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Obama’s Lost in SpaceAdministration approves controversial export license allowing..
freebeacon.com ^ | 23JUL12 | Bill Gertz

Posted on 07/23/2012 9:11:17 AM PDT by bayouranger

..sensitive space technology transfer to China.

The Obama administration recently notified Congress that it has agreed to license exports of sensitive U.S. space technology to China from a U.S. company that was fined in the past for illegally supplying space support that improved Chinese ballistic missiles.

The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the unit that licenses exports of sensitive technology, notified House and Senate leaders on Wednesday of plans to go ahead with an export license for a deal between Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat, a company owned in part by a Chinese state-run investment company linked to past satellite deals in the 1990s.

Additionally, U.S. government reports indicate that China’s People’s Liberation Army, which is currently engaged in a major space warfare program that involves anti-satellite missiles and lasers, used AsiaSat communications satellites in the past.

An intelligence report produced by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center stated that AsiaSat satellites were used by the People’s Liberation Army for military-related communications.

Congressional investigators who have been probing the Loral-AsiaSat deal since earlier this year are questioning whether it is legal under U.S. export laws and restrictions on transfers to China.

Documents obtained by the Free Beacon reveal that the Obama administration appeared to ignore two U.S. laws prohibiting space cooperation with China. They include sanctions against selling military goods to China imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre by Chinese military forces, and a 1999 law requiring all space exports to China to be treated as military transfers.

The State Department justified its approval of the Loral license as permitted under the 1992 U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act, which the department said exempts Hong Kong from other U.S. laws restricting exports of space technology and defense goods to China. The British colony reverted to Beijing control in 1997.

Investigators determined that AsiaSat is owned under a joint venture between General Electric Co. and state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC). The two companies set up AsiaSat in the British Virgin Islands and named it Bowenvale Ltd.

GE’s plan to create the joint venture as a 50-50 ownership structure was opposed by State’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance in 2007. Instead the ownership was structured so that GE and CITIC each owned 37.2 percent, with the remaining 25.6 percent ownership sold as stock on the Hong Kong exchange.

The State Department opposed the 50-50 ownership split over concerns it could give China a potential controlling interest.

However, congressional investigators also learned in June that AsiaSat plans to privatize the publicly held portion of the company in an apparent bid to avoid regulatory sanctions and compliance obligations of public companies.

The State Department told investigators in response that it held discussions with AsiaSat and agreed AsiaSat would not allow the privatized stock shares to be purchased by Chinese or other entities restricted from gaining access to U.S. space technology.

David S. Adams, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, stated in a July 18 letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry and House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and their minority counterparts that unless Congress objects, the export license will be issued for the $263.4 million deal between Loral and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co., Ltd (AsiaSat) and its Hong Kong representative, Barry Turner, a Canadian resident of Hong Kong. Thailand’s Thaicom Public Co., Ltd. also is part of the deal.

Congress has 28 days to decide whether or not to block the sale.

A spokesman for the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the panel is reviewing the notification. A Kerry spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

Loral spokeswoman Wendy Lewis said: “Space Systems/Loral is very rigorous in our compliance with export control regulations.”

According to U.S. officials, the export license will permit the transfer of what the congressional notification describes as “defense articles, including technical data, and defense services necessary for the post-preliminary design review design, manufacturing and delivery phases of AsiaSat 6 commercial communications satellite program.”

The satellite will provide commercial communications for India, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and China, and the Pacific region.

According to congressional investigators, the State Department also sought to dismiss concerns about the Chinese military’s use of AsiaSat satellites. A department official stated that if the AsiaSat communications satellite is commercial in nature and had no military-hosted payload, it is not viewed as having “military-related purposes,” and thus U.S. space cooperation would not be banned under U.S. laws.

Only if intelligence data showed that AsiaSat had allowed the Chinese military to put payloads on its satellites would enforcement action be taken, the State official said.

The license to AsiaSat is being carried out under the Arms Export Control Act, and is part of the Obama administration program of seeking a major loosening of export controls of sensitive technology.

Critics opposed to loosening export controls have said the new policy will help China’s large-scale military buildup, specifically its space warfare programs.

A joint State Department-Pentagon report made public in April warned that U.S. plans to loosen controls on satellite exports will boost China’s space warfare capabilities.

Because of close ties between Chinese civilian and military space development, there is a “high likelihood that space-related items and technology will be diverted from a civil use and applied to military programs,” under relaxed U.S. export controls, the report said.

“As China advances in operational space capabilities, it is actively focusing on how to destroy, disrupt, or deny U.S. access to our own space assets,” the report said.

The report said China is building several new classes of offensive missiles, upgrading older missile systems, and “developing space-based methods to counter ballistic missile defenses of the United States and our allies, including anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons.”

Regarding space technology transfer, the report said: “Inadvertent or deliberate transfer of space-related expertise poses the most significant potential harm to U.S. national interests.”

Richard Fisher, a specialist on Chinese military affairs, said he is opposed to loosening controls on space technology transfer to China.

“We do not have a required level of transparency with China’s overall space program to be relaxing rules sufficient to enable commercial cooperation,” said Fisher, with the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

“We are still not able to assure that U.S. technology will somehow assist some future Chinese space weapon,” he said. “China still laughs at our efforts to promote such transparency.”

Congressional investigators said both CITIC and AsiaSat were involved in the strategic compromise of U.S. missile technology that grew out of satellite launch and space cooperation between U.S. companies and China in the 1990s.

For example, a representative of CITIC, Wang Jun, met at the White House on Feb. 6, 1996—the same day that then-President Clinton approved the launch of four U.S. satellites on Chinese rockets.

Records at the time also revealed that Loral chairman Bernard L. Schwartz gave large donations to the Democratic Party, including $15,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Feb. 15, 1996—just over a week after Clinton approved the satellite launches in China. On Feb. 29, 1996, Schwartz gave $50,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The satellite launches were the first step in the ill-fated technology transfer that made Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile more reliable.

Eight days after the satellite launches were approved, a Chinese launcher carrying a Loral satellite blew up on launch and destroyed a nearby Chinese village.

The launch failure investigation over the next several months led to the improper sharing of restricted U.S. missile technology.

Several officials opposed to the license say it appears to reward a U.S. company that was linked by Congress to the loss of U.S. strategic missile technology to China as a result illegal missile-related space technology sharing following a series of Chinese space launch failures in the late 1990s.

As a result of that compromise, Congress in 1999 passed legislation that forced the administration to treat U.S. satellite exports and space technology cooperation as military and defense exports.

The two companies involved in the illicit space cooperation were Loral Space and Communications Co. that owns Space Systems/Loral, and Hughes Electronics Corp. In 2002, Loral was fined $14 million for the illegal exports; Hughes was fined $32 million in 2003 for its role in the transfer. A Pentagon technology security report on the tech transfer concluded that “the significant benefits derived by China from these activities are likely to lead to improvements in the overall reliability of their launch vehicles [i.e., rockets] and ballistic missiles and in particular their guidance systems.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: chicoms; spaceyech; statedept; traitors
"Congress has 28 days to decide whether or not to block the sale."

I wonder if it will come to a vote???

1 posted on 07/23/2012 9:11:29 AM PDT by bayouranger
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To: bayouranger
DANGER! DANGER, JIM ROBINSON!!!!!.............
2 posted on 07/23/2012 9:15:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: bayouranger

Shades of Billy Jeff Clinton

“High Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Sequel”

Wonder if Bubba and his past cabinet sleazes and their staffers engaged in “advising” to make this deal happen


3 posted on 07/23/2012 9:17:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: bayouranger

Undoubtedly the chinese will be glad to make generous contributions to the Obama and Democratic campaigns coffers.


4 posted on 07/23/2012 9:19:42 AM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: bayouranger

Dr. Smith:

was whiny,
had delusions of grandeur,
regularly sold out his benefactors (who were providing him food, shelter & security) to any alien who would further his own cause,
would rather shirk than work,
seemed to want to hang out more with the guys than the gals,
would lie, cheat, or steal at the drop of a hat,
would talk big but cower behind others when harm was imminient
caused the mission to go off course, but would never admit it.

So “Lost in Space” does seem an appropriate metaphor for Obama


5 posted on 07/23/2012 9:22:29 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: bayouranger

Calling Johnney Chung and Charlie Trie.

The following is from Wikipedia:
http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=At7ZnD6j6fZntRCqmWHj6libvZx4?p=charlie+trie+jimmy&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701

The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy, also known as Chinagate, was an alleged effort by the People’s Republic of China to influence domestic American politics during the 1996 federal elections.

The issue first received public attention in early 1997, with news that a Justice Department investigation had uncovered evidence that agents of China sought to direct contributions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in violation of U.S. laws regarding foreign political contributions.[1] The Chinese government denied all accusations. Twenty-two people were eventually convicted of fraud or for funneling Asian funds into the United States elections, and others fled U.S. jurisdiction. Several of these were associates of Bill Clinton or Al Gore.


6 posted on 07/23/2012 9:22:29 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: bayouranger

“Congress has 28 days to decide whether or not to block the sale.”
I wonder if it will come to a vote???
_____________________________________________

I doubt Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote.


7 posted on 07/23/2012 9:24:36 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: bayouranger

Sounds like we have a new kickback king.


8 posted on 07/23/2012 9:29:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: silverleaf

Loral, clinton, China? Take it to the bank.


9 posted on 07/23/2012 9:31:05 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wasn’t Obama just fundraising in China a few weeks ago?


10 posted on 07/23/2012 9:35:09 AM PDT by binreadin
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To: bayouranger

Any secrets given to China go to N Korea, and others not so friendly to us. We have enemies “both foriegn and domestic” implanted into this regime, and the lines have blurred.


11 posted on 07/23/2012 9:41:19 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: bayouranger

Bernie Schwartz, the head of Loral just happened to be the single largest contributor to Bill Clinton. Some things never change.


12 posted on 07/23/2012 9:43:28 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: binreadin

Yup.
Meanwhile, the lead story is the NCAA’s penalty...


13 posted on 07/23/2012 9:46:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: bayouranger
For example, a representative of CITIC, Wang Jun, met at the White House on Feb. 6, 1996—the same day that then-President Clinton approved the launch of four U.S. satellites on Chinese rockets.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Wang Jun was (is) a notorious Chinese arms dealer. Clinton approved the import of a boat load of his rifles that congress had just determined were covered under the assault weapons ban after this meeting.

14 posted on 07/23/2012 9:50:38 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: silverleaf

If we don’t gain control of every branch of government this election, we are in super trouble more than now. Bubba gave China lots of info - never got charged with treason - difficult to prove. Hillary now running amuck with Huma at her side, God knows what she is giving away.

Zippy in our white house with Holder, the ever so silent for months turbo tax timmy (just what IS he up to?), Panetta doing everything he can to dismantle the military, the EPA shutting down the entire productive segment of the country and it just goes on and on.

Then the likes of McCain and boo hoo Boehner stomping on Bachman’s totally urgent questions about Ellison and Huma and the muslim influence in our government. Folks this is more series and hugh than we ever imagined.

All of this makes is vital that we get out the vote. It will take time, but let’s keep up the good fight. Get out and help save this nation. Pray for the USA.


15 posted on 07/23/2012 9:50:43 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (November....... ah yes - leaves will fall and so will the Ozippy Admin.)
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To: bayouranger
For example, a representative of CITIC, Wang Jun, met at the White House on Feb. 6, 1996—the same day that then-President Clinton approved the launch of four U.S. satellites on Chinese rockets.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Wang Jun was (is) a notorious Chinese arms dealer. Clinton approved the import of a boat load of his rifles that congress had just determined were covered under the assault weapons ban after this meeting.

16 posted on 07/23/2012 9:50:43 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: bayouranger

So, the long and short of it: Al Gore & the federal gubmint didn’t invent the internets?


17 posted on 07/23/2012 9:51:19 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor
Instead of leaving bureaucrats in place the way The Bushes did, every bureaucrat needs to give a letter of resignation and be rehired on their merit. That process alone would get the economy back on track and do slabs to restore freedom.
18 posted on 07/23/2012 9:58:59 AM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Minutemen

Oops! Sorry about this... I posted to the wrong article!


19 posted on 07/23/2012 9:59:29 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: bayouranger

..........”Only if intelligence data showed that AsiaSat had allowed the Chinese military to put payloads on its satellites would enforcement action be taken, the State official said.

The license to AsiaSat is being carried out under the Arms Export Control Act, and is part of the Obama administration program of seeking a major loosening of export controls of sensitive technology.

Critics opposed to loosening export controls have said the new policy will help China’s large-scale military buildup, specifically its space warfare programs.

A joint State Department-Pentagon report made public in April warned that U.S. plans to loosen controls on satellite exports will boost China’s space warfare capabilities.

Because of close ties between Chinese civilian and military space development, there is a “high likelihood that space-related items and technology will be diverted from a civil use and applied to military programs,” under relaxed U.S. export controls, the report said.

“As China advances in operational space capabilities, it is actively focusing on how to destroy, disrupt, or deny U.S. access to our own space assets,” the report said.

The report said China is building several new classes of offensive missiles, upgrading older missile systems, and “developing space-based methods to counter ballistic missile defenses of the United States and our allies, including anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons.”........

BUMP!


20 posted on 07/23/2012 10:20:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bayouranger
Once again..none dare call this what it really is...TREASON for the purpose of getting campaign funds. Klinton pioneered it. Obama will perfect it.
21 posted on 07/23/2012 10:29:49 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Chickensoup

“Instead of leaving bureaucrats in place the way The Bushes did, every bureaucrat needs to give a letter of resignation and be rehired on their merit. That process alone would get the economy back on track and do slabs to restore freedom. “

You are SO RIGHT! W did this country a GREAT DIS-SERVICE by leaving all the Clinton cronies in place. AND IMHO the group of traitors (and I don’t use that term lightly) that THIS O administration has in place is 100 x worse.

Clean House - from top to bottom. Get out the Lysol and the Bleach. But when we’re dealing with Boehner, McCain, Hatch, Trent Lott (lobbiest now) and all the DC scum on our side - we need to clean house even more than normal. At least we dumped Lugar. It’s a start. Good Point - CLEAN HOUSE.


22 posted on 07/23/2012 11:06:50 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (November....... ah yes - leaves will fall and so will the Ozippy Admin.)
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor

Can’t we all agree that Mitt Romney would not only do the same, but be even worse?!

Please, people, Romney is our greatest foe!


23 posted on 07/23/2012 11:56:36 AM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: bayouranger

“I wonder if it will come to a vote???”

No. It will not come up for a vote.

The export process requires an unofficial congressional 20-day notice (already passed), then an official 30-day notification period.

This 30-day window is to allow time for congress to officially review the export license request. Congress must VETO the request if it is to be stopped. The notification process is NOT an opportunity to vote FOR the requested export, just an opportunity for congress to veto it.

Doing nothing after 30-days results in automatic approval of the export.

You see, if congress does not vote down the export license request then by default it is approved.

Congress can now say, “I never voted for that” and be correct.


24 posted on 07/23/2012 12:00:58 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: staytrue

Please see Post 24.

A vote approving the transfer is not required.


25 posted on 07/23/2012 12:03:34 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: ConservativeMind

“Please, people, Romney is our greatest foe!”

Gotcha.

Vote for Obama because Romney is a greater foe than Obama.

Gotcha.


26 posted on 07/23/2012 12:06:16 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: oldbrowser

No doubt by way of a proxy as with Clinton.

Its ashame our defense secretes are so regular sold out by democrats. Our only advantage over china is our technology. We lose that and China will be the superpower and we will just be a client state.


27 posted on 07/23/2012 3:39:54 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: ConservativeMind

I don’t trust Romney, Ed Rollins, Karl Rove, boo hoo Boehner, no chin McConnel nor any of the rest of them. We canot allow those clowns to remain in power in congress.

I agree with you about Romney leaving some in place, but the alternative is uglier.


28 posted on 07/23/2012 9:52:59 PM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (November....... ah yes - leaves will fall and so will the Ozippy Admin.)
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To: ConservativeMind
You forgot your sarcasm tag.
29 posted on 07/23/2012 10:26:28 PM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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