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Clinton Gave PRC 'False Certification'
INSIGHT ^ | 8 25 03 | Scott Wheeler

Posted on 08/25/2003 8:03:45 AM PDT by anglian

Clinton Gave PRC 'False Certification' By Scott L. Wheeler

Senior defense-intelligence analysts tell Insight that the Clinton administration falsely certified the People's Republic of China (PRC) as a nuclear nonproliferator despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Clinton officials went so far, sources say, as threatening to fire a senior defense analyst unless he changed his analysis, which was based on the overwhelming preponderance of all available intelligence sources that Beijing was proliferating nuclear technology and materials to rogue nations.

This magazine has obtained a copy of an analysis written by Jonathan Fox, arms-control specialist for the Defense Special Weapons Agency, dated Oct. 23, 1997, which states: "This assessment concludes that the proposed arrangement presents real and substantial risk to the common defense and security of both the United States and allied countries." According to Pentagon sources, the analysis was ordered to determine whether President Bill Clinton could certify to the U.S. Congress that China was a nonproliferating nation, thus qualifying it for an exchange of nuclear technology with the United States - an agreement that the analysis refers to as "a technology-transfer agreement swaddled in the comforting yet misleading terminology of a confidence-building measure."

Defense experts tell Insight that there was at the time so large a technology gap between the United States and China that the Chinese had little or nothing to offer the United States in such an exchange. So the agreement amounted to Washington providing a how-to treatise for Beijing's nuclear-weapons program. The ordered analysis was to assess the risk to U.S. national security likely to result from such an arrangement with China. And the analysis concluded, "It is further found that the contemplated action can result in a significant increase of the risk of nuclear-weapons-technology proliferation."

A senior Department of Defense (DoD) analyst, speaking on condition of anonymity, tells this magazine that since the Clinton administration ignored intelligence warnings and issued the "false certification" of China as a nonproliferating nation, "there has been undeniable evidence of transfers of nuclear technology from the People's Republic of China to North Korea and Iran." Both North Korea and Iran are considered by the Bush administration to be rogue nations already in possession of nuclear weapons or on the brink of having them. And the revelations concerning the Clinton "false certification" come at a time when Democrats are subjecting President George W. Bush to sharp criticism for allegedly manipulating intelligence to support a war against Iraq.

Some details of the incident were revealed in a June 1999 hearing of the House Government Reform Committee investigating whether the Clinton administration had allowed transfers of dual-use technologies to China in exchange for campaign donations from the People's Liberation Army that were laundered into the Democratic National Committee for Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. Fox told the committee under oath that the order falsely to certify China as a nonproliferator came from his "superior at OSD [Office of the Secretary of Defense]," Michael Johnson. "I completed my analysis recommending the nonapproval of the Chinese technology transfer," said Fox, who reported that he submitted his report on a Thursday evening and that by Friday morning Johnson had left several messages, finally reaching him at an "Interagency Subcommittee on Nuclear Export Controls (SNEC)." Fox described Johnson as being "quite upset," and testified that Johnson told him that the analysis was "not what was being looked for" and threatened him by saying "I would be lucky if I still had my job by the end of the day."

Fox told the committee that Johnson was under political pressure. "He indicated that, the matter having been decided far above our pay grade, he wanted me to change my memorandum in order to have it a more appropriate conclusion." According to Fox's testimony, Johnson told him the analysis should "reflect that there would be no inimical impact upon national security," a statement that Fox said would be "false and dishonest."

Johnson, who at the time of these developments was the deputy director for nonproliferation policy, told Insight when asked to explain his version of events: "I don't have a good answer," adding of the Fox analysis, "That may not have been what I was looking for." Johnson says he does not recall threatening Fox's job or recall from where the orders might have come to certify the PRC as a nonproliferator. Another senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was present at key meetings on the subject with Clinton administration officials at the State Department and tells Insight the administration was "creating the analysis to fit the desired result" and "painted the facts in a completely false light."

Peter Leitner, a senior strategic trade adviser to DoD, was present at the October 1997 meeting of SNEC from which Fox was called to receive the call from Johnson. Leitner testified to the House committee that Fox returned to the meeting "visibly shaken," told him the substance of the call from Johnson and asked for advice. After conferring with other officials Fox insisted that if the analysis were changed he would not sign it.

Leitner turned over to the House committee a contemporaneous memo he wrote documenting the events leading up to the false certification of China. The memo stated in part, "My DoD colleagues and I were very disturbed by both the crude and threatening manner in which Mr. Fox was being intimidated and coerced into a reversal of his analytical position." According to the Leitner memo: "The timing of this incident was very interesting as it took place on Friday, October 24, 1997, just days before PRC President Jiang Zemin was to arrive in Washington for his Summit meeting with Clinton. This, undoubtedly, was part of the reason for the intense pressure brought to bear on Mr. Fox for the DoD position to be revised that very day."

An intelligence official tells Insight that the decisions made by the president are based heavily on analysis by career employees consistent with "the legend" of evidence - information accrued by intelligence professionals who, along with the analysts, "should be prepared to defend the decision." This intelligence official says the Leitner memo suggests the Clinton administration "cooked" the legend on the China analysis, adding: "The fact that a distorted memo was to play an important role in falsely certifying to Congress that China is not a nuclear proliferator remains a matter which I believe is of the highest importance."

A Pentagon insider tells Insight that "the certification was the key to obtaining U.S. nuclear technology for which the People's Liberation Army would have done literally anything, including passing very substantial sums to the president, his political friends and anyone else who might have influenced the deal." Another senior official says, "Getting off the list of nuclear proliferators was an enormous concession" that allowed China to have the type of technology that contributes to global instability - "technology worth a pretty penny to countries, nations and organizations seeking nuclear weapons"

James Woolsey was director of central intelligence (DCI) under Clinton from 1994 until 1996. In a 1999 interview Woolsey carefully observed that he was "somewhat surprised" by Clinton's certification of China as a nonproliferator. "There is enough leakage of nuclear technology from China that such a certification is on the side of being pro-PRC," Woolsey warned. He then added: "China has been engaged in proliferation of nuclear technologies for some time." The former DCI said the alleged Clinton attempts to stop it were "limited to diplomatic démarches" and lacked "any strong pressure."

The Insight source who was present when the State Department was clearing Communist China to be the beneficiary of a U.S. nuclear-information exchange says, "We are still living with the Chinese threat, and that false certification made not only China, but rogue nations that China does business with, more dangerous to the United States."

Scott L. Wheeler is a contributing writer for Insight magazine.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billclinton; chicoms; china; clinton; clintonlegacy; prc; treason

1 posted on 08/25/2003 8:03:46 AM PDT by anglian
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To: anglian
bump, and bumb again
2 posted on 08/25/2003 8:05:30 AM PDT by Eva
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To: anglian
bump, and bumb again
3 posted on 08/25/2003 8:05:30 AM PDT by Eva
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To: anglian
Bump! Arrest that Bubba!
4 posted on 08/25/2003 8:06:14 AM PDT by JustPiper ( "Free Republic" - The Greatest Information Truth Highway on the Internet!)
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To: American Soldier; onedoug; Leisler; philetus; RLK; Quix; belmont_mark; SouthParkRepublican; ...
If you off my Communist China ping list or would like to be added to my list, please FRemail me.
5 posted on 08/25/2003 8:07:36 AM PDT by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: anglian

6 posted on 08/25/2003 8:08:32 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: anglian
Thanks for moving on and not prosecuting, Bush!
7 posted on 08/25/2003 8:08:35 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: anglian
Why the man (Clintoon) isn't in jail is beyond me.
8 posted on 08/25/2003 8:09:54 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: anglian
When are we going to send him to jail. That is; the protective custody wing of a Massachuetts state pen.
9 posted on 08/25/2003 8:14:03 AM PDT by ampat
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To: Peach
Because Bush said we need to "move on".
10 posted on 08/25/2003 8:14:27 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Peach
And the rest is history: The Lippo Bank scandal, Algore's iced tea pee break while the Buddhist Nuns contributed sequentially numbered cashier's checks, large chunks of cash to the DNC, etc, etc.
And it all started with a friendly Chinese restaurant owner in Little Rock...
11 posted on 08/25/2003 8:17:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Sir Gawain
Important story of the year - bump

Not to mention, Clinton moving control of exports from DoD to Ron Brown's commerce department. What was Ron's role in the DNC back then?

What ever became of Ron anyway? Oh yea - nevermind.

12 posted on 08/25/2003 8:26:02 AM PDT by Triple (All forms of socialism deny individuals the right to the fruits of their labor)
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To: ampat
With a sign that says, I'm a child molester.
13 posted on 08/25/2003 8:27:20 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Here's to Hillary's book sinking like the Clinton 2000 economy)
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To: HighRoadToChina
Thanks for the heads up!
14 posted on 08/25/2003 8:29:41 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
Someday, someone will write the whole gooey history of the Red Chinese-Clinton connection in chronological order. Then, people will understand why they're little more than common criminals.
15 posted on 08/25/2003 8:32:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: anglian
Dirtbag Bump
16 posted on 08/25/2003 8:33:51 AM PDT by SAMWolf (This tagline will self-destruct in five seconds.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
So true. So true. Even so, IMHO it won't capture the public's attention until it is made into a movie.
17 posted on 08/25/2003 8:34:33 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
Maybe a "breakout" piece in the Atlantic...
18 posted on 08/25/2003 8:36:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Quilla
Good one. Surprised it's my first time seeing it.

Curious if you know where that's from.
19 posted on 08/25/2003 8:38:14 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: anglian
As recently as this morning, Al Franken was telling Matt Lauer that "Clinton only lied about sex", and he didn't manipulate matters of national security.
So while the Dems continue to rave about Watergate, how JFK fooled around, too, and tell stories about Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, how long before they complain about this story coming from angry white males obcessed about 'old news'?
And what motivated Clinton to sell state secrets to our enemies? Oh, maybe it was just for sex, too.
20 posted on 08/25/2003 8:43:55 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Incorrigible
Just saw it myself for the first time last week - on a FR thread of course. The image is so appropriate that I saved it to my homepage. I'm afraid I don't know the origin.
21 posted on 08/25/2003 8:44:02 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: anglian
This article needs to get some BIG TIME LEGS!
22 posted on 08/25/2003 8:45:57 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: Quilla
Google is my friend:


23 posted on 08/25/2003 8:46:33 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Quilla
I figured it was something like that. The photoshopped image is pretty good. I didn't think it had been modified.
24 posted on 08/25/2003 8:51:01 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: anglian
The Chicom connection has been lying around unprosecuted for years now. This is just one more example of how clinton sold out America to the Chicoms. And he's still running around loose.
25 posted on 08/25/2003 8:57:20 AM PDT by Samizdat
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To: Alamo-Girl
So true. So true. Even so, IMHO it won't capture the public's attention until it is made into a movie.

True .. but don't count on Hollywood to tell the truth

26 posted on 08/25/2003 8:57:49 AM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: HighRoadToChina; Sandy; Arthur Wildfire! March; Michael Gallutia; thunder; Bob D.
China in new nuclear sales effort from March, 1998.
27 posted on 08/25/2003 9:08:44 AM PDT by snopercod (Our research showed that good grammar is now used only half as much as it was 10 years ago.)
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Beelzebump.
28 posted on 08/25/2003 9:20:12 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: WhyToKay; Mrs Palter
China's Dangerous Nuclear Proliferation... from April, 1997
29 posted on 08/25/2003 9:20:53 AM PDT by snopercod (Our research showed that good grammar is now used only half as much as it was 10 years ago.)
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To: aShepard
I will never understand how something like this can be ignored by the media. You would think that there would be a reporter SOMEWHERE looking for a pulitzer. The information is out there....the prize is waiting. Why are there no "hungry" journalists looking to make a name for themselves? I guess the answer lies in the fact that this happened during a democrat's administration....unlike Watergate. Just look at all the potential news blockbusters during the 8 years under Klintoooons.....
30 posted on 08/25/2003 9:22:47 AM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
????
31 posted on 08/25/2003 9:24:39 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Mo1
LOLOL! Great catch, Mo1!
32 posted on 08/25/2003 9:25:18 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: anglian
As long as the clintons remain at large there is no "rule of law" in America!
33 posted on 08/25/2003 9:27:58 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: mrtysmm
I will never understand how something like this can be ignored by the media.

Tim Russert nearly blew out a vein in his temple for several weeks in a row on Meet the Press screaming about the missile technology exchange and no one paid any attention. He's hardly a conservative either.

34 posted on 08/25/2003 10:01:53 AM PDT by TigersEye (Regime change in the Supreme Court. - Impeach Activist Judges!)
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To: Gritty
As long as the clintons remain at large there is no "rule of law" in America!

So true! IMO Algore's challenge of the '00 election was calculated at destroying the rule of law completely in one fell swoop.

35 posted on 08/25/2003 10:04:23 AM PDT by TigersEye (Regime change in the Supreme Court. - Impeach Activist Judges!)
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To: mrtysmm
Have you seen the Clinton death list?

Alamo Girl has the original at:

http://alamo-girl.com/0462.htm

You can't collect it if you are dead.
36 posted on 08/25/2003 10:12:04 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"Someday, someone will write the whole gooey history of the Red Chinese-Clinton connection in chronological order. Then, people will understand why they're little more than common criminals."

Only if we win the coming war will the true history ever be told.
37 posted on 08/25/2003 10:28:14 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: mrtysmm
Why are there no "hungry" journalists looking to make a name for themselves? ...

??Arkancide??
38 posted on 08/25/2003 11:18:29 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: Quilla
You posted my favorite picture of him. Thanks. I'm seriously considering making a Poster of that for my garage. For years to come, more and more things of this nature will be revealed to the general public.Unfortunately it will still be going on long after I'm gone. I refer to the evidence that most Senators refused to look at (that won't be officially available for 50 years) that has been moved from the White Building in D.C. to the National Archives.How verrrry nice of an action for you to take for Billy Jeff's convenience,Mr. Starr.
39 posted on 08/25/2003 1:39:59 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: Pagey
bttt
40 posted on 08/25/2003 3:40:55 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: HighRoadToChina; Grampa Dave; Jeff Head; Enemy Of The State; maui_hawaii; ALOHA RONNIE

Preceding this, in 1995, Loral-Hughes (Bernard L. Schwartz/C. Michael Armstrong) faxed China 200 pages which the Department of Defense said in the declassified summary of its May 1997 report "compromised national security".

The Wag the Kosovo War was launched to distract from the Cox Report on weapons technology transfer to China in 1999.

The Clinton copresidency did all possible to betray the U.S. military technology advantage to their Beijing patrons.

Bribery, Treason, High Crimes and MisDemeanors: Fuggedabout the Clinton Library--it's the Clinton Wing of Leavenworth that's needed.

41 posted on 08/25/2003 6:30:45 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: anglian
bttt
42 posted on 08/27/2003 1:16:23 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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