ARLENE VIOLET - Do politicians care as China loots us?

ARLENE VIOLET - Do politicians care as China loots us?

Imagine this. You have a neighbor that provides a toy for your child but it is coated in lead. He sells you a mobile home that is toxic as are the construction materials for the walls of your home. Food dishes he sends to your home are tainted. He owns a lot of your neighborhood so he can dictate policies about how things will work there. He has stolen scores of intellectual property from you including product blueprints, manufacturing plans, clinical trial results, pricing documents, negotiation strategies and other proprietary information from your business. He then competes against you using your information and product. You confront him. He denies any wrongdoing. How long would you put up with this malfeasance?

Apparently, your tolerance wouldn't be as long as that shown by the Obama administration toward China that has poked the U.S. in the eye on every one of these issues. Computer industry security experts have documented that China has stolen data from companies here and from the United States government with hardly a burp of protest from Washington beyond tsk-tsking. Indeed, hackers for a cyber-unit of China's People Liberation Army are in full attack mode again after being outed just a few months ago. Analysts have proof that this unit hacked into Coca Cola not for the soda's formula but for its strategy plans to acquire a company base in China. Lockheed Martin, the aerospace contractor, had its "brain" picked clean. Power grids in this country and Canada have been scoured and detailed blueprints of half the oil and gas pipelines in North America have been purloined by the Chinese.

So, it is very strange when President Obama cancels a confab with Vladimir Putin of Russia over the temporary asylum given to Edward Snowden, who leaked government secrets, while he tolerates the wholesale looting of America's intellectual property. It's one thing to be lathered up about piracy of movies and music; it's quite another to have defense information and infrastructure grids hacked. This raises the question, of course, as to why China is fixated on defense information and electric grid and computer satellite information, all of which has been hacked continuously. Is this a new type of war where a country defeats an enemy without stepping foot on its soil? Is this the new "beachhead"?

It's hard to understand the sanguine response of the United States. In turn, this lassitude lulls the public into thinking that everything is copacetic. I, for one, think that China is robbing us blind and is endangering the health of the population by a very successful guerilla attack on us. If you were to link all the opprobrious activities of China from its exportation of products here that kill to its data access to security and satellite information one would see a much more malign pattern.

To raise such an issue of intrusion invites criticism of paranoia. Big business remains muted in its criticism because of its lust for the billions of "consumers" in China's marketplace. This benign neglect of China's stealth policies might one day result in a change of everyone's citizenship if these activities continue unabated. Who is looking out for this country's interest? Certainly, not the politicians in Congress and the White House.

Violet is an attorney and former state attorney general.

Comments

I seldom agree with you Arlene, but I agree today.China is eating us alive, with a huge boost by our government. China is a vicious communist country, but they are very smart, you simply conquer by debt, we owe china trillions, so they simply want america to give up its manufacturing, banking and intelligence system in return. No problem with this government.China is buying all the land and business it can get its hand on in america.Billions of china's money(our money) is in real estate. gobbling it up. Well we agree on something Arlene
very sad for this old guy. I fear ugly events are about to happen to america, that will change forever america. The biggest enemy of america, isn't China , but our government at all levels, weak and pathetic.

Ms. Violet's latest column is one of the best I've read anywhere on the issue of "national security". Thank you, Arlene!

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