In 2017, the Chinese government offered to spend $100 MILLION dollars to build a park in Washington, D.C. The ‘ornate Chinese garden’ was planned to be at the National Arboretum, CNN reports, and the project ’thrilled local officials.’ But there’s something about China offering such a nice gesture that should IMMEDIATELY raise alarms. Thankfully, US counterintelligence officials took a deeper look. In this clip, Glenn details the spooky details they found that suggest China was up to something much more sinister than sharing Chinese culture with America' capital city...
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GLENN: So this is -- this is great. Now, the Chinese, the FBI has just figured out, there might be some things going on with the Chinese. And it's like, wait a minute. Wait a minute. What do you mean? Ancient Chinese secret? There is something going on here with -- with a Chinese project, the Chinese offered to build, in Washington, DC. They said, it's going to bring all kinds of tourists to. And they wanted to build, I -- up -- a beautiful, ornate Chinese garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. And it would have temples and pavilions and the 70-foot wide pagoda. And it was thrilling. All the local officials were like, that is so exciting. And then the FBI started looking into it. And they found a couple of red flags. The pagoda, they noticed, would be strategically based on one of the highest points in Washington, DC. Just 2 miles from the U.S. Capitol. And they said, that's kind of the perfect spot for -- you know, for gathering intelligence in -- in communications. To grab everybody's intelligence communication. And so they thought, that -- that might not be bad. And then the other thing that the Chinese were like, what? What? What's the problem? They wanted to build the pagoda with materials shipped to the US, in diplomatic pouches. So when you put something in a diplomatic pouch. It can't be searched in customs. Now, what could they possibly bring in -- I bet it was fish. Have you been to a country, where -- where you eat a lot of fish? And did you bring any fish on this trip? I bet it was fish. I bet it was fish, Stu. They killed the project. And canceled the -- the -- the garden. Which is, you know, very, very -- very nice. But, you know, the -- the Chinese are purchasing land all over the country. Which, you know, I don't think that's -- FBI uncovered Chinese-made Huawei equipment. Atop cell towers near a U.S. military base, in the rural Midwest. They said, that's kind of a problem, when they checked with strategic command. Because apparently, it could just block our -- our nuclear communication. And that might also be -- may be -- may be a problem. Former officials described the probe's finding as a watershed moment. The investigation was so secret, that some policy makers in the White House. Stu, you're doing a -- you're doing a secret dive into China. You don't want anyone to know. Because, you know, the cat gets out the bag. China can do anything. It's senior officials at the White House, didn't even know. Do you think that Joe and Hunter Biden might have been on that list of, hey. Just don't tell them. We tell everybody else in the White House, don't tell them what we're doing with China.
STU: The president is on a need to know basis?
GLENN: Yeah. Need to know. Need to know. And he definitely does not need to know. In 2020, Congress approved $1.9 billion to remove Chinese-made Huawei cellular technology. Two years later, yeah. They just can't find the money to do it. Gosh darn it. You know, none of the equipment is removed, and it's still there. And they're just waiting for reimbursement money. And they could get it country done. The FCC applications to remove 24,000 pieces of Chinese-made communications equipment. They can't do. Because they can't -- they -- they can't raise the money. They're $3 billion short at the FCC. And there's like, what? Where did I put that $3 billion.
By the way, we send more money over to Ukraine, this weekend. So I know that's really good. China has also issued a stark private warning to the Biden administration, about a possible trip to Taiwan in August by Nancy Pelosi. They have cited six people familiar with the Chinese warnings, that say, they are significantly stronger than the threats that Beijing has made in the past, when it was unhappy. The private rhetoric suggests a possible military response, according to the Financial Times. The White House security council, and State Department, declined to comment on the report. China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for a comment on Sunday. So I'm trying to think, besides insider trading, why is it so important for Nancy Pelosi to go to Taiwan? Just wondering.
GLENN: Okay. Sure. If you're president -- you know, I don't want to back off of Taiwan, but, I mean, unless it's critical, that we're over there in Taiwan -- and I don't think it is with Nancy Pelosi. I mean, if it was somebody good, that we were sending over there. But Nancy doesn't even what an she's talking about. Here's what we do. You don't have to be as sophisticated as Mission Impossible. You don't. You just put her on a main. Drop her in, you know, a tropical location. Have somebody that looks different, just not white. Speaks another language. It doesn't have to be Taiwanese or Chinese. And just tell her she went to Taiwan.
STU: You don't think she would pick that one up? I mean, it seems like her and her husband were so drunk, they wouldn't necessarily recognize the difference.
GLENN: Yeah. She is a little -- I mean, just a little hammered seeming, during the day.
STU: She seems hammered. He's been charged with it. Right? You know, he's got the DUI on -- on -- on his docket.
GLENN: Right. Right.
STU: So I think just the combination of the two, her appearance, his -- his actual seemingly DUI, dangerous, almost killing somebody accident. Those two combined, they'll probably believe almost anything.
GLENN: Right. Right. All right. All right. I say we do it. Send them over. By the way, there's a great -- great essay done by John Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead from the Rutherford Institute on technology. And they say, we are now crossing the line of no return. We are -- we are at this line. We are on the cusp of a cultural, technological, and societal revolution. The likes of which we have never seen before. While the political left and right continue to make abortion the face of the debate, over the right to privacy in America, the government and its corporate partners aided by rapidly advancing technology are reshaping the world, into one which there is no privacy at all. Nothing that was once private, is protected. We have not even gun to register the fallout from this tsunami, baring down on us in the form of artificial intelligence surveillance. And yet, it is already reorienting our world, into one in which freedom is almost unrecognizable. AI surveillance harnesses the power of artificial intelligence, and widespread surveillance technology, to do what the police state lacks the manpower and resources to do effectively, or efficiently. To be everywhere. To watch everyone. Everything. Monitor. Identify. Catalog. Cross-check. Cross-reference. And clued. Everything that was once private, is now up for grabs, for the right buyer. Governments and corporations alike, have heedlessly adopted AI surveillance technology without any care or concern for their long-term impact on the rights of citizenry. As a special report from the Carnegie endowment for international peace warns, a growing number of states are deploying advanced AI surveillance tools, to monitor, track, and surveil citizens, to accomplish a range of policy objectives. Some lawful, others violating human rights. Most fall into the murky middle ground. Indeed, with every new AI surveillance technology, that is adopted and deployed. Without any regard for policy. Fourth Amendment rights, and due process. Want rights of citizenry, are being marginalized, undermined. And eviscerated. Digital authoritarianism. As a center for strategic and international studies cautions, involves the use of information technology, to surveil, repress, manipulate the populace. Endangering human rights and civil liberties. And co-opting and corrupting the foundational principles of a Democratic and open society. Including freedom of movement. The right to speak freely, and express political dissent. And the right to personal privacy on and offline. Now, in this article, I'll go into it more tomorrow. But it is fascinating to me. They say, there are nine steps, nine elements of the Chinese model of digital authoritarianism. So see how many we have done. Dissidents suffer from persistent cyber attacks. And phishing. I know we've had that. Social media websites and messaging apps are blocked. That's happened. Posts that criticize government officials are removed. Haven't had it with officials. But had it on policy. Mobile and internet access revoked as punish not for activism. Haven't had that yet. Paid commentators drown out government criticism. Oh, I think that's happened. New laws tighten regulations on online media. Not yet.
Citizen's behavior monitored via AI and surveillance tools. Absolutely. Individuals regularly arrested for posts critical of the government. No. And, nine, online activists are made to disappear.
STU: Oh. You know --
GLENN: Not yet.
STU: Glenn, it's interesting, a lot of those that you said, have not occurred, have occurred. But just not through the government. Right? We have seen people get kicked off for comments they've made about others. And lose their access to their business. To their banking system, and all of this. For -- for whatever their business does, or comments that they have made. Just, that hasn't come from the government. It's sort of the approach that you outline in the Great Reset, where it comes from not the great government, but an arrangement over it, or not, between the government, or people who just share the ideology of -- of those in power. And then execute those punishments outside of law. It's -- it's just something. And they're able to do it. It just has not been American tradition. We've always given people even access to, you know, simple things like banking regardless of your political opinion. That has changed. And it hasn't come through the government, through the law. Where I think it will be clearly unconstitutional. It's come instead, from these companies doing it on their own. But the effect is the same on the people who are impacted.
GLENN: Yeah. And it's hard to know where the government ends, and where these private companies begin. You know, when the White House is saying, we're in touch with social media. And telling them which sites or which voices need to be turned down, is the government -- is -- is Twitter and Facebook, is that all a tool of the government? Is the government a tool of Facebook and Google? I don't know. I don't know where one ends and one begins.