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TRUMP WARNED US: FBI Probe Finds Chinese-Made Huawei Gear May Disrupt US Nuclear Weapons

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A recent FBI investigation has uncovered shocking details regarding equipment made by Chinese electronics firm Huawei.

According to CNN, which reported the findings exclusively, in 2017 the Chinese government offered to spend $100 million for the construction of an “ornate Chinese garden” at Washington, D.C.’s National Arboretum. The project was to include temples, pavilions, and a 70-foot white pagoda. Local officials were thrilled, as they imagined that thousands of tourists would flock to the exhibit annually.

“But when US counterintelligence officials began digging into the details, they found numerous red flags. The pagoda, they noted, would have been strategically placed on one of the highest points in Washington DC, just two miles from the US Capitol, a perfect spot for signals intelligence collection, multiple sources familiar with the episode told CNN,” the network reported.

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“Also alarming was that Chinese officials wanted to build the pagoda with materials shipped to the US in diplomatic pouches, which US Customs officials are barred from examining, the sources said,” the report added, noting that the project was quietly canceled by federal officials prior to the beginning of construction.

But the project was reflective of a rapid escalation of Chinese espionage operations on U.S. soil that began in earnest about a decade ago, and are ongoing. That said, CNN reports that the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies have learned additional shocking details about how extensive Beijing’s threat likely is on U.S. soil:

Since at least 2017, federal officials have investigated Chinese land purchases near critical infrastructure, shut down a high-profile regional consulate believed by the US government to be a hotbed of Chinese spies and stonewalled what they saw as clear efforts to plant listening devices near sensitive military and government facilities.

Among the most alarming things the FBI uncovered pertains to Chinese-made Huawei equipment atop cell towers near US military bases in the rural Midwest. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, the FBI determined the equipment was capable of capturing and disrupting highly restricted Defense Department communications, including those used by US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons. 

There have been broad concerns regarding the use of electronics equipment made by Chinese firm Huawei that has been installed near U.S. military installations, many of them highly sensitive, the origins of which go back at least to the Obama administration.

The outlet went on to report that it’s not clear if the U.S. intelligence community has determined that sensitive communications were intercepted by the Chinese and sent back to Beijing’s spy agency via the towers. But sources tell CNN that is very difficult to determine anyway “from a technical standpoint.”

Naturally, the Chinese government vehemently denied that it uses Huawei equipment to spy on U.S. operations in a statement to CNN. The ChiCom government also denied that its equipment has the capability of even operating in the communications spectrum that the Defense Department uses.

But several sources who are familiar with the probe told the outlet that there is no doubt that Huawei gear has been designed with the capability not simply to intercept commercial cellphone traffic but also the extremely restricted airwaves utilized by the Pentagon as well as “disrupt critical U.S. Strategic Command communications, giving the Chinese government a potential window into America’s nuclear arsenal,” CNN noted.

“This gets into some of the most sensitive things we do,” one former FBI official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. “It would impact our ability for essentially command and control with the nuclear triad. That goes into the ‘BFD’ category.

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“If it is possible for that to be disrupted, then that is a very bad day,” the former FBI official added.

It gets worse.

The investigation was so secret that many top officials did not learn about it until 2019. That year, the Federal Communications Commission issued a rule that effectively banned small telecom companies from using Huawei equipment and other gear from Chinese manufacturers.

“The existence of the investigation at the highest levels turned some doves into hawks,” one former U.S. official told CNN.

The outlet added:

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In 2020, Congress approved $1.9 billion to remove Chinese-made Huawei and ZTE cellular technology across wide swaths of rural America.

But two years later, none of that equipment has been removed and rural telecom companies are still waiting for federal reimbursement money. The FCC received applications to remove some 24,000 pieces of Chinese-made communications equipment—but according to a July 15 update from the commission, it is more than $3 billion short of the money it needs to reimburse all eligible companies.

Absent more money from Congress, the FCC says it plans to begin reimbursing approved companies for about 40 percent of the costs of removing Huawei equipment. The FCC did not specify a timeframe on when the money will be disbursed. 

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CNN reported that the Biden administration’s Commerce Department inherited the Trump-era investigation after taking over in January 2021, but for some reason, “that probe has proceeded slowly and is ongoing.”

Then-President Donald Trump sounded the alarm about the Huawei gear and took actions, along with Congress, to ban its use in the U.S. In May 2019 he signed an executive order “allowing the Commerce Department to stop U.S. companies from doing business with companies ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of a foreign adversary, clearing a path to bar transactions with Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant that officials have labeled a national security threat,” Roll Call reported.

The order also “declares a national emergency with respect to the threats against information and communications technology,” according to a statement from then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

In 2020, Trump signed the legislation that provided the funding to remove Huawei and ZTE cell phone tower technology.

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