STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
New 'Red Scare' … Universities Hotbeds for Un-American Activities?
By Staff News & Analysis - April 12, 2012

FBI Fears American Universities 'Swarming with Spies' … Foreign spies have become much more common in America's higher education institutions over the last five years, reports Bloomberg. The FBI says many of them are Chinese nationals. The end of the Cold War did a lot to deepen international scientific collaboration, prompting universities to broaden their global activities. Students on American soil have become even more multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. But this openness also exposed the vulnerability of academic institutions to scientific and industrial espionage, as well as to the theft of advanced technologies, US national security officials believe. "We have intelligence and cases indicating that US universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services," Frank Figliuzzi, Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director for counterintelligence, told Bloomberg. – Bloomberg

Dominant Social Theme: The enemy has penetrated American universities and must be repulsed. The FBI will need a bigger budget.

Free-Market Analysis: The FBI has discovered that American Universities are swarming with spies. This is ironic because US Intel agencies generally have been responsible for generating false-flag "war on terror" operations that have been criticized by the US legal community.

There are difficulties, in fact, with many "war on terror" operations in particular, with charges of entrapment surrounding more than a few of these episodes. It can surely be speculated – and has been – that terrorist hysteria is being whipped up to justify US Intel generally and to expand budgets.

This sort of thing, unfortunately, is part of a larger history that goes back at least to the 1950s in the US and the so-called communist scare that the FBI in particular was involved in hyping.

Many in the US, especially on the Left, have been content to consign the "Red Scare" in America, with its paranoia, citizen spying and general domestic distrust, to the "bad old days." But it looks like these days may be returning.

The US Intel-industrial complex, as we reported yesterday, is revving up its military motor in South America, building new bases in Argentina and basically proclaiming its right to intervene in its "back yard" as necessary. The justification is the "war on terror" and the possibility that Iran might seek to use regions of the Americas as places from which to attack the US.

The same justifications were, of course, used in the 20th century. The US needed a strong presence in Latin America in order to deter communist aggression. Seen from this perspective, it is perfectly logical to speculate (from a directed history standpoint) about whether US leaders where ever as oppposed to Cuba's Fidel Castro as they appeared to be.

Castro certainly provided the US with a rationale for continued alertness and interference in the region. One might be tempted to say that if Castro hadn't existed, it might have been necessary to make him up.

The 1950s saw the height of the Red Scare. Hysteria reigned over reasonable explanations. The war on terror hasn't reached these proportions but it surely seems to be building.

Yes, gradually the narrative seems to be evolving. First it was Afghanistan; now it's Iran. Russia and China are said to be in the Persian Camp. Are the BRICs being swapped in for the now-dead USSR? The old playbook is being updated. Here's some more from the article:

The FBI believes American universities are the ideal place for recruiting informers and agent penetration. Agents' activities could range from conducting research with respected scientific teams and taking photos of hi-tech equipment and documents, to barefaced copying of files with sensitive data from personal laptops.

Hi-tech espionage targets academic centers and corporations' scientific and technical research alike, the FBI says. According to a 2011 US Defense Department report, attempts by East Asian countries, China in particular, to gain access to developing technologies and cutting-edge research in the US grew a stunning eightfold in 2010 compared with the previous year.

Above all, foreign intelligence activities concentrate on information systems development, construction of lasers, aeronautics research and underwater robot production, the report said … China alone directed 76,830 students to US universities in 2010-2011, more than any other country. The FBI says many Chinese researchers who have received an American education and started working in American companies do have a tendency to commit corporate espionage.

The Chinese focus is especially telling, in our view. The language used in this Bloomberg article is reminiscent of Cold War rhetoric aimed at the "Russian threat." Then, the USSR was considered a prime danger to "free America." Now the Chinese are being groomed as a replacement.

With hindsight, we tend to doubt that the USSR was ever as grave a threat as it's been made out to be. There's plenty of substantive evidence that the power elite – the one that wants to run the world, in our view – helped fund the Russian Revolution, just as they apparently did Hitler's rise.

Now the same thing is taking place in China. This is ironic as the Chinese financial system and economic infrastructure is basically Western. The largest Chinese trading partner in modern times has been the US.

The idea that the Chinese are developing into some kind of implacable enemy of the US is surely hard to believe. It is more likely an elite dominant social theme than a reality. The powers-that-be used these fear-based promotions to frighten the middle class into accepting global solutions that promote the one-world concept that the elites are intent on realizing.

This worked well in the 21st century when much of the globalists' infrastructure was created. But in the 21st century, much of this "directed history" has been exposed by what we call the Internet Reformation. This is making it a good deal more difficult for elite, fear-based narratives to be successfully implemented.

After Thoughts

This doesn't stop the elites from trying, however. The elite playbook is not especially subtle. It includes authoritarianism, economic depression and war. The idea is to distract people and make them so miserable that they will welcome globalist solutions, or at least not object. Time will tell how well this works in the 21st century.

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