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Ted Cruz Sounds the Alarm on Chinese Communist Party Espionage at the University of Texas at Austin

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz raised alarms about a potential Chinese Communist Party espionage plot at the University of Texas at Austin.

Cruz tweeted, “BREAKING: FBI suspects Chinese Communist Government espionage of #COVID19 research from Texas’ @UTAustin.

This is exactly why the U.S. needs to fundamentally reassess the US-China relationship. We cannot continue to allow the CCP to continue spying & stealing from the U.S.”

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The Houston Chronicle reported that the FBI is investigating if the Chinese government made an attempt to illegally obtain Wuhan virus research from American universities, which includes the University of Texas campuses at Austin and San Antonio, according to UT officials’ confirmation to the Chronicle.

The FBI informed UT Austin officials last week that the shutdown of the Chinese Consulate in Houston kicked off the probe. UT’s interim executive vice president and provost Daniel Jaffe emailed the university’s faculty, graduate and post-doctorate students about this update on July 27, 2020.

After this “ongoing and evolving national situation,” the FBI will reach out to UT researchers “about the role of the consulate and efforts by the Chinese government to illegally procure research from American universities,” Jaffe stated.The University of Texas at San Antonio was also contacted by the FBI.

Bernard Arulanandam, vice president for research, economic development and knowledge enterprise at UTSA, recounted in an email to faculty and students that the FBI informed the university on July 22 about concerns regarding the consulate’s role and Chinese government’s attempts to obtain intellectual property from U.S. colleges.

In their email updates to their respective faculties and student bodies, both Jaffe and Arulanandam said they did not know who would receive the contact from the FBI or for what reason.

“It’s not unusual for federal law enforcement officers to ask to speak with researchers if deemed necessary to support criminal or national security investigations,” Jaffe wrote in his email to the UT-Austin community.

During a July 24 teleconference briefing on the consulate’s closure, U.S. government officials said the Chinese consulate in Houston was connected to an investigation of grant fraud at a Texas research institution, but no university was specifically named.

“Consulate officials were directly involved in communications with researchers and guided them on what information to collect,” a Justice Department official stated during that teleconference.

A State Department official continued, “If you look at what happened with the corona outbreak in China in 2019, they have been very clear about their intent to be the first to the … market with a vaccine and the medical connections here aren’t lost on me.”

A network of individuals connected to China’s military hid their military affiliation when they applied for student visas, according to a report from U.S. government officials.

The Justice Department indicted two suspected Chinese hackers, asserting that they had singled out U.S. companies conducting Wuhan virus research.

Government officials have voiced concerns in 2020 about consulates using spy networks on campuses “that report on fellow students.”

Given the extensive nature of Chinese espionage, policymakers need to strongly consider imposing heightened restrictions on Chinese migration from here on out.

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White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward

Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.

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On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.

Dean Weingarten of Ammoland.com reported that the bill passed by a 66 to 31 margin.

Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:

The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.

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Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well.  If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.

Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.

Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.

It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.

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