Originally created 07/01/00

Arming the Chinese



Further evidence that the Clinton Administration has been in a coma regarding national security is found in this week's announcement that U.S.-sold supercomputers are being used by China to simulate tests of warhead detonations at the Chinese equivalent of the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico - thus giving a new meaning to the phrase "most favored nation."

Hundreds of fast computers sold by U.S. manufacturers during the 1990s are being used for war research and development in China. So much technology has been transferred to the Chinese that reversing the national security damage is now impossible; China will accelerate its efforts to minimize the U.S. role in Asia and maximize its own dominance.

This year President Clinton signed a law that allows computers that compute 12.5 billion operations per second to be sold overseas with little government oversight. It was one in a series of relaxed Clinton rules that have security analysts alarmed.

This revelation comes at a time when the administration wants to even further loosen rules governing the export of American-made supercomputers, so that by August, that equipment can begin going over the border at a much faster pace with almost no oversight.

These computers were previously restricted for a reason: They have a powerful capacity to help in the development of nuclear weapons and conventional missiles. Although analysts have warned of the danger of this equipment slipping into Chinese or Russian hands, the Clinton Administration has taken a "don't worry, be happy" approach.

The Chinese are no dummies. They know that lax security at our nuclear facilities, as evidenced by serious security breaches at the Los Alamos laboratory recently, and a laissez faire attitude throughout the ranks of the Clinton Administration has given them an eight-year window to snag hundreds of advanced computers and components.

As surely as though we'd shipped nuclear warheads to them, we have armed the Chinese government with our technology transfer. And we have Bill Clinton, our own military commander in chief, to thank.