Hour 2 – KER Politics – Free Trade, Tariffs, And Comments On Trump

June 23, 2018

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KER Politcs this weekend features Chris Temple and comments on everything that the main stream media is reporting. Al and Chris talk about the current immigration issue and free trade. It is very important to step back from all the headlines and take a clear look at the world.

  • Segment 1: Chris Temple provides what Big Al feels are brilliant ideas pertaining to illegal immigration from the South.
  • Segment 2: I continue my discussion with Chris Temple and begin to move into the topic of international trade.
  • Segment 3: I talk with Chris a bit more about international trade and then we continue with a discussion of effective communication.
  • Segment 4: We wrap up KER Politics with a general discussion people actually taking relevant action instead of blathering platitudes.


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    Jun 23, 2018 23:57 AM

    Meet Mystery FBI “Agent 5” Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts While On Clinton Taint Team

    Jun 23, 2018 23:42 AM

    I totally agree on the point that the US would be better served dealing with issues to the South rather than the Middle East. In a sense the Middle East is never allowed to settle down because foreign powers keep taking sides – when probably neither side is right (although the Iraq-Q8 war was clearly something that had to be rectified). I’m a little more divided on the South China Sea issue but maybe we should leave the local players to it, Japan would probably do a lot more if it had to.

      Jun 23, 2018 23:40 PM

      But according to the agreements at the end of WWII, Japan is denied an offensive military.

        Jun 24, 2018 24:36 PM


        Actually it is the Japanese Constitution.

        Admittedly it was written under US pressure but it’s up to them to change should they wish.

          Jun 24, 2018 24:07 PM

          Precisely. It was the quid pro quo for not putting the Emperor on trial, like the Nuremberg trials.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:51 AM

    Trump’s goal to keep China from using ‘nuclear option’ of dumping US debt – Max Keiser

    Published time: 23 Jun, 2018 11:34

    Jun 23, 2018 23:53 AM

    Trump’s goal to keep China from using ‘nuclear option’ of dumping US debt – Max Keiser

    Jun 23, 2018 23:19 AM

    “We are the cause”, good point Chris.

    How to Control What People Do | Propaganda – EDWARD BERNAYS

    I posted this particular 8 min pce as it talks about president Eisenhower making the world safe for U.S. corporations in Guatemala when we ousted Jacob Arbenz.
    (how dare he interfere for the Guatemalan people)

    Strikes me as interesting as its Eisenhower we like to say “warned” us.

    They dont call us the “Great Satan” for nutin.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:40 AM

    It is Melania, not Maleena. Trump is a brawler, he is a not a Jersey brawler. He is from New York. Born and raised in Queens. He had nothing to do with New Jersey until his failed Atlantic City casinos. My advice would be to remove the Jersey part. Yes, I understand there was a famous boxer nicknamed The Jersey Brawler, but he was from New Jersey. Melania did not ask to be First Lady. Being First Lady is an unpaid position with no required duties. There are no requiements but way to many expectations. The position should be eliminated if the POTUS spouse is not interested in it.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:46 AM

    Al and Chris,
    You guys scratched the surface of some interesting topics today.

    Trump is educating the public of the immigration scam. He’s doing the heavy lifting needed for future generations.
    Trump will have the the trade deficit under control soon. It will become clear why he is so hard core about making that happen real soon.
    I’m glad Chris scratched the surface of the justice system.

    Three years ago you probably would remove comments about the deep state labeled as conspiracy theory. That said, there is going to be much information regarding the conspiracies that have happened being disclosed to the public. (As seen in the last few years).
    As an individual, company or blog, you can choose to move backward, or move forward. Nothing stays idle. You can be ahead of the curve, or behind it.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:53 AM

    Mr. Big Al Korelin,

    Thank you and than God for the sanity of Mr. Chris Temple. It’s like I always say, he is a temple of wisdom.

    He is 100% right that our rulers are causing havoc in so many countries over the world which is causing this flow of people into our country, including vicious criminals like the dreaded MS13.

    But I would say we don’t need to clean up anything. Just stop the incessant destabilizing meddling by our rulers and leave these countries the Hell alone.

    But that’s not what our rulers and their special interests want. And I would go as far to say that our rulers want to destroy this country’s middle class in particular and western culture in general. And remember, we the people of the US are paying for all this through taxation, inflation and debt! We are literally paying for the bullets they are using to shoot us in the head.

    It’s not some towelhead in a cave in Afghanistan that is the enemy of the people of this country. It is our evil rulers.

    We need a Chris Temple for President!

    I say Temple 2020!!!

      Jun 23, 2018 23:03 PM

      While we may not be helping the flow of immigrants, I refuse to accept the US is causing illegal immigration flow.
      I firmly believe the vaste majority of immigration everywhere in the world is economic in root cause.
      If you look at Europe over the last 50 years almost all movements of migration were economic.
      In the fifties and sixties in the UK, migration was primarily West Indian, Indian and Pakistani…..all of this was economic.
      In the seventies and eighties, european immigration was largely, from eastern Europe and North Africa. e.g. Turks into Germany; Algerians and Moroccans into France.
      WShile influenced by the France-Algerian conflicts, most of the migration actually occured after the end of the conflict.
      With regard to the current immigration crisis, again the vast majority of immigrants are not from Syria, but from Turkey, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria… again The FACTS do not support any claims that the US is mainly to blame.
      Certainly war causes immigration, but I do not feel it is mainly to blame.
      Much more probable cause is the socialist welfare systems that give hand-outs, without any waiting period or even a paying into the system requirement.
      One only has to look at percentage of immigrants granted true refugee status after final hearings.

      For the most part the fiasco is a result of socialist political parties seeking more voters, or right-wing parties seeking cheap labor…..nothing but corrupt politicians and a corrupted political system, not acting in the long-term best interest of the country.

        Jun 23, 2018 23:11 PM

        So does this mean you’re NOT going to vote for Chris in 2020??? 🙂

        …much more probable cause is the socialist welfare systems that give hand-outs

        Absolutely that’s a big factor. It’s been said over and over that you can’t have open borders (or even semi-open borders) and have a welfare state. Throw in a warfare state which creates even more ‘migrants’ and is very expensive and it’s no wonder the Empire will implode.

        Jun 23, 2018 23:06 PM

        While we may not be helping the flow of immigrants, I refuse to accept the US is causing illegal immigration flow.

        It’s exactly what our rulers want. They could stop it and damn near overnight if they wanted. But instead thousands stream in every day.

          Jun 23, 2018 23:49 PM

          May I suggest real patriots follow the youtube channel “Patriots 24/7”
          This channel runs live 24/7 and covers many of the issues discussed here.

          The current live session is at:

    Jun 23, 2018 23:55 AM

    TEMPLE 2020!!!

      Jun 23, 2018 23:27 PM

      Rightly or wrongly I have hitherto assume that the money associated with illegal drug tracking causes a lot of crime, if not a majority.
      As I try to gets dollar amounts associated with sex trafficking, people smuggling and sale of body parts, I am shocked at some of the amounts quoted. I do not have reliable data to report at this time, but am concerned about how much this might be affecting both illegal immigration and crime in general.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:25 AM

    It goes a heckofa lot deeper than the “rulers” of the U.S.

    As per Als last comment any mention of the banking system will simply be removed.

    Thats ok, but imo to deal with an issue a person must first accept there is an issue, once thats done you can begin to understand.

    Without understanding the banking and where how why etc your about as effective as a dog chasin its tail.

    Might be silly to assume that understanding would change anything anyway.

    “The “patriotic” wars America has waged from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, have added to the grievous woes of this world. The Deep State inside the U.S. government, which we fund with our taxes and which has our nation sunk in a trillion dollars in debt, is our formidable enemy. These indicators of decline and others even worse, like the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic of addiction, are the price America pays for its indifference to truth—we prefer situation ethics—and by that yardstick, objectively we are already Talmudists.”
    pce of an interview The Saker Interviews Michael Hoffman

    Jun 23, 2018 23:27 AM

    It might be a bit lengthy for some but if your interested.
    Its actually pretty well researched.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:37 AM

    I find Mr. Temple’s analysis (speaking of Mexico) far too simple. I do not believe the behavior of officials in that country is due to the past behavior of America or Americans.
    The willingness of Mexican officials at most levels to take bribes, to me, displays a pervasive indication of Mexican morality. To blame Americans in general for the stupidity of a section of American society to consume drugs, I believe, in misplaced.
    Americans are rich as a nation. Some Americans waste their life and money to buy drugs, but does that really imply that the US is destroying the fabric of Mexican society?
    Or is it that some Mexicans choose to get rich at the cost of violence and corruption in Mexico, and thereby slowly cause the destruction of Mexico?
    American and Canadian mining companies are not closing mines in Mexico because it is a peaceful, crime-free country.

      Jun 23, 2018 23:38 AM

      Either way, it shouldn’t be the problem of the American taxpayer.

      Jun 23, 2018 23:25 PM

      Statistics for illegal immigration are difficult to obtain because of traiterous action of Obama, directly ordering non-keeping of these.

      The best data available is possibly:

      As may be seen, another primary source of illegal immigration is not the direct crossing of the southern border, but over-staying of a legal entry visa.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:45 AM

    When referring to Melania Trump’s coat, I believe the problem arose simply from the ambiguity of the message contained thereon.
    I believe the message was directed primarily at the press or MSM, in general, not a specific political issue.
    Of cause, the biased media chose to represent her statement in the worst possible light and attach the statement incorrectly to plight of illegal immigrant children.

      Jun 23, 2018 23:44 AM

      Speaking of Trumps

      “Another source of tumult is the heated controversy over the conversion to Judaism performed by Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of the storied East Side synagogue in Manhattan, which was rejected by an Israeli rabbinic court, which invalidated the conversion of the (unnamed) woman and blocked her from marrying in an Orthodox ceremony in the Israeli state. This was a shock because it cast some doubt on another conversion performed by Lookstein— of Ivanka Trump”

    Jun 23, 2018 23:48 AM

    oops…..of course not of cause.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:53 AM

    I do not believe Mr. Temple’s statistics are close to being correct about prison population.
    One must be very careful about defining “prison” vs “enforced labor”, etc.

    One also must be careful about whether a country has a death penalty or not.
    Clearly someone executed does not show up as “a prisoner”.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:14 AM

    I find it curious that China, Pakistan and India and Brazil do not appear on prison statistical data.
    When I recall countries in which attempts have been made to steal from me, I cease to believe statistics.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:20 PM

    For those traveling at US airports this summer, here’s a song to remind you of the valuable contribution the taxpayer funded TSA public grope squad provides. (where incompetence thrives…..)


    Remy: The Longest Time (TSA Version)

    ReasonTV – May 25, 2018 – Music #VIDEO

    “Remy prepares summer travelers for groping season.”

        Jun 24, 2018 24:09 AM

        TSA naughty bits n’ pieces….

      Jun 23, 2018 23:18 PM

      For those traveling at US airports this summer…

      Won’t be me. I no longer have appointments with this guy…

      I no longer fly and the only traveling I do is by car. Last time I flew I nearly decked the TSA agent for the feel up. I refuse to take part in that ever again.

        Jun 23, 2018 23:26 PM

        haha Ebolan. That guy is so typical of the TSA grope & scope squad.

        I’ve been pulled aside and patted down the last few times I flew: Once for a gum wrapper in my pocket, once because I accidentally left a water bottle in the bottom of a carry on bag, and lastly because I was sweating on my back in the hot line, and they had to analyse the sweat to make sure it wasn’t an explosive agent or chemical.

        In each cases they probed inside my waist-line, and felt all the way up to my twigs n berries on that gum wrapper threat.

        Flying in the US is like going into the human meat grinder, and feels more and more like entering a prison facility. Sometimes it is the only reasonable option to span large distances though.

        Ever Upward!

      Jun 23, 2018 23:21 PM

      And this security theater has nothing to do with security.

      It’s only purpose is to put the sheeple in their place.

      After all, if the Ameroconned Sheeple will let their rulers’ minions porno scan them and feel them up and even allow this to be done to their children WHAT WON’T THE AMEROCONNED SHEEPLE ALLOW THEIR RULERS TO DO TO THEM???

          Jun 23, 2018 23:09 PM

          There is no doubt that we are ruled by criminal perverts.

            Jun 23, 2018 23:28 PM

            In this URL there is an interactive heat map of the extant sealed indictments.

            In an average, courts produce approximately 2,000 sealed indictments. At this point in time there are in excess of 35,000 sealed indictments, mostly of politicians, federal, state and local; many in California.


            Jun 23, 2018 23:55 PM

            Good stuff. You can make great charts, graphs and maps with Tableau. Worked with it several years ago but need to switch over to Microsoft’s SSRS.

            Jun 23, 2018 23:59 PM

            In an average year 2000 indictments

        Jun 23, 2018 23:22 PM

        …porno scan them…

        And remember it was good old Chertoff in Bushie’s administration that got rich or more accurately richer selling the porno scanners to the US Gooberment.

        So just chew on that and if you don’t like it I’m sure our rulers would tell you to, “Go Chertoff yourself.”

    Jun 23, 2018 23:15 PM

    Some comments on trade war tariffs.
    PAUL WISEMAN and MICHELLE R. SMITH – Associated Press – Sat Jun 23, 10:02AM CDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business and expects more pain. An Ohio pork producer is losing access to a vital export market and fears the damage will last years. A motorcycle shop near Cologne, Germany, wonders if it even has a future.
    A brawl that the United States provoked with its closest trading partners is starting to draw blood. On Friday, the European Union began imposing tariffs on $3.4 billion in American goods — from whiskey and motorcycles to peanuts and cranberries — to retaliate for President Donald Trump’s own tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. China, India and Turkey had earlier begun penalizing American products in response to the U.S. tariffs on metals.

    “We’re bleeding pretty bad right now,” said Jim Heimerl, a pork producer in Johnstown, Ohio.
    Pork producers like Heimerl are already suffering from plunging prices and reduced income since China’s move to impose a 25 percent tariff on American pork in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

    If the trade rift doesn’t worsen, the damage to the overall economy will likely be modest, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. But no one can say that the economic harm will end soon.

    On July 6, the United States is set to slap tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods to punish Beijing for forcing American companies to hand over technology in exchange for access to China’s market and other brass-knuckled attempts to supplant U.S. technological dominance.
    Beijing has vowed to retaliate. And Trump has threatened to punch back again with tariffs that could eventually cover $450 billion in Chinese products — representing nearly 90 percent of all goods Beijing exports to the United States.
    Escalating tariffs would likely raise prices for consumers, inflate costs for companies that rely on imported parts, rattle markets and paralyze business investment as executives wait to see whether the United States can reach a truce with the trading partners it’s fighting with.
    A full-fledged trade war, economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch warn, risks tipping the U.S. economy into recession.
    Heimerl, president of the National Pork Producers Council, noted that American hog farmers depend on China’s growing market. The price of hog futures has plunged since the tensions with Beijing started flaring in March. On an annual basis, it means a loss to pork producers of $2.2 billion, according to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes.
    China is “a big player to us,” Heimerl said. “They take a lot of products the U.S. doesn’t eat — hearts, lungs, intestines, stomachs and heads, some of the products we don’t eat here.”
    He recalls that it took American farmers years to recover after President Jimmy Carter imposed a grain embargo on the Soviet Union in 1980 and cut off a crucial market.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:08 PM

    Re: Segment 3.

    Is it true that it is necessary to have a trade deficit to place dollars in other country’s hands, given the vast numbers of dollars that exist outside the US.
    I do not see a dollar liquidity problem outside the US.

    I do see a problem with financing the excessive US debt.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:14 PM

    Re: Al’s comments on Melania.

    She wears high heels and high fashion and gets criticized by the press as elitist.
    She wears everyday fashion and gets criticized by Big Al as not dressed up enough.

    Seems an impossible to win dilemma to me.

      Jun 24, 2018 24:39 PM

      I think Melania is the greatest 1st lady since Dolly Madison!

    Jun 23, 2018 23:24 PM

    Re: Segment 4:

    Making the world a better place, seems to me to mean different things to different people.

    At what point does one stop redistributing wealth? When everyone is above some poverty level amount? Is that even possible?

    Jun 23, 2018 23:59 PM

    Stefan Molyneux Over-states things at times, but he accurately describes the Time article and illegal immigration.

    He does make some good points later on if you can take some of his early hyperbole.

    It seems to me it should be within the power of the executive branch of Government to state that all claims for asylum will henceforth ONLY be made outside the US at US embassies and and consulates.

    Jun 23, 2018 23:29 PM

    A further discussion of the IG report:

    Jun 24, 2018 24:23 AM

    30 Years of Global Warming Forecasts all Failed – Martin Armstrong

    The Wall Street Journal just published a review of the Global Warming Forecasts for the past 30 years. They have not even come close to the scenarios they put forth back in 1988. On June 23, 1988, the then NASA scientist James E. Hansen who helped to start all this nonsense testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He stated that he expressed had a “high degree of confidence” in “a cause-and-effect relationship between the claimed CO2 induced “greenhouse effect and observed warming.” That is how government characterizes something when they are guessing – “high degree of confidence” which was the same words used to invade Iraq who had weapons of mass destruction. He later came out and said: “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” (August 25, 2002). The CIA Director testified before Congress and said: “We said in the estimate with high confidence that Iraq had them.” see Transcript Washington Post).

    Here is Hansen’s forecast. The dark red overlay is actual surface temperatures reported and there is even a controversy surrounding them that they have been constantly skewed higher to not look like complete idiots. Even the models devised by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, are at least twice the actual temperature by now even with fudged numbers. So why are all these model so exaggerated?

    These models are completely VOID of cyclical models and they do not even understand that this is a cycle. They are constructed with same idiotic bases that whatever trend is in motion will remain in motion. The Dow Jones Industrials closed 1932 at 60.26 and 1933 at 98.67. That was a 63.7% gain year over year. By assuming that trend will remain in motion, which was his dire forecast, the Dow would have reach 96,433,885,025.00 by 1975. That makes 50,000 look cheap.

    Even averaging a 5-year advance VOID of understanding cycles, fails to provide a valid forecast ever. If I take the closing in the Dow of 2009 and the closing of 2014, the average advance was 1479 points per year. Now take the 2014 closing of 17823.07, that gives me 25,218.09. That is fine because we have been in a bull market. We all know the cycle will change. That is what is wrong with the global warming forecasts.

    What actually happened, they got $1 billion for research by scaring the HELL out of everyone. I wonder kind of chart I should make to get $1 billion handed to me from Congress with no performance requirements. What a deal.

    Jun 24, 2018 24:09 AM

    I recognize this is off topic and may get removed by the Big One, but markedtofuture, you realize, I hope, that Mr. Armstrong does not explain the real reason behind global warming. Simply put, the Democratic Party and Al Gore wanted to find a “reasonable cause” for raising taxation even further, at a time when income tax and other taxes were already considered high. An energy consumption tax was chosen, as a tax that could not be avoided significantly by changing consumption patterns….. hence the global warming theory, which was actually flawed in two ways. If anyone had bothered to study history, the temperatures on earth had fluctuated considerably in the past in periods of much, much higher CO2 concentrations; and secondly, the very model used to “generate global warming” assumed constant heat input into the earth, and ignored changes in sun radiation AND in reflectivity changes due to greenhouse gases themselves. It was recognized by many from the very start to be a fraud by a corrupt politician, but just like Trump’s Russian election collusion, it was pushed by corrupt, lying or ignorant politicians and an insanely-biased fourth estate that continually fails to examine the left, but attempts to destroy the right. We only really needed to examine the behavior of Al Gore or Hollywood, living in their many mansions and driving gas-guzzling automobiles to see how serious they really were about climate change.(The same goes for the disgraceful lies told by the media and the Democratic Party about the “separation” of the illegal Honduran young child, from her mother; who was never more than a couple of feet away for a few minutes. (A mother who actually chose to abandon her husband and other children. Never condemned for this action by the media.)

      Jun 24, 2018 24:47 PM

      Just out of interest cfs, global warming or climate change all being fraudulent, how do you rationalize S. Hawking saying it is really happening?

      There are obviously other trustworthy scientists but Hawking was supposedly the smartest guy on the planet, his credentials relevant and seemed to be kind of a moral sorta guy, who do you figure was smarter or more knowledgeable than he?
      or why would he lie to us?

      Stephen Hawking’s Final Warnings Urged World to Halt Climate Change
      Mar 14, 2018 – Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds on Earth, died … Hawking frequently denounced climate change deniers, and even offered to pay ..

      Jun 24, 2018 24:15 PM

      Hawking is an expert in nuclear physics and quantum field theory.

      My doctorate thesis involved Rayleigh scattering.

        Jun 25, 2018 25:53 AM

        I looked it up, I hadnt heard of Rayleigh scattering.

        So the scattering of sunlight off the molecules of the atmosphere can tell us climate change or global warming isnt happening or is cyclical?

        I sure dont know enough to say thats not possible, altho I would need a little convincing to believe Hawking got it wrong.

    Jun 24, 2018 24:53 AM

    The Four Groups that benefit from illegals:

    Victor Davis Hanson is an American classicist, military historian, columnist, and farmer. He has been a commentator on modern and ancient warfare and contemporary politics for National Review, The Washington Times and other media outlets. He is a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

      Jun 24, 2018 24:41 PM

      I wish Victor Davis Hanson will be our next president.

    Jun 24, 2018 24:46 PM

    Chris’ solution of this country simply going into those several Latin American nations whose people are exiting from sounds great at first mention. It will never happen because those who reap the billions of dollars from the status quo own the people who would be making those decisions.
    One of the main causative factors is our dumb war on drugs which has done nothing but create the biggest and richest market in the world. Until some of our ignorant laws are changed which created the monster, there will be nothing fixed.
    I’d like to hear more about what Chris thinks we could be doing in El Salvador for example.
    On Trump’s pardoning effort, some of it is good but one I never agreed with was forgiving Scooter Libby who had revealed an undercover officer at the CIA simply because her husband was on the opposite side of the Iraq Invasion than VP Cheney. I believe he already had escaped any jail time. If truth be told, I think Obama pardoned several hundred people who had been locked up under bad circumstances but tried to keep politics out of it. Political connection doesn’t seem to bother trump.
    Lastly, I have never felt trump was a good messenger…..whatever the narrative.
    I enjoyed the show. Thanks for posting it.

    Jun 24, 2018 24:53 PM

    New fears over Chinese espionage grip Washington

    Fresh concerns over Chinese espionage are gripping Washington as lawmakers fear Beijing is gaining sensitive details on U.S. technologies.

    Lawmakers are scrutinizing the Pentagon over its efforts to keep military secrets safe from hackers, after Chinese actors allegedly breached a Navy contractor’s computer and collected data on submarine technology.

    U.S. officials stepped up warnings that China regularly steals American intellectual property and technology, through cyberattacks and other means — allegations Beijing denies.

    The issue took center stage at a congressional hearing Thursday, as lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee pressed Trump administration officials on their efforts to protect U.S. military assets from Chinese spies.

    The Washington Post reported earlier this month that hackers linked to the Chinese government had penetrated computers used by a contractor working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in January and February. The hackers stole over 600 gigabytes of data, including information on a secret submarine technology project.

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, did not explicitly reference the incident, but noted a recent briefing on a cyber breach had left him concerned about the military’s protections against foreign-aligned hackers.

    “It was shocking how disorganized, unprepared and quite frankly utterly clueless the branch of the military was that had been breached,” Smith said. “Even in this day and age, we haven’t figured out how to put together a cyber policy to protect our assets in particular with our defense contractors we work with who store our data but not with adequate protection.”

    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), a member of the committee, confirmed to The Hill after the hearing that lawmakers had been briefed on the incident, but declined to offer further details.

    “The Armed Services Committee is engaged and we are meeting with [the Defense Department] to understand who was breached and what was taken,” Langevin said. He agreed that the government is not adequately addressing threats to the military supply chain.

    “I’m going to be pressing to make sure that we rework and redo our contracting authority to require stronger cybersecurity protections,” he added.

    The concerns over Chinese espionage are not limited to military technology.

    Last Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to investigate research partnerships between Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and U.S.-based universities. They suggested the partnerships could provide Beijing an avenue for stealing technologies being developed in America, posing a threat to national security.

    Huawei declined to comment on the letter Friday.

    Officials and lawmakers are trying to address the scope of the problem.

    At the hearing Thursday, officials described a multifaceted effort by China to acquire information on U.S. technologies, particularly those developed for the government and military.

    It includes the pursuit of research partnerships with academic institutions and government laboratories, in addition to cyber espionage campaigns that target defense contractors and IT and communications providers, they said.

    Kari Bingen, the principal deputy under secretary of Defense for intelligence, told lawmakers that the Pentagon is implementing a “more comprehensive approach” to protecting sensitive information held by defense contractors as well as unclassified but still valuable information held by the American defense industrial base.

    Bingen declined to go into specific details in the public, unclassified hearing. But she did say the federal government needs to take a more aggressive approach to protecting sensitive information and deterring would-be hackers.

    “There is a deep concern with [the] cyber data exfiltration issue, and it’s one that the Chinese in particular are targeting,” Bingen said.

    “We are playing defense right now, particularly in the cyber domain, and we need to be playing offense.”

    Security professionals observed a considerable decline in Chinese cyber espionage targeting U.S. businesses after a 2015 agreement between then-President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop supporting cyber-enabled intellectual property theft against the other country’s businesses.

    However, some cyber experts say that Chinese actors continued to target defense contractors to gain intelligence on military technology.

    New research from cybersecurity firm Symantec suggests that Chinese cyber activity against U.S. targets could be picking up overall.

    The company revealed Tuesday that a previously unidentified Chinese cyberespionage group had breached satellite communications, telecommunications firms, and geospatial imaging, as well as a defense contractor in the United States.

    The company believes the hacks took place between November 2017 and early May of this year. They represent the first instance of the hacking group targeting U.S. organizations since 2015. Symantec has been tracking the group internally since 2013.

    “This was an aggressive campaign,” said Jon DiMaggio, senior threat intelligence analyst at Symantec who led the research.

    The hackers focused on the operational systems of the targets, suggesting they were interested in gaining intelligence on how the satellite systems work or monitoring or changing their data flow.

    DiMaggio also said the hackers could have sought access to the systems to potentially disrupt them if they wanted.

    “Whether this is going to signify that there is this increase in those China-U.S. attacks, time will have to tell,” said DiMaggio. “But it was unexpected.”

    The Symantec research, however, did not specifically link that activity to the Chinese government.

    Asked about the research Thursday by an Armed Services lawmaker, Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Pentagon, declined to comment but said such activity would concern him.

    “That is a topic that I really do not want to discuss in a public setting. Broadly, your comment taken on its face is very concerning. It’s for me very concerning to have read about it in the papers,” Griffin told Rep. Doug Lamborn (R- Colo.).

    “I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss this stuff in a more closed setting,” he added.

    Espionage fears are also at play in the controversy over Chinese telecom firm ZTE, which is pitting the administration against Congress.

    Many argue that Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese firms could provide a means for Beijing to conduct spying on U.S. targets.

    The Commerce Department in April banned U.S. companies from doing business with ZTE citing allegations the company violated Iran sanctions laws this year.

    The ban almost led to the company closing its doors before President Trump, locked in tense trade negotiations with China, backed a deal to keep ZTE alive.

    But lawmakers, who see ZTE as a national security threat, are seeking to block the administration from allowing the company to resume business with U.S. firms.

    On Monday, the Senate passed an annual defense policy bill that includes language keeping the penalties on ZTE in place.

    The administration, though, has vowed to try and remove that language from the final bill.

    Jun 24, 2018 24:38 PM

    The Supreme Court Just Destroyed the Economy in the Hunt for Taxes – Armstrong

    The Supreme Court in SOUTH DAKOTA v. WAYFAIR, INC, just handed down the most devastating and unconstitutional rule perhaps in American history in a 5-4 ruling that we will look back upon as the straw that broke the back of the economy. The Supreme Court has totally rejected EVERYTHING that the United States was built upon – No Taxation Without Representation. Instead of the greed of states being confined to their own citizens, the Supreme Court has ruled that if you are not a citizen of that state, the state still has jurisdiction to compel you to collect taxes as an economic slave WITHOUT ANY RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED IN THAT STATE to oppose such legislation. This is exactly what the American Revolution was all about. The English Parliament would pass legislation that compelled Colonists to pay taxes yet they were NOT represented in the English Parliament to object. This is the most fundamentally UNCONSTITUTIONAL and ant-Democratic decision EVER handed down by the Supreme Court all because of the Hunt for Money by the States.

    Jun 25, 2018 25:24 AM

    Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming

    Good data and statistics

    Jun 25, 2018 25:27 AM

    The border crisis is a reminder that Trump has no idea what he’s doing

    Jun 26, 2018 26:59 AM

    2nd tape: I certainly agree with Chris about our fault in creating much of the disruption in these Latin American countries. We did the same in Cuba but there, Castro outflanked us and we never got over it to this day. Panama might have ended up the same except for the extreme amount of monies from all over the world that filtered in and created a modern nation. Much of the money was Columbian dope cartel; much of it foreign like Russian. Anyway, the point is what was derived from the canal, dope and illicit foreign sources beat the hell out of the coffee and bananas that was funneled through United Fruit and other American combines. John Perkin’s book was never more prescient than today. Sadly, most Americans including trump are still in the dark about the causes.
    Thanks for the show.