Connect the Dots

May 19, 1999

William Safire's latest column entitled "Connect the Dots" does just that. Is there a connection between Chinese campaign contributions and Chinese espionage? William Safire believes that there is.

He called three friends in the Departments of Energy, Defense, and Justice and asked them to turn on their office computers and read what the first banner said. It says, "Anyone using this system expressly consents to monitoring." Government employees using government equipment waive their privacy rights.

This is important since there is growing evident that the FBI refused to check Wen Ho Lee's computer until after he downloaded millions of lines of the nation's most secret codes. William Safire lays the blame on Attorney General Janet Reno. He says, "Ms. Reno, who never met an investigation of Chinese penetration she didn't try to undermine, is suckering us with a claim that the denial of surveillance was to protect a criminal investigation." Mr. Safire laughs that one off and goes on to "connect the dots."

"1. Political contributions poured in from Beijing spymasters through Johnny Chung, 50-time visitor through Hillary Clinton's office.

"2. Secret U.S. technology flowed out to China, made possible by Clinton's easing of export controls to his strategic partner. This included missile improvements to target U.S. cities and supercomputers that could take advantage of secrets being stolen while Justice was determinedly protecting Mr. Lee from search.

"3. Nuclear secrets poured out of Los Alamos and other labs to computers easily accessed."

And a recent column in the New York Times points out that the Chinese didn't even have to steal equipment. They were allowed to legally buy approximately $15 billion worth of high-performance equipment due to Commerce Department approval.

So connect the dots, and what do you see? America's nuclear secrets have been compromised, and the Clinton administration is to blame.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.