Charles R. Smith is a noted investigative journalist. For over 20 years, Smith has covered areas of national security and information warfare. He frequently appears on national television for the Fox network and is a popular guest on radio shows all over America. More ↓Less ↑
China has begun a new round of imprisoning dissidents. The enforcer of the brutal Red policy of oppression and murder is the People’s Armed Police. Ironically, Chinese police orders to arrest, torture and kill are being given out over radios made in the USA.
In November 1994, Motorola employee and former Clinton White House National Security Council member Richard Barth began his successful effort to sell encrypted (secure) radios and cellular phones to the Chinese People’s Armed Police.
According to Barth, a high-tech trade war had erupted between the U.S. and Britain. Motorola’s Barth wrote to Theodore McNamara, assistant secretary of state Nov. 23, 1994. According to Barth’s letter, Motorola had the approval of the National Security Agency and President Clinton to sell high-tech communications directly to the Red police.
“European firms,” wrote Barth, “including Nokia, Ericsson, Alcatel and Siemens, have for a number of months been able to market and sell GSM cellular systems with A5-2 encryption in China as a result of a decision taken by the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ.”
“This is to request that your office initiate action to obtain a waiver from requirement for individual export license notifications to Congress for wireless mobile communications systems containing encryption for China. Such a waiver was issued by the president in September of this year for civilian satellite systems and encrypted products for use by American firms operating in China.”
McNamara immediately replied to Barth, noting the State Department had other concerns.
“As you know, there are important issues that must be considered carefully, in light of the post-Tiananmen sanctions,” he wrote. “The president recently renewed the administration’s commitment to these sanctions when he de-linked MFN and human rights issues. … Government policies regarding exports of U.S. Munitions List items are covered by these Congressionally mandated sanctions.”
The State Department objected to the Motorola sale to the Chinese police for diplomatic reasons. After all, the linking of human rights and high-tech exports dated back to Roosevelt policy on Nazi Germany in the 1930s and continued right through the war against apartheid in South Africa during the 1980s.
The State Department had good reason to distrust the Red Gestapo with advanced U.S. technology. The Chinese police run the “Lao Gai” prison camps — slave labor factories where beating, torture and starvation are a matter of policy. The Red Gestapo is funded by slave labor factory products produced in the Lao Gai slave labor camps.
The Chinese police execute dissidents — they are the Red sword of “justice” against anyone opposing the party. The most gruesome PAP policy is to sell the organs of executed prisoners for hard cash. Some of those executed were guilty of no more than speaking out against the Communists.
According to congressional testimony, PAP officers drag pregnant women out of their homes and take them to forced abortion clinics. No license — no baby. Many women are also forcibly sterilized as part of China’s one-child-per-couple program. The State Department knows this and so does Congress. It is the stuff equal to Nazi war crimes.
However, delays in U.S. government approval because of murdering dissidents and violating human rights go against the Motorola corporate bottom line. Human rights are an expense, a cost that threatened to kill a lucrative Chinese export deal for Motorola.
By early 1995, Motorola was quickly growing impatient with the delay over human rights and their proposed sale to Red China. In February 1995, Motorola’s CEO, Gary Tooker, wrote Ron Brown an angry letter detailing his objections.
According to Tooker, Brown needed to “Delegate to the export control officer appropriate authority for reviewing certain classes of controls, e.g., encryption. … Export controls administered by the State Department at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) should NOT be referred for endless delay to the human rights bureau and myriad others in State.”
Motorola applied more pressure against the diplomats at State in another 1995 Motorola document, a fax letter from Richard Barth which was cc’d to various players such as current CIA Director George Tenet, who was then inside the White House National Security Council.
Barth wrote to his White House, and Commerce friends, “Please forgive the informality of this note, but I want to move the process along here and not stand on formalities. We currently have about $100 million worth of two-way radio business tied up by the lack of a waiver for China. … I urge you to get in writing to the State Department asap language that seeks a waiver for ‘cellular, PCS and two way radio systems,’ as recently agreed.”
Finally, in July 1995, Motorola got the waiver. Clinton overrode the objections of his diplomats and OK’d the export with his signature. Tooker, wrote a personal note to Ron Brown, expressing his gratitude for Clinton’s signature.
“Dear Ron,” wrote Tooker to Brown. “I am writing to thank you and some key members of the Commerce Department for your assistance in obtaining the presidential waiver for encryption export sales to China.”
Motorola’s sale to the Red police came at a very high cost. During a 1998 interview, Chinese dissident Harry Wu told of his failed attempt to enter China through the remote border with Kazakhstan. Wu was quickly identified by the Chinese State Security and arrested by the People’s Armed Police. After his arrest, the PAP officers escorted him to prison, taking their orders over brand new Motorola encrypted radios.
Wu’s observation on Motorola equipped PAP officers is backed up by Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi from California. She too was roughed up by PAP thugs in Beijing along with her husband while trying to meet Chinese dissidents. According to Pelosi, the PAP officers took their orders over Motorola radios.
Motorola’s Barth, rightly, asserted that perhaps the Europeans could have sold a similar system to the Chinese police. That may be true but Motorola is not thy brother’s keeper. Motorola is a soulless corporation with a cash bottom line.
Motorola made the sale to the Red Gestapo, a sure sign of strong customer product support. Nokia, Ericsson, Alcatel and Siemens lost out. Why not brag about it? Why not tell the whole world? Why does Motorola want to cover it all up?
Would you brag about a deal with the Devil?
Clearly, if the Chinese Police need more Motorola equipment all they have to do is cut-up another dissident. No one will ask where the money came from.
Do nine out of 10 murdering Red Gestapo agents prefer Motorola over the next leading brand? Maybe not. There is, however, considerable documentation that Motorola and Bill Clinton tried very hard to make it at least eight out of 10.