US FIRMS AID CHINA BALLISTIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGY
April 7, 1998 - Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East analyst & commentator
In the NEW YORK TIMES of April 4, 1998, Jeff Gerth with Raymond Bonner
exposed a manipulation wherein the US government and 2 major American arms
companies transferred Ballistic Missile technology to China. As the Grand
Jury was investigating whether 2 American companies gave China space
expertise that significantly advanced Beijing's ballistic missile program,
President Clinton issued an approval of this transfer 2 months ago. (1) In
effect, he undercut the Grand Jury in order to protect what? or whom?
This is not the first time Clinton has shielded wrongdoers. On orders from
Clinton, Attorney General Janet Reno was supposed to investigate the Bush
transfer of $5 billion US taxpayers' dollars to Saddam Hussein through the
US Department of Agriculture. Not surprisingly, Janet Reno said the
investigation "showed no wrong-doing". Citizen Bush was given a pass.
The NYT article tells us that the China transfer investigation began as a
result of an incident in February 15, 1996 when a Chinese rocket with an
American satellite blew up. The Chinese called upon the American company,
Loral, to find the problem. This required a transfer of technology to China.
While the Gerth/Bonner article speaks of 1996, this may be only the halfway
point. Before that time there were various corporations and governmental
interests who wanted to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced ballistic
missiles. The problem was that Congress was unlikely to approve transfer of
such nuclear-capable missiles as the Pershing, among others. But, Saudi
Arabia did take delivery of ballistic missiles from China. That surprised
most missile experts because at that point in time China was assessed as not
having the technology to ship a tested and de-bugged missile. Fuel mixtures,
telemetry, engine metals, et al could not meet the test of a reliable
missile...or so the experts thought. They were shipped and there was an
outcry in the US that Saudi Arabia has purchased nuclear-capable missiles.
The Saudis denied this but refused to allow the metal shrouds (casings) to
be lifted to see inside. If they had, the inspectors would have very likely
identified American-made components.
At that point in time, Ronald Reagan was President; George Bush was Vice
President (formerly DCI -Director of Central Intelligence) and Casper
Weinberger was Secretary of Defense. When something critical is exposed in
Washington, there is always a pre-plan intended to provide credible
deniability. Sometimes the whistle-blower is attacked with false charges of
personal slander or inaccurate information is leaked, causing Congress and
the media to chase a false trail.
Shortly after delivery of the missiles, the rumor was floated that Israel
had assisted the Chinese to build the missiles for Saudi Arabia. It was no
secret that Israel as selling China some armaments. The problem with that
particular rumor was that Israel was, at that time, having her own
development problems with long range missiles. It would be highly unlikely
for Israel to transfer flawed information to China and thus have China
complete development and ship a fully operational system to Saudi Arabia -
still in a declared state of war with Israel. Of course, there were those
nations who had solved and successfully tested their ballistic missiles: the
Soviet Union, France, the US. Leaking the rumor that it was Israel is a key
clue that leads us back to the White House and Defense Department.
Regretably, neither the Congress nor the Justice Department considered
missile proliferation a topic worth investigating.
If China was to be the third party "cut-out" then the US would have to
transfer both technology and actual missile components. Missile systems are
made so that components respond to each other within a narrow band. Making a
hybrid missile with different parts usually leads to operational failure. It
just is not acceptable technical protocol.
If China was to receive an operational missile, it would have to be the
organic whole. The only necessary change would be the replace its outer
shell because that could be seen and identified.
Casper Weinberger, as Secretary of Defense could have authorized such a
transfer. Congress can no longer ask Ronald Reagan if he was consulted but
they can investigate George Bush's knowledge and culpability. The question
to be asked is: "If President Bush pre-pardoned Casper Weinberger so he
would not be called to testify in the Iran-Contra hearings, who would now
protect Bush if these questions are asked?"
Did Casper Weinberger, a close supporter of Saudi Arabia act as the broker
between the US, Saudi Arabia and China? Was then VP Bush knowledgeable about
this technoloy transfer, in effect, squaring the triangle? When Jonathan
Pollard began in 1984 and 85 to search the computer files of the
intelligence agencies, there seems little doubt that he would come across
anti-Israel operations. Of particular interest was Casper Weinberger
motivation and actions, given his close connections with Saudi Arabia
through Saudi Prince Bandar. Casper Weinberger was dismissed by President
Reagan, possibly for the same reason that caused the US intelliegence
agencies to fight so hard to keep Pollard in prison.
We have already seen President Clinton step in to scuttle investigation of
the present China transfer. We have seen Clinton's Justice Department
dismiss the Bush transfer of $5 billion US taxpayers' dollars to Saddam
Hussein from the Department of Agriculture funds as acceptable. George Bush
as former DCIA (Director of the CIA) would have had the power to assemble
files on his opponents, much the same as did J. Edgar Hoover. If you recall,
Hoover used the power of his office as head of the FBI for decades and those
voluminous files to blackmail Congressmen and other politicians to do things
his way - or else risk exposure.
I cannot think of anyone more susceptible to exposure that Bill Clinton.
Clearly, there is more. For example: "Why did Arab money flow into Clinton's
two gubernatorial runs for office? Why support an obscure candidate from a
small unimportant state? Why was Arkansas often described as a center for
trans-shipment of drugs? Why is President Clinton following Bush and Baker's
example by pardoning all those who would testify in the matter?"
If there was a covert transfer of US missile technology to China, then it
had to come only from the highest authority. George Bush and Casper
Weinberger could no doubt shed a great deal of light on the matter - if
forced to do so. That is, if there are any remaining records left. Recall
that James Baker, before leaving the White House, tasked a former Justice
Department prosecutor, Joseph di Genova with pulling the hard drives and
disks from all the White House computers. This included all the electronic
memory of the President's plane: Air Force One.
If there was an illegal transfer of technology to China for Saudi Arabia,
the crime is far greater. China has been shipping advanced missiles to
radical Third World nations for cash. They have promised to stop - but they
continue regardless of their commitments. Congress, then and now, diddles
with occasional hearings but with little effort to find the answers and
correct the problems.
Clearly, one day American soldiers, cities in the Middle East and Europe
will be exposed to hard-hitting missiles with support telemetry and warheads
that destroy cities. We can thank the Chinese and those who assisted them.
1. "Companies Are Investigated for Aid to China on Rockets: But officials
say Administration undercut inquiry by approving a similar deal" & "US
Probes Rocket Advice to China" by Jeff Gerth with Raymond Bonner NEW YORK TIMES 4/4/98 & INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE 4/6/98
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