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June 11, 2013

Spies in America: A National Security Debacle (Part 3)

He was a large 6’ 2” man weighing well over 230 pounds, sporting a white mustache. It was my first meeting with this seasoned operator who had worked his entire life on the California border. It was around lunch time and he was hungry for some good grub.

“You eat Chinese food?” he asked.

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is an internationally recognized security, terrorism, and intelligence professional. He has taught domestic and international organizations in counter-terrorism, intelligence, and physical security related issues. He has briefed some of the highest government officials ranging from ambassadors to members of Congress and Pentagon staff. He is author of the book Contracted: America's Secret Warriors and Contracted II: America's Terror Trackers, and Going Rogue: The Compilation.

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  • StreetDoc

    I don't know if it's more sad or more frightening that so many Americans narrow their concerns to only what is in front of them on their TV or computer screens. There is SO much more to concern ourselves with in the area of our security than just Obama walking us into a "Syrian" buzz saw to save face. As expected... this was/is a great series of articles!


    Overall this is a well written article and well grounded. The only disagreement I have is the idea that many of the Chinese immigrants using the birth right citizenship is the base for espionage. The author mentions how closed the Chinese groups are to outsiders. This concept also applies to the Chinese among themselves. There 56 ethnic groups recognized by the government. There are 7 major language groups. Each city is very protective of themselves. While the traditions are changing, there is still lots of pressure to marry with in the home providence or better the home city. Shanghai locals, those whose family has been here for generations look down upon those not from Shanghai. The Communists are apply this concept to themselves also. If you are not part of the family then there is probably no hope to join. Only the most outstanding members of society are recruited. And most of those who are most outstanding are already in the club. I think the majority of Chinese immigrants use the birth right citizenship as a means to promote their wealth and life in China.  It is more likely that very few of the immigrants using this tactic will become spies. Hopefully this makes sense. Not saying there isn't an abundance of Chinese spies. It just isn't the majority using this method.

  • BulletTooth32

    step up security. that's all i have to say

  • ajkmidget96

    Unlike Mexicans, who use their newborns to establish residency inside the United States, the Chinese often birth their children inside the U.S. and then quickly send them back to China. They are raised with a true love for China that results in nationalistic pride. As they grow older, many of them obtain unique training with China’s spy services through the Ministry of State Security (MSS) and are later sent back to the United States—these persons are legally considered US citizens.source?

  • aezino

    Chinese married to Caucasian, blacks or Hispanics may not be of much  help. Lets say you marry a lets say a Phillipino woman or Chinese woman and you will get the comment that "You are stealing our women."  I have actually heard of this in the case of Phillipinos and seen similar cold shoulder given to those that date and/or marry outside their race.  At that point they won't get the secret handshake.  It works the same way for every race to one extent or another (maybe a little less so over time in America. Point is that some honest Chinese-Americans are clueless as to this process and would not be of much help to the government in uncovering this spying, because they have become part of the out group (from the chinese perspective).