I couldn’t believe what I was reading in The Washington Times. In the first of a three-part series published this morning, Bill Gertz outlines how someone in the U.S. Government seems to have decided once again to risk national security by outsourcing contracts to overseas companies.
In much the same way national security appears to have been jeopardized when a huge chunk of the Air Force tanker contract was awarded to overseas interests (for a refresher, click here, here and here), now it seems it’s been compromised again in the area of passports:
The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put ahead of national security, an investigation by The Washington Times has found. [Click here to read the rest of part one of this eye-opening series.]
Perhaps we should refer to national security by a new name, NSECURITY, until matters are straightened out. What a shame!
When I want updates on the status of our nation’s defense capabilities and infrastructure, I turn to Bill Gertz who writes for The Washington Times. Today, as usual, he delivered his usual punch in the form of an article, Merger opens U.S. defense to China, about a truly frightening proposal that begins this way:
A Chinese company with ties to Beijing’s military and past links to Saddam Hussein’s army in Iraq and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger, Pentagon officials say.
Huawei Technologies will merge with the Massachusetts-based 3Com network-equipment manufacturer in a deal announced last week. Huawei has been linked to the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, which involved millions of dollars in payoffs to Saddam’s regime during a time of U.N. sanctions.
After reading this article, I find myself in a state of disbelief. How far downhill will our so-called “leaders” in Washington, D.C., allow things to slide before they realize things have gone too far — and possibly beyond the point of no return? And how long will Americans put up with those “leaders” before they say “Enough is enough!”
[Note: For more information on Huawei Technologies, click here.]