Oh, My Goodness! Where do we start…where do we start??? O.k…
Al Capone…ain’t got nothin’ on these corrupt ^%$#%^ who are running our government. Shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-t!!! You better not sleep with both eyes closed. You will wake-up with your drawers gone…ass out! How??? Because these no good bastards are literally robbing us blind…& selling the country to the highest bidder. I’m telling you the truth. O.k…
I don’t know if yall heard of a Chinese company called “ZTE.” Well… ZTE is one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker. NPR reports… “They make network equipment for cell phone services & also create their own smart phones.” While ZTE is a publicly traded company…its largest shareholder is a Chinese state-owned enterprise. On May 12, 2018, CNN reports… “The company’s controlling shareholder is Shenzhen Zhongxingxin Telecommunications Equipment, a Chinese state-owned corporation.” Meaning??? The Chinese government essentially controls ZTE. Surprise! Surprise! Now, let’s back it up a little…
America has had a longtime ban on non-humanitarian sales to Iran. However… However… However… On March 22, 2012, Reuters reported that Iran found a backdoor way to obtain U.S. technology by purchasing banned American products…through (guess who???)…that’s right… “ZTE.” Remember, what I just told you. ZTE is owned/controlled by the Chinese government. And, you know…the Chinese government…knows damn well about the U.S. American product ban on Iran.
What we have here is the Chinese government “secretly” selling U.S. banned technology products, behind our backs…to Iran. According to Reuters… they uncovered documents that revealed a $130.6 million dollar contract for networking equipment (hardware & software) supplied by “ZTE” to the Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI). So, exactly what American technology products has the Chinese government been shipping to Iran??? Let’s see…
Reuters reports that in a ZTE 907-page “Packing List,” dated July 24, 2011, which shows the items they shipped to Iran… “includes hardware and software products from some of America’s best-known tech companies, including Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co, Oracle Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, Dell Inc, Juniper Networks Inc and Symantec Corp.” Let’s keep going…
After, this information came out in 2012, about what the Chinese government was doing, the U.S. started investigating ZTE. In October 2012, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in Congress…issued a report on ZTE. The Report is titled, The U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE.
Now, you see… Shit is getting real. With respect to ZTE’s selling of U.S. technology to Iran, the Committee Report states in pertinent part…
“ZTE failed to provide any answers or evidence about its compliance with intellectual property or U.S. export-control laws.
The protection of intellectual property and compliance with United States export control laws are a core concern for U.S. interests. The ability of a company to comply with these laws provide a useful test of that company’s ability to follow international codes of business conduct and remain free of undue state influence. Representatives of the company consistently declined to comment on recent media reports that ZTE had sold export-controlled items to Iran.
At the hearing on September 13, 2012, ZTE acknowledged that it is performing an internal review to determine if the company destroyed any documents or other evidence related to its activities in Iran. Mr. Zhu provided no information that could allow the Committee to evaluate the extent of those activities, their compliance with U.S. laws, or management’s involvement in the potential destruction of documents and evidence. ZTE did not answer in specific written questions from the Committee asking why it sought to limit its Iranian business activities; whether ZTE will honor its current contracts in Iran; or whether those contracts include training or maintenance of surveillance equipment. Further, ZTE refused to answer questions about what products ZTE resold in Iran. ZTE also refused to provide any documents on its activities in Iran.”
Now, the Conclusions and Recommendations contained in the Report are as follows:
“Conclusion and Recommendations
The Committee launched this investigation to seek answers to some persistent questions about the Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE and their ties to the Chinese government. Throughout the months-long investigation, both Huawei and ZTE sought to describe, in different terms, why neither company is a threat to U.S. national-security interests. Unfortunately, neither ZTE nor Huawei have cooperated fully with the investigation, and both companies have failed to provide documents or other evidence that would substantiate their claims or lend support for their narratives.
Huawei, in particular, provided evasive, nonresponsive, or incomplete answers to questions at the heart of the security issues posed. The failure of these companies to provide responsive answers about their relationships with and support by the Chinese government provides further doubt as to their ability to abide by international rules.
Based on this investigation, the Committee provides the following recommendations:
Recommendation 1: The United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies.
The United States Intelligence Community (IC) must remain vigilant and focused on this threat. The IC should actively seek to keep cleared private sector actors as informed of the threat as possible.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) must block acquisitions, takeovers, or mergers involving Huawei and ZTE given the threat to U.S. national security interests. Legislative proposals seeking to expand CFIUS to include purchasing agreements should receive thorough consideration by relevant Congressional committees.
U.S. government systems, particularly sensitive systems, should not include Huawei or ZTE equipment, including in component parts. Similarly, government contractors – particularly those working on contracts for sensitive U.S. programs – should exclude ZTE or Huawei equipment in their systems.
Recommendation 2: Private-sector entities in the United States are strongly encouraged to consider the long-term security risks associated with doing business with either ZTE or Huawei for equipment or services. U.S. network providers and systems developers are strongly encouraged to seek other vendors for their projects. Based on available classified and unclassified information, Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems.
Recommendation 3: Committees of jurisdiction within the U.S. Congress and enforcement agencies within the Executive Branch should investigate the unfair trade practices of the Chinese telecommunications sector, paying particular attention to China’s continued financial support for key companies.
Recommendation 4: Chinese companies should quickly become more open and transparent, including listing on western stock exchange with advanced transparency requirements, offering more consistent review by independent third-party evaluators of their financial information and cyber-security processes, complying with U.S. legal standards of information and evidentiary production, and obeying all intellectual-property laws and standards. Huawei, in particular, must become more transparent and responsive to U.S. legal obligations.
Recommendation 5: Committees of jurisdiction in the U.S. Congress should consider potential legislation to better address the risk posed by telecommunications companies with nation-state ties or otherwise not clearly trusted to build critical infrastructure. Such legislation could include increasing information sharing among private sector entities, and an expanded role for the CFIUS process to include purchasing agreements.”
*********end of report*********
O.k… Now, last fast forward to last year.
On March 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release titled…
“ZTE Corporation Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay Over $430.4 Million for Violating U.S. Sanctions by Sending U.S.-Origin Items to Iran.”
ZTE’s guilty plea came in light of a criminal information, filed on March 7, 2017, in federal court in the Northern District of Texas charging ZTE with one count of knowingly and willfully conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), one count of obstruction of justice and one count of making a material false statement. The Department of Justice says that ZTE waived the requirement of being charged by way of federal indictment, agreed to the filing of the information and has accepted responsibility for its criminal conduct by entering into a plea agreement with the government.
Now…lets check out what the U.S. Justice Department says about ZTE’s criminal behavior in this 2017 press release…
“ZTE Corporation not only violated export controls that keep sensitive American technology out of the hands of hostile regimes like Iran’s – they lied to federal investigators and even deceived their own counsel and internal investigators about their illegal acts,” said Attorney General Sessions. “This plea agreement holds them accountable, and makes clear that our government will use every tool we have to punish companies who would violate our laws, obstruct justice and jeopardize our national security. I am grateful to the Justice Department’s National Security Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas and the FBI for their outstanding work on this investigation.”
“ZTE engaged in an elaborate scheme to acquire U.S.-origin items, send the items to Iran and mask its involvement in those exports. The plea agreement, which is pending before the Court, alleges that the highest levels of management within the company approved the scheme. ZTE then repeatedly lied to and misled federal investigators, its own attorneys and internal investigators. Its actions were egregious and warranted a significant penalty,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “The enforcement of U.S. export control and sanctions laws is a major component of the National Security Division’s commitment to protecting the national security of the United States. Companies that violate these laws – including foreign companies – will be investigated and held to answer for their actions.”
“ZTE Corporation not only violated our export control laws but, once caught, shockingly resumed illegal shipments to Iran during the course of our investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Parker. “ZTE Corporation then went to great lengths to devise elaborate, corporate-wide schemes to hide its illegal conduct, including lying to its own lawyers.”
“The plea agreement in this case shows ZTE repeatedly violated export controls and illegally shipped U.S. technology to Iran,” said Assistant Director Priestap. “The company also took extensive measures to hide what it was doing from U.S. authorities. This case is an excellent example of cooperation among multiple U.S. agencies to uncover illegal technology transfers and make those responsible pay for their actions.”
The plea agreement, which is contingent on the court’s approval, also requires ZTE to submit to a three-year period of corporate probation, during which time an independent corporate compliance monitor will review and report on ZTE’s export compliance program. ZTE is also required to cooperate fully with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding any criminal investigation by U.S. law enforcement authorities. The plea agreement ends a five-year joint investigation into ZTE’s export practices, which was handled by the DOJ’s National Security Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, the FBI, the BIS and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Summary of the Criminal Conduct
According to documents filed today, for a period of almost six years, ZTE obtained U.S.-origin items – including controlled dual-use goods on the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List (CCL) – incorporated some of those items into ZTE equipment and shipped the ZTE equipment and U.S.-origin items to customers in Iran. ZTE engaged in this conduct knowing that such shipments to Iran were illegal. ZTE further lied to federal investigators during the course of the investigation when it insisted, through outside and in-house counsel, that the company had stopped sending U.S.-origin items to Iran. In fact, while the investigation was ongoing, ZTE resumed its business with Iran and shipped millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. items there.
ZTE also created an elaborate scheme to hide the data related to these transactions from a forensic accounting firm hired by defense counsel to conduct a review of ZTE’s transactions with sanctioned countries. It did so knowing that the information provided to the forensic accounting firm would be reported to the U.S. government by outside counsel. Outside counsel was not aware of this scheme and indeed was wholly unaware that ZTE had resumed business with Iran. After ZTE informed its counsel of the scheme, counsel reported – with permission from ZTE – the conduct to the U.S. government.
The Iran Business
According to court documents, between January 2010 and January 2016, ZTE, either directly or indirectly through a third company, shipped approximately $32,000,000 of U.S.-origin items to Iran without obtaining the proper export licenses from the U.S. government. In early 2010, ZTE began bidding on two different Iranian projects. The projects involved installing cellular and landline network infrastructure. Each contract was worth hundreds of millions of U.S. Dollars and required U.S. components for the final products.
In December 2010, ZTE finalized the contracts with Iranian customers. The contracts were signed by four parties: the Iranian customer, ZTE, Beijing 8 Star and ZTE Parsian. Court documents explain that ZTE identified Beijing 8 Star (8S) as a possible vehicle for hiding its illegal shipments of U.S. items to Iran. It intended to use 8S to export U.S.-origin items from China to ZTE customers in Iran. As part of this plan, ZTE supplied 8S with necessary capital and took over control of the company.
Under the terms of the Iran contracts, ZTE agreed to supply the “self-developed equipment,” collect payments for the projects and manage the whole network. ZTE Parsian was to provide locally purchased materials and all services. 8S was responsible for “relevant third-party equipment,” which primarily meant parts that would be subject to U.S. export laws. ZTE intended for 8S to be an “isolation company,” that is, ZTE intended for 8S (rather than ZTE) to purchase the embargoed equipment from suppliers and provide that equipment under the contract in an effort to distance ZTE from U.S. export-controlled products and insulate ZTE from U.S. export violations. However, 8S had no purchasing or shipping history and no real business reputation.
Ultimately, although 8S was a party to the contracts, ZTE itself purchased and shipped the embargoed goods under the contract. In its shipping containers, it packaged the U.S. items with its own self-manufactured items to hide the U.S.-origin goods. ZTE did not include the U.S. items on the customs declaration forms, though it did include the U.S.-origin items on the packing lists included inside of the shipments.
In early 2011, when ZTE determined that the use of 8S was insufficient to hide ZTE’s connection to the illegal export of U.S.-origin goods to Iran, senior management of ZTE ordered that a company-level export control project team study, handle and respond to the company’s export control risks. In September 2011, four senior managers signed an Executive Memo, which proposed that the company identify and establish new “isolation companies” that would be responsible for supplying U.S. component parts necessary for projects in embargoed countries. The isolation companies would conceal ZTE’s role in the transshipment scheme and would insulate ZTE from export control risks.
In March 2012, Reuters published an article regarding ZTE’s sale of equipment to Iran. In response, ZTE made a decision to temporarily cease sending new U.S. equipment to Iran. By November 2013, however, ZTE had resumed its business with Iran. Beginning in July 2014, ZTE began shipping U.S.-origin equipment to Iran once again without the necessary licenses.
Instead of using 8S, however, ZTE identified a new isolation company. ZTE signed a contract with the new isolation company, which in turn signed contracts with the two Iranian customers. According to the new scheme, ZTE purchased and manufactured all relevant equipment – both U.S.-origin and ZTE-manufactured – and prepared them for pick-up at its warehouse by the new isolation company. The new isolation company then shipped all items to the Iranian customers. Shipments to Iran continued from January 2014 through January 2016.
The Obstruction and False Statement
According to court documents, despite its knowledge of an ongoing grand jury investigation into its Iran exports, ZTE took several steps to conceal relevant information from the U.S. government. It further took affirmative steps to mislead the U.S. government. In the summer of 2012, ZTE asked each of the employees who were involved in the Iran sales to sign nondisclosure agreements in which the employees agreed to keep confidential all information related to the company’s U.S. exports to Iran.
During meetings throughout late 2014, late 2015 and early 2016, outside counsel for ZTE, unaware that the statements ZTE had given to counsel for communication to the government were false, represented to the DOJ and federal law enforcement agents that ZTE had stopped doing business with Iran and therefore was no longer violating U.S. export laws. Similarly, on July 8, 2015, in-house counsel for ZTE accompanied outside counsel in a meeting with the DOJ and federal law enforcement agents and reported that ZTE was abiding by U.S. laws. That statement was also false.
ZTE also hid data related to its resumed illegal sales to Iran from a forensic accounting firm hired by defense counsel to conduct an internal investigation into the company’s Iran sales. ZTE knew the forensic accounting firm was reviewing its systems and knew that the analysis was being reported to the DOJ and U.S. law enforcement. To avoid detection of its 2013-2016 resumed illegal sales to Iran, ZTE formed the “contract data induction team” (“CDIT”). The CDIT was comprised of approximately 13 people whose job it was to “sanitize the databases” of all information related to the 2013-2016 Iran business. The team identified and removed from the databases all data related to those sales. ZTE also established an auto-delete function for the email accounts of those 13 individuals on the CDIT, so their emails were deleted every night – a departure from its normal practices – to ensure there were no communications related to the hiding of the data.”
****end of press release****
From where I’m standing…these %$#@&* were busy…shamelessly…lying…conniving…& backdoor dealing their asses off. And, remember when I say ZTE…I’m talking about the Chinese government. Don’t fall asleep…on this fact. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT = ZTE!!! O.k…
So, what happened after ZTE entered into this plea deal??? Did they comply??? HELL NO!!! The ink wasn’t even dry on the agreement, before their asses were right back at it. DAMN BETCHA!
On April 16, 2018, U.S. Commerce Department imposed a seven-year ban on purchases of crucial American technology, to ZTE…because ZTE violated the terms of the March 2017 plea agreement. How did ZTE violate the agreement??? Bloomberg reports… “The Commerce Department determined ZTE, which was previously fined for shipping telecommunication equipment to Iran and North Korea, subsequently paid full bonuses to employees who engaged in the illegal conduct, failed to issue letters of reprimand and lied about the practices to U.S. authorities, the department said.”
On April 16, 2018, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (a Trump pick) emphatically stated… “Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them. This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.”
O.k… This seven year ban…on ZTE…was just imposed, last month. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross just spoke about ZTE’s “EGREGIOUS” behavior…last month. O.k… The Huffington Post reports on 5/14/18… “ZTE phones have already been described as a security risk by the U.S. military and intelligence community. Two weeks ago, the military banned their use on bases for fear they could be used to track the locations of service members.”
3 days ago, on Sunday, May 13, 2018…Donald Trump awoke from his slumber…& decided to do what??? Oh, you know… Tweet his ass off. And, this is what one of his tweets said…
Donald J. Trump
President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!
11:01 AM – May 13, 2018
HOLD THE PRESSES!!! HOLD THE GOT DAMN PRESSES!!! Yes… Your eyes have not deceived you. After all the underhanded…sneaky…lying…backstabbing shit that ZTE (Chinese government) has been doing to the U.S…for several years (that we know of)…that DUMB…EVIL ASS…Donald Trump… “tweets”…that “we need to get ZTE back in business fast.” So, China can do what??? Keep undermining this country…to bring it to its knees. So, China can take over this country??? You tell me…
And, in all of his brilliance…Trump instructs the same man…Wilbur Ross (Commerce Secretary)…who just imposed a 7 year ban on ZTE’s ass last month…to “get it done!” “Get ZTE back in business with the U.S…Trump tells Ross!” So…
Do you scratch your head…or your ass…to figure this one out??? I’m just asking…
What Donald Trump is telling the Commerce Department to do is equivalent to someone having a home invasion…robbery…where the robber was caught…& Trump says to the homeowner… “Oh, don’t be like that. Don’t press charges. Don’t punish the robber. As a matter of fact, give them a key to your home. Let the robber come back…again, & rob you some more!” Now, remember…
It is OUR “law enforcement” agencies and offices that filed the criminal information document against ZTE…to begin with. Specifically, the criminal case against ZTE was being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Elizabeth Cannon of the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Sections and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Penley of the Northern District of Texas. The FBI was also critical in this endeavor. The evidence against ZTE was so overwhelming…it compelled ZTE to enter into the “plea agreement”…I told you about earlier. O.k…
For the record…this was no got damn traffic ticket. And… There is absolutely nothing typical…nothing normal about a President of the United States taking actions to interfere with “corporate law enforcement” matters of this country. Trump’s tweet basically tries to overturn the punishment OUR law enforcement agencies rendered to a corporate criminal actor…ZTE. ZTE (Chinese government) was NOT innocent, here. Remember, ZTE pled guilty last year…to engaging in crimes against the United States. On Monday, May 14, 2018, The Huffington Post reports… “This is stunning. They perpetually find new things to surprise me,” said Robert Weissman, president of the open government advocacy group Public Citizen. “The idea of the president intervening in a law enforcement matter to satisfy a foreign government is extraordinary. And it’s extraordinary because it doesn’t happen. Opening that door threatens the integrity of all corporate law enforcement.””
So… What is really going on here??? Why is this man, President Donald Trump, who was talking so profusely about stopping China from hurting the U.S, anymore…NOW, the one trying to give China the keys to our country??? Hint… Hint… SHOW ME THE MONEY! SHOW ME THE GOT DAMN MONEY! YES…YES…YES! It appears that Trump’s crooked ass was motivated by MONEY in tweeting that treasonous bullshit he tweeted…Sunday. O.k…let’s see what happened…
Donald Trump’ family business, “The Trump Organization”…which is still owned by Donald Trump…entered into a deal with MNC Land (Indonesian Developer) to put Trump’s name on a golf course, luxury hotel and residential development at a “theme park resort”…outside of Jakarta. On May 10, 2018, the Chinese government agreed to put up $ 500 million dollars and become a partner in this same “theme park resort” Indonesian project…that will directly benefit Donald Trump.
Three days later…Donald Trump sent out the “tweet” (Sunday, May 13, 2018) that the United States needs to get ZTE’s ass (owned by Chinese government) back on its feet. And… In addition to the $ 500 million already put in…Chinese banks are going to put in another $ 500 million. That’s a lot of damn money…people. It’s 1 Billion dollars…in total! Now…
I told yall that Trump is an evil…crazy ass…brother of the Devil. I am so serious. He is completely diabolical. In making any decision…about anything…Donald Trump’s main consideration is…DONALD TRUMP! I told you a while ago that…that %^$#* would sell his own mother to Gypsies for a dollar. So, what the hell is the difference to him??? Sell his mother…sell out the United States… “mmmmhhhh” …no difference. This is how Donald Trump operates…24/7. He has no moral compass…whatsoever. His master is the Devil. And, God tells us…you can’t serve 2 masters. In other words, God NEVER comes into the equation when…Trump acts. So…
It’s nothing for Donald Trump…to have the U.S. turn “tricks”…to make him money. That shit comes as easy as breathing. Now, as Trump’s treasonous ass cashes in on the United States…my thoughts go to the Republican dirty dogs in Congress. Why aren’t they howling to the moon…about Trump’s shady ass dealings with the Chinese government? Until, the other day…I thought that House Speaker Paul Ryan had been knocked off by the Vatican. You know… For wrongfully firing the Congressional House Chaplain…Catholic Priest Patrick Conroy…a few weeks ago. And…
It was only when I saw Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell poke his head out from under his wife’s dress…at a recent White House meeting with Trump…that I knew he was STILL among the land of the living. I thought to myself… “GOT DAMN IT…WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN??? YOU LOAFING…NO GOOD BASTARDS!” But, you know… I soberly came to the realization…a long time ago…that 95% of the Republican leaders are just as shady & crooked as Trump. Instead of being a check & balance on Trump’s rotten ass…they “cowtell” to that %$#*^ for their own selfish reasons. Instead of reining his ass in…they gave him a pearl handled pistol…as they shouted… “WE LOVE YOU HUGGY BEAR! WE LOVE YOU HUGGY BEAR!”
Iris R. Whiting ©