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Biden Shut Down Counterespionage Program That Might Have Caught Chinese Spy Sooner

A Chinese-American engineer faces federal charges for stealing vital technologies that can detect nuclear launches, endangering U.S. national security.

In a revelation that should send chills down the spine of every American, a Chinese-American engineer stands accused of a betrayal so profound, it imperils our national security at its core. 57-year-old Chenguang Gong is charged with pilfering U.S. Department of Defense-funded trade secrets. These aren’t just any secrets; we’re talking about cutting-edge technologies capable of detecting nuclear missile launches and tracking ballistic and hypersonic weapons. The kind of technology that, if fallen into the wrong hands, spells disaster for U.S. national security.

Los Angeles United States Attorney Martin Estrada minced no words, declaring the stolen technology’s potential to endanger U.S. national security if seized by global adversaries. This case isn’t merely about theft; it’s a stark reminder of the lengths to which adversaries will go to undermine the United States.

The criminal complaint reveals Gong’s alleged transfer of over 3,600 files from a Malibu defense firm, outlining blueprints for advanced missile detection systems funded by U.S. taxpayers. Recovered from various hard drives at Gong’s residence, this intelligence, valued in the hundreds of millions, would be a catastrophic loss, not just in monetary terms but in strategic advantage.

Gong didn’t stop there. He’s accused of sharing technology used in the U.S. military’s low-light/night vision sensors with China, blatantly disregarding the profound risk such actions pose to our servicemen and women and our country’s safety.

This case shines a glaring spotlight on China’s espionage operations, notably the Thousand Talents Plan, which the FBI has long warned is a significant threat to our nation’s security. FBI Director Christopher Wray’s recent testimony before Congress underscores the gravity of China’s multifaceted assault on our national and economic security, an assault aided by individuals like Gong, who betray their country for foreign powers.

The audacity of Gong’s actions, repeatedly traveling to China and boasting about his contributions to China’s military capabilities, is a sobering reminder of the CCP’s relentless pursuit of U.S. military secrets. Wray’s warning that civilian infrastructure could be targeted in the event of a conflict with China is a chilling prospect.

It’s disconcerting to note that while this espionage saga unfolds, the Biden Administration chose to dismantle the China Initiative, a Justice Department program specifically designed to counteract such Chinese industrial espionage. This decision raises serious questions about Biden’s commitment to national security and protecting our intellectual property from foreign theft. Gong was on the program’s radar when it was shut down in 2022.

As Gong’s case proceeds, it serves as a clarion call for vigilance and a reevaluation of our approach to safeguarding our nation’s secrets. The theft of trade secrets isn’t just a crime against a company; it’s an act of aggression against our country, our security, and our very way of life. It’s high time we reassess our strategies and ensure that our defenses are as robust as the threats are grave.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.