(Tea Party PAC) – According to the LA Times, former University of California professor Yi-Chi Shih has been found guilty on 18 federal charges after smuggling American military technology to China. His co-defendant, Kiet Ahn Mai, pleaded guilty to smuggling charges back in December of last year.
Shih, a 64-year-old electrical engineer, now faces the very real likelihood that he will spend the rest of his life locked away in a federal prison. That’s a far better fate than a traitor deserves, if you ask me.
In order to supply China with the equipment, Shih posed as a customer in order to obtain the “monolithic microwave integrated circuits” (MMICs) used in missiles and military aircraft.
Shih’s charges include mail fraud, wire fraud, subscribing to a false tax return, making false statements to a government agency, conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and conspiracy to commit cybertheft.
“The Department’s China Initiative is focused on preventing and prosecuting thefts of American technology and intellectual property for the benefit of China,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers. “The defendant has been found guilty of conspiring to export sensitive semiconductor chips with military applications to China.”
Demers also thanked prosecutors and law enforcement agents, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who assisted in bringing Shih to justice.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge Paul Delacourt said in a statement:
The FBI is committed to protecting institutions from adversaries who seek to steal sensitive American technology under the guise of research. We will continue to work collaboratively with our federal partners to identify and hold accountable individuals who plunder our research or intellectual property at the expense of the American people and our national security.
As of yet, Shih has not been formally sentenced in court, but anything less than a firing squad is too good for him.
This isn’t the first time a university bigwig has funneled sensitive tech to China, and until something is done about it, it won’t be the last.
A report from China Threat reads:
A professor of aeronautics engineering at the University of Michigan says his university is engaged in transferring sensitive military technologies to China and that the practice is encouraged by the university’s faculty and administrators.
“We are transferring every bit of knowledge and know how that we have to the People’s Republic of China,” says tenured aeronautics engineering professor William Kauffman. “This has been happening for at least a decade. It is done by having many of [China’s] undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, who pay out-of-state tuition, here in Ann Arbor and having University of Michigan campuses staffed by University of Michigan faculty in the PRC.”
According to the report, the University of Michigan had Kaufmann arrested by campus police, tried to revoke his tenure, and canceled all of his classes on explosives, internal combustion engines, gas turbine engines, rockets, and propellants.
Though it would cost him his career, Kaufmann and those like him refuse to twiddle their thumbs while universities open campuses in China, allow faculty engaged in Defense Department research to meet with Chinese defense researchers, and ignore the damage they are causing to our industrial economy.
“I have decided that I must come forward and discuss what is happening at the University of Michigan and other academic institutions which is endangering U.S. economic and military security,” Kaufmann wrote in an e-mail forwarded to Manufacturing & Technology News.
“What troubles me is that we’re treating the Chinese much differently than the way we dealt with the Soviets,” Kaufmann also said. “When you look at the Pentagon’s 2007 Military Threat report, they don’t exactly say they’re nice guys.”
Of course, not a peep out of the liberal media on this one. They’ll squeal about Russian collusion all the livelong day, but this story gets crickets.
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