Accuracy in Media

The press is reporting that Communist China has engaged in more computer hacking, this time of employee data at the U.S. Postal Service. But don’t worry. The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has “strongly urged” China to “refrain” from hacking.

Meanwhile, CNN is covering the “controversy” over whether Obama chewing gum at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing has offended some Chinese.

No attention in the latest computer hacking scandal has been given to the fact that National Security Agency (NSA) defector Edward Snowden’s disclosures included documents on NSA surveillance that have clearly benefitted the giant Chinese telecommunications firm, Huawei, an instrument of Chinese espionage and an NSA target.

In a 2012 report, the House Intelligence Committee had called Huawei a threat to U.S. national security interests.

Those NSA documents, which could give the Chinese a significant advantage in the cyberwar between the U.S. and China, went to The New York Times. But other stolen and highly classified NSA documents went to Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, with the transfer arranged by Snowden collaborator and accomplice Laura Poitras.

Chinese computer hacking attacks have been increasing for some time, but in May the U.S. Department of Justice was forced to indict five Chinese military hackers for computer hacking, economic espionage and other offenses.

The milquetoast response from the Obama administration to the latest case of Chinese hacking illustrates the nature of the problem we face today. But it gets far worse than losing data and spending billions of taxpayer dollars on cyber defenses. In the case of Dr. Shane Truman Todd, who was working on a project in Singapore involving Huawei, it cost him his life. He was murdered just before he was scheduled to return to the United States.

The case has gotten a lot of media attention over the last two years, much of it featured on a Justice4Shane Todd website. Still, Mary Todd and her husband Rick cannot get either Congress or the Obama administration to take up the cause of their murdered son and hold his killers accountable.

Mary Todd says Shane “felt that he was being asked to compromise U.S. security” by transferring sensitive illegal Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology to China through his work for a Singaporean firm, IME. GaN is a semiconductor material that can be used in electronic warfare. She said that Shane quit his job and had a new job waiting for him in the United States. “The last day of his work, he was murdered and hung on a door,” she said.

The title of their book, Hard Drive, is a reference to a computer hard drive found after his death that documents the relationship between IME and Huawei, and the nature of the technology and its military applications.

Pictures of the young man after his death showed he had defensive wounds, making the official claim of suicide impossible to believe.

Developments in the case have accelerated the cover-up, Mary Todd told me in a recent interview. For example, she said that this summer a court in Singapore destroyed DNA evidence on the towel and strap found around her son’s neck. The DNA was Malaysian and Chinese. There was no DNA on the knot, meaning the person who tied the knot was wearing gloves.

Yet, the U.S. State Department still goes along with the claim that Shane Todd somehow committed suicide.

“Our country has been sold out for money and power,” says Mary Todd. “China has bought out our government.”

Shane Todd’s cousin, Christina Villegas, the co-author of the book, tells me, “We realized that our own government was putting power and political expediency over protecting the very citizens it’s commissioned to serve.”

The Todds have not been without supporters in Congress. She said she and her husband had met with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) about her son’s murder, and that he was very sympathetic. However, he warned her about the ability to get to the bottom of the scandal, saying, “Mary, think about Benghazi.” This is the scandal involving the deaths of four Americans in Libya and an ongoing cover-up by the Obama administration.

Mary Todd says Wolf told her, “You are doing the right thing to press for a congressional investigation, but you are not going to get anywhere.”

Shocked and bewildered, she asked, “Why not?”

He replied, “Huawei has a law firm on every corner in Washington D.C. and has helped elect several current members of Congress.”

Mary Todd writes that she couldn’t believe what she had been told and said to herself: “Does China really have that much influence over our country’s political decisions?”

She says Wolf tried to help by asking the FBI to pursue evidence in the case.

Then-Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) tried to help as well, at least at first. But Mary Todd, who lives in Montana, says the assistance eventually dried up. When she asked for the senator’s help in getting some documents in the case and for the FBI to meet with them, the Baucus staff aide, Laura Rauch, said that the senator “would be unable to assist with this request.”

Mary Todd adds, “Later that afternoon, we discovered from a news report that Baucus had been appointed Ambassador to China by President Obama.”

She says Obama himself became aware of her son’s case, and that Vice President Joe Biden was given a 20-page report on the fallacies in the official Singaporean inquiry. “I believe the cover-up is from the very top,” she says.

Christina Villegas told me, “[Secretary of State] John Kerry met directly with the foreign ambassador of Singapore regarding my cousin’s case and it seemed that after that meeting, congressional interest in the case also began to wane.”

Yet, they persist in their efforts to seek justice. In an open letter to the media and elected officials, Mary and Rick Todd write that they intend to “use our son’s murder to alert ordinary citizens and elected officials of the dangers associated with the illegal transfer of technology and to show how far some foreign companies and governments will go to protect clandestine work or international reputation.”

Rep. Wolf, who is retiring from Congress, writes in the book, “I appreciate the Todd family sharing this important story with the American people about how certain foreign actors, especially Chinese companies like Huawei, should be viewed with suspicion and concern. It’s important for Congress to ensure that the federal government does all it can to protect national security and the safety of Americans, both at home and abroad, when challenged by foreign influences, especially countries like China that steal our technology and don’t share our values. We should all keep Dr. Shane Todd’s story and the Todd family’s experience in mind as we consider future cooperation with certain countries and companies.”

The book is subtitled, A Family’s Fight Against Three Countries. Those countries are Singapore, China and the United States.

“Our country is in trouble,” Mary Todd says. “Look into what is happening within our government. It is an atrocious situation that we need, as a country, to stop.”



Comments

  • AndRebecca

    Thank you for this alert. We have Americans going overseas to different communist/socialist countries to help them in all phases of business. I bet if we brought business back here, our people would gladly work back here. Instead, we have Chinese nationals and others working here in our industries. We even have a number of teachers deficient in English, from overseas teaching in our schools. We fund our enemies on the battle field, help them start and run businesses, and let them spy on us and let them teach in our schools. No wonder there is no outrage over the NSA spying, or this murder.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    It is creepy to see the U.S. president wearing a maroon tunic among a bunch of commies. And Putin’s proximity to the Chinese president shows quite visibly the ultimate one in charge. There is another picture I saw with a man wearing a bright red scarf that had the appearance of communist symbolism. Some have even joked that they look like they are playing Star Trek. Uniforms are a way of showing unity, in this case unity with the communists. When our leaders go into informality, the citizens of the United States lose their representation. True representation draws a line between the two. That’s been the problem all along, the U.S. capitulates.

  • Marshall Goodman

    Ms. Todd should read “How The Far East Was Lost: American Policy and the Creation of Communist China” by Anthony Kubek” (Regnery 1963). The shocking, atrocious situation the family has experienced is a very minor part of a long-term subversion of our government by Marxist powers. In my opinion, World War II was fought to make the world safe for Stalin. Russia didn’t join the Pacific war until three days after the Hiroshima bomb was dropped. Then Stalin’s troops that had amassed along China’s border moved in quickly and set up Mao’s eventual horrid slaughter of 45 million Chinese citizens. The purported evils of the Third Reich paled in comparison and U.S. Marxists from Alger Hiss to John Stewart Service and Gen. George Marshall did nothing because they were doing the bidding of their comrades.

  • fakeasfuck

    LIAR

  • fakeasfuck

    SHANE TODD STORY WAS BS

  • fakeasfuck

    SHANE TODD STORY WAS A LIE SHANE AND SHIRLEY NEVER ALL PHOTOSHOPPED THE DRESS ON THE PHOTO SHANE’S PANTS HAVE A WHITE GLOW SHIRLEY’S CHEEK GOT A THING STICK OUT

  • fakeasfuck

    WHY DID THE KILL LOOK AT HARD DRIVE BUT LEAVE IT THERE AND MARY FOUND HARD DRIVE RICK TOOK IT HOME AND OPENED THE FILE BUT THEY SAID IT OTHER NEVER TOUCHED AND THE DATE WASN’T BY RICK OPEN FILE

  • fakeasfuck

    SLANDERING CHINA

  • fakeasfuck

    AMERICANS KILLED PEOPLE OVERSEAS WITH ATOMIC BOMBS CLUSTER BOMBS CHEMICAL WEAPONS DRONE STRIKES.

  • AndRebecca

    Why do you say this? What’s in it for you?

  • AndRebecca

    Are you O.K.?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Like I am going to listen to what the reprobate with the filthy mouth has to say.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Leftists have a few of those themselves. Is this the same America whose soviet infiltrated State Department ran an embargo against Chinese nationalists (while at the same time Stalin supplied Mao), right after the war ended? Seems like leftists profited well from Hiroshima.

    http://youtu.be/v71eF8HdZb8

  • fakeasfuck

    liar if the killer staged the suicide the chair would be next to shane todd where shane was hanged stupid americans are bs liars traci goins never help shane’s family?
    MAKES NO SENSE!

  • fakeasfuck

    Shane Todd story is bs

  • fakeasfuck

    AND USA USED CHEMCAL KILLED PRENANT BABIES

  • fakeasfuck

    us cops kills blacks