Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that serves as a wakeup call to Americans, in case you’re still asleep somehow.
As Director of National Intelligence, I am entrusted with access to more intelligence than any member of the U.S. government other than the president. I oversee the intelligence agencies, and my office produces the President’s Daily Brief detailing the threats facing the country. If I could communicate one thing to the American people from this unique vantage point, it is that the People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II.
He says that China isn’t just looking to takeover our economy. Their plan is much bigger than that and is on track.
“The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,”
China's Thousand Talents program has placed spies in many of America's institutions and top universities, and it's been happening right before our eyes. China even announced it publicly back in 2008 but I guess the media and FBI were interested in other things.
The FBI recognized that it and other federal agencies were “slow to
recognize the threat of the Chinese talent [recruitment] plans” until
recently. Despite the Chinese government publicly announcing in 2008 its intent to recruit overseas researchers with access to advanced research and technology, FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C. did take control of the response to the threat until mid-2018. The FBI took nearly two years to coordinate the dissemination of information identifying potential talent recruitment plan participants to federal grant-making agencies. The FBI has yet to develop an effective, nationwide strategy to warn universities, government laboratories, and the broader public of the risks of foreign talent recruitment plans
Ratcliffe gives an example.
Until the head of Harvard’s Chemistry Department was arrested earlier this year, China was allegedly paying him $50,000 a month as part of a plan to attract top scientists and reward them for stealing information. Three scientists were ousted in 2019 from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston over concerns about China’s theft of cancer research. The U.S. government estimates that China’s intellectual-property theft costs America as much as $500 billion a year, or between $4,000 and $6,000 per U.S. household.
People hear about China's stealing our intellectual information and they don't care much, because they typically don't understand what that means. Think of it this way: It means that currently, they're taking $4,000 to $6,000 away from you and your family every year and it's only going to get worse if we let it.
Sure, that sucks, right...but, you're used to it since it's already happening.
Well, it gets scarier:
Ratcliffe, citing U.S. intelligence, also said that China has conducted human testing on members of its military “in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities,” but he did not expand upon this charge further.
China is playing for keeps. They are willing to fight and are planning to physically fight as well.
America had better wake up and head this off before it's too late.