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SPY: Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets From US Petroleum Company

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On Tuesday, November 12, 2019,  the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a Chinese national pled guilty to stealing trade secrets from a U.S. company.

Hongjin Tan, a 35-year-old legal permanent resident in America and a Chinese national, pled guilty to multiple charges, which included the theft and an “unauthorized transition of trade secrets” from a U.S. petroleum company he worked for.

“Tan’s guilty plea continues to fill in the picture of China’s theft of American intellectual property,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice statement released on Tuesday.

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“The Department launched its China Initiative to battle precisely the type of behavior reflected in today’s plea —illegal behavior that costs Americans their jobs — and we will continue to do so,” Demers continued.

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“China’s economic aggression poses a threat to America’s emerging high-technology industries. Industrial spies like Hongjin Tan engage in espionage to steal American trade secrets and intellectual property born out of the innovation that is innate in our free market system,” Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, declared.

“Thanks to a vigilant company and the investigative efforts of the FBI, Hongjin Tan was caught red handed and prosecuted. American ingenuity and know-how are the envy of the international market, and the U.S. Attorneys community will work to protect our economic infrastructure,” Shores added.

The Department of Justice revealed that Tan pled guilty to “theft of a trade secret, unauthorized transmission of a trade secret, and unauthorized possession of a trade secret.“

Tan allegedly stole information worth upwards of $1 billion, the Department of Justice claimed. The information dealt with the “research and development downstream energy market product.”

At first glance, U.S. investigators treated the investigation as an issue of counterintelligence. The Department of Justice’s release claimed that Tan used a “thumb drive to copy hundreds of files” after resigning from his place of employment. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered that Tan then proceeded to transfer those files to a personal hard drive.

Tan’s case comes in light of the U.S. government putting the spotlight on China’s increased theft of U.S. intellectual property. The Trump administration’s Section 301 of China’s trade practices released in March 2018 emphasized China’s repeated use of intellectual property theft through cyber espionage.

The 2018 report detailed multiple cases of the Chinese government sponsoring corporate espionage. In the past few months, the U.S. Department of Justice has put a priority on counterintelligence investigations that involve Chinese nationals.

Tan is expected to be sentenced on February 12, 2020.

What will generally be ignored in policy discussions regarding China is the issue of immigration. In addition to mass migration’s negative impact on public safety and economic cohesion, there are legitimate national security concerns.

Immigration acts as a form of 4th generation warfare, where adversarial nations like China will exploit holes in America’s loose immigration system to use de facto spies masquerading as lawful residents to steal corporate secrets and other forms of technology that will later be used to empower the Chinese Communist Party.

Now, more than ever, the U.S. needs immigration reforms that prioritizes its economic interests, national defense goals, and national cohesion before the interests of rootless corporations, public administrators, and ethnic grievance lobbies.

 

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Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs

Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most

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America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.

Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.

Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.

President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.

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Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”

The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.

“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.

In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.

Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.

Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.

 

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