Do you miss President Trump yet?
It turns out that China could be attempting to get samples of American DNA to build its own database.
How would they accomplish this?
Through DNA samples collected from COVID-19 tests.
This isn’t some online conspiracy theory.
This is a warning coming from top level American intelligence officials.
Turns out that President Trump was right… AGAIN!
We needed to be tough on China…
For more reasons than one.
And even as this news comes out and is made public, it appears that the Biden administration is poised to continue bowing to the Chinese.
More details on this bombshell report below:
The report will be first aired on network TV on 60 Minutes this upcoming Sunday.
At least 6 states were targets of this Chinese operation.
CBS News has more details:
The largest biotech firm in the world wasted no time in offering to build and run COVID testing labs in Washington, contacting its governor right after the first major COVID outbreak in the U.S. occurred there. The Chinese company, the BGI Group, made the same offer to at least five other states, including New York and California, 60 Minutes has learned.
This, along with other COVID testing offers by BGI, so worried Bill Evanina, then the country’s top counterintelligence officer, that he authorized a rare public warning. “Foreign powers can collect, store and exploit biometric information from COVID tests” declared the notice. Evanina believes the Chinese are trying to collect Americans’ DNA to win a race to control the world’s biodata.
Jon Wertheim speaks to Evanina and others for an investigation into how personal data, particularly biodata, has become a precious commodity and in the wrong hands, poses threats to national security and the economy. Wertheim’s two-part report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, January 31, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Thanks partially to Evanina’s efforts, none of the states accepted the offer of the BGI Group, which he says has close ties to China’s military and ruling Communist Party. “This shows the nefarious mindset of the Communist Party of China, to take advantage of a worldwide crisis like COVID,” says Evanina. A veteran of the FBI and the CIA, he recently stepped down, but not before sounding the alarm. “We put out an advisory to not only every American, but to hospitals, associations, and clinics. Knowing that BGI is a Chinese company, do we understand where that data’s going?”
One worry for Evanina and others is control over biodata that can lead to the complete control over health care: if a person’s current or future medical condition is known through DNA and other data, the entity that knows it can gain a monopoly over the therapy or drugs to treat them. “From a long-term existential cost to our nation, do we want to do that? Do we want to have another nation systematically eliminate our health care services?” asks Evanina. “That’s what’s happening.”
This is already happening on a smaller scale; the U.S. is almost entirely dependent on China to furnish the PPE it uses to combat the pandemic. The future could look a lot worse says Edward You, a former biochemist turned supervisory special agent in the FBI. “What happens if we realize that all of our future drugs, our future vaccines… are all completely dependent upon a foreign source? If we don’t wake up, we’ll realize one day we’ve just become health care crack addicts and someone like China has become our pusher,” he tells Wertheim.
There are potentially other ways for China or other foreign powers to obtain the DNA of Americans. Millions of Americans have voluntarily given their DNA away when they used the services of genealogy companies to learn their ancestry. There is a lot that can happen to their DNA and most donors are not fully aware of the potential risks, bioethicists say. The genealogy companies can have partnerships with biotech firms to share that data, in the interest of developing treatments. Evanina says Chinese firms have been investing in U.S. biotech companies, in part, to get access to health data and technology. BGI states on its website it’s been developing partnerships with U.S. hospitals and biotech firms. People don’t seem to know the value of their own genetic material, says Evanina. “It’s your past and your future as well as your children’s future. It’s very risky and I think the unknown is probably the riskiest part.”
It’s not just China that is interested in collecting the biological data of American citizens. Wertheim reached out to the nation’s largest genealogy firms to get their perspective on the security of Americans’ health data. Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23&Me, responded to questions about whether the true value of these genealogy companies lies in the health data they are collecting. “What we have done is we have empowered individuals with this opportunity to come together, to crowd source research,” Wojcicki says. “And I absolutely stand behind: we are going to develop drugs. So that everyone is actually benefiting from the human genome. So absolutely the data is valuable.” Wojcicki agrees with intelligence officials on China. “We need to be super vigilant about China, you know, with any kind of data. But the issue is more that China is putting billions of dollars into their own genetic programs and we are not.”
President Trump tried to warn us that nefarious parties would use the pandemic to advance their agendas.
Yet liberals called him crazy.
They called him a conspiracy theorist.
Now… it appears that Trumpism was spot on yet again.
The welcome mat is out and China is setting up shop.https://t.co/hm2enuCMzw
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) January 29, 2021
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 29, 2021
Not surprisingly, most of the mainstream media has appeared to AVOID covering this story.
You would thing this would be among the headlines everywhere.
But as of right now, it appears CBS is the only network with the story.
However, Newsweek did hint towards the Chinese wanting our DNA as early as November of last year:
“We need to further harmonize policies and standards and establish ‘fast tracks’ to facilitate the orderly flow of personnel,” said Chinese ruler Xi Jinping to the virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit on November 21. “China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes. We hope more countries will join this mechanism.”
No, this is not a benign proposal to facilitate international travel and trade. On the contrary, this is almost certainly another Chinese initiative to enlarge its collection of the DNA of the world’s population.
And why does China want such sensitive data? Beijing is determined to dominate the biotech industry. Beijing may also be developing biological weapons designed to target certain ethnic groups.
In any event, the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless efforts to collect health data should be alarming the rest of the world. China’s state media claim the country already has the world’s largest database of genetic material—80 million profiles—but Beijing wants more.
Xi, in his remarks, did not propose a mandatory system of QR codes, but that is what he apparently has in mind. The Communist Party’s Global Times has recently been advocating a “green health code as a prerequisite for flight boarding.”
Already, the Chinese embassy in Canada has announced that China-bound passengers must have a QR code with a mark denoting either Chinese citizen or foreigner. The code is a replacement for the current requirement that passengers present COVID-19 test results prior to boarding.
The Chinese embassies in South Korea, France and the U.S. have similar requirements. Travelers from Singapore on December 1 will be able to enter China with a green QR code.
As the Global Times, often used to float Beijing’s proposals, stated, “the China-proposed global mechanism for mutually recognized health codes is taking shape.” China’s requirements for in-bound passengers, the paper noted, “can shed light on how a global mechanism for mutual health code recognition will look like.”
We could also sleep a little better at night with Trump as president.
Who knows how Biden will respond to this threat… if at all.
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