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Posted on 01/07/2006 11:47:17 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
A report commissioned in mid-1999 by Rep. Curt Weldon (R) looks into possible Chinese front companies in the US seeking technology for the Chinese military. Dr. Eileen Preisser and Michael Maloof are commissioned to make the report. Dr. Preisser, who runs the Information Dominance Center at the US Army's Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) and will later become closely tied to Able Danger, uses LIWA's data mining capabilities to search unclassified information.
According to Maloof, their results show Chinese front companies in the US posing as US corporations that acquire technology from US defense contractors. When the study is completed in November 1999, the General Counsel's office in the Office of the Defense Secretary orders the study destroyed. Weldon complains about this to Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki, and apparently delays the destruction of the report. Weldon also writes a letter to FBI Director Louis Freeh requesting an espionage investigation into these Chinese links, but Freeh never responds to this. [Washington Times, 10/9/05 ]
As part of this report, LIWA analysts had produced a chart of Chinese strategic and business connections in the US. But this data mining effort runs into controversy when the chart apparently shows connections between future National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, former Defense Secretary William Perry, and other prominent US figures, and business deals benefiting the Chinese military. [New York Post, 8/27/05 ; Washington Times, 9/22/05 ] The China chart was put together by private contractor James D. Smith, who will come forward in August 2005 to corroborate revelations about the Able Danger unit and its findings (see August 22-September 1, 2005). The New York Post later says there is no suggestion that Rice or any of the others had done anything wrong. [New York Post, 8/27/05 ]
However, articles first appear one month later and through 2001 in the conservative publications WorldNetDaily and NewsMax, which connect Perry and Rice to Hua Di, a Chinese missile scientist and possible spy, and question the nature of their relationship with him. [WorldNetDaily, 4/5/00 ; WorldNetDaily, 12/21/99 ; NewsMax, 1/24/01 ]
Di defected to the US in 1989 and worked most of the 1990s at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, which was co-directed by Perry. Di later returned to China and is subsequently sentenced to ten years in prison for writing influential articles said to reveal vital Chinese state secrets. [Stanford Report, 2/7/01 ]
However, other accounts claim that he was in fact passing on disinformation through these articles, successfully misleading the US military for a couple of years about the abilities of certain Chinese missile programs. [WorldNetDaily, 12/21/99 ] Additionally, Hua Di teamed in 1994 with Stanford professor Dr. John Lewis and William Perry to buy an advanced AT&T fiber-optic communications system for civilian use inside China that instead is used by the Chinese army. The General Accounting Office later criticized the sale. In 1997, Stanford University investigated Dr. Lewis for his role in it, but Condoleezza Rice, serving as a Stanford provost at the time, apparently stopped the investigation. [WorldNetDaily, 4/5/00 ; NewsMax, 1/24/01 ]
Able Danger and LIWA's data mining efforts will be severely proscribed in April 2000 as part of the fallout from this China controversy (see April 2000), and the destruction of their collected data will follow shortly thereafter (see May-June 2000).
People and organizations involved: Hua Di , William Perry , China , F. Michael Maloof , Eileen Preisser , Land Information Warfare Activity , Curt Weldon , Louis J. Freeh , Condoleezza Rice , James D. Smith , Eric Shinseki
So this means what? Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki, FBI Director Louis Freeh, former Defense Secretary William Perry, and then Stanford University provost Condoleezza Rice were all complicit in Chinese gathering of U.S. high technology?
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
Good question. I wonder what the answer is.
Thanks for the ping!
I don't think they're going back NEARLY far enough... Shoot, the CIA SD-MERLIN program dated back to 2000... and had antecedents as far back as July 1981.
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I suspect it was crap too...notice the word "apparently". IIRC, I had read that it was Janet Reno who stopped the FBI investigation (that was prompted by a letter from Henry Hyde) to cover up Clinton's complicity. The only role Condi had was to investigate John Lewis on a conflict of interest charge related to the deal. It was her job as part of the Stanford admin team to do so.
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