Ultima Thule

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

"One good spy is worth 10,000 soldiers." - Sun Tzu

By Aussiegirl

While I attempt to download some brain cells into my depleted brain, and until the download is complete, chew on this for a while. Now, what was that that we learned from Mr. Meyer about using regular people for espionage? Looks like the Chinese have learned the lesson -- while our people rearrange the deck chairs on the intelligence Titanic in a pyramidal, assymetric and geometrically complex arrangement, guaranteed to withstand a collision with even the largest iceberg.

Frontpagemag.com has the story:

Islamic terrorism is still the greatest threat to our national security, but Chinese espionage against the United States is gaining ground. The FBI says China will be America's greatest counterintelligence problem during the next 10-15 years.

China's goal is to replace the U.S. as the preeminent power in the Pacific - even globally. It's using every method possible, including espionage, to improve its political, economic and, especially, military might.

. . . Naturally, America's hi-tech centers are a potential gold mine for Chinese spies. The FBI claims that Chinese espionage cases are rising 20 to 30 percent every year in Silicon Valley alone.

But don't think James Bond. It's all much more methodical - and mundane.

Chinese intelligence collection uses numerous low-level spies to painstakingly collect one small piece of information at a time until the intelligence question is answered. Kind of like building a beach one grain of sand at a time.

. . . China also doesn't rely on "professional" spies stationed overseas to the extent other major intel services do. Instead, it uses low-profile civilians to collect information.


At 10:34 PM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

Well, we know for certain that the Chinese employed at least one high-profile civilian, Bill Clinton.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Ouch!! Right you are, Bonnnie!! How many scandals were swept under the Monica rug -- that was actually a convenient scandal for him because it immunized him with the idea that he was being unfairly hounded over personal peccadilloes. But the true scope of his scandals may not be known for decades. We are beginning to see the fruits of his malfeasance in North Korea, China -- and of course, we already saw the failures that led to 9/11.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Very astute, Bonnie! You have hit the bullseye!

Aussiegirl, it amazes me how much we tend to think alike. This piece supports my most recent post wonderfully. I`m going to link you (yet again). Birdblog is in danger of becoming Aussieblog! (What can I say; I can`t help it if you keep writing things I would have liked to have written myself!)


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