Recalling Bill Clinton’s ‘Chinagate’

Before there was Hillary’s Uraniumgate, Bill Clinton hindered investigations into illegal Chinese contributions made to his campaigns by creating bureaucratic roadblocks. In 1995, both the FBI and the CIA found evidence damaging to Clinton, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Chinese.

During the same period the FBI was also investigating technology theft by China. Had the FBI confirmed China’s theft of weapons technology and later transfer of weapons technology to Pakistan, Iran and Syria, Clinton would have had to answer questions about the flow of Chinese money into his political coffers.

The FBI began collecting evidence in 1995 linking illegal DNC donations to China. However, Congress didn’t find out about the Department of Justice’s failure to act until 1997, long after the 1996 election.

Documents show that from 1994 to 1997 the CIA learned China sold missile technology, a nuclear fission reactor, advanced air-defense radar, and chemical agents to Iran. The Chinese also provided Pakistan with 5,000 ring magnets, used in producing weapons-grade uranium and uranium fuel for India’s reactors.

Clinton’s Presidential Decision Directive 24 (PDD 24) placed intelligence-gathering under the control of the President’s National Security Council, through a four-level, top-down chain of command. The directive also created the National Counterintelligence Center (NCI) to oversee the CIA and staffed it by Clinton appointed FBI agents.

The NCI reported to an administration-appointed National Counterintelligence Operations Board (NCOB.) The NCOB reported to the National Intelligence Policy Board, (NIPB) which through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, reported to Clinton.

Clinton and the DNC weren’t the only ones benefiting from Chinese espionage, acquisition of military technology and campaign contributions. The McDonnell Douglas Corporation transferred military tools to China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation in 1994 that ended up in the hands of the Chinese army.

A year later, General Electric lobbied to aid China in replacing coal-fired power stations with nuclear plants. At the same time, GE’s Hughes Electronics pushed for satellite export controls to be lifted which lead to sensitive data finding its way to China allowing it to develop intercontinental and submarine-launched missiles.

Clinton erected his roadblock to stop investigations implicating him and the Democratic Party in illegal activities. These same roadblocks prevented the FBI and CIA from sharing information before 9/11 happened, leading to the deaths of 2,605 Americans.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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