The College Fix reported that on August 25, 2020 Texas A&M professor was arrested for charges of conspiracy, making false statements, and wire fraud in connection to a Chinese university and a Chinese business.
Professor Zhengdong Cheng did research for NASA and was alleged to have hidden his affiliations and collaboration with the Guangdong University of Technology. He was a part of the Guangdong University of Technology Chinese Talents plan.
“Through these plans the Chinese government has created a significant financial incentive for foreign, talented individuals to transfer international technology and intellectual property to China, licitly or otherwise,” the Department of Justice complaint read.
Per the DOJ complaint, Cheng and Texas A&M received funding based on Cheng knowingly giving false information to Texas A&M and NASA. In addition, Cheng allegedly received personal benefits due to his connection with Texas A&M and NASA. He also enjoyed increased access to certain NASA resources, such as the International Space Station. Due this kind of access, Cheng was able to enjoy a more enhanced standing at Guangdong and other universities.
The complaint alleges that Cheng started working for Guangdong in 2012 up until at least 2018.
The complaint revealed that Cheng was part of a research team that filed an application for a grant — valued at $746,967 — to carry out research for NASA. He eventually received the grant despite regulations explicitly prohibiting recipients from “participating, collaborating, or coordinating bilaterally with China, any Chinese-owned company, or any Chinese university.”
All these allegations notwithstanding, Chen kept his connection to the Chinese university under wraps, thus enabling him to receive the grant.
“China is building an economy and academic institutions with bricks stolen from others all around the world,” declared U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick for the Southern District of Texas in a statement after Chen’s arrest.
“While 1.4 million foreign researchers and academics are here in the U.S. for the right reasons, the Chinese Talents Program exploits our open and free universities,” commented Patrick. “These conflicts must be disclosed, and we will hold those accountable when such conflict violates the law.”
The College Fix noted that Chen’s arrest is part of a growing trend of researchers at American universities being arrested or indicted due to their ties with Chinese talent recruitment programs.
Such cases will only engender more mistrust in universities. For America’s sake, policymakers should severely restrict migration in order to stymie the occurrence of future cases of espionage and research theft at universities.
NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.
Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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