- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Stephen Lendman
Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Irresponsible Scoundrel Media China Bashing
by Stephen Lendman
Media scoundrels march in lockstep with Washington's worst policies. They do it egregiously. They do it irresponsibly. They do it ad nauseam.
They're virtual government house organs. They twist vital truths to fit US policy.
They're bashing China. They're piling on. It followed reprehensible Justice Department charges. A separate article discussed them.
Washington never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to engage other nations responsibly.
Polar opposite polices substitute. They're standard practice. Washington rules alone apply. Other nations are pressured, bullied and threatened to comply.
Outliers are targeted. No-holds-barred tactics are used. Nothing too extreme is avoided. Rule of law principles don't matter.
Media scoundrels ignore what deserves headlines. Managed news misinformation rubbish substitutes. One-sided reporting follows.
The New York Times operates as a virtual US propaganda ministry. An earlier editorial claimed "little doubt that Chinese hackers have taken aim at a range of government and private systems in the United States…"
On May 19, The Times headlined "With Spy Charges, US Draws a Line That Few Others Recognize."
It charged China with "commercial, for-profit espionage…Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (claimed) we-don't-spy-for-corporate-America."
"There is little doubt, based on the evidence published last year, that…companies that compete directly with state-owned Chinese enterprises (are) targets of Chinese espionage," said The Times.
The Washington Post said China spying is longstanding. "High-level executives at US firms frequently complain that they are targeted whether they are bickering with their Chinese counterparts or…acting in concert."
Nonproliferation Policy Education Center executive director Henry Sokolski was quoted, saying "(t)he Chinese want to know everything. What they can't buy, they steal."
Brookings' Kenneth Lieberthal lied, claiming "the US has been vigorous and vehement about drawing a clear distinction between espionage, cyber-intrusions for purposes of national security and for commercial advantage."
"I think that's a distinction that the Chinese don't make…because to them the competitive health of their firms, especially the big state-owned enterprises, is part of their national security."
The Chicago Tribune bashes Beijing often. It said Chinese "hackers targeted US companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries to steal information useful to competitors in China…"
George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute head Frank Cilluffo was quoted, saying:
"…DOJ has 'smoking keyboards' and (is) willing to bring the evidence to a court of law and be more transparent."
He said nothing about lawless NSA spying. He ignored it altogether.
An unnamed FBI official was cited saying multiple cybersecurity-related indictments and arrests are coming. It's unclear if he means against China.
USA Today accused Beijing of "theft of business secrets…beyond espionage. It quoted Center for Strategic and International Studies analyst James Lewis.
He lied claiming "(t)he United States engages in cyber spying activities but does not penetrate commercial companies for the benefit of domestic firms."
The Wall Street Journal bashed China. It regurgitated Justice Department charges. It did so without challenge.
It reported them like gospel. "(O)ther cases relating to China are being prepared," it said.
"(H)ackers in Russia are likely to be charged soon," it added. "US agencies have also been investigating incidents with possible ties to Iran and Syria," it said.
The Journal featured a "WANTED BY THE FBI" posting. It claimed "Conspiring to Commit Computer Fraud."
"Accessing a Computer Without Authorization for the Purpose of Commercial Advantage and Private Financial Gain."
"Damaging Computers Through the Transmission of Code and Commands."
"Aggravated Identity Theft."
"Theft of Trade Secrets."
Photos of indicted Chinese officials were shown. Alleged aliases were listed. Some disparaging.
Wang Dong's were Jack Wang and UglyGorilla.
Sun Kailiang was called Sun Kai Liang and Jack Sun.
Posted Wen Xinyu's alias were Wen Xin Yu, WinXYHappy, WinXY and Lao Wen.
Huang Ang Zhehyu was called Huang Zhen Yu and hzy lhx.
Gu Chi Nhui was called Gu Chun Hui and KandyGoo.
The Journal said posting their photos was "unusual." It begs the question. Why did Journal editors do it? What they suggested was out-of-line.
Why instead of just reporting what happened? Why without challenging US accusations. Why without explaining lawless NSA spying?
"US officials privately acknowledge they spy on companies for foreign intelligence purposes" only, said the Journal.
"(B)ut they say they won't steal secrets to provide an advantage to US companies."
White House press secretary Jay Carney lied claiming "(w)e don't do what those Chinese national were indicted for."
"We don't gather intelligence for the benefit of US companies."
Fact: A separate article explains otherwise.
Fact: It does so in detail.
Fact: NSA spying targets everything and everyone of possible interest.
Fact: It does it domestically and abroad.
Fact: It does it globally.
Fact: No nation is left behind.
Fact: No officials Washington considers important.
Fact: No foreign government agencies it wants to monitor.
Fact: No administrations.
Fact: No parliaments.
Fact: No business sectors and companies it wants to steal proprietary information from.
Fact: Spies "R" us defines official US policy.
Fact: It's mostly unrelated to national security concerns.
Fact: It's for control.
Fact: For economic advantage.
Fact: For being one up on foreign competitors.
Fact: For information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.
Fact: Don't expect media scoundrels to explain.
A same day Journal editorial bashed China. "The vast extent of China's cyber spying against government and private US targets is well known," it said.
"(S)o the power of this case is its public specificity," it added.
"(M)uch of the American public still doesn't comprehend the magnitude of the cyber assault against US private industry, and in that sense the indictment will be instructive."
It cited an unnamed intelligence source claiming "only two kinds of companies in the US today: Those who've been hacked and those who don't know they've been hacked."
"This isn't some rogue band of hackers," it said. "The five named defendants are part of the Chinese military, which has a formal cyber arm that targets American secrets."
"These hackers are as much agents of the Chinese state as the pilots of PLA warplanes."
"The proper way to respond to cyber war is to use the tools of statecraft to make China pay a political and economic price."
Journal editors want punitive measures imposed. Likely harsh sanctions targeting Chinese business sectors and specific companies.
Measures aimed at weakening Beijing politically. Similar ways Journal editors urge targeting Russia.
In China's case, they want a "cyber battle plan (attacking Beijing) targets and forc(ing) (it) to play defense rather than devot(ing) all its resources to hacking US targets."
They want Chinese firms punished. They want Sino/US military-to-military ties limited.
They want visas to children of "China's elites" for attending American colleges and universities denied.
They want lots more than indicting five Chinese officials. They barely stopped short of urging all-out cyberwar.
Perhaps a follow-up editorial will do so. Maybe other irresponsible US editors will do the same thing.
Expect voices urging good international relations to be silenced. Perhaps the worst of all possible outcomes will follow.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.
It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.
Report this post as:
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A.
Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released
Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups
After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video
Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights
What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It
Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down
Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29
Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf
Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development
Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine
Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents
Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters
City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre
Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling
Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present
Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police
LA Times Homicide Report
More Local News...
What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress??
Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée
The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion
Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service
The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally!
The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder
Paraphysique de la dictature étatique
Book Review: "The New Bonapartists"
The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia
Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine
The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally!
“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize!
The World Dependent on Central Banks
Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine
March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update
Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel
ICE contract with license plate reader company
Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes
Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges
Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes
Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety
Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man
Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes
Paraphysique de l'autorité
Two Podcasts on fbi corruption
Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS
More Breaking News...