Folks, we are under fire.
The Director of National Inteligence John Ratcliffe told CBS news and a number of other media outlets that the Chinese government is targeting congressional representatives.
What makes it truly alarming is that it is at a rate 6 times that of Russia, 12X that of Iran.
So what do they want?
In the words of Director Ratcliffe:
“They want laws and policies in the United States, which are favorable to China”
Check it out:
The Daily Wire came through with the details:
Ratcliffe referenced the head of Harvard’s Chemistry Department, a Chinese national, who was arrested after China allegedly was paying him $50,000 a month to “attract top scientists and reward them for stealing information.” Ratcliffe stated, “China also steals sensitive U.S. defense technology to fuel President Xi Jinping’s aggressive plan to make China the world’s foremost military power. U.S. intelligence shows that China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities. There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing’s pursuit of power.”
Ratcliffe wrote that China’s “intelligence services use their access to tech firms such as Huawei to enable malicious activities, including the introduction of vulnerabilities into software and equipment.”
Vis-à-vis Congress, he asserted, “This year China engaged in a massive influence campaign that included targeting several dozen members of Congress and congressional aides,” adding, “Today we must look with clear eyes at the facts in front of us, which make plain that China should be America’s primary national security focus going forward. … We shouldn’t assume that Beijing’s efforts to drag the world back into the dark will fail just because the forces of good have triumphed before in modern times. … Beijing is preparing for an open-ended period of confrontation with the U.S. Washington should also be prepared. Leaders must work across partisan divides to understand the threat, speak about it openly, and take action to address it.”
Daily Caller also had this to say:
In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Ratcliffe said :
“This year China engaged in a massive influence campaign that included targeting several dozen members of Congress and congressional aides,” Ratcliffe wrote in the op-ed, entitled “China Is National Security Threat No. 1.”
“Our intelligence shows that Beijing regularly directs this type of influence operation in the U.S.,” he wrote, noting that he has briefed the House and Senate Intelligence Committees
Ratcliffe, a former Republican congressman from Texas, said that in order to confront the emerging intelligence threat posed by China, he has reallocated $85 billion from the annual intelligence community budget to focus on China.
“This shift must continue to ensure U.S. intelligence has the resources it needs to give policy makers unvarnished insights into China’s intentions and activities.”
These reports are alarming to say the least
What I will say is this though, at a time like this we need a strong President, who will put America first and be hard on China.
What we do not need is a leftist shill who puts the needs of other nations first.