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How Clinton Turned U.S. Intelligence Into a Cash Cow ^ | Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 | Charles R. Smith

Posted on 10/19/2001 1:07:53 PM PDT by freedomnews

How Clinton Turned U.S. Intelligence Into a Cash Cow

Charles R. Smith

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001

In 1993, terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden bombed the World Trade Center in New York City. In response, Bill Clinton turned the massive resources of the U.S.

intelligence community away from national security and instead focused on commercial espionage.

The Clinton administration did not consider Russia, China or Osama bin Laden to be a threat against the United States. Instead, Bill Clinton considered the economic threat of losing global contracts to our allies in Europe to be the greatest evil.

The Clinton emphasis on commercial espionage became public in 1994 when then CIA Director John Deutch announced that electronic intercepts of a Saudi prince gave Boeing a major contract.

According to Deutch, the National Security Agency had recorded phone calls between a Saudi prince and European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The NSA intercepts suggested the Saudi prince was being bribed by Airbus over a multibillion-dollar airliner contract.

Deutch revealed to NBC news that the NSA recordings were provided to the Saudi government, which then promptly arrested the prince and awarded the billion-dollar contract to Boeing.

Boeing was not the only U.S. firm to take advantage of commercial espionage data provided by the Clinton administration. Another heavily documented case involves U.S. electronics maker Motorola and exports to China. This case, however, points directly at Bill Clinton.

USA v. UK -- The Battle of Bucks

In 1993, Motorola hired Clinton national security advisor Dr. Richard Barth to be a lobbyist inside Washington. Barth, who then worked alongside now CIA Director George Tenet, was a key member of the Clinton NSC White House staff. Barth was so important that Tenet wrote to him personally, trying to convince Barth to stay inside the White House.

"Barthman. Why are you leaving me?" asked Tenet in a 1993 White House e-mail. "Do you want my job? My wife? My 1974 Camaro? This place will suck eggs without you to keep me sane."

Despite the emotional appeal by George Tenet, Barth left the White House to take a six-figure job with Motorola. In 1994, Barth returned to the White House, this time as a Motorola employee. Interestingly, Barth now sought to export sophisticated electronic scrambling devices to China.

"European firms have for a number of months been able to market and sell encryption in China as a result of a decision taken by the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ," wrote Barth in a 1994 letter directed to the White House.

"I understand that our National Security Agency is aware of this change in GCHQ's position and would support our request for a change in US requirements for export licenses for China. The NSA has agreed that there should be a 'level playing field' in regard to China."

The Barth letter clearly illustrates that the Clinton administration was involved in an intelligence food fight with our allies in Europe. The UK intelligence agency GCHQ was now pitted against its U.S. counterpart, the NSA, in an export battle for bucks. Instead of cooperation in tracking known terrorists and global threats, the two agencies were now fighting each other at the behest of corporate profiteers.


Most Americans do not even know of the National Security Agency, much less the super-secret British GCHQ. I find it interesting indeed that the National Security Agency, well known for keeping its mouth shut, would spill its guts to an ex-NSC member employed in the commercial sector.

How did Barth know British GCHQ had changed its position? Who in the NSA told him there should be a "level playing field" for Motorola exports to China? How did Barth obtain this data for his company? No one in the NSA, GCHQ or Motorola will say, and Barth has so far declined to be interviewed.

The battle between Atlantic allies continued through 1994 and well into 1995. The documents from Barth clearly show that Motorola sought to export more than just scrambled radios to communist China. Barth's request included radiation-hardened electronics that are quite useful in nuclear combat.

Barth's correspondence also shows that President Clinton was directly involved.

"This is to request that your office initiate action to obtain a waiver from requirements for individual export license notifications to Congress for wireless mobile communications systems containing encryption for China," wrote Barth in a letter addressed to the State Department, dated Nov. 23, 1994.

"Such a waiver was issued by the President in September of this year for civilian satellite systems and encrypted products for use by American firms operating in China. Finally, while we now are not yet applying for licenses for encrypted systems for satellite positioning, we may within months be applying for such licenses for our IRIDIUM systems," noted Barth in his letter.

Barth's letter noteed that Motorola sought to export sophisticated scrambled satellite control systems to Beijing, the same kind of hardened electronics that are now installed inside Chinese nuclear bombs aimed at America.

Yet, Motorola had far more than Barth and the NSA inside the Clinton White House.

Motorola's CEO flew with Ron Brown on a Far East trade mission in 1994. Motorola's Hong Kong VP had coffee in the White House in 1996 with President Clinton.

In fact, Motorola's CEO had dinner with Chinese President Jiang Zemin and President Clinton inside the White House.

No small company could match the high-paying lobby jobs, the Commerce trips to China, the inside information from U.S. and British intelligence, the White House coffees or the state dinners.

Motorola played a game of musical chairs, with the players occasionally changing titles on six-figure jobs as they rotated from industry to bureaucracy to political staff and back again.

Presidential Waiver

Yet, there is final proof that corporate profits overrode global national security inside the previous administration. The Motorola story ends on a classic Clinton note, with a single letter written to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.

"Dear Ron," wrote Motorola CEO Gary Tooker in July 1995. "I am writing to thank you and some key members of the Commerce Department for your assistance in obtaining the Presidential waiver for encryption export sales to China."

The 1995 Motorola letter is proof positive that Bill Clinton is directly responsible for the present-day U.S. intelligence disaster. Bill Clinton turned America's spy network into a personal cash cow, aimed at pleasing big-dollar contributors instead of protecting the free world.

If any single person is responsible for the sad state of our NSA and CIA today, it is Bill Clinton.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clinton; nsa
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1 posted on 10/19/2001 1:07:54 PM PDT by freedomnews
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To: freedomnews
I'm shocked, shocked!

Round up the usual suspects.

2 posted on 10/19/2001 1:15:46 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit
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To: freedomnews
The Clinton administration did not consider Russia, China or Osama bin Laden to be a threat against the United States.
As much as I despise Clinton, this is just a flat out lie that he didn't consider bin Laden a threat, pure and simple...and I'm really getting sick of this sort of thing. There are plenty of reasons to not like Clinton without spreading lies like this and making conservatives look bad.
3 posted on 10/19/2001 1:15:48 PM PDT by FreeYourMind
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To: freedomnews; Alamo-Girl; Travis McGee; Patriot76; Inspector Harry Callahan; Clinton's a liar
Bump. Gertz must have some of this too.
4 posted on 10/19/2001 1:17:38 PM PDT by Paul Ross
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To: freedomnews
Tenet still has his job , not only it but praises from this administration. But it's alright on this site because the praises came from someone with a (R) behind their name. THE WHOLE ADMINISTRATION IS FULL OF BUBBA'S PEOPLE. Bubba has left but his system is still in place.
5 posted on 10/19/2001 1:22:45 PM PDT by Digger
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To: FreeYourMind
Perhaps it is best viewed as an hyperbole. It is clear that Clinton had a world view of the globalists and in his thinking, everyone could be bought.
6 posted on 10/19/2001 1:25:10 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: freedomnews
I hope one day I'll be able to see one of these dirtbags fry for this. I don't understand why the citizens of this country are not outraged by this and calling for treason charges. This stuff has been known for years, I think people just find it hard to believe that the President of the U.S. would stoop that low...I don't know I guess the only thing people care about anymore is having a BMW and the latest cell phone.
7 posted on 10/19/2001 1:26:24 PM PDT by culpeper
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To: freedomnews
I usually don't accept Newsmax as a source, but this one has the ring of truth about it. The author leaves out one incident I know of: a US diplomat was expelled from France in 1997 for spying. He was trying to determine the French position in the pending WTO Telecoms Treaty. The incident made the press, but was quickly dropped. This fits as Motorola had a major interest in whether certain services (satellite primarily) would be included in the treaty. Also Euros have complained for years that the Echelon intercept system is used to promote US commercial interests.
8 posted on 10/19/2001 1:27:27 PM PDT by Martin Tell
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To: FreeYourMind
Golly, you seem to be a freeper who is returning, a little, to reality. Reality being that Clinton is not Satan incarnate and that he did not do the many foul things he has been accused of.

Real freepers believe that Clinton is automatically guilty of whatever anybody dreams up to charge him with -- and they always will believe him guilty of all those charges -- all the way to their graves -- no matter how much evidence accumulates to prove them dead wrong.

This missle technology charge is yet another manufactured scandal. It's just something to holler names at Clinton over.

The REAL scandal with China happened under Reagan-Bush, when the ChiComs "somehow" acquired our w-88 missle technology. Nothing that China got under Clinton would do them a BIT of good if they hadn't gotten so much MORE from Reagan.

9 posted on 10/19/2001 1:29:08 PM PDT by Hidy
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To: freedomnews
Clinton was busy empowering the UN! He still expects to be named Secretary General of the UN! I imagine when the UN/USA ID Cards get created and distributed -- Clinton will get a reward from the UN and the [Third]World Bank! Needless to say, a nice ($$$$) kickback from his buddy Ellison (beware of Oracle)! No matter what happens in the world, Clinton and Friends make money!
10 posted on 10/19/2001 1:29:39 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: freedomnews
And now for something totally different:

Memories of bill

After much arguing and deliberation,historians this week have come up with a phrase to describe the clinton era.It will be called: SEX BETWEEN THE BUSHES.

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta announced that clinton has proven you CAN get sex from Aides.

Gennifer Flowers was asked if her relationship with clinton was anything like Monica Lewinski's. She replied "Close, but no cigar."

The F.B.I. has coined a technical term for the stains found on Monica's dress,"Presidue".

clinton now recruits interns from only four colleges: Moorhead,Oral Roberts,Ball State, and Bringham Young.

The capital "C" left off clinton as a sign of disrespect.

11 posted on 10/19/2001 1:29:56 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: freedomnews
I'm an ex-Motorola employee. This sounds EXACTLY like the way Motorola was dealing in the early to mid 90's. Motorola was AGRESSIVELY pursuing business in China. I was at a meeting where I personally heard the then 3rd-in-command, who is now the CEO, talk about how favorably that Motorola viewed the Clinton Administration, especially in their dealings with foreign trade.

I personally heard a Motorola VP talk about China being Motorola's biggest potential market.

12 posted on 10/19/2001 1:37:01 PM PDT by Bryan24
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To: justshutupandtakeit
Round up the usual suspects

That's the problem. The usual suspects are still running loose. Every once in a while I'll get myself worked up into a rage and call the White House and Justice Department and yell at them about letting the clintons and the donkeys the rode in on run free. I ask them how I can trust anything THEY do when they won't hold our domestic criminals accountable. I know they will never do anything about it, but it makes me feel better.

13 posted on 10/19/2001 1:43:57 PM PDT by Samizdat
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To: Hidy
Let me ask you something, pal. Who would it be, then, that harrassed and intimidated all the women who came forward to testify against clinton? Hmmm? What about Kathleen Willey's cat whose skull turned up on her front porch just before she was to testify against clinton. Or is that just a coincidence? And what about pool ol' Vince Foster. I supposed you will tell me that his car keys transported themselves into his pocket at the morgue after they weren't found on his body at the park. Get a clue, moron.
14 posted on 10/19/2001 1:48:33 PM PDT by Samizdat
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To: Samizdat
Inundate the letters to the editor of newspapers. Call talk shows. Write the local democrats.

Unless the American sheeple decisively reject the Democratic Party Bush will be undermined and we will have lost the best opportunity to get rid of this vermin that we will ever get.

Our real enemy is the Democrats not Osama. Without Billy been Lyin' helping him Osama would be sputtering with impotent rage.

15 posted on 10/19/2001 1:52:51 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit
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To: Samizdat
That's poor ol' Vince Foster. And while I'm at it, what say you about the evidence that 5 guys tied to clintons buddy Buddy Young are the ones who offed Jerry Parks. I suppose that would be a coincidence too. All of clinton's troublesome acquaintances who have evidence that would destroy his political career curiously end up dead. But let's just forget about that and pretend it didn't happen.

Mis on you pister, you're not so muckin futch. Go over in your own jack yard and back off.

16 posted on 10/19/2001 1:53:12 PM PDT by Samizdat
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To: freedomnews
While all administrations have it in the best interests of the country to promote American business, no administration seems to have gone to the lengths of the Clinton administration. What's curious about this, and I think over-looked by most, is that this use of government intelligence resources for the benefit of private companies fits the very definition of Fascism.
Couple this with the extensive use of the IRS, FBI, BATF and other agencies to attack political opponents, and all that we missed were the concentration camps and the armbands.
Imagine if the 9/11 attacks had happened before the last election, and I'll bet dollars to donuts that we would not have had an election.
We dodged a bullet, but just.
17 posted on 10/19/2001 1:57:26 PM PDT by JoeA
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To: culpeper
Re Your #7:

Speaking of treason charges, what about X42's Immigration Service Commissar, Doris Meissner, who gave away U.S. Citizenship almost for free (!) so that newly naturalized immigrants, many with criminal records, could re-elect X42 in 1996.

Janet "Waco" Reno and Doris Meissner should now be considered war criminals.

18 posted on 10/19/2001 2:06:03 PM PDT by badboynofear
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To: Samizdat
Hidy is popping up on all sorts of threads this afternoon. Kinda like the TouristGuy.

He/she has posted some really weird comments on other threads, too.

19 posted on 10/19/2001 2:17:55 PM PDT by gg188
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To: freedomnews
This is spot on the money. I don't personally know all the details, but this is definately the right flavor...
20 posted on 10/19/2001 2:23:55 PM PDT by super175
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