Charles Lieber, the former chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was indicted on June 9, 2020 for making false statements to federal officials regarding his participation in Chinese programs.
Lieber worked as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, where he worked with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. As a requirement for using research grants, Lieber had to reveal his sources of research support, which had to highlight instances of foreign collaboration.
U.S. authorities claim that Lieber became a “strategic scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology in 2011 and worked as a “contractual participant” in China’s Thousand Talents Program from 2012 up until 2015. According to Maria Copeland of Campus Reform, “WUT paid him a sizable salary and living expenses totaling about $200,000 in U.S. dollars, as well as over $1.5 million in funding to start a research laboratory at WUT.”
Lieber allegedly failed to disclose these affiliations and also denied their existence in 2018 and in 2019. Back when Lieber’s activities were investigated in November 2018, Harvard informed NIH at Lieber’s request that the professor’s formal ties with WUT concluded, after 2012. Harvard sustained that WUT exaggerated his involvement with them in later years, and that he was never a participant in the Thousand Talents Plan.
Back in January, Lieber was arrested for lying about his connections to Chinese scientific projects.
His lawyer, Marc Mukasey, asserted that “the government has this wrong.”
“Professor Lieber has dedicated his life to science and to his students. Not money, not fame, just his science and his students. He is the victim in this case, not the perpetrator,” Mukasey said, according to a Politico report. “We’re fighting back. And when justice is done, Charlie’s good name will be restored and the scientific community again will be able to benefit from his intellect and passion.”
Lieber is set to be arraigned in federal court in Boston at a later time.
The U.S. must get serious about Chinese influence in American universities and start building walls by shutting down Confucius institutes, severely restricting Chinese migration to America, and investigating American academics for potential ties to China that could undermine U.S. interests. Until China normalizes its behavior on the world stage, it must be treated as an adversarial entity.
The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters
Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.
Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters.
Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits.
He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.
The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:
Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…
By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.
For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats.
Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another.
In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election.
Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.
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