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FBI Official Sees Red China as the Biggest Threat to Cyber Security

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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.”

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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.”

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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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Tom Cotton Calls Out Joe Biden for His Pro-Amnesty Comments at the Last Debate

At Least One Senator Has the Stones To Call Out Democrats’ Immigration Plan to Transform the Country

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After former Vice President Joe Biden declared at the presidential debate last week that Americans “owe” Deferred Amnesty for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to illegal aliens, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton quickly pounced on Biden’s pro-amnesty declaration.

“We do not owe anything to these illegal aliens,” Cotton said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily interview with Alex Marlow. “They should be grateful that they’ve been tolerated in this country for all these years,” he declared.

This remark came the day after Biden called for a mega amnesty of the 11 to 22 million illegal aliens currently in the U.S.

Biden said:

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I am going to send to the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people and all of those so-called ‘dreamers,’ those DACA kids, they are going to be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put on a path to citizenship … They [DACA migrants] have been here — many of them are model citizens. Over 20,000 of them are first responders out there taking care of people during this crisis. We owe them. We owe them.

Cotton was quick to respond to Biden’s remarks:

He didn’t just say that we’re gonna give them an amnesty in the first hundred days — encouraging a rush to our border over the next six months — he said that we have to do it because we owe it to these illegal aliens.

We owe nothing to illegal aliens. We owe a duty to American citizens to help them get back on their feet and get back to work. And that’s true whether you know whether your parents came over on the Mayflower or it’s true whether you came here the right way, the legal way, and just took the oath of citizenship last week. That’s who we owe something to — to American citizens, not to the foreigners.

In Biden’s plan for mass amnesty, there was no real attempt to at least shore up border security or clamp down on visa fraud, which Cotton highlighted:

Biden is saying ‘I’m gonna send an amnesty bill to the Congress in my first hundred days without asking anything in return, without trying to secure our border, without enforcing immigration at workplaces against unscrupulous employers, without cracking down on visa fraud’

In Cotton’s view, the Democrats are “now the party of open borders, mass migration, and blanket amnesty … that’s a big shift and from where the Democrats were just eight years ago.”

Though Cotton has very hawkish views on foreign policy, his immigration views on are in line with Middle Americans. Immigration patriotism would be best served by politicians who prioritize policing our border, ports, and customs office, as opposed to countries who don’t bend the knee to the foreign policy blob’s demands.

When Cotton talks about immigration, he at his best. This issue is of critical importance to America and the GOP’s ability to stay competitive. Not only does mass migration disproportionately benefit Big Capital thanks to the depression of worker wages, it also create a massive voting bloc that will benefit the Democratic Party in future elections.

It’s time for Americans to realize what’s at stake in this election and vote for Donald Trump.

 

 

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