

Vermeule claims that this “global pandemic” makes for the perfect opportunity to implement such strategies that grow government, insisting that “it has become clear that a just governing order must have ample power to cope with large-scale crises of public health and well-being.”

The professor also noted that when he says the government should get involved in “health,” he is referring to that “in many senses, not only literal and physical but also metaphorical and social.”

Vermeule even acknowledges that “the central aim of the constitutional order is to promote good rule, not to ‘protect liberty’ as an end in itself,” and that one common-good principle will be “that no constitutional right to refuse vaccination exists.”

“Constitutional law will define in broad terms the authority of the state to protect the public’s health and well-being, protecting the weak from pandemics and scourges of many kinds,” wrote Vermeule.

The professor even goes on to admit that implementing such principles would require overriding “selfish” claims of individuals to private rights, and that his interpretation of constitutional law means that “rulers” should be afforded a “broad scope.”

Vermeule insists that “these principles include respect for the authority of rule and of rulers,” the “respect for the legitimate roles of public bodies and associations at all levels of government and society,” and “a candid willingness to ‘legislate morality,’” among other concepts.

Update — Breitbart News has removed links to the arrest of Harvard Professor Charles Lieber for his alleged financial relationship with the Chinese government and a subsequent investigation of ties to China throughout America’s colleges and universities. Neither story is directly related to Professor Vermeule and his opinions on the Constitution.

SOURCE: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/05/05/harvard-law-prof-coronavirus-is-an-excuse-to-dump-free-speech-property-rights-from-constitution/

UNW Weekly Report (Feb 9th – 15th): Bioweapons, Corey Feldman, and a List of Accomplishments

Ryan DeLarme
February 15th, 2020

Attorney General William Barr is under heavy attack again suddenly as the DOJ closes in on the corruption in DC. We’ve been told that Barr was put into place as part of the clean up crew so it only makes sense that all of this bellyaching coming from the usual suspects (Hillary, Pelosi, Nadler, Brennen, Comey, Obama, etc). They want Barr in front of the house Judiciary Committee answering questions, and Barr has agreed to come, but not until March 31st. So the question is why put them off so long? Why not come in next week? The answer is simple: the Durham investigation.


Harvard and Yale are now under investigation after failing to report funding from foreign countries, China in particular. We’re hearing a lot about the selling of information and secret funding coming from China (Not Russia). Remember, it’s been claimed that this international Deep-State “Cabal” wanted to set up China as the next financial superpower, that makes this whole situation very interesting. 


Rumors are floating around that the US is responsible for the coronavirus hitting China, some are even claiming it was Israel and the US in tandem. According to Benjamin Fulfords sources at the Pentagon, the intentional accidental release of the virus was a deep-state attempt to start a war between the United States and China. Of course, the world is not buying the story that this is a naturally occurring coronavirus.  The Muslims know what is going on, as do the Russians and the Indians. So does everybody else for that matter, besides the largely unaware and undiscerning west, where celebrities and blue check marks tell us what to think.

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Arab-media-accuse-U.S.-Israel-of-coronavirus-conspiracy-against-China-617021

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-all-406-wuhan-returnees-at-delhi-itbp-facility-test-negative-2177537

 This Cabal or “Deep-State” is growing increasingly reckless and desperate. I find it rather unlikely that the U.S. and China will be fooled into going to war with each other.  This can be seen, for example, in an official Xinhua news report about a call Chinese President Xi Jinping had with U.S. President Donald Trump that was requested by the U.S. side.  Trump said, “The United States fully supports China’s fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic, and is willing to send experts to China and offer assistance in various other forms.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/07/c_138763551.htm

Trump has also informed the Chinese that the U.S. arrested three individuals in connection with the bioweapon attack on China, including 60-year old Dr. Charles Lieber, Harvard University Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Robert David Steele, formerly of the U.S. Marines and the CIA, last week sent the following message to the Chinese about Lieber:

Weak signals are emerging that Wuhan was an act of war by Israel against China, using a double-agent, Dr. Charle Lieber, whose top student from China was embedded at Wuhan University of Technology where he was also a “Strategic Scientist.”

This adds a whole new level of intrigue to the Harvard/Yale lawsuits we touched on at the beginning of this report…

Suspicions are also being raised about the official death toll, which is currently some 800 people in china, and 1110 worldwide (as of february 11th). Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums, he’s claiming the death toll could be as high as 50,000.


Corey Feldman’s long anticipated documentary “My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys”, is set to release on March 9, and is touted to be a provocative exposé of pedophilia in Hollywood. He lays it out in this clip recently pulled from an australian talk show:

Feldman, in a recent live video on Twitter, said that his allegations against Hollywood celebrities have led him to live in fear. The 48-year-old actor said: “There are things you have to do for insurance reasons when you’re putting out something like this. This is very, very dangerous stuff and it’s very risky stuff. You know we have to have 24 hour armed security, we don’t know what’s gonna happen.”

“Of course we have fear, there’ve been two attempts on my life. There obviously could be more, we hope not but we don’t know what’s going to happen,” he claimed. “It’s scary, it’s very, very scary,”


To the folks who claim that nothing is being done, that this “Alliance” of patriots who have taken control of the country via President Trump are a LARP or propaganda, here is a list of accomplishments that have taken place since they’ve taken over:

  • Trump signed three bills for Native people. One gives compensation to the Spokane tribe for the loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, one reauthorizes funding for Native language programs and the other gives federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana.
  • Trump signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face tougher consequences
  • Signed bill making CBD and Hemp legal.
  • Trump’s EPA gave $100 million to fix the water infrastructure problem in Flint, Michigan
  • Signed a law ending the gag orders on Pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money saving information.
  • Signed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), which includes the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA) which both give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking.
  • Signed the biggest wilderness protection & conservation bill in a decade and designated 375,000 acres as protected land
  • Signed the Save our Seas Act which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean.
  • signed an executive order this year that forces all
  • healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so
  • that Americans can comparison shop and know how much
  • less providers charge insurance companies
  • When signing that bill he said no American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance. Hospitals will now be required to post their standard charges for services, which include gross charges, the negotiated rates with insurers and the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept from a patient.
  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • Trump signed into a law up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for millions of federal workers.
  • In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill which enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society. The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes. Over 90% of those benefiting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans. The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in sentencing of non-violent crimes. The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society.
  • appointed 5 openly gay ambassadors then ordered his openly gay ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell to lead a global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe.
  • United States law enforcement officers are collaborating with Mexican law enforcement officials to dismantle human trafficking networks operating across the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and give victims the help they need. That hotline identified 16,862 potential human trafficking cases and provided 14,419 referrals to services between October 2017 and March 2019. Trump’s DOJ provided grants to organizations that support human trafficking victims – serving nearly 9,000 cases from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.
  • President Trump has called on Congress to pass school choice legislation so that no child is trapped in a failing school because of his or her zip code.
  • Finalized new trade agreement with South Korea.
  • Made a deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
  • Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to copyright law in decades.
  • The Trump Administration is promoting second chance hiring to give former inmates the opportunity to live crime-free lives and find meaningful employment.
  • Trump signed the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund into law.
  • Reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone
  • Signed Right-To-Try legislation which allows terminally ill patients to try any experimental treatment that wasn’t allowed before.
  • Secured $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • In 2019 President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (CARES) into law which allocates $1.8 billion in funding over the next five years to help people with autism spectrum disorder and to help their families

This is by no means a comprehensive list, there are plenty of accomplishments I’ve omitted and plenty more that I am unaware of, just some things to consider.