Hsing-Hsing NBC's Cold War "Symbol"; FNC Confirmed Cox Warnings
1) NBC Nightly News never
followed up on the Cox Report since its last story nine days ago, but
Thursday night the show focused on the dying panda: "More than just
another animal in a zoo, a national symbol of a Cold War that started to
end with him."
2) Confirming the Cox
Report's warning, FNC's Carl Cameron learned China is not only about
to test a ground based missile but also a long range submarine missile
very similar to the Trident II.
3) Investor's Business Daily
revealed that Los Alamos has made conventional weapons technical data
vulnerable by letting a private company put it all on CDs, but only FNC
cared. IBD added: "During the Clinton administration, the number of
Chinese nationals working at Los Alamos has catapulted 411%."
4) CNN's Bill Press
mathematically-challenged, telling Steve Forbes: "In 1996 you
spent...$30 million...and you won 900,545 votes in the primary, which adds
up to $33,313.16 per vote."
NBC Nightly News hasn't mentioned Chinese espionage since Tuesday, May
25, the day the Cox Report was released, but Thursday night the show made
room for a piece on Hsing-Hsing, the ailing panda. In introducing stories
on the tenth anniversary of Tiananmen Square ABC, CBS and CNN made vague
references to spying.
Investor's Business Daily featured a front page exclusive about how the
Los Alamos National Laboratory contracted with a private company to put
technical blueprints for conventional arms onto CD-ROMS which China could
obtain and that the number of Chinese nationals working at Los Alamos
soared in the Clinton years. (Details in item #3)
networks and CNN ignored the disclosure. Only FNC touched the revelation
in a larger story about how China will soon test a second sophisticated
nuclear missile, thus confirming the warnings in the Cox Report which many
dismissed, including CBS News last week. (Details on FNC's story in item
All the networks
led June 3 with multiple stories on the proposed Kosovo peace plan
followed by the aftermath of the Little Rock plane crash and all but NBC
highlighted a Department of Transportation report on how drivers who fall
asleep cause 1,500 deaths every year. The CBS Evening News added a full
story on Hillary's Senate running looking more likely. Introducing a
story on how China is suppressing any note of the Tiananmen anniversary
with dissidents being jailed, Peter Jennings noted how Clinton would renew
MFN for China, adding: "The President's decision is certain to run
into opposition in Congress after the allegations of Chinese nuclear
spying among other things."
Leading into an
interview with a Chinese dissident CBS Evening News anchor John Roberts
relayed: "President Clinton said today he's decided to renew
China's trade privileges for another year despite tension over human
rights and Chinese nuclear spying."
NBC Nightly News,
as noted above, hasn't mentioned Chinagate since May 25 but Thursday
night anchor Tom Brokaw lamented:
"Nothing is going well between the United
States and China these days. Now one of China's most beloved gifts to
this country is failing. In fact, the great panda Hsing-Hsing at the
National Zoo in Washington is very ill."
Bob Dotson explained how the panda has lost 50
pounds and is usually listless as he suffers from kidney disease. Pandas
in the wild only live to 15, but Dotson noted, Hsing-Hsing is 28. Dotson
then outlined the panda's role in warming the Cold War:
"He and his mate Ling-Ling were the only
pandas in America when they arrived in 1972. A generation of American
school children had never seen one close-up. The communist Chinese cut off
panda shipments to the U.S. Richard Nixon's visit to the Great Wall
changed all that. America's Cold Warrior brought warm smiles and got two
pandas in return."
After noting how
two pandas in San Diego are the only other ones in the United States and
how Ling-Ling died in 1992, Dotson concluded:
"More than just another animal in a zoo. A
national symbol of a Cold War that started to end with him and for
countless kids after that, simply a national treasure."
On Thursday's Special Report with Brit Hume on FNC the host of the same
name recalled how the Cox Report concluded that the Chinese would test a
new weapon later this year which is based on stolen technology. It is
launched from trucks, Hume noted, before introducing FNC's exclusive:
"But now our Carl Cameron has word that China is posed to test even a
second more sophisticated missile."
Cameron, in a
story which also ran on the Fox Report in a condensed version, explained:
"This has caught U.S. military and intelligence officials off guard.
China now plans to move up its development time table and later this year
will test not one but two new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable
of hitting the U.S. The second is particularly surprising because it comes
years before any U.S. analyst had predicted China would be able to do it
and because of how similar it will be to the top weapon in the U.S.
This second weapon
is similar to the U.S. Trident II long range missiles launched from
submarines which feature ten W-88 miniaturized warheads. Cameron
continued: "China for now has one class of sub capable of launching
only medium range missiles, but this fall China is planning to go ahead
with testing of a new Ju-Lang 2 (sp?) submarine launched missile. It's
designed to carry multiple miniature nuclear warheads up to 13,000 miles,
making it the tactical equivalent of the U.S. Trident."
jumped to another related subject: "Frustrated FBI agents say the
Justice Department should have already asked a grand jury to indict fired
Los Alamos scientists Wen Ho Lee. Counter intelligence sources say a sting
operation caught Lee mishandling secrets in 1997."
Hume asked Cameron
to clarify the significance of the second test. Cameron explained:
"When the Cox Report came out a lot of critics tried to dismiss it,
saying look that's a worst case scenario that moves the timetable up and
gives China credit for technology that it isn't able to apply. This now
suggests that not only do they have the technology but they're ready to
start test launches this year."
reported in the May 28 CyberAlert, on the May 27 CBS Evening News reporter
Eric Engberg insisted: "Many of the report's scary findings are
open to question. Were actual weapons plans among the purloined secrets?
The report takes the worst case view: Probably. But a blue ribbon panel of
outside experts advising the CIA looked at the same question and decided
there is just no way to know. The same group concluded the Chinese spying
'has not resulted in any apparent modernization of their deployed
strategic force or any new nuclear weapons deployment.'"
As part of his
answer to Hume FNC's Cameron made reference to an Investor's Business
Daily story, adding: "And one other note about security. There is now
word that Los Alamos has been using CD-ROMS to archive tens of thousands
of documents on Air Force and Navy equipment and that those CD-ROMS have
been put into the private sector. They are no longer secure at the labs
but are actually here in Washington in a private company."
"Los Alamos Storing Export Data: CDs of Navy Weapons Blueprints May
be at Risk," announced the front page headline over a June 3
Investor's Business Daily exclusive by Washington Bureau Chief Paul
Sperry along with John Berlau and Scott Wheeler ignored by all but FNC in
the reference above.
Business Daily uncovered how weapons data has been transferred to a
private company from which China may be able to obtain it and that the
number of Chinese nationals working at Los Alamos soared in the Clinton
years. Here's an excerpt of the June 3 story:
In the mid-1990s, an obscure shop within
Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico contracted with the U.S.
Navy, and possibly the U.S. Air Force, to transfer blueprints and other
technical data for arms-related exports onto compact disks for computers,
Investor's Business Daily has learned.
The shop, which is run by Steve K. Hue, was
set up in 1995.
It was from Los Alamos that China in recent
years stole much of America's most vital nuclear-weapons secrets.
Pentagon officials fear the lab's CD-ROM
operation exposes conventional U.S. forces to wholesale Chinese espionage,
which would pose a more immediate threat to national security.
A former Los Alamos computer scientist is
suspected of turning over to China the design data to the W-88 warhead,
the most sophisticated nuclear weapon, in the U.S. arsenal. The breach,
which took place in the 1980s, was first discovered in 1995.
The Chinese scientist, who was fired in
March, also transferred virtually the entire history of U.S. nuclear
weapons testing and development to an unsecured computer network in the
Around that period, Los Alamos officials
approached the export controls offices of the Air Force and Navy and made
a bid to store on CD-ROM the thousands of license applications they get
from defense contractors each year.
The applications include hard copies of
blueprints and technical specs and manuals for export equipment and
technology used in fighter jets and battleships, among other arms.
If leaked to China, the data "could be
more devastating than the nuclear stuff, which is less likely to be
used," a senior Pentagon official said.
China, which lacks a blue-water navy and
long-range air power, is eager to grab such technology to help it project
power in Asia, defense experts agree.
The Navy and Air Force were looking for
better ways to store and access the documents as part of Vice President Al
Gore's "Reinventing Government" goal. Then-Defense Secretary
William Perry also encouraged "outsourcing."
And Los Alamos, with its state-of-the-art
computers and reputation for vault-like secrecy at the time, was a
What's more, its bids came in at an
"incredibly low price -- lower than you can get commercially"
for digitizing such a large volume of paper records, said the Pentagon
official, who wished to go unnamed.
But at the time, the Energy Department,
which owns Los Alamos, did not tell the Pentagon -- nor the Commerce or
State Departments, which also handle licensing of sensitive exports --
about the Chinese spying it uncovered at Los Alamos.
Officials with the lab and both military
branches were reluctant to discuss details of the contracts. While they
confirm the existence of the Navy contract, they claim they aren't sure
the Air Force contract was ever inked.
The Pentagon official says that in fact a
deal was struck in 1995. But the Air Force contract was pulled last year,
The Navy contract also ended -- within
"the last few months," said Los Alamos official Dave Montoya,
who leads the group that handled the Navy contract.
News of Chinese spying at the lab broke in
Montoya added that the lab worker heading
the project "is now retired." Hue, a 24-year lab veteran, said
"it's about time" he retired.
Hue also told IBD that the Navy contract he
worked on -- which involved his scanning arms-related export data and
burning their images onto CDs -- "has been a long dead project."
But a manager in Hue's group, Jim McDonald,
says the Navy hasn't killed the project. It's merely transferring its
contract to a private firm in Washington.
And Hue is following the project to
Washington, the manager says.
In other words, Hue isn't really retiring.
Nor is the project "dead."
The data Hue is handling are so classified
that the Navy locks the CD copies it gets from Hue in a safe. Masters are
kept at Los Alamos, the Pentagon source says....
Those documents include specs and even
blueprints to the most advanced air and sea weapons systems in the world
-- things like waving receivers that help fighter pilots detect when
they're being tracked by enemy radar, the Pentagon source says.
They also reveal information about:
Optical and infrared seekers and sensors
Anti-submarine detection equipment.
"Black boxes," or electronic
components systems, which help mask the presence of a plane.
Even so-called "black programs,"
such as the stealth fighter and bomber, that require special security
clearance and secret funding.
The technical specs Hue has scanned include
exports OK'd for allies -- as well as exports denied. "Even things
we've said 'no' to the British on are in those CD-ROMs," the source
In a 1996 letter to President Clinton,
former Defense Secretary Perry laid out "outsourcing" goals for
In it, he also vowed: "The department
will not pursue outsourcing activities that compromise our core
Citing Los Alamos leaks, the Pentagon
official worries the CD project might have led to such compromises.
"We need to do a damage assessment," he said.
But Energy Secretary Bill Richardson
asserts the leaks have been fixed.
"I can right now face the American
people and say that because of the counterintelligence measures that we
have initiated, there (is) no potential serious espionage at our
labs," Richardson said last week. "We've corrected the
Yet the lab is still admitting Chinese
visitors -- though, "as far as I know, there haven't been any
(Chinese) visits in a couple of months," [Los Alamos spokesman]
Chinese visitors have flooded the lab since
1993. In the fall of that year, the administration halted background
checks on foreign guests.
In 1994, the number of Chinese visitors to
the two New Mexico labs -- Los Alamos and Sandia -- more than doubled to
Investigators from Congress recently found
at least 13 suspected spies got into the labs without proper CIA or FBI
vetting. It's not clear, though, if these visiting scientists stole
The administration reinstated security
checks at the labs in November 1998.
Los Alamos Director John Browne still
defends the foreign visitors program, arguing that scientific interaction
among countries is too important to give up.
During the Clinton administration, the
number of Chinese nationals working at Los Alamos has catapulted 411%,
according to an internal lab document obtained by IBD.
There were 97 native Chinese workers as of
April, up from 19 in 1992. It's also up from 82 in 1995, even though
Chinese spying at the lab was discovered that year.
China is on Energy's list of
"sensitive countries," along with other countries such as Iraq,
North Korea, Pakistan and Syria. Yet none of these countries have any
workers at the lab.
And the ranks of the Chinese dwarf those of
all other foreign nationals working at the lab, including even those from
Foreign nationals from Germany total 49;
Canada, 36; Britain, 28; and France, 12. Those from Taiwan -- China's
arch-rival -- total just 12....
To read today's
Investor's Business Daily, go to: http://www.investors.com
Mathematically-challenged at CNN. Keith Appell of Creative Response
Concepts alerted me to some potatoe-like analysis from Crossfire's
liberal co-host, Bill Press. Talking with Steve Forbes on the June 2 show,
"In 1996 you spent, most reports say, $30
million. Some say even higher and you won 900,545 votes in the primary,
which adds up to $33,313.16 per vote."
Huh? Press is only
off by $33,000 per vote. Assuming his 900,000 and $30 million numbers are
correct, that would be about $33, as in thirty-three dollars per vote won.
I trust we won't
be hearing anything from Press about how to spell potato when Dan Quayle
next appears on Crossfire. --
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