Nicole Lindsey Chief Privacy Officer Magazine reported on a testimony that top U.S. law enforcement and national security officials gave in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that highlighted the cyber threat China poses to the U.S.
The findings during this committee was that China’s cyber threat to America “appears to be much greater and more extensive than originally thought.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray argued that Chinese intelligence agencies “are becoming much more sophisticated in how they conduct spying activities in the realm of cyber espionage.”
Chinese intelligence assets are allegedly interacting with various actors, which range from counterintelligence officials actings as diplomats “for hire” to cyber syndicates. This is all part of a process “to carry out the massive and systematic theft of state secrets, trade secrets, data and valuable intellectual property.”
Because of how advanced China’s intelligence operations have become, Wray believes that China should be seen as the “most severe counterintelligence threat” to America.
Part of China’s counterintelligence operations consist of trying to steal U.S. trade secrets. They generally recruit university graduates and researchers as a means of bringing data and technology back to China.
China allegedly abuses specific programs such as the “Thousand Talents” program — a program with the purpose of enticing overseas Chinese to return to mainland China — to access intellectual property. Wray notes that for the Chinese ” just about anyone – a diplomat, an executive, a researcher, a student, a hacker-for-hire, or a low-level employee – can become an agent involved in cyber and economic espionage.”
The cyber threat to American interests is no joke. According to Wray, the FBI has over 1,000 investigation open into intellectual property theft that are traced back to China. Similarly, there is at least one investigation dealing with potential Chinese cyber-espionage at each of the FBI’s 56 field offices throughout the country.
China’s cyber security threats don’t just pose major inconveniences for businesses, they also present numerous U.S. national security threats. Through the theft of military secrets from top defense contractors, China could use this information to develop advanced weaponry that is on par with the U.S. military. Additionally. trade secrets could greatly strengthen corporate giants like Huawei as they expand their reach abroad. Even access to state secrets puts U.S. diplomats at a disadvantage when crafting trade deals and similar policies— whether it be on a bilateral basis with China or at multilateral institutions like the U.N.
Wray suggests that American corporations and government entities focus on detecting and then mitigating present threats that are already inside of their networks. Prevention by bolstering security is key, but Wray believes that America must be more proactive on these issues. Further, American universities must be willing to take the on the challenge of detecting subversive threats on their campuses. After all, the Chinese Communist Party has been effective in “using students, researchers and academics to steal technology that U.S. universities need to wake up to this fact.” Wray also suggested that corporations re-assess their current practices. One example is how companies store their sensitive corporate data on Chinese servers based in China. China already has laws on the books that make it easy for the Chinese state to access this data.
All in all, China poses a major threat to American interests, but in a very unconventional way. Policymakers will have to adapt to these challenges that are very unique to the 21st century.
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An America First Candidate Wants to Make Things Right in Texas 23rd Congressional District
Texas’ Congressional District 23 now has an America First candidate in Raul Reyes who will put border security as his primary focus.
The previous incumbent Will Hurd was a milquetoast Republican who was receptive to open borders policies and even voted for gun control legislation. Reyes seeks to make up for the lack of America First representation in the district. His efforts have caught the attention of immigration patriots such as Maria Espinoza, the founder of the Remembrance Project — an organization dedicated to stopping illegal immigration. Espinoza endorsed him on April 8, 2020.
BLP had a chance to speak with Reyes about his campaign.
What motivated you to run for office?
Two items motivated me to run for Congress
A. All the Texas Families in harm’s way due to open borders. I grew up in District 23 (Del Rio). It’s gotten worse and no one is doing anything about it. Will Hurd claimed the border crisis was a myth. In my 22 years of service to this country I spent a lot of time in Central and South America, I consider myself an expert in Latin America. I’m pretty sure we have a crisis on the border. When the incumbent refused to do anything, I decided to primary him. I declared my run on May 4, 2019, long before Will Hurd decided not to seek re-election. After he did, then 7 other candidates jumped in, including Tony Gonzales.
B.Also, we need jobs in District 23. Globalism destroyed the middle class here. I saw It firsthand when Levi’s Strauss closed their factories here for cheaper labor somewhere else. We suffer unemployment rates at a higher exponential rate when the oil industry goes bust because a large portion of our citizens (Western Counties) in District 23 work the oil fields of the Permian Basin. I believe we can counter that by bringing manufacturing and industry back to District 23. Coronavirus has proved me right on that.
Who is your main opponent in the Republican primary for Texas’s 23rd Congressional District?
Tony Gonzales. He’s Will Hurd endorsed and funded by the establishment open borders crowd. He’s a LULAC (open borders anti-Trump crowd) type endorsed candidate. He declared on May 15, 2019 that he would be running against Lloyd Doggett in Texas’ 35th district. When Hurd decide to not seek reelection, he jumped into District 23.
What separates you from your opponent?
A few things. We’re for The America First Agenda. I’m the only one with executive experience. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with an immense experience in Central and South America. I’m ready to help secure this border using that experience. My opponent can’t do that. He’s bought and paid for by the establishment. He will never vote to build a wall and help secure this border. They’re not going to let him do that. Same goes for 2nd Amendment. Hurd voted against the 2nd Amendment. Tony is going to have to toe the line when it comes to Red Flag Laws. He’ll have to vote according to who funded him in this campaign. That’s Hurd and the open border establishment crowd.
Lastly, we are Trump Republicans. And, we’ve taken no/zero PAC money…all our funding is from people who have had enough with the establishment. Tony is going to be a puppet of the people funding him. He can’t escape that. Since he’s being funded by the Never Trump folks, he’s also a Never-Trump candidate. In a previous article where he was asked about his position on the impeachment of Donald J Trump, he said he was unsure, meaning he could have gone either way on that matter.
What is the most important issue for voters in the 23rd Congressional District?
Securing the border.
Do you think the Texas GOP has done a good job promoting America First candidates?
Some in the GOP are establishment types. For them, it’s about control. And many still believe in open borders. So, they’re not going to support a candidate like me. That said, many in the GOP are looking for real change. We will embrace whatever support we can get.
Who has endorsed your campaign so far?
Texas Right To Life
Conservatives in Action
San Antonio Family Association (SAFA)
Young Conservatives of Texas
Do you have any general comments about your race and how people can get in touch with your campaign?
We are a true homegrown, non-establishment campaign. The establishment doesn’t want us to win. Their puppet looks a lot like Gina Ortiz (the Democrat) in the November election and hence how we end up with open borders and no jobs brought back to this district regardless of who wins. For the establishment, the end result is the same. I’m here to highlight that and win this primary and then the General.
Please visit our Website at : raulreyesforcongress.com
Phone Number is: 201-701-5202
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