Saturday, June 8, 2013

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN and RED CHINA for BRIBES - China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors - Washington Times

China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors - Washington Times

"There is no doubt in my mind that, if Dianne Feinstein had a pattern of taking positions on U.S.China policy that Chinese officials disliked, Mr. Blum would have a great deal more difficulty doing business in China and probably would find it impossible to do." Senator Is Warned of China Overtures Already, federal investigators have detected that the Chinese government might attempt to seek favor with Feinstein”
March 29, 2009
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries
TORONTO — A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.
In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in China, but that they could not say conclusively that the Chinese government was involved.
The researchers, who are based at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto, had been asked by the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader whom China regularly denounces, to examine its computers for signs of malicious software, or malware.
Their sleuthing opened a window into a broader operation that, in less than two years, has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries, including many belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, as well as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London and New York.
The researchers, who have a record of detecting computer espionage, said they believed that in addition to the spying on the Dalai Lama, the system, which they called GhostNet, was focused on the governments of South Asian and Southeast Asian countries.
Intelligence analysts say many governments, including those of China, Russia and the United States, and other parties use sophisticated computer programs to covertly gather information.
The newly reported spying operation is by far the largest to come to light in terms of countries affected.
This is also believed to be the first time researchers have been able to expose the workings of a computer system used in an intrusion of this magnitude.
Still going strong, the operation continues to invade and monitor more than a dozen new computers a week, the researchers said in their report, “Tracking ‘GhostNet’: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network.” They said they had found no evidence that United States government offices had been infiltrated, although a NATO computer was monitored by the spies for half a day and computers of the Indian Embassy in Washington were infiltrated.
The malware is remarkable both for its sweep — in computer jargon, it has not been merely “phishing” for random consumers’ information, but “whaling” for particular important targets — and for its Big Brother-style capacities. It can, for example, turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of an infected computer, enabling monitors to see and hear what goes on in a room. The investigators say they do not know if this facet has been employed.
The researchers were able to monitor the commands given to infected computers and to see the names of documents retrieved by the spies, but in most cases the contents of the stolen files have not been determined. Working with the Tibetans, however, the researchers found that specific correspondence had been stolen and that the intruders had gained control of the electronic mail server computers of the Dalai Lama’s organization.
The electronic spy game has had at least some real-world impact, they said. For example, they said, after an e-mail invitation was sent by the Dalai Lama’s office to a foreign diplomat, the Chinese government made a call to the diplomat discouraging a visit. And a woman working for a group making Internet contacts between Tibetan exiles and Chinese citizens was stopped by Chinese intelligence officers on her way back to Tibet, shown transcripts of her online conversations and warned to stop her political activities.
The Toronto researchers said they had notified international law enforcement agencies of the spying operation, which in their view exposed basic shortcomings in the legal structure of cyberspace. The F.B.I. declined to comment on the operation.
Lou Dobbs Tonight
Thursday, March 12, 2009

* The Justice Department is prosecuting two American engineers for entering a Goodyear tire factory in Topeka, Kansas and photographing confidential proprietary manufacturing
equipment for off road tires. They were able to talk their way into the factory, take photographs, and then e-mail those photos to a plant in England. In England those photos were used
to engineer a similar product for a Chinese tire manufacturing company in Guilin, China. The engineers face a maximum of 150 years in prison and $2.75 million in fines. We will have a full report on this case and industrial espionage in this country, particularly in relation to China.
Four arrested on charges of spying for China Chinese espionage has become one of the most pervasive US counterintelligence problems, officials say.

By Peter Grier | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

On her show on Air America Radio today (Wednesday, January 26, 2005), Randi Rhodes stated that "Democratic" California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband is a war profiteer whose firm got a $600 million contract in Iraq. (Feinstein has supported the Bush regime's war in Iraq from Day One, and, as you know, sings the praises of the likes of Condofuckingleezza Rice.) Not that corruption and major conflicts of interest are anything new to Feinstein.
Reports Wikipedia: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Critics have frequently accused Blum and Sen. Feinstein of political corruption and conflicts of interest arising from his business interests and his contributions to his wife's Senate campaigns. In 1992, Feinstein was fined $190,000 for failing to disclose that Blum had guaranteed nearly $3 million in loans to fund her 1990 bid for California governor. In 1997, a Los Angeles Times article revealed that while Feinstein was campaigning in the Senate for a lifting of trade sanctions against the People's Republic of China, Blum was managing millions of dollars of investments in Chinese businesses through his firm Newbridge Capital. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LA Times Article  March 28, 1997
Feinstein, Husband Hold Strong China Connections Asia: Senator, Blum insist a solid 'firewall' separates her foreign policy role, his growing business interests there. On Capitol Hill, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (DCalif.) has emerged as one of the staunchest proponents of closer U.S. relations with China, fighting for permanent most-favored-nation trading status for Beijing. At the same time, far from the spotlight, Feinstein's husband. Richard C. Blum, has expanded his private business interests in China to the point that his firm is now a prominent investor inside the communist nation. For years, Feinstein and Blum have insisted that they maintained a solid "firewall" between her role as an influential foreign policy player and his career as a private in VP But such closely coinciding interests are highly unusual for major figures in public life in Washington. And now, as controversy heats up over improper foreign influence in t.he U.S. political process. the effectiveness of the firewall between those interests could be called into question.
On Thursday, after he was interviewed by The Times about his China business, Blum announced that he will donate future profits from his personal investments there to his nonprofit foundation to help Tibetan refugees. "This should remove any perception that I am in anyway, shape or form benefit from or influence my wife's position on China as a U.S. senator,'

In 1992, when Feinstein entered the Senate, Blum's interests in China amounted to one project worth less than $500,000, according to her financial disclosure reports. But since then, his financial activities in the country have increased. In the last year, a Blum investment firm paid $23 million for a stake in a Chinese government owned steel enterprise and acquired sizable interests in the leading producers of soybean milk and candy in China. Blum's firm, Newbridge Capital Ltd., received an important boost from a $10-million investment by the International Finance Corp., an arm of the World Bank. Experts said that IFC backing typically confers legitimacy and can help attract other investors. "It seems to be going quite well," Rashad Kaldany—who in 1994 managed the IFC's capital markets investments in Asia—said of the project. He added: "There also was some comfort in that Mr. Blum had some contacts with the Chinese." Feinstein's Growing China Policy Role Meanwhile, Feinstein's role on U.S. policy toward China has expanded. In January 1995, she became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving her a prominent platform for her efforts to support China's trade privileges. Blum’s position could strictly insulate his interests when he is so prominently involved in the China market, is visibly associated with the leading friend of China in the Senate and has access to inner circles that other entrepreneurs do not. In China, "everything is personal," said Arthur Waldron, professor of strategy at the Since 1995, Feinstein has made three visits to confer with senior government officials in Beijing. Blum has accompanied her each time at his own expense and has attended many of her meetings with President Jiang Zemin and other top Chinese leaders—an unusual degree of access for a private businessman. On their trip to China in January of last year, Blum accompanied Feinstein to dinner with Jiang in the exclusive leaders' enclave, Zhongnanhai.

"We had dinner in Zhongnanhai in Mao Tse-tung's old residence in the room where he died. We were told that we were the first foreigners to see his bedroom and the swimming pool. It was a very historic moment to see some of these things," Feinstein told a Times reporter later. Feinstein said this week that her Senate position in no way has affected her husband's business. She said that Blum has never sought to exploit her influence or access to increase his opportunities in China. "My husband has never discussed business with Jiang Zemin. never would, never has," she said. Said Blum: "Somebody will have to explain just how I have been benefited because my wife goes over to China.'  THIS IS HILARIOUS. WHO WAS THIS SHIT BLUM BEFORE HE AND HIS WIFE STARTED PULLING IN MILLIONS OF FEINSTEIN’S CONNECTION IN CONGRESS? Ross H. Munro, co-author of the recent China policy book "The Coming Conflict with China," said: "There is no doubt in my mind that, if Dianne Feinstein had a pattern of taking positions on U.S.China policy that Chinese officials disliked, Mr. Blum would have a great deal more difficulty doing business in China and probably would find it impossible to do." Senator Is Warned of China Overtures Already, federal investigators have detected that the!!!!!!!!!!!! Chinese government might attempt to seek favor with Feinstein. Last year, she was one of six members of Congress who received warnings from the FBI that China might try to improperly influence them through illegal campaign contributions. The inquiries into allegedly improper Chinese political efforts in, the United States have increased the sensitivity of Blum's associations there. Investigators are looking at the activities of dual business-government entities, including China International Trade and Investment Corp. (CITIC), a $20-billion, state-owned conglomerate that is the most influential financial enterprise in China. Newbridge Capital, the Blum business venture, has two investments with partners originally from CITIC, said Peter Kwok managing director of the Hong Kong fund. Kwok also serves as a consultant to a unit of China Ocean Shipping Co. That state-owned company won rights to build a $200-million cargo terminal at the closed Long Beach Naval Station. Blum called any purported link between China Ocean Shipping and his firm "ridiculous." BUT PROFITABLE! Feinstein said, "I had absolutely no knowledge" of any of this. SUCH A CHEAP ACTRESS. SHE DOESN’T KNOW HOW SHE’S ENDED UP ACQUIRING 40 MILLION IN MANSIONS ON A SENATOR’S SALARY WHILE IN ELECTED OFFICE EITHER! In separate telephone interviews Wednesday, Feinstein and Blum emphasized that they share a deep, personal interest in China dating back two decades. Blum won permission from the Chinese in 1981 to lead the first attempt in modern times to climb the east face of Mt. Everest. He describes himself as a "close personal friend" of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan religious leader—a friendship, he notes, that would not win favor with the Beijing government. FEINSTEIN: Senator, Husband Say 'Firewall' Divides Their China Ties As a pro-business mayor of San Francisco in the 1980s, Feinstein worked intently to expand economic ties in the Pacific Rim, especially in China. She set out early in her tenure to establish sister city relations between San Francisco and Shanghai. Feinstein and her counterpart in Shanghai at the time, Jiang Zemin, who is now China's president, agreed in 1986 to designate various corporate entities to foster trade and other business relations. One was named Shanghai Pacific Partners- Blum served as a director. PIMPING HIS WIFE AND HER TRUSTED ELECTED OFFICEBlum traveled with Feinstein to China in August 1995, and January and November 1996. Jiang Zemin personally invited Feinstein to make the first visit.
Feinstein's support of China in Congress has been so outspoken that she occasionally has drawn criticism. In a recent speech, she called for creation of a commission that would study the evolution of human rights in both the United States and China. The panel "would point out the success and failures [of] both Tiananmen Square and Kent State," she said in a remark denounced by some human rights advocates. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed in the 1989 assault by the Chinese military. Four students were killed by Ohio National Guard gunfire in the 1970 antiwar demonstration. IN CHINA.... WHORE TRAITOR FEINSTEIN WOULD HAVE BEEN TRIED AND EXECUTED
Chinese Spy 'Slept' In U.S. for 2 Decades Espionage Network Said to Be Growing
By Joby Warrick and Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff WritersThursday, April 3, 2008; A01
Prosecutors called Chi Mak the "perfect sleeper agent," though he hardly looked the part. For two decades, the bespectacled Chinese-born engineer lived quietly with his wife in a Los Angeles suburb, buying a house and holding a steady job with a U.S. defense contractor, which rewarded him with promotions and a security clearance. Colleagues remembered him as a hard worker who often took paperwork home at night.
Eventually, Mak's job gave him access to sensitive plans for Navy ships, submarines and weapons. These he secretly copied and sent via courier to China -- fulfilling a mission that U.S. officials say he had been planning since the 1970s.

Mak was sentenced last week to 24 1/2 years in prison by a federal judge who described the lengthy term as a warning to China not to "send agents here to steal America's military secrets." But it may already be too late: According to U.S. intelligence and Justice Department officials, the Mak case represents only a small facet of an intelligence-gathering operation that has long been in place and is growing in size and sophistication.
The Chinese government, in an enterprise that one senior official likened to an "intellectual vacuum cleaner," has deployed a diverse network of professional spies, students, scientists and others to systematically collect U.S. know-how, the officials said. Some are trained in modern electronic techniques for snooping on wireless computer transactions. Others, such as Mak, are technical experts who have been in place for years and have blended into their communities.
The cases are among at least a dozen investigations of Chinese espionage that have yielded criminal charges or guilty pleas in the past year. Since 2000, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have launched more than 540 investigations of illegal technology exports to China.
The FBI recently heightened its counterintelligence operations against Chinese activities in the United States after Director Robert S. Mueller III cited "substantial concern" about aggressive attempts to use students, scientists and "front companies" to acquire military secrets.

Recent prosecutions indicate that Chinese agents have infiltrated sensitive military programs pertaining to nuclear missiles, submarine propulsion technology, night-vision capabilities and fighter pilot training -- all of which could help China modernize its programs while developing countermeasures against advanced weapons systems used by the United States and its allies.

"The intelligence services of the People's Republic of China pose a significant threat both to the national security and to the compromise of U.S. critical national assets," said William Carter, an FBI spokesman. "The PRC will remain a significant threat for a long time as they attempt to develop their military capabilities and to develop their economy in order to compete in today's world economy."

While military technology appears to be the top prize, the Chinese effort is also aimed at commercial and industrial technologies, which often are poorly protected, several officials said. "Espionage used to be a problem for the FBI, CIA and military, but now it's a problem for corporations," Brenner said. "It's no longer a cloak-and-dagger thing. It's about computer architecture and the soundness of electronic systems."

But U.S. intelligence and defense officials say China has been able to use technology of U.S. origin in a new generation of advanced naval destroyers and quiet-running, stealthy submarines.

Chinese espionage has become one of the most pervasive US counterintelligence problems, officials say.



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