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ATexasVol

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... China.

If you think a person is immune from the corrupting influence of money and power just because they are a scientist, I have news for you.   

Over 500 U.S. Scientists Under Investigation for Being Compromised by China (msn.com)

More than 500 U.S. scientists are under investigation for being compromised by China and other foreign countries, according to a recent hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The hearing was focused on protecting the U.S.'s biomedical research from foreign entities such as China. While delivering opening remarks, Senator Patty Murray, chair of the committee, spoke about a recent report from the National Institutes of Health and conflicts of interests among 507 NIH grant recipients.

"It's important that researchers with foreign affiliations and potential conflicts of interest—for example, participation in foreign talent programs or commitments to file patents in, or move laboratories to, foreign nations—fully disclose those issues when applying for federal grants," Murray said.

"The latest report from the National Institutes of Health on undisclosed conflicts of interest found cause for concern with only 507 grant recipients—compared to over 30,000 total grantees in 2020," she added.

Murray also said that the NIH "has made progress in implementing policies and procedures to raise awareness of, prevent and address undue foreign influence among the biomedical research community." But she noted that "investigations from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General, the department's Office of National Security and the Government Accountability Office make clear there is more NIH can be doing here."

"The individuals violating laws and policies represent a small proportion of scientists working in and with U.S. institutions. We must ensure that our responses to this issue do not create a hostile environment for colleagues who are deeply dedicated to advancing human health through scientific inquiry," Lauer said. "We cannot afford to reject brilliant minds working honestly and collaboratively to provide hope and healing to millions around the world."

Senator Richard Burr, a ranking member of the committee, said during his opening statement that "the government of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party are the most sophisticated perpetrators, but other foreign actors are also engaged in efforts to subvert our biomedical research."

He added, "Our adversaries are engaging in a systematic effort to infiltrate the academic research community and siphon away the results of United States spending on biomedical research."

Burr went on to explain that there is an effort by Chinese individuals, "backed by their government," to work in the U.S. "with the full intent to bring back to China's government everything they can learn, store or steal."

During the hearing, Gary Cantrell, the Health and Human Services Department's deputy inspector general for investigations, presented an example of how individuals have applied for and received NIH grants but have used them for China's benefit.

According to Cantrell, an investigation that led to a criminal plea included a researcher who "admitted he lied on applications in order to use approximately $4.1 million in NIH grants to enhance China's expertise in the areas of rheumatology and immunology."

In recent years, U.S. scientific competition with China has increased, and in July 2020 President Donald Trump's administration announced the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston. The Trump administration accused diplomats at the consulate of operating as spies for the Chinese government in order to steal scientific research from the U.S.

Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced that a mathematics professor and researcher at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale was charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement after he "fraudulently obtained $151,099 in federal grant money from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by concealing support he was receiving from the Chinese government and a Chinese university."

According to the Department of Justice , the researcher was identified as 59-year-old Mingqing Xiao. In a statement, the DOJ's assistant attorney general for national security, John Demers, said, "Again, an American professor stands accused of enabling the Chinese government's efforts to corruptly benefit from U.S. research funding by lying about his obligations to, and support from, an arm of the Chinese government and a Chinese public university."

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They found "cause for concern" in 507, out of 30,000?  I'd have guessed a higher figure.

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Most likely the number is huge.

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Constant moving target... move them goalposts... 

507/30000 acceptable, but 1/10000000 not when discussing gun violence by legal gun owners..  Isolated incidents of true police brutality, let's defund the police!... the odds of being made ill or killed by the vaccine is higher than that of the virus? It's worth the risk.  

Our world is absurd.  

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How could this be?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2021, 03:09:55 PM »
But the MSM would never report something like that, would they Texie?  Scientists are in cahoots with the Democrats, and they'd never report anything bad about them, would they Texie?  

It's almost as though they're just the messengers... but that's impossible.  Right Texie?  

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Could it not be that this is what the manmade global warming issue is all about?

Bring down the USA while doing nothing about it in China.

False or altered data, coupled with a sky is falling, hate America first mentality.

The Chinese have us figured out.

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I doubt many of these 507 work in climatology, if any.  I'd guess many of them have some paperwork issues, some may have failed to report a grant from China.

It's a pretty low percentage actually, I'd expect some just to have misfiled or late filed some paperwork normally.


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The point is the same.

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The FBI, CIA, NSA, etc....are overrun with Dimrats and left wing lunatics that don’t give 2 damns about America, rule of law, or anything else other than managing their own corruption as it relates to their bank accounts. I have zero respect for our nations intelligence agencies. They are lazy, lack intelligence, lack integrity, and sold America out long ago. Most of them are pieces of shite with bloated egos. It’s no wonder to me that our federal government has been infiltrated by our enemies so I have no doubt our science community has been as well. 

Cincydawg

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I have known in my life fairly well three FBI  agents.  I would describe them positively.  I also knew one IRS agent, the kind who investigates in the field and carries a gun.  He was the president of our flying club, nice guy.

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They found "cause for concern" in 507, out of 30,000?  I'd have guessed a higher figure.

So 500 out 30,000 is no concern, right?   It is when we have one moron like Fuaci out of thousands who has succeeded in destroying this country with the help of 300 democrats in congress a few democrat governors.

So it isn't the number it's what they are involved in and how much they can control.
If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.

George S. Patton

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Nowhere did I state or suggest this is "no concern".  I m merely noted that the figure, to me, is lower than I would have guessed.  It is "cause for concern", literally.

"The latest report from the National Institutes of Health on undisclosed conflicts of interest found cause for concern with only 507 grant recipients—compared to over 30,000 total grantees in 2020," she added.

 

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