DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: BEHIND THE TREASON ALLEGATIONS
SUBSECTION: TIMELINE 1996
With many thanks to Ohmlaw98!
Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act (IIANA)
Arms Export Control Act (AECA)
Export Administration Act (EAR)
Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act (NPPA)
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI)
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA)
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)
Nonproliferation Treaty (NT)
Export-Import Bank Act (EIBA)
Late 1995 and Early 1996
"…In late 1995 and early 1996, Trulock and his team took their findings to the FBI….This suspect "stuck out like a sore thumb," said one official…. By April 1996, the Energy Department decided to brief the White House. A group of senior officials including Trulock sat down with Sandy Berger, then Clinton's deputy national security adviser, to tell him that China appeared to have acquired the W-88 and that a spy for China might still be at Los Alamos…By June the FBI formally opened a criminal investigation into the theft of the W-88 design. But the inquiry made little progress over the rest of the year…. The bureau maintained tight control over the case…. "New York Times 3/06/99 Jeff Gerth
"Throughout the 1996 Clinton campaign for President, China's agents of influence had the run of the White House as they raised millions for the Clinton campaign. Chinese military intelligence officials were waved in without clearance. U.S. executives contributed megabucks as they lobbied for easier approval of sales of sensitive technology to Beijing." NY Times OpEd 3/8/99 William Safire "
Bernard Schwartz, CEO of Loral, became the largest individual donor to Democrats.
Chung visited the White House 49 times http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
Clinton/Gore repeatedly attended fund-raisers with wealthy foreign investors.
Loral's military business was sold to Lockheed Martin.
Unprecedented pressure from the White House on COSCO, "We'd never had a phone call like that in this office before" Lee Keatinge of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Lt. General Mi Zhenyu, Vice Commander of the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing: "[As for the United States], for a relatively long time it will be absolutely necessary that we quietly nurse our sense of vengeance ... We must conceal our abilities and bide our time."
An Air Force intelligence analysis prepared by Maj. Gen. John Cosciano - concluded that the report given to Beijing by satellite builders, including Loral, provided rocket guidance improvements under the guise of questions. The questions spelled out directions on how to overcome guidance and control failures.
A CIA report said China concluded an agreement to sell gyroscopes, accelerometers and test equipment to an arm of Iran's Defense Industries Organization. The equipment is used for building and testing missile guidance components. The CIA said the China Precision Engineering Institute had been discussing the transfer for two years.
"…The administration explained aspects of the case [Chinese espionage of nuclear secrets] to aides working for the House and Senate intelligence committees beginning in 1996. But few in Congress grasped the magnitude of what had happened. …." New York Times 3/06/99 Jeff Gerth
Documents show Los Alamos officials took 11 trips to China in 1995 and 1996. Several of the visits took place during the tenure of Federico Pena as energy secretary. Pena assured Congress there were no ongoing discussions about nuclear weapons matters. [Freeper Sakida notes that Frederico Pena became Secretary of Energy in March of 1997]
The United Nations endorsed [the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty] and Clinton signed it. It's up to the Senate to ratify it. Knowing a permanent test ban was a death sentence for the stockpile, nuclear weapons labs kicked against it - until Clinton promised the billions of dollars needed to move to a science-based testing program. So Stockpile Stewardship was born. 4/9/99 Paul Sperry Investor's Business Daily
In 1996, former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary said, ''We have made the U.S. safer by moving toward a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty."… If you're alarmed now by the reports of top-secret weapons data escaping from Los Alamos and Livermore, just wait until all that info is stored in computers designed to test weapons' performance, experts warn. At that point, ''you have effectively taken out of the hands of a relatively small, easily policed, generally highly patriotic and security-minded group of people the most sensitive information of all about nuclear weapons designs and phenomena, and put it into databases that are widely shared,'' Gaffney said. ''That is simply a formula for disaster.'' …" 4/9/99 Paul Sperry Investor's Business Daily
The number of unclassified foreign visits to the DOE research laboratories increased each of the first 3 years of the Clinton Administration, to a level of about 7,000 visits in 1996. (GAO/RCED-97-229)
China was illegally pouring millions of dollars into Clinton's re-election effort, it was also funneling huge amounts of cash to Panamanian politicians to ensure that one of its front companies, Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong, could move in when we vacate. - Adm. Moorer THE NEW AMERICAN Freeper report dated 4/11/99
FBI agents from the bureau's Albuquerque field office wanted to search the computer but were told they needed a search warrant from a secret federal court under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act. The warrant was denied, the official said, because of a lack of evidence showing that Lee was engaged in acts of espionage. Washington Post 4/29/99 Vernon Loeb and Walter Pincus
John Browne, the director of the Los Alamos lab in New Mexico, told a Senate hearing Wednesday that as early as 1996 laboratory officials suggested to the FBI, which had just begun investigating Lee, that the Taiwanese-born scientist's computer be searched. They argued they could do so under a 1995 policy directive that advises all lab employees that their computers are subject to search without notice. "The FBI and the Department of Justice felt that the policy was not adequate (and) ... that if we proceeded independently, anything that was found they could not use'' in court, Browne told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Associated Press 5/5/99 H. Josef Hebert
Two years after the exceptions were implemented, the GAO reported than the annual number of foreign visitors increased 55% since 1986, the number of visitors from sensitive countries increased 225% since 1993 and 93% of those came from China, India, Israel, Taiwan and the states of the former Soviet Union. The DOE only required background checks on visitors from sensitive countries who were on assignment or involved in sensitive subjects or secure areas, but it has permitted two laboratories to omit background checks for visitors on assignment. GAO/T-RCED-96-260
DOE - Between 1992 and 1996, according to agency records, annual security inspections performed at DOE sites by the evaluations office dropped from 13 to three. USA Today 5/19/99 Peter Eisler
Months after top DOE officials learned of Lee's activities, the department shelved a plan for new guidelines that might have helped block data transfers from classified computers. "It dealt with issues like how to track who's removing information from systems and who would have to be physically present if anybody was in a facility with classified systems," says Woody Hall, the department's chief information officer until last year and a main architect of the proposal. "The labs were very vocal in opposing it. ... We couldn't overcome the objections." - USA Today 5/19/99 Peter Eisler
According to the Cox Report, in 1996, Hong Kong Customs officials removed a fully operational AA-11 from the cargo hold of a Chinese owned airliner stuffed with paying passengers. What the Cox Report did not relay to the American public was that the missile was in a box mis-labeled as "Machine Parts". What the Cox Report withheld was that the airliner was owned jointly by the Chinese government and Clinton buddy-billionaire, Moctar Riady. What the Cox Report did not release was the Chinese missile was bound for Israel and was to be upgraded with stolen U.S. Sidewinder technology…..- Softwar 7/20/99 Charles Smith
Insight has learned that a covert operation run by the CIA and National Security Council, or NSC, last year resulted in providing Beijing with missile hardware and software including programming and targeting capabilities and guidance systems, according to sources familiar with that operation. The NSC supposedly arranged the deal to set up a disinformation campaign in which future U.S. data might be used to disrupt Chinese intelligence, the sources say. "This was real-time data--gone--maybe 10, 20, 30 billion dollars' worth of technology," one source says. "The thought was that we had to give away some good stuff for them to take the bad stuff." - Insight Magazine 5/26/97
How vulnerable are U.S. defense computers? An unclassified GAO report ordered in 1996 by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee warns there were 250,000 hacker attacks in 1995, of which 65 percent were successful penetrations. In addition, it says, 120 countries are capable of breaking into 2.1 million U.S. defense computers. Two Dutch hackers successfully tapped into computers during the Persian Gulf War and learned the precise locations of troop deployments. They then attempted to sell the classified information to Saddam Hussein, who turned it down because he thought it was a U.S. trick, according to the report. "At a minimum, these attacks are a multimillion-dollar nuisance to defense," the GAO report states. "At worst, they are a serious threat to national security." - Insight Magazine 5/26/97
"…In early 1996 Trulock traveled to CIA headquarters to tell officials there of the evidence his team had gathered on the apparent Chinese theft of U.S. nuclear designs…. As Trulock gathered his charts and drawings and wrapped up his top-secret briefing, the agency's chief spy hunter, Paul Redmond, sat stunned…. "This is going to be just as bad as the Rosenbergs," Redmond recalled saying. The evidence that so alarmed him had surfaced a year earlier…. From what they could tell, Beijing was testing a smaller and more lethal nuclear device configured remarkably like the W-88, the most modern, miniaturized warhead in the U.S. arsenal. In April 1995, they brought their findings to Trulock….In June 1995, they were told, a Chinese official gave CIA analysts what appeared to be a 1988 Chinese government document describing the country's nuclear weapons program. The document, a senior official said, specifically mentioned the W-88 and described some of the warhead's key design features…" New York Times 3/06/99 Jeff Gerth
The United States received a startling report from one of its Chinese spies. Officials inside China's intelligence service, the spy said, were boasting that they had just stolen secrets from the United States and had used them to improve Beijing's neutron bomb, according to American officials
Reports of China's export of nuclear technology to Pakistan and missiles to Iran caused considerable concern in Congress and the Pentagon
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, facing pending indictment for shady business dealings by an IC appointed by Janet Reno, hires hotshot Washington lawyer Reid Weingarten.
Nolanda Hill (Well-known mistress of Clinton Commerce Secretary Ron Brown) swears under oath (In late 1997) that in early 1996 Ron Brown showed her Commerce Department documents signed by Melissa Moss of the Office of Business Liaison that proved the department's trade missions were being used for partisan political fundraising. She also said she told Brown he should fire Moss because of this and that he said he would speak to her about it. He died in an April plane crash before she had the chance to see him again. – Judicial Watch
John Huang (Since positively identified as a Communist Chinese spy by the FBI) leaves Clinton's Commerce department to join the (DNC) Democratic National Committee as a senior fundraiser.
1993 David Watkins (Previous WH director of administration) memo surfaces implicating Hillary in the firing of WH travel office staff. Hillary had previously denied having any part in the firings.
WH announces the mysteriously reappearing/disappearing Rose law firm billing records have been found -- laying openly on a table in the residence quarters -- two years after they were subpeonaed by Starr. The docs contradicted Hillary's claim she did not do legal work for the now-defunct Madison Guaranty S&L.
In early 1996 (DOE) Department of Energy intelligence official Notra Trulock tells CIA officials about an apparent Chinese theft of U.S. nuclear designs. As Trulock gathered his charts and drawings and wrapped up his top-secret briefing, the agency's chief spy hunter, Paul Redmond, sat stunned.
Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary would later come under investigation for trading access for contributions to chartible groups she favored. The money ($25,000) was originally from Chinese sources and given to her by DNC money man Johnny Chung. Reno refused to appoint an IC in 12/1997.
In late 1995 and early 1996, Trulock took his findings to the FBI. A team of FBI and Energy Department officials traveled to the three weapons labs and pored over travel and work records of lab scientists who had access to the relevant technology. By February they had narrowed its focus to five possible suspects.
Hillary is subpoenaed to testify before the federal grand jury about the billing records.
James Carville makes famous "drag a $100 bill through a trailer park" remark (In regards to Paula Jones).
1993 David Watkins (Previous WH director of administration) memo surfaces implicating Hillary in the firing of White House travel office staff headed by Billy Dale -- Since the Kennedy administration. Clinton pal and Hollywood producer Harry Thomason owned part of an air-charter business that was interested in taking over the travel office operation. Hillary had previously denied having any part in the firings.
Clinton pal and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General under Janet Reno, Webster Hubbell, is questioned at Congress' Whitewater hearings about $500,000 + payment he received from DNC donors and Indonesian billionaire and Clinton pal (Since early 1980s Arkansas), Mochtar Riady. Hubbell refused to explain what work he did for the money. John Huang worked for Riady's Lippo Bank just prior to joining Clinton's Commerce Department. The FBI suspects Mochtar Riady and his son James are Chinese agents.
White House announces the mysteriously reappearing/disappearing Rose law firm billing records have been found -- laying openly on a table in the residence quarters -- two years after they were subpoenaed by Starr. The documents contradicted Hillary's claim she did not do legal work for the now-defunct Madison Guaranty S&L.
Justice Department lawyers inform Elizabeth Mann, a recent Chinese immigrant who is the Arizona executive of American-based Communist Chinese corporate giant COFCO, that she is a target of a grand jury investigation for failing to report income by using foreign bank accounts opened in the name of fictitious offshore entities. Janet Reno's Justice Department would later have the investigation into her finances terminated.
The Senators [Shelby, Kyl, Smith] added [in a 7/98 letter to Sandy Berger]: "Our information is that the Secretary of Energy was made aware of [the improper release during declassification of sensitive data] in December 1995 and again in January 1996. The National Security Council staff was also briefed in January 1996. No remedial action was taken as a result of these meetings. In our opinion, this lack of action may be a very serious infraction of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954." - Gaffney's Web Site 4/99
Controls on supercomputer sales to the PRC were dramatically liberalized - new regulations allowed license-free sales of even faster machines to "civilian" entities, with no safeguards to ensure the machines were not used for military purposes - The American Spectator 8/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
Cabrera is busted in Miami smuggling three tons of cocaine.
Justice Department lawyers inform Elizabeth Mann, a recent Chinese immigrant who is the Arizona executive of American-based Communist Chinese corporate giant COFCO, that she is a target of a grand jury investigation for failing to report income by using foreign bank accounts opened in the name of fictitious offshore entities. Janet Reno's Justice Department would later have the investigation into her finances terminated.
January 1, 1996
* Moscow confirms it is now in violation of another key component of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. Gen. Dmitri Kharchenko tells Interfax that Russia failed to meet the December 31 deadline to destroy tanks, armor, and other weapons based east of the Ural mountains. Kharchenko says more money is needed to comply. Russia is also violating the CFE's provisions against massing troops and heavy weapons near Norway, Finland, the Baltic states, and Turkey.Russia Reform Monitor, No. 86. Jan. 4, 1996
January 2, 1996
* Iran's pending purchase of 12 Tupolev-154 airliners and a deal to build a Russian-designed plant to manufacture Ilyushin-114 aircraft domestically will increase Teheran's debt to Moscow from $500 million to $1.2 billion, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports. This figure does not count the $800 million nuclear reactor deal. Russia Reform Monitor, No. 86. Jan. 4, 1996
January 3, 1996
* START II faces a Senate challenge. Senators James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Robert Smith (R-New Hampshire) inform Majority Leader Robert Dole that they will "object to any unanimous consent agreement that would call up START II for final Senate action" if the treaty or the Clinton administration prevent the U.S. from deploying a ballistic missile defense system. Moscow prosecutors have shut down the probe into the 1990 murder of Rev. Aleksandr Men. Human rights leaders allege that the KGB killed the dissident priest. Ekho Moskvy reports that Rev. Men's relatives believe that the individual charged with the crime was framed to protect the real murderers. Russia Reform Monitor, No. 88. Jan. 8, 1996
January 4, 1996
* Defense Minister Pavel Grachev reiterates his hard line against NATO expansion: "We will be obliged to re-examine our views on the role and place of tactical nuclear arms, review our treaty obligations in the military sphere." He takes the stance during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart and Defense Secretary William Perry. Perry calls the meeting a sign of "warming relations."
* Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Posuvalyuk meets with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad. The official Iraqi News Agency says both sides are preparing for increased bilateral relations.
* "Russia is determined to improve relations with China," two senior Russian officials tell Reuters, as President Boris Yeltsin prepares for a March visit to Peking.
* Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Panov tells TASS that the Clinton administration has not objected to Russia's new military cooperation with the PRC: "I have had consultations in Washington and from the U.S. side no worries at all were expressed, since the scale of such cooperation is not great. . . ."
* "Senior Clinton administration officials, once invariably chipper about President Boris Yeltsin, are taking a markedly more shaded and wary tone about him these days," the New York Times reports.
* Former Assistant Secretary of State Chas W. Freeman briefs National Security Advisor Lake about his recent trip to Beijing. At the time, the PRC was planning a large-scale military operation, including the firing of ballistic missiles, to intimidate Taiwan as it held its first free presidential election. Freeman tells Lake that a high-ranking Chinese official warned against the U.S. defending Taiwan, making a remark Freeman interpreted as a threat to destroy Los Angeles, California, with a nuclear missile.
Russia Reform Monitor, No. 88. Jan. 8, 1996
General Accounting Office audit of Energy Department foreign trade missions by Secretary Hazel R. O'Leary has uncovered lax accounting procedures, including charges for places not visited and $80,000 in unaccounted expenses accumulated during a single July 1994 trip to India. The GAO audit also found documentation problems for about $175,000 in goods and services charged during a 1995 trade mission to South Africa by 135 people including 63 DOE employees. The report, which focused on the two trips, also raised questions about $730,000 spent to travel to India as well as the South Africa trip which cost about $1 million, more than half of it paid with tax dollars. Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
"Russia is determined to improve relations with China," two senior Russian officials tell Reuters, as President Boris Yeltsin prepares for a March visit to Peking.
Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Panov tells TASS that the Clinton administration has not objected to Russia's new military cooperation with the PRC: "I have had consultations in Washington and from the U.S. side no worries at all were expressed, since the scale of such cooperation is not great. . . ."
Former Assistant Secretary of State Chas W. Freeman briefs National Security Advisor Lake about his recent trip to Beijing. At the time, the PRC was planning a large-scale military operation, including the firing of ballistic missiles, to intimidate Taiwan as it held its first free presidential election. Freeman tells Lake that a high-ranking Chinese official warned against the U.S. defending Taiwan, making a remark Freeman interpreted as a threat to destroy Los Angeles, California, with a nuclear missile. - Russia Reform Monitor, No. 88. Jan. 8, 1996
January 11, 1996
* The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, steaming toward the Adriatic sea to support Moscow's 2000-man force in Bosnia, is saved from aborting its mission when the Clinton administration ordered the U.S. Navy to send an emergency supply of fresh water for the nearly 2000 crewmen aboard, the Washington Times reports. "This deployment is a very big deal for the Russian navy," according to analyst Norman Polmar. The Kuznetsov's success on its first Mediterranean cruise is seen as crucial, because it could secure funding for completion of a second carrier, the Varyag. Without the water, the Kuznetsov would have to head for port.
* "I would think that having them [the Kuznetsov] in the Adriatic at this time would be an absolute nightmare" for NATO, whose forces already have five aircraft carrier groups there, says Jane's Fighting Ships editor Cmdr. Richard Sharpe. "NATO has enough problems there. If you add a Russian carrier, you have a recipe for considerable trouble."
Russia Reform Monitor, No. 90, January 14, 1996
January 12, 1996
* President Clinton tells a Clinton-Gore luncheon in Nashville, Tennessee, "For the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age, there is not a single, solitary nuclear missile pointed at an American child, and I am proud of that."
January 13, 1996
* Foreign Minister Primakov sees renewed Russian "aggressiveness without alienation," the Washington Post reports. "Primakov went to some pains to emphasize that he will usher in a new and somewhat tougher tone as foreign minister, even if Moscow's foreign policy agenda stays largely the same." His stated priorities include greater integration of former Soviet republics and opposition to inclusion of Central and East European countries into NATO.Russia Reform Monitor, No. 90, January 14, 1996
January 16, 1996
China announces a broad plan to restrict the flow of news and economic information into China, by monitoring foreign financial news services and on-line trading systems. These services will now be "supervised" by the official Xinhua News Agency for the content of their reports and the subscriptions they sell to Chinese customers. The moves primarily affect the Reuters and Dow Jones business news services. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
* First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais is ousted as an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation in Moscow prepares to assess whether Moscow should receive $9 billion in new loans.
January 22, 1996
John Huang spent his last day on the Commerce payroll, turned in his Commerce ID, keys, and passcard. Huang kept top secret security clearance for 1 year after leaving Commerce. (John Huang had been working at the DNC since December 5, 1995)
The Philippines Navy reports that vessels flying the Chinese flag exchanged fire with a gunboat 12 nautical miles off Campones Island, 72 miles northwest of Manila, and escaped after a 90-minute gun battle. Beijing has denied that its vessels had strayed into Philippines waters or traded fire with the Philippines gunboat. Manila decides not to file a diplomatic protest. The skirmish is the first violent incident between the two countries since their navies confronted each other near Mischief Reef on the Spratly Islands in May 1995, and the ninth in 17 months involving ships suspected to be from China. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
January 24, 1996
Lisa Caputo of Mrs. Clinton's office transmitted to Carville questions-and-answers about Whitewater.
* The New York Times reports on Freeman's briefing to Lake, in the first public revelation of what it termed "an indirect threat by China to use nuclear weapons against the United States."
January 25, 1996
China's official news agency, Xinhua, announced that "China would use its improved Long March 3 carrier rocket to send 22 satellites into orbit under an agreement between Great Wall Industrial Corporation and Motorola."
In Washington, Trie represented several U.S. companies in China, where he was close to several government officials. - Kenneth R. Timmerman 6/97 American Spectator
China: Dual-use chemical precursors and equipment to aid Iran's chemical weapons program. Violation: AECA, EAR. Result: - sanctions imposed. The one time in 21. . - Congress
Trie arranged for Wang Jun, the chairman of the board of Polytechnologies, China's most prominent arms company, to attend a White House coffee. - Kenneth R. Timmerman 6/97 American Spectator
Zhan $12,500 contribution joint account.
The Chinese kick motor appeared on the DF 15 warheads that dropped only 20 miles off Taiwan's two largest cities. The DF-15 was upgraded with MARV characteristics - the technology used to avoid anti-missiles such as the Patriot. http://www.softwar.net/missile.html
The very first launch of the "improved Long March 3" proved lethal. The corporate victim was Rupert Murdoch, who was launching a Lockheed Martin telecommunications satellite designed to broadcast to all of Central and South America.
China launched M-class missiles carrying dummy warheads into target zones 30 miles off the shore of Taiwan. Tensions run high between China and it's Asian neighbors.
Bill is ordered to testify as a defense witness in case against Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker and Jim and Susan McDougal.
"Fry cook", former Chinese gang member, and friend of Bill from Arkansas Charlie Trie (Trie is presently represented by Brown lawyer Reid Weingarten) escorts Chinese arms merchant Wang Jun to WH coffee.
A (PLA) Peoples Liberation Army space launch vehicle crashes destroying the Loral satellite it was carrying. The satellite launch had been previously approved by Bill Clinton in a special order. Chinese officials keep American investigators away from crash scene. When they are finally allowed access, they find the highly militarily sensitive encryption chip is missing even though its encasing is intact. Loral and Hughes engineers inadvertently (?) give away missile secrets to China in the ensuing investigation. Loral exec Bernard Schwartz is top contributer to Clinton 1996 re-election campaign.
John Huang raises $1.1 million at a DNC fundraiser a block from the White House. Just before the fundraiser he sends a letter to Clinton saying a top Asian-American priority is to keep "sibling preference" immigration laws as is (Sibling preference laws give first come immigration priority to the brothers and sisters of naturalized US citizens. Huang is naturalized. Clinton said he favored ending this practice in 1995).
Congress' Whitewater Committee's mandate expires. Democrats filibuster move to extend probe and succeed in stopping it for good.
Whitewater hearings, Hubbell asked what he did for the Lippo money received.
A draft of the Report of the Fundamental Classification Policy Review was released to the public. Comments were incorporated into the final draft report delivered to Secretary O'Leary in March 1996…Successful completion of the Fundamental Classification Policy Review will demonstrate that: Responsible openness enhances national security by focusing limited classification and security resources on protection of only that information which is clearly identified as important to the national security. When secrecy contributes to citizens' distrust of their government, the classification policies which underlie the distrust can be changed to maintain the trust without compromising national security…."
Ron Brown meets with Wang Jun. Nolanda Hill claims they discussed lowering export controls. – Judicial Watch
Energy declassified the locations and forms of the federal plutonium reserve. Anyone with access to the Internet can find the data. For Chinese spies trying to collect such information, it ''did make it easier for them,'' Wade said. ''There's no question about it.'' Investor's Business Daily 4/12/99 Paul Sperry
Intriguing to investigators is likely to be Chung's account of a February 1996 car ride with a Beijing banker who asked Chung if he knew that Trie "asked my government for $1 million to help the president and the Democrats?" A surprised Chung said that the banker offered no further information...." - Los Angeles Times 5/7/99 WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER
In a move aimed at keeping the ring-magnets dispute quiet, Mr. Christopher wrote to the Export-Import Bank later in February 1996, asking it to defer loan approvals for American businessmen operating in China. The cutoff would have been worth about $10 billion in new loans if it had been kept in place. But the measure lasted only 30 days and did not affect already-approved loans. The bank began considering new loans after the 30 days lapsed, without waiting for an official go-ahead from State. - Washington Times 5/18/99 Bill Gertz
FBI and DOJ announce the arrest of an army employee of the National Security Agency for selling top secret information to the Soviet Union -- from 1965-1974.
February 1, 1996
February 2, 1996
The Clinton administration granted Wang Jun's Poly Technologies import permits to flood America with over 100,000 semi-automatic weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition. The Clinton administration had been delaying other arms importers because the president was opposed. The abrupt turnaround in U.S. import policy was "highly suspicious". The destination for Wang's 100,000 guns was Detroit firm linked to the Chinese Armed Police. The massive gun shipment would have gone through, but the deal was suspended in the wake of the COSCO connected smuggling operation - which was short-circuited by federal agents just weeks after Wang Jun's import waivers were granted. Jun, the head of a Chinese weapons trading company, was being investigated by the Justice Department and the FBI at the same time and was eventually charged with smuggling at least $4 million worth of 2,000 illegal AK-47 assault weapons into the U.S. from China, destined for gang members in California. March 14, 1997 Arkansas Democrat Gazette; http://www.etherzone.com/loral.html
* As if referring to China, President Clinton tells voters in Salem, New Hampshire: "the Russians and others have detargeted their nuclear missiles so that now there are no more nuclear missiles pointed at any American homes for the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age." He tells an audience in Concord, New Hampshire: "there is not a single nuclear missile pointed at an American city, an American family, an American child. That is not being done any more."
February 5, 1996
February 6, 1996
Wang Jun met with Ernie Green and his Lehman Brothers associate at Green’s offices. According to those present, several individuals attended the meeting, including Wang, his translator, Trie, and Ng Lap Seng. According to Green, the purpose of the meeting was to "reintroduce" CITIC to Lehman Brothers. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Shortly after Wang’s Washington tour and appearance at the White House, word of the federal investigation into Poly Technologies was leaked to the press. This leak brought an early end to the sting operation run by the Customs Service. At the time of the leak, Customs officials were on the verge of arresting high-ranking Chinese officials for arms smuggling. After the leak, which came from "diplomatic sources," the Customs officials were left only with low-level criminals to arrest. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Just four days after the assault weapon waivers were issued, Ron Brown met with Wang Jun, chairman of the state-owned China International Trust & Investment Corp, Wang attended a White House coffee with President Clinton and Charlie Trie, a suspected conduit for political donations to the Democratic Party from China. President Clinton approved the launch of four U.S. satellites on China Aerospace- owned rockets. Nolanda Hill said that Wang and Brown discussed lowering export controls. China International Trade and Investment Corp. (Wang Ju chair) had multibillion dollar stakes in getting access to American satellites. – Judicial Watch
Ernie Green's wife donated $50,000 to the DNC. Charlie Trie had worked with Ernest Green, a longtime friend of Bill Clinton's, to get Wang a U.S. visa. Wang conveniently forgot to mention that he was a Communist arms dealer on the visa application. Had he disclosed that fact, Wang Jun would never have been let in the country, let alone the White House.
Clinton signed waivers for four new American satellite launches in China despite evidence that China was still exporting nuclear and missile technology to Pakistan and Iran. The [Memphis,
Tenn.] Commercial Appeal, 2/8/96; The New York Times, 5/17/98
February 7, 1998
Hillary Rodham Clinton's former law partner Webster Hubbell testified before the Senate Whitewater Committee, answering questions as to what might have happened to the First Lady's legal billing records that had mysteriously appeared the previous month. Under intense questioning, Hubbell acknowledged that he and Vincent Foster had examined the billing records during the 1992 presidential campaign, but that he did not recall the content and had no knowledge of who handled them afterwards or how they were lost.
Johnny Chung sent a letter to Lynn Cutler of the "Back to Business Committee," apologizing for the delay in his support for President Clinton and the First Lady. In the letter he requested a series of favors indicating that he was still hard at work on behalf of China's SINOPEC (petroleum interests). These requests included: (1) a meeting with Ron Brown, (2) a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador and other officials in Saudi Arabia, and (3) that Cutler discuss the oil issue with the President. In the letter, Chung referred to a discussion with the President about his efforts on behalf of his SINOPEC Petroleum interests during a White House Holiday Reception. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
Administration officials say China secretly sold nuclear-weapons technology to Pakistan the year before and can face billions of dollars in sanctions under U.S. law. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
February 8, 1996
Newly discovered, expletive-laden White House notes shocked the Senate Whitewater committee and fueled new debate over the role of the White House in Whitewater. The notes, written by former White House communications director Mark Gearan, reveal that White House aides were so concerned about what former Arkansas securities commissioner Beverly Bassett Schaffer might tell the Senate committee that they considered sending people to Arkansas to check up on her."Item by item, make sure her story is okay," Gearan wrote. "If the effort is botched, we're done." This particular note also contained references to three non-White House staffers whom Gearan thought could handle the job. That note referred to the committee and suggested: "Try to poke holes in their story." The notes included the F word.
Chinese envoy Sha Zukang lashes out at U.S. criticism of China's nuclear testing program, saying the country with the largest and most advanced nuclear arsenal is "not qualified to lecture" Beijing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang says the U.S. will have to stop selling weapons to Taiwan before the threat of military conflict between Beijing and Taipei can fade (Taipei is scheduled to receive 150 F-16 jet fighters from the U.S. this year). At the same news briefing, he asserts China's right to buy defensive weapons (China has reportedly signed a fresh contract to buy 72 advanced Russian Su-27 fighter planes). - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
February 9, 1996
Keshi Zhan, Charlie Trie's office manager, made an illegal $12,500 contribution to the DNC. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
February 14, 1996
Five days before Yue Chu and Xiping Wang made contributions to the DNC totaling 25,000 (for which they were reimbursed), Ng Lap Seng wired $150,000 from an account maintained in the name of San Kin Yip Holdings Co. Ltd. at the Bank of China, Hong Kong branch, to the Riggs National Bank account maintained jointly by Ng Lap Seng and Charlie Trie. The balance in that account prior to the wire transfer was $10,459.55, significantly less than the $25,000 in reimbursed contributions. Yue Chu also testified to another reimbursed contribution, this one for $1,000 to the "Gephardt Congress Committee" on June 15, 1996 http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
China launch (Great Wall Industrial Corp) Long March 3B Intelsat blew up, a crash with a $200 million Loral satellite atop. It crashed 22 seconds after liftoff at the Xichang Satellite Launching Center in southern China, an outside review commission, headed by Loral, was assembled to help the Chinese study the accident. It included two scientists from Hughes. The commission's report, which was promptly shared with the Chinese, discussed other sensitive aspects of the rocket's guidance and control systems, which is an area of weakness in China's missile programs. Those exchanges, officials believed, may have gone beyond the sharing of information that the companies had been permitted, giving the Chinese crucial assistance in improving the guidance systems of their rockets. The technology needed to put a commercial satellite in orbit is similar to that which guides a long-range nuclear missile to its target. The Loral satellite crashed almost intact. Later, after being disassembled by US technicians, chips were discovered missing The Washington Post, 2/15/96; Human Events, 5/29/98
February 15, 1996
In a State Department memo regarding the transfer of technology exports it was noted that the "administration wanted to wrap this up".
A Feb. 15, 1996, Chinese rocket failure that destroyed a Loral Intelsat 708 satellite resulted in Loral's sharing of technology with the China Great Wall Industries Corp., which makes space launchers and missiles. The data could help China improve its launch and missile-testing practices and "could improve the reliability of PRC space-launch vehicles." The data obtained from Loral is likely to be used by China and to "find its way into their space-launch and ballistic-missile programs," the report says. Bill Gertz THE WASHINGTON TIMES 5/7/99
February 16, 1996
House Republicans probing the firing of the White House travel office staff submitted 26 more questions for Hillary Rodham Clinton to answer. Rep. William F. Clinger Jr. (R-Pa.), chair of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, delivered the questions to White House Counsel Jack Quinn.
February 18, 1996
Ng Lap Seng brings $19,000 into US from China.
Ng Lap Seng attends President Clinton's Asian Dinner at the Hay Adams Hotel. Charlie Trie contributed $12,500 towards the event. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
The Asian-American fundraiser for the Clinton-Gore campaign took place at the Hay-Adams Hotel. Charlie Trie and Ng Lap Seng were rewarded with a seat at the head table, next to President Clinton. On the other side of the President sat Pauline Kanchanalak and Ted Sioeng. Of the four individuals who sat around the President at the event, two, Trie and Kanchanalak, have been indicted, and two, Ng and Sioeng, have fled the country. This event was the first major DNC event organized by John Huang, and Charlie Trie was a major part of Huang’s fundraising plans for the event. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Manlin Foung (Trie's sister) and her friend, Joseph Landon each contributed $12,500 via personal checks to the DNC with the understanding that they would be reimbursed before their checks cleared their respective banks http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
February 20, 1996
Ng Lap Seng has a meeting with Susan Levine at the White House. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Charlie Trie, Ng Lap Seng, Antonio Pan, and a number of other guests had breakfast, as well as a number of photographs with Vice President Al Gore. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
On February 20, 1996, Lei Chu, Trie’s advisor on the Bingaman Commission, established a checking account with an initial cash deposit of $12,520.00. On that same day, Chu issued the first check ever written on that account—in the amount of $12,500 to the DNC in conjunction with the Hay Adams fund-raiser. Lei Chu attended the February 19, 1996 fundraiser at the Hay Adams Hotel with Charlie Trie. She also attended a breakfast with Vice President Gore the following day at the Hay Adams. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
February 22, 1996
CIA Director John Deutsch confirmed to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence the Communist Chinese transfer of M-11 missiles and cruise missiles to Pakistan.
Antonio Pan opened a savings account at the Amerasia Bank in Flushing, New York, with an initial deposit of $25,200 cash. Within minutes of the initial deposit, Pan withdrew $25,000 cash from the savings account and purchased five sequentially numbered $5,000 cashier’s checks totaling $25,000 from Amerasia Bank. Three of the cashier’s checks totaling $15,000 were made payable to Manlin Foung (Charlie Trie's sister) and two totaling $10,000 were made payable to her friend, Joseph Landon. Pan then sent these checks to Foung via overnight mail. On February 23, 1996, Foung and Landon deposited these checks in their accounts. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, CIA Director John Deutch confirms that China is continuing to export "inappropriate" nuclear technology and missiles to Pakistan and says the agency is watching China's menacing military movements in Asia on a "minute-by-minute" basis. The disclosure that the CIA believes M-11 missiles -- not just related technology -- were transferred to Pakistan also requires sanctions to be imposed for violating the Missile Technology Control Regime. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
February 29, 1996
Daihatsu corp. (Charlie Trie) contributes $12,500 to the DNC. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Ron Brown was granted a delay in scheduled testimony in civil case (Judicial Watch.) – Judicial Watch
Charlie Trie presented Michael H. Cardozo, executive director of the Presidential Legal Expense Trust (a defense fund that President and Mrs. Clinton set up to help pay their legal bills) with two manila envelopes containing checks and money orders for more than $450,000. The fund returned about $70,000 of this immediately, but deposited $378,300.
Clinton reverses policy on "sibling preference" immigration laws. Now agrees they should stay as is.
The PLA intimidates Taiwanese voters by shooting ballistic missiles at both ends of the islands. Clinton sends naval fleet to patrol water between Taiwan and China.
Clinton signs an order transferring decision making authority over overseas sales of dual-use technology licencing policy from the State Department to the Commerce Department -- thereby making it easier for the PLA to launch American satellites -- against State Department and Pentagon objections.
Gov. Tucker and McDougals go on trial.
Charlie Trie drops off $500,000+ into Clinton's legal defense fund. At the same time he delivers a letter to Clinton that contained a not-so-subtle threat to back down over Taiwan. Soon after, the ships leave and American policy toward Taiwan goes into drift mode. During Clinton's 1998 trip to China he described the sending of the fleet as "not intended as a threat to the (PRC) Peoples Republic of China". Tries money is returned later when it is noticed that the money orders, from many different people, have sequential serial numbers.
Macao gangleader Ng Lapseng (Who in 1994 showed up at the WH with $175,000 in cash at the time Web Hubbell was paid off) shows up again with another $20,000. Ng's total donation to the Clinton fund is $333,000.
Months before Taiwan's first democratic presidential election in March 1996, China sent a blunt message to Washington: Don't risk Los Angeles to defend Taipei. ....At the same time, military analysts said, China may be trying to modernize its nuclear arsenal not just to deter or win a war but also to keep the United States out of its way as it becomes more assertive about exerting its influence in Asia. China has never ruled out using force to regain Taiwan, a former province that split from the mainland after the 1949 civil war. ....."People were surprised that China exploded small devices that were totally unlike the devices they exploded before," said Andrew Yang, a military expert with the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies in Taipei. "That started to build up a suspicion that China had received the technology and know-how to build small nuclear bombs and not big ones."
It was recently learned that special prosecutor Starr was given permission last summer by Attorney General Reno and the US Court of Appeals to greatly expand his inquiry. Not only can he look into campaign contributions made during Clinton's presidential campaign but into obstruction of justice, perjury, destruction of evidence, intimidation of witnesses or conspiracies among them. Even more important, perhaps, Starr received permission to look into matters that were described in seven paragraphs that remain under court seal. -- The Progressive Review From Freeper posting 3/16/99 Wayne Mann
White House records indicate a meeting between Vice President Al Gore and John Huang takes place.
White House records indicate John Huang attends a DNC dinner with Bill Clinton.
White House records indicate John Huang meets with White House aide Harold Ickes.
Export licensing information obtained by TAS shows that the State Department licensed the export to China of 522 Hughes telephone ground stations valued at just over $5 million - The American Spectator 5/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
Commerce Report: Loral Defense Systems (then an arm of Loral Aerospace) actively solicited Commerce Secretary Brown to intervene in getting approval from the White House to sell advanced radar technology to China. Loral wanted very badly to sell Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to China. SAR is a sophisticated ground-looking radar essential to the newly deployed Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) used by the U.S. military to track ground-based vehicular movement on the battlefield. SAR radars also equip the USAF F-15 Strike Eagle and the Predator unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle. A letter discovered in the previously unreleased files of Ron Brown shows that Loral Defense Systems President, Jerald A. Lindfelt, wrote Brown in March of 1996. Lindfelt sought Brown's help in the export of SAR technology to the Beijing Institute of Remote Sensing. According to the Defense Department, the Chinese "Institute of Remote Sensing" is actually a front for the Chinese Army missile guidance design laboratories. The Institute of Remote Sensing is "a developer of precision guidance systems for surface-to-air missiles." Loral's 1996 appeal also included a direct request for Ron Brown to over rule the Department of Defense, the State Department and even Brown's own Commerce Department, which had all previously denied SAR radar exports to China. "We've worked hard trying to resolve these problems with the Department of State, the Department of Commerce and the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA)," Loral's Lindfelt wrote to Brown. "But someone in these organizations always manages to block our participation... Over the years we have found that this type of obstacle often comes from lower levels of management rather than by people willing to look at the bigger picture. Could you help us by identifying someone in the Commerce Department high enough in the organization to help us resolve these issues and open this marketplace..." - Koenig's International News 5/18/99 Charles Smith
Reno's Justice Department requests a wiretap on computer network at Harvard University which later led to charges against Argentine resident Julio Caesar Ardita for breaking into Harvard computers and sensitive U.S. government files.
Deal to turn Long Beach Naval Station over to COSCO is finalized. The deal eventually falls through in late 1998 after Congress passes a bill forbiding the transfer.
Reno extends Ken Starr's mandate to include investigating the Travel Office firings.
Alleged Chinese spy and friend of Bill since late-1970s Arkansas Charlie Trie attends meeting with Buddhist Master Suma Ching Hai and followers in New York. Sect members donate money for Clinton's defense fund.
* Russia's ambassador to Tehran, Sergey Tretyakov, said that Russia may help Iran build other nuclear power stations once Bushehr is completed, saying that cooperation between Russia and Iran on the peaceful use of atomic energy is not confined to the Bushehr project and that US concerns over that cooperation were "the problem of the United States, not of Russia." ITAR-TASS, 18 March 1996; in "Russian Nuclear Aid to Iran 'Not Confined' to Bushehr," FBIS-TAC-95-005. http://www.cns.miis.edu/research/summit/irnuke.htm
March 1, 1996
* "Petro-Canada, Elf Aquitaine, Mannai Corp. (Quatar), Gulf Canada, Pennzoil - the list of companies leaving Russia or reducing their interests in its troubled petroleum sector seems to be accelerating..... The combination of confiscatory fiscal terms and conditions, a questionable Law on Production Sharing Agreements, inability to move forward on joint-venture operations, and a worrisome presidential campaign, appear to have worn down the resolve of all but the largest, most optimistic, or most stubborn foreign companies."
* "Projects such as the 4.2 billion barrel Priobskoye oil and gas development venture between Amoco and YUKOS, or the US $10 billion, 9-million-barrel Tenghiz venture between Chevron and the government of Kazakhstan, creep forward in an environment of high risk and uncertainty."
* "Western investors are not blind to the advantages afforded a large, well connected, domestic market player like LUKoil: Atlantic Richfield saw enough potential there to put up $250 million for a 6% equity stake in the company. By the end of the year, LUKoil plans to be trading on the New York stock exchange, and increase its foreign ownership to 15% by the end of 1998."
Reinsch, Tony, The Russian conundrum. (petroleum industry in Russia)(World Energy). Vol. 47, Oilweek, 04-01-1996, pp 10(1).
March 4, 1996
The Whitewater trial of Susan McDougal, Jim McDougal and Gov. Jim Guy Tucker began with the questioning of 56 potential jurors
March 6, 1996
Ron Brown announces at meeting in Baltimore that he will take trade delegation to Bosnia in April (Washington Times, Mar. 6, 1996);
March 8, 1996
First shot begins shortly after midnight. At intervals of roughly an hour, three M-9 ballistic missiles carrying dummy warheads splash down into target areas just 22 miles from Keelung, the island's second busiest seaport, and 32 miles from the harbor of Kaohsiung, the third largest container port in the world. These two ports closest to the Chinese target zones account for 70 percent of Taiwan's two-way trade. China also stages elaborate military maneuvers in a 6,600-square-mile rectangle that stretches to the mid-point of the Taiwan Strait. The area is 30 to 70 miles from Taiwanese Islands. Beijing also says it plans to begin "live ammunition" war games on March 12 in a 6,000-square-mile zone that will obstruct much of the shipping and air traffic in the Taiwan Strait. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
March 10, 1996
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher calls China's attempt to intimidate Taiwan "reckless," and announces the dispatch of a battle group led by the USS Independence. He says, "I think they've been risky, and.. smack of intimidation and coercion." The destroyer Hewitt and guided-missile frigate McClusky will join the Independence north of Taiwan the following day, according to the Seventh Fleet from Yokosuka, Japan. The guided-missile cruiser Bunker Hill took up a position south of the island to monitor China's missile tests, according to the Navy. Secretary Christopher says on NBC's Meet the Press that the U.S. intends the warships to be "in a position to be helpful, if they need to be." - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
March 11, 1996
The Secret Hand Of Stephens In Whitewater Investigation Just before the 1996 Presidential election, Judicial Watch deposed John Huang, and the fledgling scandal was taken up by columnist Willian Safire. It had little effect….
Christopher Cox: "…Having correctly identified proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as one of the gravest problems facing U.S. and world stability, the Clinton Administration has essentially acquiesced in the transgressions of the world's most brazen proliferator. With no meaningful resistance from Washington, the Communist government in Beijing is now engaged in the active worldwide distribution of nuclear and chemical weapons ingredients, as well as the ballistic missiles needed to deliver them. Their customers include some of the world's most fervently anti-Western regimes, such as Iran. These actions constitute clear and continuing violations of the NPT. But rather than apply the sanctions called for in the NPT, the Clinton Administration has merely asked the Export-Import Bank to delay loan approvals to the PRC for 30 days. In the meantime, the Administration has asked the Communist Chinese government to investigate itself, no less. An American official made this remarkable statement to The Washington Post: "We are looking for information that would help us to let them off the hook." …The PRC has set up numerous commercial entities to engage in its cynical and reckless arms production enterprise. The most active and dangerous of these is the China Poly Group Corporation, known variously as "Polytechnologies Incorporated," or "Baoli" in Chinese. The Poly Group is Communist China's leading merchant of death. They sell everything from small arms to the latest weapons of mass destruction in the People's Liberation Army arsenal…. Communist China's many other government-run arms dealers have fanciful names such as the China Rainbow Development Corporation, the 999 Enterprise Group, and the Blue Sky Industrial Corporation. These inoffensive titles mask deadly connections. Rainbow is in the nuclear business. 999 is a pharmaceutical empire directed by the PLA's Communist Party Department. Blue Sky is fittingly controlled by the Communist Chinese Air Force. And the list of these Communist arms-sale fronts is seemingly endless. Despite the PRC's desperate attempts at secrecy, the Defense Intelligence Agency's unclassified list reveals 67 such enterprises…. "
President Clinton orders a second U.S. carrier battle group into the area, and the Pentagon shifts a carrier already there closer to Taiwan. The naval battle group led by the USS Independence, stationed about 200 miles off Taiwan's shores the week before to monitor China's ballistic missile exercises, has moved to within about 100 miles. It remains outside the Strait of Taiwan. Secretary of Defense William Perry says the movement of U.S. warships is "a prudent, cautionary measure." - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
March 12, 1996
Headlines were about China's continued tensions with its Asian neighbors, especially Taiwan - by China's firing M-9 ballistic missiles, carrying dummy warheads into target zones 30 miles off the shore of Taiwan
China launches war games southwest of Taiwan, drawing a Taiwanese threat to strike back if the mock warfare turns into an attack. Chinese combat planes and warships practice bombing runs and drills off Taiwan at the start of eight days of war games. About 10 Chinese ships conduct formation drills, and about 10 warplanes practice air cover, surveillance and bombing runs near Dongshan and Nan Ao, on China's southeastern coast. Taiwan places its 400,000-member military on heightened alert, especially on the islands that face the exercise area. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
March 13, 1996
China fires another missile near Taiwan, but unlike the others, this one does not cross Taiwan's territorial waters. A steady succession of F-14 and F-18 fighter planes shoot skyward from the USS Independence aircraft carrier (operating with a cruiser, a destroyer, and a frigate), based at Yokosuka, Japan and now positioned 200 miles off the east coast of Taiwan. The planes take 90-minute flights, practicing air intercepts and bombing runs. Thirteen planes at a time are in the air, with the missions continuing day and night. Rear Admiral James Ellis, Jr., commander of the Independence battle group (with a crew of 6,500 and carrying 55 to 70 aircraft), says its seven ships have come to show the U.S. commitment to peace in the region, but none is in the Strait and the group is engaging in "normal routine operations," while also monitoring the Chinese exercises. Although the Independence is leaving some distance between itself and the area of the Chinese maneuvers (about an hour's flying time), officers say the carrier is close enough. The ship's navigator Commander Dave Wirt says they can get to Taiwan in four hours. - Center for Taiwan International Relations. Kristie Wang 1996
March 14, 1998
Clinton reversed Christopher's decision, overruling both the State Department and the Pentagon - which wanted to keep sharp limits on China's ability to launch American made satellites using Chinese rockets - and turned oversight of granting permissions for such launches to Commerce, which was in favor of permitting them. The New York Times, 5/17/98
Commerce email said to put a low key spin on news to "not draw attention to the decision"
At a meeting in Peking one month after the crash of the Loral Sattelite, the insurance companies threatened to withhold coverage from future launches unless China submitted its findings on the cause of the crash to an "Independent Review Committee."
March 15, 1996
White House W.A.V.E. records indicate a meeting between John Huang and Vice President Gore. March 18, 1996
Undercover Customs and BATF agents accepted delivery of guns smuggled aboard the COSCO ship Empress Phoenix, as part of an ongoing sting operation dubbed "Dragon Fire." Besides the smuggled guns, which they recommended for the California street gang market, the Chinese operatives explained that they were ready to sell everything from grenade launchers to shoulder fired Red Parakeet surface to air missiles, which they boasted could "take out a 747". The COSCO crates contained 2,000 Poly Technologies AK-47's, the largest seizure of fully operational automatic weapons in the history of U. S. law enforcement.
March 16, 1996
China’s Nuclear Arsenal Yang Zheng National University of Singapore - This document reveals that China at present has a total of 2,350 nuclear warheads. This number i s about 8 times larger than the 300 generally cited in the Western media. - anonymous poster (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent an internal document of the Chinese Defense Ministry to the Hong Kong magazine The Trend (Dong Xiang).
March 19, 1996
Independent Counsel Pearson obtained subpoenas that showed his probe had widened to include Ron Brown's ties to possibly illicit fund-raising activities involving the Democratic National Committee and a DNC-affiliated group called the Asian Pacific Advisory Council.
March 20, 1996
A federal judge ruled in favor of President Bill Clinton's request that he be allowed to give testimony in the trial of Jim and Susan McDougal, the president's former Whitewater partners, by videotape. The president's supporters describe the decision as a major victory for the president, who sought to avoid appearing in person. But the judge denied Clinton's request that questions be provided in advance.
March 21, 1996
Little Rock businessman and friend of Bill Clinton, Charles "Charlie" Yah Lin Trie, gives Michael Cardozo of Clinton's Presidential Legal Expense Trust two manila envelopes containing $460,000 in questionable donations.
Charlie Trie met with Mark Middleton and gave him a letter that outlined a number of views regarding the Taiwan Strait crisis which was brewing at the time. A witness informed the House Committee that Trie was "terribly concerned" over possible incidents between the United States and China over Taiwan. According to this witness, Trie spoke of having talked to "people in the White House and National Security Council about the danger of confronting China over Taiwan." Middleton faxed Trie’s letter to the White House, and on the cover page, informed the White House staff that "[a]s you likely know, Charlie is a personal friend of the President from L.R. He is also a major supporter." Trie’s letter received a response from President Clinton just one month later. The response, in relevant part, stated that the U.S. action "was intended as a signal to both Taiwan and the PRC that the United States was concerned about maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait region. It was not intended as a threat to the PRC." Trie’s letter and the Administration’s response to it were handled by several high-level national security staffers, including National Security Advisor Anthony Lake and staffer Robert Suettinger. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
March 23, 1996
Lee Teng-hui was the resounding victor in the Taiwan Presidential election and would become, in the words of a buoyant newspaper advertisement appearing earlier in the campaign, "Our First Made-in-Taiwan President." An ebullient Lee announced: "At the time when our country is under threat and intimidation, we are able to complete this election successfully because we believe deeply that this is a historic call of mission." That was the closest he got to a direct reference to China, although the President-elect said he would "defend forever the road of democracy."
March 25, 1996
David Hale was sentenced to 28 months in jail and ordered to pay back $2,000,000. for his guilty plea on charges of defrauding the Small Business Administration.
Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr extended his investigation to include Travelgate testimony given by former presidential aide David Watkins. Attorney General Janet Reno had asked the court that appointed Starr approve the move, out of concern that her separate Justice
Department inquiry could "seriously interfere with the independent counsel's ongoing investigation." In 1993, Watkins told the General Accounting Office that an evaluation done by a private accounting firm evaluation inspired the firings. However, in a memo that appeared in January, Watkins claimed that it was Mrs. Clinton who demanded that the travel office staff be dismissed. He writes, we ... knew that there would be hell to pay if ... we failed" to remove the travel office employees "in conformity with the first lady's wishes."
Freeper Helen and Jolly "…Title 15 - COMMERCE AND FOREIGN TRADE Chapter VII - BUREAU OF EXPORT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Part 742 - CONTROL POLICY, CCL BASED CONTROLS Sec. 742.4 National Security (a) License requirements. It is the policy of the United States to restrict the export and reexport of items that would make a significant contribution to the military potential of any other country or combination of countries that would prove detrimental to the national security of the United States. Accordingly, a license is required... [snip] (b)(7) For the People's Republic of China, the general licensing policy is to approve applications, except that those items that would make a direct and significant contribution to electronic and anti-submarine welfare, intelligence gathering, power projection, and air superiority receive extended review or denial. Each application will be considered individually. Items may be approved even though they may contribute to Chinese military development or the end-user or end-use is military…." Alamo-Girl note "appears to have been issued 3/25/96 for review … less than 2 weeks before Ron Brown’s plane crash"
New York Times 5/5/99 Gary Milhollin Jordan Richie "...More than half of the $15 billion in exports [to China] consisted of computers. China had been denied access to high-performance computers until President Clinton loosened computer controls in 1996, after strenuous lobbying by his political supporters in Silicon Valley. Then a flood of computer exports began. By now China has imported about 400 high-performance machines, just what would be needed to process the American nuclear codes and simulate the workings of our arsenal. Although China has insisted that these computers were imported for civilian uses, it has refused virtually all requests to let United States officials see what the machines are really doing.
March 25-26, 1996
Hillary in Tuzla, Bosnia, accompanied by Chelsea and Army Secretary Togo West; from there, she goes on to Aviano, Turkey, and Greece (FDCH, White House schedule, Mar. 15, 1996);
March 26, 1996
Trip of Defense Secretary Perry to Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, and Egypt announced (Xinhua, Mar. 26, 1996);
March 27, 1996
White House W.A.V.E. records indicate John Huang's attendance at a DNC dinner with the President.
The Energy Department receives a report from a Chinese spy that China has stolen information about the neutron bomb from American nuclear weapons laboratories.
March 28, 1996
Timetable and itinerary announced for Ron Brown's trip to Bosnia and Croatia (Xinhua, Mar. 29, 1996);
(late): Perry leaves Washington (Agence France Presse, Mar. 29, 1996);
March 29, 1996
White House W.A.V.E. records indicate a meeting between John Huang and Harold Ickes.
A federal appeals court denied a request by President Bill Clinton to reconsider its January decision allowing the president to be tried on the Paula Jones sexual harassment complaint during his presidency.
March 30, 1996
Perry in Zagreb (Xinhua, Mar. 30, 1996);
March 31, 1996
Perry goes to Tuzla, Sarajevo (Deutsche Presse Agentur, Mar. 31, 1996), later in day goes to Tirana, Albania, where meeting of defense ministers opens (UPI, Mar. 31, 1996);
Trie was officially appointed to the President's Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy, just two weeks after dropping off to Mr. Cardozo the two manila envelopes containing checks and money orders; http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Wah Lim, Chinese-born American citizen and senior vice president and engineer at Loral Space and Communications wrote a letter to China Aerospace Corp. in April 1996: " Equally important, I believe, is the task of using this failure as an opportunity to insure that the Long March launch vehicles have the best reliable record in the future. Even if that means your engineers and Cgwic takes a little more time to implement several phases of improvements over time; I believe it is worth it. We, at Space Systems/Loral would like China Great Wall to be a strong supplier of launch services and we will do everything in our power to help you. " A few weeks later, the technical information was provided to China Aerospace.
CIA discovered evidence that China sold 5,000 ring magnets to Pakistan - used to develop nuclear weapons. The Washington Times, 4/3/96
"…in April of 1996 -- a Department of Energy official informed President Clinton's deputy national security adviser, Samuel Berger, (1) that China had probably stolen our secrets of making warheads small enough to enable long-range missiles to pack multiple nuclear punches, and (2) that the suspected spy was still at work in the Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. Mr. Berger, who sat in on most of the political meetings with Clinton's Asian fund-raisers, did nothing. The internal security division of the Department of Justice apparently did not ask a court for wiretap authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. At Reno Justice, investigating any Chinese penetration is a no-no…" NY Times OpEd 3/8/99 William Safire "
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown dies in a plane crash in Bosnia. 34 others perish as well. Many are Commerce Department employees. Commerce oversaw the satellite launches in China. Brown's body would later be discovered to have a suspiciously round hole in his head. No autopsy would be performed. The plane did not have a "black box". No safety investigation would be performed over the accident.
Monica and Bill have one of their final flings in the Oval Office study -- hours after Ron Brown's memorial service. Ms. Monica would then be transferred to the Pentagon.
Ronald Pandolfi writes a report for the CIA warning about military implications of Hughes Electronic's sharing of expertise with the Chinese. The CIA decides not to distribute the classified report to select government officials, as is routinely done with intelligence estimates, saying it was insufficiently rigorous.
The Energy Department decides to brief the White House about apparent Chinese espionage at Los Alamos weapons lab. A group of senior officials including Trulock sat down with Sandy Berger, then Clinton's deputy national security adviser, to tell him that China appeared to have acquired the W-88 and that a spy for China might still be at Los Alamos.
Vice President Al Gore meets at the Hsi Lai Buddist Temple in Los Angelas. Alleged Communist Chinese spy Maria Hsia is his host. He walks away with $140,000 in campaign donations from "monks" which must later be returned. Maria Hsia is currently represented by lawyer Nancy Luque. Luque was the lead attorney for the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign. She also represents Virginia housewife Julie Hiatt Steele who has been indicted by Starr's grand jury in relation to the Kathleen Willey assault and ensuing intimidation.
Jim McDougal visits Clinton at the White House. This is their first meeting in years. Jim later alleges Clinton assured him he would pardon his wife Susan.
[Espionage] After the analysts reported to Deutch in November, a broader review, dominated by the Energy Department, reported similar conclusions in April 1996. Berger was then briefed that same month, and the F.B.I. opened its criminal investigation on May 30, 1996. - New York Times 6/27/99 James Risen Jeff Gerth
The administration transferred licensing authority for jet-engine production technology from the Munitions List, which is administered by the State Department, to the "dual-use" list at Commerce; gaining access to hot section technology was another top COSTIND priority, Pentagon officials say- The American Spectator 8/99 Kenneth R. Timmerman
Mickey Kanter is named as Brown's replacement.
FBI arrests Navy enlistee Kurt Lessenthien for attempting to sell top secret information to an unnamed foriegn government. Lessenthien was a machinist mate on nuclear submarines.
Former CIA Director William Colby goes missing.
April 1, 1996
Accusing Senate Democrats of "stonewalling" on the Whitewater inquiry, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) announced that the Whitewater hearings he chairs will resume under the Banking Committee's jurisdiction unless Democrats drop their demands that hearings end by mid-June.
Hillary returns to Washington (WH Schedule);
April 2, 1996
Meeting in Tirana concludes, Perry meets with president of Albania(UPI, Apr. 2, 1996); Ron Brown arrives in Tuzla;
April 3, 1996
Within 3 weeks of the policy change by Clinton - a plane carrying Ron Brown, U.S. commerce secretary, and 34 others, crashes in rocky terrain over Croatia. There are no survivors. Pearson's investigation was closed soon after Brown's plane crashed. Unfinished matters, including the investigation of Hill and Brown's son Michael, were turned over to the Justice Department.
Huang's ex-boss, Charles Meissner Assistant Secretary for International Economic Policy at the Department of Commerce, also died in the same plane crash with Ron Brown.
The CIA discovered evidence that China is supplying parts and technicians for a plutonium reprocessing plant in Pakistan.
April 4, 1996
Peter Galbraith tells press in Dubrovnik, "I can simply state two facts: First, the weather yesterday as the plane flew in was terrible, people in Dubrovnik say it was the worst storm in decades." (AP Worldstream, Apr. 4, 1996);
Michael Cardozo of the President's Legal Expense Trust, met with Hillary Clinton and Harold Ickes, and informed them that a businessman named Charlie Trie had delivered $380,000 in contributions to the PLET. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
April 8, 1996
Bill Clinton meets John K. H. Lee, the South Korean Chairman of Cheong Am America Inc., whose firm made an illegal $250,000 campaign contribution to the DNC.
April 10 1996
Loral sent Senior Vice President Dr. Wah L. Lim to Peking for preliminary meetings with technicians from China Great Wall Industries Corp. (CGWIC), the maker of the Long March booster rockets.
April 11, 1996
Security advisers at Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, Calif., were closely monitoring on video tape the Chinese Long March 3B rocket crashes. The Wall Street Journal, 5/29/98
Stephen Bryen, security adviser in a Loral Meeting (about providing assistance to China on failed launch): " I said , No , you cannot do that , ' That is a transfer of technical data . " But 11 days later, they went ahead..
April 12, 1996
President Bill Clinton announced that he will name U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to succeed the late Ron Brown as Commerce Department head.
April 13, 1996
Energy Department officials tell Sandy Berger, then deputy director of the National Security Council, of reports that China stole warhead designs and information about the neutron bomb. According to the officials, the April 1996 briefing of Berger included evidence of the theft of the W-88 design, the need to increase security at the weapons laboratories and the report about the loss of neutron bomb data. "It was a pretty specific briefing," one American official who was present said.
April 15, 1996
President Bill Clinton travels to Asia to meet with South Korea's president Kim Young-sam in South Korea to discuss North Korea's continued troop movements on its border with South Korea.
April 16, 1996
* The New York Times gave front-page coverage to "an ominous facility being created deep underground beneath Mt. Yamantau in the southern Ural Mountains. The article underscored that the U.S. government is unsure exactly to what purpose this hardened, military-related facility will ultimately be put and notes that the Russian government of Boris Yeltsin refuses to respond to questions on the subject -- either to its friends in the Clinton Administration, to members of the foreign or domestic press or even to its own parliament..." "According to one unnamed American official: "The complex is as big as the Washington area inside the Beltway." U.S. intelligence -- which a Defense Department spokesman said today has been "aware of this facility...for some time" has been able to assess the progress of its construction primarily through monitoring materials supplied to it, the above-ground construction activity and the many thousands of workers and security personnel housed at and involved in the project." Restoration Watch # 9: Mt. Yamantau -- from the Folks Who Brought You the Cold War Publications of the Center for Security Policy No. 96-D 37
April 17, 1996
Letter from Barbara Fredericks to Laura Sherman, in reference to the Clinton administration's desire to appoint Charlie Trie to the Commission on the United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy: "Officials of the United States Trade Representative's office who reviewed Trie's disclosure report found that Trie's position on the Commission could have a "direct and predictable effect" on his interests in Daihatsu, San Kin Yip, and Walmart and that he thus possessed "a disqualifying financial interest."
April 18, 1996
Ken Bacon announces at Pentagon press briefing, "President Clinton has nominated Lieutenant General Wesley Clark to the rank of General to become the commander-in-chief of the Southern Comman in Panama." (FDCH transcript of briefing).
April 22, 1996
A Memo is sent to Anthony Lake regarding a letter written by Charlie Trie regarding China/Taiwan.
William Schweikert, Loral's technology transfer control manager, told the IRC that because the accident review involved getting information from China and not providing information to China, there was no need for Pentagon export security officials to be present. He also said that merely accepting or rejecting China's own conclusions on the crash would not constitute technical assistance. Later the same day, committee staff director Nick Yen traveled to Washington and briefed officials of the Departments of State, Transportation, Commerce and Defense on what the IRC planned to do, Loral's outside experts said.
President Clinton announced the appointment of Charlie Trie to the newly created Commission on the United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy ("the Commission"). Several circumstances surrounding Trie's appointment to and involvement with the Commission, however, indicate that Trie's political contributions and fundraising were critical factors in the Administration's decision. At the time of Trie's appointment to the Commission, he had contributed a total of $205,000 to the DNC. When allegations surfaced of Trie's involvement in campaign finance illegalities, Trie fled the United States for China and sent a letter to the Commission apologizing for the impact of the scandal on the Commission's work and expressly stating that he would no longer be participating in Commission activities. However, the Administration never formally revoked Trie's appointment, and he remained a member until the Commission submitted its final report in April 1997.
April 24, 1996
Energy Department Trade Missions: Authority, Results, and Management Issues (Testimony, 04/24/96) GAO/T-NSIAD-96-151 "…Although several of the company officials we interviewed said their completed business agreements would have occurred without DOE's involvement, many also said that their projects were accelerated as a result of the trade missions. Others, including some Commerce Department officers stationed in the four overseas posts that DOE visited, cited such intangible benefits as increased credibility with foreign officials and the opportunity to establish new or high-level contacts with business and government officials…."
Mr. Trie returns to Cardozo's office with another $179,000 in questionable contributions.
Anthony Lake responds in a letter regarding Charlie Trie letter on Taiwan Issues.
April 26, 1996
Clinton forwards a letter to Charlie Trie regarding Taiwan Issues.
Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Ann Brown attends White House coffee chat in Al Gore's office and meets with a leader of a trade group she regulates.
April 29, 1996
Although the Clintons and McDougals have been estranged for years, a "very cordial" Clinton gave James McDougal a brief tour of the White House Map Room, where Clinton's Whitewater deposition had just taken place. During this meeting, McDougal would later allege, Clinton assured him that he would pardon Susan McDougal.
Gore attends a Buddhist temple fund-raiser where $60,000 in illegal donations is raised. - AP Online 3/26/00
April 30, 1996
Two U.S. senators seeking the removal of Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr were rebuffed by the court that appointed him. "This court has no power of removal over independent counsels," U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David Sentelle wrote in a letter to Sens. Bennett Johnston (D-La.) and Harry Reid (D- Nev.). Sentelle informed them that by law, only Attorney General Janet Reno has the authority to remove Starr.
After the Clinton fund ordered an investigation, the rest of Trie's money was returned. The investigation found that some of the money came from sequentially numbered money orders, supposedly from different people in different cities, but all apparently signed in the same handwriting;
Letter signed by Schwartz and two other aerospace executives urged Clinton to promptly implement the decision to transfer the export licensing from State to Commerce.
Sockowitz's followed his boss, Lew to the Small Business Administration as her senior adviser. Chicago Tribune 11/2/96 Mary Jacoby David Jackson; Judicial Watch
WH Coffee guest Wang Jun's Chinese company Polytechnologies is busted trying to smuggle thousands of automatic machine guns and "Stinger" type missiles into the United States for sale to drug gangs.
Former CIA Director William Colby goes missing. His canoe is found on the bank of a creek behind his home. Days later, his body is found -- only feet from the canoe. Pathologist report concludes he drowned after having either a heart attack or a stroke.
Navy Admiral James "Mike" Boorda commits suicide by shooting himself in the chest (Possibly twice). He leaves a type-written note behind.
Gov. Tucker and the McDougals are convicted on 24 counts of bank fraud and conspiracy.
Clinton formally announces decision to renew Most Favored Nation (MFN) trading status with China. In 1994, Clinton successfully de-linked human-rights abuse questions to the granting of MFN status to China.
Clinton announces he is opposed to deployment of a missile defense system to protect American cities. He says it makes no sense to build an anti-missile system "before we know the details and dimensions of the threat we face".
Clinton lawyers try to defer Jones case before the Supreme Court by claiming Clinton falls under the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. The act allows civil claims against active-duty military members be delayed until they leave the military. The Supreme Court shoots down their argument saying Clinton is a civilian Commander-In-Chief and is not on active-duty.
Facing congressional contempt citation, White House releases 1,000 (Of 3,000) requested documents to a committee investigating the Travel Office firings.
Over concerns related to the high number of foreign visitors, and concerns that the laboratories are targets of foreign espionage, the House Committee on National Security directed the GAO to determine how well DOE has been managing foreign visits to the weapons laboratories. Accordingly,GAO assessed DOE's (1) procedures for reviewing the backgrounds of foreign visitors and for controlling the dissemination of sensitive information to them, (2) security controls for limiting foreign visitors' access to areas and information within its laboratories,and (3) counterintelligence programs for mitigating the potential threat posed by foreign visitors. (GAO/RCED-97-229)
The report says the second mistake came when the Department of Energy turned the case over to the FBI in May 1996, but inaccurately said Lee's computer could not be monitored - Congressional Report Blasts U.S. Inquiry of China's Nuclear Espionage 8/5/99
William Colby found dead only 20 yards from his canoe which had been discovered eight days prior.
Chinese company Polytechnologies, headed by Clinton coffee guest Wang Jun, is busted trying to smuggle 2,000 machine guns and shoulder launched missiles into U.S. The equipment was to be sold to drug gangs. The weapons were shipped into Berkeley, California harbor by way of a COSCO ship.
Navy Adm. Jeremy "Mike" Boorda commits suicide by shooting himself in the chest.
FBI office in Laredo, Texas is bombed.
May 1, 1996
Whitewater prosecutors identified inconsistencies with Hillary Rodham Clinton's sworn statement regarding a meeting she had with the Clinton's Whitewater partner James McDougal. Mrs. Clinton stated previously she discussed an overdue legal bill with McDougal in April 1985. But that bill was paid off in 1984, according to the president of one of McDougal's banks, and Rose law firm records also show that a $5,000 payment was made in November 1984.
May 5, 1996
Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie contributes $10,000 to the DNC. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
May 6, 1996
Loral Senior Vice President Dr. Wah L. Lim's deputy, Nick Yen, faxed a report on the technical advice and direction necessary to correct the "deficiencies" of the Chinese rocket, to China Great Wall Industry in Peking despite the U.S. export control restrictions against the transfer of this type of technological assistance. The Loral/Hughes systems analysis was just the type of technology transfer that caused the National Air Intelligence Center and the State Department's office of Intelligence and Research to conclude, in a still-classified May 1997 joint report, that the interchange had done "damage" to U.S. national security by helping the Chinese to make more reliable rockets.
Newsweek reported that the First Lady's fingerprints appeared on Rose Law Firm billing records that were belatedly discovered. Also found were prints of former aide Vincent Foster, and four law firm aides on the billing records that had been missing for two years.
May 7-10, 1996
Nick Yen faxed the committee's 200 page preliminary report on the rocket accident to China Great Wall Industries Corp. http://18.104.22.168/archives/98-07_timmerman.html
May 9, 1996
Inviting a contempt of Congress vote, President Bill Clinton claimed executive privilege as a basis for refusing to provide additional documents on the firings of the White House travel office staff. The move drew a quick reaction from Rep. William Clinger (R-Pa.), who chairs a House panel looking into the controversy. "Unfortunately, the White House, in keeping with their culture of secrecy, has decided to withhold from this investigation a vaguely defined body of documents," Clinger told the Associated Press.
At a meeting, Micheal Cardozo told the White House that he intended to return the Charlie Trie contributions to the President's Legal Expense Trust. This meeting was attended by high-level White House staffers including Bruce Lindsey, Harold Ickes, Cheryl Mills, and Maggie Williams. During this meeting, according to Cardozo, Bruce Lindsey stated that Trie was "involved with the Democratic Party." http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
May 10, 1996
Loral's counsel, Julie Bannerman was one hour too late to stop the transmission of Lim's report to the Chinese.
The Clinton administration decides not to impose sanctions on China for transferring nuclear technology to Pakistan. Chicago Tribune, 5/11/96
After months of secret U.S.-Chinese talks, State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns issued a carefully worded statement May 10, 1996, saying the secretary of state had cleared China of any culpability. "Of particular significance, the Chinese assured us that China will not provide assistance to unsafeguarded nuclear facilities, and the Chinese will now confirm this in a public statement," Mr. Burns said. Unsafeguarded facilities are nuclear plants and support facilities that are not subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors nuclear facilities around the world under the treaty. "In addition," Mr. Burns declared, "senior Chinese officials have informed us that the government of China was unaware of any transfers of ring magnets by a Chinese entity, and they have confirmed our understanding that China's policy of not assisting unsafeguarded nuclear programs will preclude future transfers of ring magnets to unsafeguarded facilities." There was "not a sufficient basis" to impose sanctions as required by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act of 1994. - Washington Times 5/18/99 Bill Gertz
May 11, 1996
"…Then on May 11, 1996, it [China] promised not to do it [nuclear proliferation] again. Mr. Clinton's speech said nothing about China's nuclear deals and treaty-breaking -- or what the C.I.A. told Congress in June 1997. The C.I.A. reported that during the second half of 1996, after the pledge to the U.S., China was still the "primary source of nuclear related equipment and technology" to Pakistan. Also, said the report, China is the world's "most significant supplier of weapons of mass destruction-related goods and technology" -- which means nuclear, chemical or bacteriological. The President did not mention China's breaking its pledge to America after breaking its treaty pledge to the world. Nor did he say that he was planning to reward China by giving it clearance to shop nuclear in America. But he will, unless Congress can block him …." The New York Times 10/28/97 A.M. ROSENTHAL
May 13, 1996
Comptroller of the Currency Eugene Ludwig attends a Clinton White House coffee in the map room, organized by Director of the Office of Public Liaison Alexis Herman, and meets with 17 top banking executives he regulates.
Despite objections from the National Security Council the president receives an award from Yogesh Gandhi in the White House. Gandhi had agreed prior to the meeting to contribute a check to the DNC for $325,000. Craig Livingston was responsible for the White House arrangements for the meeting with Mr. Gandhi.According to published reports, Gandhi gave more than half the money that was raised at a May 1996 DNC event in Washington that was organized by John Huang. Gandhi reportedly told Congressional probers that he gave a check for $325,000 to Democrat fund-raiser Charlie Trie and asked him to hold it 10 days so he could cover his account. Within the 10 days, wire transfers were credited to his account. Gandhi said the money was his, but offered three different accounts of how he acquired the funds. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
At a fundraiser arranged by Huang and Charlie Trie, President Clinton addressed the large number of foreign nationals attending the event at the Sheraton Carlton: "I say to the Asian American community here – and to those who come from other countries to be with us here tonight – the United States is very grateful for the people who have come from the Asian Pacific region, who have made our country their home." Among the group of foreign nationals was a high ranking executive at the Lippo Group, Roy Tirtadji. Giroir had contributed $100,000 towards the event so that he and approximately 20 others, including Tirtadji, could attend. However, Tirtadji, and not Joe Giroir, sat at the head table with the President. Half of the guests seated with President at this event were foreign citizens. The President only sat at the head table for about 15 minutes. According to one witness who sat at the head table at this event, during the time the President sat at the table, either no one wanted to speak, or could not speak English. Therefore, this witness, Jitu Somaya, then struck up small talk with the President to fill the time. In fact, the event contained so many foreign nationals that it provoked concern among one Democratic official who said, "’. . . I hope people are checking this one out. It was peculiar. There were a lot of people who didn’t speak English or spoke very, very poor English.’" President Clinton again singled out Huang and Charlie Trie for praise in front of the donors they solicited. The event was slated to raise $500,000, but documents provided to the House Committee show that $577,000 was raised from only 23 different donors. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4a_riadyhuang.htm
May 15, 1996
Lawyers for President Bill Clinton asked the Supreme Court to delay Paula Jones' sexual harassment against Clinton until he leaves office.
* Ogonek, a Russian news weekly, publishes the remarks of Rear Admiral Viktor Vasilyevich Patrushev, Chief of the Operations Directorate of the Russian Navy General Staff. "Yes, the presidents of the United States and Russia have signed the document according to which our missiles are not targeted at each other's countries any more," Patrushev says. But to him, the agreement is irrelevant to his strategic mission: "I know that the missiles can be re-targeted in an hour even without returning [our ballistic missile submarines] to their bases."
May 16, 1996
Navy Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda was found outside his Washington D.C. home with a bullet wound in his chest. The death was immediately ruled a suicide. It was believed he committed suicide because he was about to be outed by Newsweek magazine for wearing valor medals he did not properly earn. A June 1998 naval report proved this assumption to be false, however. Adm. Boorda's boss John Dalton served in his post from 1993 until November 1998 (he announced his decision to leave in June). Prior to joining the Pentagon, Dalton was employed by Stephens Incorporated. Stephens Inc. became joint-owner of Little Rock's Worthen Bank with Mochtar Riady's Lippo Group in 1984. Mochtar's son, James Riady, was named the bank's director. Worthen loaned $3.5 million to the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign. Mochtar Riady was the biggest individual donor in the 1992 White House run. Both the FBI and CIA have stated they believe the Riadys to be agents of China. Stephens Inc. founder Jackson Stephens is a close friend and financial supporter of former President Bush. Ohmlaw 00
May 20, 1996
President Bill Clinton formally announced his decision to renew most-favored-nation (MFN) trading status for China during a speech to the Pacific Basin Economic Council.
May 21, 1996
CATIC signed a contract for parts before a public auction and shipped to China shortly thereafter several large machine tools including a 100' long stretch forming press used in manufacturing wing spars for the F- 14.
May 22, 1996
President Bill Clinton, in a speech, said he opposed the rapid deployment of a missile defense system to protect American cities. It makes no sense to build an anti-missile system, the president asserted, "before we know the details and dimensions of the threat we face."
President Bill Clinton's lawyer, trying to defer the Paula Jones sexual harassment civil lawsuit, in a brief submitted to the Supreme Court cites the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, which allows civil claims against military members to be delayed while they are on active duty. Clinton "seeks relief similar to that to which he may be entitled as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, and which is routinely available to service members under his command," the brief says. Republicans and leaders of veterans groups reject the brief saying that it is outrageous for a man who managed to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, to hide behind a law meant to shield solders from lawsuits.
May 23, 1996
Federal authorities discovered an illegal cache of 2,000 AK-47s being smuggled into the U.S. aboard a COSCO ship………. The weapons were owned by China's arms distributer Poly Technologies. Poly Technologies was headed up by a man named Wang Jun. Wang Jun had coffee with President Clinton in the White House in February 1996 and dined with former President Bush in China during the second week of April 1996 as well. Just days before Clinton had coffee with Wang, he signed a waiver allowing Poly Technologies to ship 100,000 semi-automatic weapons to a Detroit, Michigan company that had ties to the Chinese military (Ron Brown met with Wang and suspected Chinese spy Charlie Trie the same day they met with Clinton. Brown and Wang previously met during the October 1995 meeting with representatives of Li Ka-Shing in Hong Kong) - The Poly Technologies weapons cache was siezed in March 1996, but arrest warrants were not issued until May 23, 1996.
May 28, 1996
The jury in the Whitewater trial delivered a guilty verdict for defendants Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Jim and Susan McDougal, Clinton's former business partners, of most of the fraud charges against them. After eight days of deliberations, the jury found Jim McDougal guilty of 18 of 19 charges, Susan McDougal guilty of all four charges against her and Gov. Tucker guilty of two of seven charges against him. In the first political fallout from the Whitewater verdicts, Gov. Jim Guy Tucker announced that he would resign.
W-88 administrative inquiry presented to FBI, which begins full investigation two days later. – Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
May 29, 1996
Calling the credibility of the White House into question, Rep. William Clinger (R-Pa.) introduced a resolution holding current and former White House aides in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents subpoenaed by Congress four months earlier Clinger's resolution, passed May 9 by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee which he chairs, holds White House Counsel Jack Quinn and two former White House aides in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents in the White House travel office firings. "Using executive privilege for documents that have nothing to do with national security or sensitive matters, and nothing to do with the decision-making powers of the presidency and have everything to do with the character of this White House increases, I think, the president's credibility gap with the American people,".
May 30, 1996
Skirting a contempt resolution, the White House agreed to provide a congressional oversight committee with some 1,000 documents related to the travel office firings.
In a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll, Sixty percent of those surveyed say they think Clinton is hiding something regarding his role in Whitewater, compared to 51 percent in a similar poll in July 1995.
[Espionage] After the analysts reported to Deutch in November, a broader review, dominated by the Energy Department, reported similar conclusions in April 1996. Berger was then briefed that same month, and the F.B.I. opened its criminal investigation on May 30, 1996. - New York Times 6/27/99 James Risen Jeff Gerth
Late May 1996
At a spa, Dale Young, a family friend of White House intern Monica Lewinsky's, had conversations with Lewinsky about the former White House intern's claims of intimate contact with Clinton. Lewinsky, in this conversation, described a physical, intimate relationship with the president which "did not go to completion."
Late Spring, 1996
Federal bank examiners discovered that the central bank of China was moving tens of millions of dollars into the United States, depositing it in a maze of accounts controlled by a fast-rising Chinese executive at a small California bank [Far East National Bank] - NY TIMES 5/12/99 TIM GOLDEN and JEFF GERTH
FBI agents briefed two representativesof the National Security Council about the Chinese plan to influence the elections, The FBI placed no limitations on sharing the information, much of which the White House had independent access to through other means. See Reuters 10/19/97
Johnny Chung has meetings with Liu Chaoying, an executive of Chinese Aerospace Co., the company that builds and launches satellites and rockets, including the famed Long March brand. She was also a lieutenant colonel in People's Liberation Army, and daughter of a top Chinese General and Communist party leader. Liu attended a military institute for counter intelligence in China. China Aerospace owns a large piece of a Hong Kong satellite operator and also owns China Great Wall Industry Corp, the rocket company that launches both private satellites and tests and provides equipment for the missiles in China's nuclear arsenal. Great Wall had been sanctioned in 1991 and 1993 for selling missiles to Pakistan. [Alamo-Girl: CASIL also had links to Lippo.] Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
Filegate surfaces. At first, the WH claims only 34 files ended up in their hands. Later it is learned close to 1000 did. Blame is passed off on White House internal security chief (And former bar bouncer) Craig Livingstone. In later testimony, the WH claims they can't recall who hired Livingstone. Livingstone claims the same thing.
The FBI formally opens a criminal investigation into the theft of the W-88 design. The inquiry makes little progress over the rest of the year. When Energy Department officials ask about the inquiry at the end of 1996, they come away convinced that the bureau had assigned few resources to the case. New York Times 3/16/99 James Risen
Clinton has coffee with a group of Thai "chicken sellers" in the WH. The coffee is organized by Pauline Kanchanalak (A woman with ties to the PLA) with the help of John Huang. The "chicken sellers" lobby for Clinton to increase US military-related technology exports to Communist China. Ms. Kanchanalak is currently represented by Brown and Trie attorney Reid Weingarten.
FBI briefs representatives of the National Security Council (NSC) about Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 presidential elections. Janet Reno later refuses to appoint an IC to investigate the matter. See Reuters 10/19/97
Filegate surfaces. At first, the White House claims only 34 FBI files of Republicans ended up in their hands. Later it is learned close to 1000 did. Blame is passed off on White House internal security chief (And former bar bouncer) Craig Livingstone. In later testimony, the White House claims they cannot recall who hired Livingstone. Livingstone claims the same thing.
Documents reveal former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum requested FBI report on ousted Travel Office Director Billy Dale -- seven months after his dismissal.
The FBI formally opens a criminal investigation into the theft of the W-88 design. The inquiry makes little progress over the rest of the year. When Energy Department officials ask about the inquiry at the end of 1996, they come away convinced that the bureau had assigned few resources to the case.
White House releases remaining 2,000 documents relating to Travelgate. Infamous "White House Task List" is found among them.
U.S. barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia are bombed. U.S. officials believe Osama bin Laden was involved. Saudi officials differ. Billionaire bin Laden family's construction company is later hired to rebuild them. Osama bin Laden's brother is part owner of Iridium LLC. Iridium is a communications group that has worked with Loral and had their satellites launched on Chinese missiles. Osama is known to have ties with both Albania and the Kosovo Liberation Army.
James Riady sat at the head table with then-Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor at a dinner hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4a_riadyhuang.htm
The FBI briefs Janet Reno and representatives of the NSC about Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 presidential elections.
In late spring 1996, federal examiners discover the Central Bank of China funneled tens of millions of dollars into a maze of accounts controlled by Nan Nan Xu (Pronounced Shoo), a Chinese executive of Far East National Bank in California.
Filegate surfaces. At first, the White House claims only 34 FBI files of Republicans ended up in their hands. Later it is learned close to 1000 did. Travel Office documents reveal former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum requested FBI report on ousted Travel Office Director Billy Dale -- seven months after his dismissal.
Janet Reno extends Ken Starr's mandate again. This time to investigate Filegate.
A senator sends a note to FBI Director Louis Freeh saying his staff discovered IRS documents were included in the FBI files that found their way into the White House. Recently released report by FBI General Cousel Howard Shapiro made no mention of IRS documents. Shapiro would later give the White House "the heads up" about information pertaining to the Filegate investigation and an advanced copy of former-FBI agent Gary Aldrich's book, Unlimited Access, that detailed drug use and loose security in the first years of the Clinton administration. After leaving the FBI, Shapiro would become the attorney for Terry Lenzner, a private investigator hired by the Clintons, and Charles Bakaly, spokesman for independent counsel Ken Starr. Bakaly resigned from Starr's office in March 1999 after leaking information.
U.S. barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia are bombed.
June 3, 1996
June 4, 1996
* At the behest of the administration, Senate Democrats filibuster a bill that would deploy a national defense against incoming ballistic missiles.
June 5, 1996
The FBI began its inquiry into the illegal possesion of nearly 1,000 FBI files by the White House staff.
June 6, 1996
Clinton's Presidential Legal Expense Trust returns original $460,000 in donations solicited by Charlie Trie after the trust's lawyers hear from their appointed investigators.
Documents found reveal that former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum requested an FBI report on ousted travel office director Billy Dale seven months after his dismissal. Attorney General Janet Reno promptly announced that the Justice Department would coordinate an investigation of the matter with the FBI, and release the results to independent Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who was also looking into the travel office firings.
* Russia test-launches a six-warhead SS-19 ICBM from Baikonur, Kazakstan. All six warheads reportedly strike their targets around Kamchatka, on the Pacific Ocean. Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, Strategic Rocket Forces Chief of Staff, says it is Russia's 26th ICBM test lunch in five years.
June 7, 1996
Loral's report to the State Department indicates that US and European aerospace industry officials examining the 1996 Chinese rocket crash got inadequate advice from Loral about what information could be shared with the Chinese. It also includes a possible defense strategy should the government take action against Loral
In a report released by the Air Force, investigators blamed a combination of pilot error and outdated navigational equipment on the aircraft for the April 3 jet crash that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in Croatia.
June 10, 1996
June 11, 1996
June 12, 1996
President Bill Clinton apologized for the White House's obtaining of FBI files on leading Republicans and said it was an honest mistake that won't happen again. At a news conference, Clinton said, "I'm sorry that it occurred and I believe we will correct it and I believe the FBI will correct it as well." Republican rival Robert Dole has said the episode smacks of a Nixonian "enemies list," but Clinton said he "would never condone or tolerate any kind of enemies list or anything of that kind."
Johnny Chung wrote a letter to Education Secretary Richard Riley’s assistant, Sandy Rinck as follows: "I want to inform you of a misunderstanding between Ms. Rita Lewis of the DSCC and I. Since I became the #1 contributor [to] the DNC in 1995, I get a lot of calls from everyone for donations. But as much as I tried my best, I can not satisfy everyone. ... I believe [Mr. Leung] deserves the honor of meeting with our Secretary Riley.....Other than the DNC, I am also trying my best to support the DSCC whenever I can but sometimes it’s quite difficult. I hope you understand and will not let other issues come between our relationship. I am totally committed to the Democratic Party and to our president." http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
June 18, 1996
The Senate Whitewater committee released two vastly different final reports on the investigation, split predictably along partisan lines.
At a Lockheed plant Bob Dole accused President Clinton of dragging his feet on missile defense. "Clinton's opposition to missile defense is one of the most negligent, short-sighted, irresponsible and potentially catastrophic policies in history," Dole said. It encourages terrorists to think about missile attacks, he said.
Liu Chaoying arrived in US from China.
It is announced in various media reports that Bruce Lindsey, will be named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a second Whitewater trial. Bankers Herbie Branscum Jr. and Robert M. Hill are accused of misapplying $13,217 in funds from their bank to finance political contributions to Clinton's gubernatorial campaign and to other state and federal candidates.They are also accused of conspiring to hide from the IRS thousands of dollars in withdrawals by Clinton's campaign.
The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee began its probe into how and why the White House obtained hundreds of sensitive FBI background files.
Two Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters collide near Fort Campbell, Ky., just before the soldiers are to descend to a mockup of a downed helicopter and ``rescue'' soldiers pretending to be injured. Six people are killed and 30 injured. The Associated Press 4/9/00
* Deputy National Security Advisor Samuel "Sandy" Berger tells the Woodrow Wilson Center, "Because of President Clinton's agreement with President Yeltsin, Russian missiles no longer target American cities."
June 20, 1996
As a Senate committee launched hearings into the FBI files flap, Attorney General Janet Reno said she will ask for an expansion of Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr's jurisdiction to include the files controversy.
June 21, 1996
Ten Republicans on the Senate Whitewater Committee asked independent counsel Kenneth Starr to review the testimony of three associates of the president and Mrs. Clinton, saying they might have violated the law in their Capitol Hill testimony.The subjects of the committee's criminal referral are White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell and lawyer Susan Thomases, a close adviser and friend of Mrs. Clinton. In their letter to Starr, the GOP senators cited what they called "a disturbing pattern of contradictory, incomplete or inaccurate testimony" from a number of witnesses.
June 24, 1996
The White House provides a statement in response to a new book reporting that, starting in late 1994, a troubled Hillary Rodham Clinton met with a spiritual advisor to help her deal with the pressures she faced following the defeat of the Clinton national health plan. The book is "The Choice" by Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward, described a series of meetings during which Mrs. Clinton, encouraged by spiritualist Jean Houston, had imaginary conversations with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi.
June 25, 1996
Secret files obtained by the White House on officials from Republican administrations allegedly included IRS as well as FBI records. In a letter to FBI Director Louis Freeh, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Judiciary Committee staff discovered IRS documents while reviewing the controversial files.
Averting a contempt of Congress vote for the second time, the White House agreed to turn over 2,000 remaining documents related to the travel office firings scandal, with certain conditions attached.
June 26, 1996
At a press conference in the White House Hazel O'Leary made the following statement regarding her decision to overrule the State Department and allow the sale of super-computers to China and the sharing of technology. "Well, you've asked, I think, perhaps the most difficult and subtle question here," O'Leary responded, "and that is how does the United States, in partnership with others of the nuclear nations, go forward to ensure that we all begin to be able to move on to certifying safety and reliability. And I will discuss this with an example. One of the clear examples are some of our colleagues who are now asking for some of the supercomputers that now exist. Our requirements of the Department of Energy, working with all of our partners in the National Security Council, is to ascertain that everyone who wants the use of our supercomputers has peaceful uses in mind." Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
In documents it wasdiscovered that an additional 300 FBI files were obtained by the White House, among them files on former National Security advisor Brent Scowcroft and former CIA Director Robert Gates.
It was revealed that federal prosecutors wanted to indict former White House travel director Billy Dale before the 1994 mid-term elections.The charge emerged from FBI e-mail messages. The messages, obtained by congressional Republicans, date from fall 1994, when Dale was indicted. One reads: "I contacted Jane who advised that she was advised by (FBI special agent) Pam Bombardi, that (Department of Justice) trial attorney Stuart Goldberg had stated that she was to 'do the indictment before the elections, probably on Oct. 4, 1994," FBI employee Gregory Meacham wrote to a colleague by e-mail. "Since when do indictments hinge on election dates?" House Government Reform and Oversight Committee chairman William Clinger (R-Penn.) asked. Also, an FBI agent interviewed by Senate Republicans said he was pressured by top Clinton aides for confidential information on Dale. White House personnel security head Craig Livingstone resigned, and former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum apologized that the White House improperly collected some 700 FBI reports.
June 26, 1996
(Determination #96-35): $260,000,000 (for the Nantong II coal-fired power plant in Jiangsu Province).
June 28, 1996
Army civilian employee Anthony Marceca asserts the Fifth Amendment in response to all questions in the Filegate scandal Senate investigation.
* Russia's Pacific Fleet conducts its first-ever simultaneous test-launch of strategic nuclear missile submarines, ITAR-TASS reports. The operation, in which three Delta-class submarines fire multiple missiles from the Sea of Okhotsk just north of Japan to a target range on the Barents Sea just north of Europe--approximately of equal distance between the launch site and the western United States--rivals any conducted during the Cold War. According to a Pacific Fleet spokesman, the large and complex test was designed to confirm the "actual combat readiness" of Russia's naval strategic forces.
The same day, President Clinton proclaims, in a statement on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, "I have made reducing the nuclear threat one of my highest priorities. As a result, for the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age, there are no Russian missiles pointed at our people."
June 29, 1996
(Determination #96-37): $120,000,000 (for non-nculear island balance...&Westinghouse engineering services to the nuclear island for two units of the Qinshan II nuclear power plant).
Late June or July, 1996
[Espionage] But in late June or July 1996, the F.B.I. dropped its investigation, a senior United States official said. The C.I.A. had just re-issued the W-88 document with a warning that the agency now believed that the source of the document was a double agent. The C.I.A.'s new assessment, coming a year after it had first received the document, led the F.B.I. to "stand down," or suspend, its investigation, the senior American official said. The suspension of the investigation lasted for about six weeks in the summer of 1996, according to the official. It resumed after the Energy Department assured the F.B.I. that even if the source was a double agent, the document nonetheless contained accurate, classified data about the W-88 warhead, and so represented a security breach.... But while the F.B.I. re-started its investigation, it remained a low priority, F.B.I. officials now concede. Only one or two agents were assigned to the investigation in 1996, officials say. By 1997, when the Justice Department denied the F.B.I.'s request to seek court authorization to wiretap and electronically monitor Lee, a move that has since become the subject of congressional inquiry, the F.B.I. still had only three or four agents on the case. - New York Times 6/27/99 James Risen Jeff Gerth
Loral obtained President Clinton's approval to orbit a chain of 48 Globalstar satellites from Kazakhstan. The first satellites are scheduled to be launched on top of the Russian built Zenit and Soyuz boosters in 1999. Loral's CEO, Bernard Schwartz, also donated over one million dollars to the DNC.
The Energy Department completed an analysis of the neutron bomb case. The study, officials said, raised the possibility that the chief suspect in the W-88, Wen Ho Lee, a computer scientist in Los Alamos, had also been involved in the transfer to China of neutron bomb secrets. As they investigated further, Energy Department officials discovered that Lee had attended a classified meeting in 1992 in which solutions to the neutron bomb's design flaw were discussed, officials said.New York Times 4/8/99 Jeff Gerth James Risen
China conducts it's final atomic test and says it will explode no more nuclear weapons in tests.
From October 1993 to July 1996 the PRC raised$2.7 billion on six bond issues. Insight Magazine Vol. 13, No. 17 5/12/97 By Timothy W. Maier.
TWA flight 800 explodes after take-off in New York. Shortly after, Senator Orin Hatch tells the press he is almost 100% certain the plane was blown up by sabotage days after receiving a briefing by Louis Freeh.
An unnamed White House official tells press a second series of tests by FBI showed no trace of explosives in TWA crash. Prior test did show explosives residue. Clinton sends Navy to assist in wreckage search. U.S.S. Oak Hill acts as command post. Clinton also sends Federal Emergency Management Director and friend of Bill from Arkansas, James Lee Witt, to New York to assess the situation. The FBI eventually claims a fuel tank leak caused the explosion.
Secret Service agent Arnold Cole testifies past illicit drug use by White House employees found during background checks.
Bomb explodes at Olympic park in Atlanta. Two people die. Security guard, Richard Jewell, who found the bomb is publicly named as the FBI's main suspect. Jewell is later cleared of any responsibility. The crime is still unsolved.
* Curt Weldon, as chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Military Research and Development, called Dale Darling, an analyst at the Lawrence Livermore nuclear-weapons lab who followed cutting-edge Russian military technologies in a program called "Silver Bullets", to ask for a briefing. But Weldon didn't hear anything from him until the following month when he received an anonymous letter that said, "I hope you will pursue the briefing with Dale Darling. Dale has been pressured to cancel the briefing." Red Handed Lies, Michael J. Waller, Insight Magazine, Oct. 15, 1999
The U.S. Commerce Department recently released a July 1996 unclassified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Panama. The cable accuses Beijing of funneling money into Hutchison Whampoa, the company controlled by controversial Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing. WorldNetDaily 6/17/00 Charles Smith
July 1, 1996
The July 1, 1996, action memo to National Security Adviser Anthony Lake, obtained through an intelligence agency source, reveals Loral requested that President Clinton delay a pending waiver for a satellite export. "In mid-June, Globalstar's parent company, Loral requested that we temporarily delay evaluation of their request for a national interest waiver for this project," the memo explains. "The company has now asked us to resume processing of their application, and State has confirmed its support for approval of the license…….President Clinton signed the waiver for Loral later that month. Loral was then under investigation for the loss of an encryption control board from a Loral Intelsat satellite that crashed in China. The missing board prompted an investigation by the FBI - WorldNetDaily.com 4/21/00 Charles Smith
July 2, 1996
* The Open Media Research Institute Daily Digest, which monitors the Russian press, reports that the week before, a Russian navy official "announced that the Navy would begin receiving a new generation of strategic submarines beginning in 2002."
July 3, 1996
Travelgate documents show that White House officials asked for IRS reports on an usher before carrying out Hillary Rodham Clinton's instructions to fire him in March 1994. About 10 weeks before he was dismissed, veteran White House usher Christopher B. Emery told the Associated Press he was asked by White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum to submit to an FBI and IRS check.
July 6, 1996
Clinton's then national security advisor, Anthony Lake, went to China to reassure leaders and tell them that Jiang would be welcomed to Washington for a state visit after the election. (Jiang came to Washington the following year.) Twelve days later, Chung brought Liu to a Democratic fund-raiser featuring Clinton at the private residence of Los Angeles real estate magnate Eli Broad. The next month, Chung traveled to China via Hong Kong. While in China, he was summoned back to Hong Kong for a meeting that an associate described as "important for our business," Chung told federal investigators. When Chung arrived in Hong Kong on Aug. 11, he was introduced to Ji by his business partner Liu…. – Los Angeles Times 4/4/99
July 7, 1996
According to a White House statement, President Bill Clinton testified for two hours and 20 minutes Sunday as he gave his second videotaped testimony since April in a criminal trial.
July 10, 1996
As Defense Secretary William Perry came under bipartisan attack for security lapses leading up to the Saudi Arabian bombing, President Bill Clinton said Perry was being "treated unfairly" by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
July 11, 1996
Johhny Chung arranges a visa for Liu Chaoying. Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
July 12-13, 1996
Thirty three countries agreed to control all items in the list of dual use goods and technologies
July 15, 1996
Comptroller’s office began investigation of Far East National - NY TIMES 5/12/99 TIM GOLDEN and JEFF GERTH
July 16, 1996
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to subpoena former White House security office employee Anthony Marceca to testify about the FBI files flap. Marceca refused to testify at a June 28 hearing of the committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination
July 18, 1996
Liu Chaoying meets the president at the home of financier Eli Broad and has a picture taken with him. After the event, Johnny Chung and Liu Chao-Ying attended a DNC reception at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Also present were executives from China Aerospace Holdings and New Silver Eagle Holdings. Bin Liu, the son of a Chinese military General who formed C.L. International with Chung, also attended the event as Chung’s guest. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
On July 18, 1996, Cassidy Senior Vice President / Lippo Group consultant, Maeley Tom, joined the president for a fund-raiser coffee in the Map Room with Aerospace Machinists Union political director Linda G. Lanham, attorney; Ira Robinson of Albuquerque, New Mexico …; and White House Political Affairs Assistant Raymond Martinez (Washington Post White House Coffee Guest List Reports)…. - Newsmax 8/23/99 Tom Flocco Robin Akers
July 19, 1996
Executive Order #13010 - 7/19/96 Critical Infrastructure Protection. (Establishes the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection to develop and oversee a comprehensive national policy and implementation strategy for protecting critical infrastructures from physical and cyber threats.) - 4/21/99 Gretchen Glass
July 22, 1996
July 25, 1996
Though she had denied any involvement with hiring Craig Livingstone, some FBI documents suggest Hillary Clinton helped the former security office head get White House clearance, a congressman charged. House Government Reform and Oversight Chairman William Clinger (R-Penn.) took to the House floor, saying newly obtained FBI notes from 1993 show then-White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum telling an agent that Mrs. Clinton knew and could vouch for Livingstone, who was undergoing a background check. Clinger read from the notes of agent Dennis Sculimbrene that Livingstone "came highly recommended to him by Hillary Clinton, who has known his mother for quite some time."
July 26, 1996
The White House filed a complaint with the head of the FBI that House Government Reform and Oversight Chairman William Clinger (R-Pa.) improperly read from Dennis Sculimbrene's FBI file from the House floor. Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.) released a statement, criticizing the FBI for contacting the White House about Sculimbrene's file, which Clinger characterized as a "heads up." "It is imperative that the impartiality and integrity of our nation's law enforcement agency be protected from politics, and I fear that line has been crossed,"
Liu and Chung incorporated a "straw" company called Marswell Investment (a similar Hong Kong firm has a shareholder that is a "front" for the political department of the PLA.) Deposits to the Marshell accounts are linked from PLA and to Democratic causes. Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
At a press conference in the White HouseHazel O'Leary made the following statement regarding her decision to overrule the State Department and allow the sale of super-computers to China and the sharing of technology.
"Well, you've asked, I think, perhaps the most difficult and subtle question here," O'Leary responded, "and that is how does the United States, in partnership with others of the nuclear nations, go forward to ensure that we all begin to be able to move on to certifying safety and reliability. And I will discuss this with an example. One of the clear examples are some of our colleagues who are now asking for some of the supercomputers that now exist. Our requirements of the Department of Energy, working with all of our partners in the National Security Council, is to ascertain that everyone who wants the use of our supercomputers has peaceful uses in mind."
July 30, 1996
The Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition, claiming its political support for specific candidates violated campaign finance rules.
July 31, 1996
American Asia Trade Center (Charlie Trie) contributes $3,000 to the DNC.http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
Federal government workers, according to a study, gave $361,415 to the Clinton campaign, but less than $77,758 to the Dole campaign.
China: 400 tons of chemicals transferred to Iran. Violation: IIANA, AECA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
Mid Year, 1996
Hughes applied to the State department for a license to use Shen Jun, the son of Lt. Gen. Shen Rongjun, for his language skills in a deal with Asia-Pacific Mobile Telecommunications. The deal fell under the jurisdiction of the State Department. By then, President Clinton had approved the overall deal. Hughes officials had asked the administration for an expedited decision and the Defense Technology Security Administration, which reviews all such licenses, did not check with the Defense Intelligence Agency or the CIA before approving the project.
China: A plant to manufacture M-11 missiles or missile components in Pakistan. Violation: MTCR, AECA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
China: Gyroscopes, accelerometers and test equipment for missile guidance systems, again to Iran. Violation: MTCR, IIANA, AECA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
China launch Long March 3 Crashed - Hughes
Don Fowler wrote to Chung’s associate Jing Wei Li at the Homko Group in Hong Kong to invite him to the Democratic Convention. The letter had to be addressed "via facsimile," because there was no U.S. address. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
Later, in August of 1996, Ira Sockowitz quietly took these bios of the Bosnian and Croatian leaders out of the secured facility at the Commerce Department to his new job at the Small Business Administration. These secret documents would join a host of other classified material from the Department of State, NSA, CIA, Commerce, Russia, and France. All hidden in a personal safe just before the 1996 Presidential election. - Softwar
[Sockowitz] The former New York administrative law judge and 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign fundraiser walked out the Department of Commerce in June with 2,800 pages of intelligence documents - many dealing with sensitive and highly secret satellite and encryption technologies. "He knew what he was doing," says one congressional investigator. "He had to. He held one of the highest level of clearance - top secret with code word." - 9/1/97 Tim Maier Insight Nation
Chinese General Ji Shengde gives DNC money man Johnny Chung $300,000 to funnel in Clinton/Gore re-election campaign.
Former FBI agent Dennis Sculimbrene tells Congress White House appointees used illegal drugs as late as inauguration day in 1993.
August 1, 1996
Jurors in the Whitewater trial found two longtime political supporters of President Bill Clinton not guilty on four counts, but the panel deadlocked on seven other counts.
August 2, 1996
Ira Sockowitz, a former Commerce employee walked in, put 136 classified files (2,800 pages) about encryption and satellites in a box, and walked out the door. The CIA tried to seize Sockowitz' files as soon as they learned what had happened. The Justice Department has brought no case against Sockowitz. The public would not have known except by a subpoena issued by U.S. Judge Royce Lamberth concernng the Judicial Watch lawsuit. – Judicial Watch
At a Rose Lawn gathering, A reporter asked if Clinton would be willing to sign legislation reimburisng Dale's legal expenses after he was fired by the White House on corruption charges. Dale was found to be innocent. "I just wanted to know if you were going to keep your word, sir," a reporter asked. "I didn't...I never gave my word on that," Clinton testily replied. "You go back and see what I said when I was asked that question."
August 5, 1996
Dan Burton sent a letter to Commerce Secretary William Daley demanding reams of records, photographs, travel itineraries, expense reports, credit-card slips, electronic messages, notes, telephone recordings, press releases and other documents relating to Ron Brown and the other employees. Burton's letter also sought lists of all trade mission participants and any records relating to contacts between Commerce officials and the DNC.
Life long Republican Hwang [Far East National] made a $10,000 contribution to the DNC - NY TIMES 5/12/99 TIM GOLDEN and JEFF GERTH
August 9, 1996
Johnny Chung and Liu Chao-Ying formed Marswell Investment, Inc. in the State of California. Of 100,000 shares, Chung received 20,000 and Liu received 30,000. The company lists the same Torrance, California address as Johnny Chung’s "blastfax" business, AISI. Public records indicate that a Certificate of Amendment was filed on June 4, 1997. Documents produced by Chung to the Committee include a June 25, 1996 letter from a Los Angeles attorney regarding the incorporation of Marswell, indicating that Chung and Liu Chao-Ying were discussing the company prior to Liu’s July and August 1996 visits to the United States. Irene Wu, in her testimony, said that the purpose of Marswell Investment Inc. was to assist Chung’s associates in procuring visas to enter the United States. Documents from Chung’s blastfax business, AISI, indicate that Liu was an AISI shareholder. While the notes on the document are confusing, they appear to indicate that Liu owned 30 shares in the company valued at $300,000. Whether this is part of the $315,000 wired to Chung from Hong Kong in the summer of 1996 remains unclear http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
August 11, 1996
Chung was introduced to Gen. Ji Shengde by Liu Chaoying, the daughter of retired Gen. Liu Huaqing (at the time, she was a Chung business partner as well as a lieutenant colonel in the People's Liberation Army. Chung told investigators that Ji's rank and government affiliation were not immediately apparent and that the general used a false name during that initial encounter. During this meeting Ji talked about providing money to help the Clinton campaign, Chung told investigators. Ji said he was going to provide some funds for Liu to give to Chung, sources familiar with Chung's grand jury testimony said. Chung told federal investigators that he tried to tell Liu outside the meeting that he didn't want Ji's money. Liu, in turn, attempted to reassure Chung by telling him that they were engaged in similar transactions with others serving as conduits for Chinese funds to support Clinton's reelection. Within a couple of days, Liu moved $300,000 into Chung's Hong Kong bank account. She told him it was from Ji. By that time, Chung was aware of Ji's position and decided he could not refuse the money, according to his account to investigators. Los Angeles Times 4/4/99 William Rempel, Henry Weinstein, Alan Miller
August 14, 1996
A $300,000 wire transfer arrives in Chung's Hong Kong bank account sent by Liu at the direction
of Ji. Chung later donates a portion of these funds to the DNC. Los Angeles Times 4/4/99 William Rempel, Henry Weinstein, Alan Miller
August 15, 1996
CNN reports that negotiations have been underway to try to secure James McDougal's coooperation with the continuing Whitewater prosecutor's investigation in return for possible leniency. Sources say McDougal has been negotiating with Independent Counsel attorneys -- although not Kenneth Starr himself -- who are leading the investigation aimed in part at Bill and Hillary Clinton's activities in Arkansas in the 1980s.
Manlin Foung, A sister of Charlie Trie, received a $10,000 wire transfer from a Riggs National Bank account maintained by San Kin Yip International Trading Company. Prior to receipt of the wire transfer, Foung's account had a balance of almost $5,379. On the same day, Foung contributed $10,000 to the DNC's "Birthday Victory Fund" drawn on her Travis Federal Credit Union account.
Johnny Chung received two wire transfers from Hong Kong totaling $100,000. The wire transfers were initiated from a Hong Kong bank account controlled by Chung. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
August 16, 1996
August 17, 1996
Ng Lap Seng brings $70,000 into US from China.
August 18, 1996
"I would like to invite you to visit the United States again regarding a couple of issues that we discussed before. First, I’ve made arrangement with the Federal Stock Exchange Commission and a professional investment broker to discuss the promotion of your company in the U.S. stock exchange. Since your last meeting with Mr. Sendrovic, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I had several follow up conversations with him. He had also mentioned that he wished to meet with you again."
"Second, I have contacted Boeing and McDonald (sic) Douglas regarding your interest of purchasing aircraft miscellaneous parts. They have agreed to meet with you and as soon as you inform me of your schedule, I will be able to make the appointment. Looking forward to seeing you again."
August 19, 1996
Ng Lap Seng attends President Clinton's 50th birthday party. Charlie Trie is credited with contributing $118,000 to this event.
A federal judge sentenced former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to four years probation for his role in the Whitewater affair. Tucker, who has chronic liver disease, managed to avoid federal prison, but his conviction earlier had forced him to resign the governorship.
August 20, 1996
Susan McDougal, one of President Bill Clinton's former Whitewater partners, was sentenced to two years in prison for her conviction for fraudulently obtaining and using a federally-backed loan. U.S. District Judge George Howard imposed three 24-month prison terms to run concurrently, plus three years' probation on a fourth felony charge. She could have received as many as 17 years in prison and $1 million in fines, and the leniency of the sentence came as a surprise to some trial-watchers.
August 26, 1996
A complaint is filed by Judicial Watch to the FEC alleging that the Clinton/Gore 1996 Reelection Committee gave seats on Commerce Department trade missions in exchange for contributions of $100,000 or more. – Judicial Watch
August 27, 1996
Federal Reserve examiner memo claims concerning Far East National - NY TIMES 5/12/99 TIM GOLDEN and JEFF GERTH
Dick Morris left the Clinton/Gore campaign abruptly in the wake of the news of his involvement with a Washington prostitute. His office was promptly sealed by White House staff. Aug. 29) -- Dick Morris, the political consultant who reshaped President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign and moved the president to the center, abruptly resigned today. Senior White House staff met this morning after learning of unsubtantiated reports in The New York Post and the tabloid newspaper, The Star, that claimed Morris let a $200-an-hour escort listen in on his private conversations with the president.
China: Special industrial furnace and high-tech diagnostic equipment to unsafe guarded nuclear facilities in Pakistan. Violation: NPT, NPPA, EIBA, AECA - no sanctions. . - Congress
The White House refused to release documents to House investigators trying to determine whether the administration knew U.S.-trained Haitian security agents murdered political opponents of the U.S.-supported regime. .
It was reported in the Washington Times that the White House refused to release a Pentagon- commissioned report suggesting Clinton's strategy to combat drug use has failed.
The Clinton Administration notifies the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that it was eliminating satellites from the Munition Control List comprising "dual use items" that have both military and commercial applications.
The DNC returns an illegal $250,000 donation from South Korean electronics executive John Lee after the Los Angeles Times asked the DNC questions about the contribution.
Chung returns to China, where he meets Liu and Ji again.
During the Bingaman Commission's trip to China, Charlie Trie’s behavior attracted the notice of many members of the Commission. One Commission member recalled that Trie had "lieutenants" in many different Asian cities, who would meet him whenever the group arrived. Another recalled that Trie introduced him to a governmental official in Beijing. Upon his arrival with the delegation in Hong Kong, Trie was picked up by a limousine. When the Commission met with James Riady in Jakarta, Trie made it clear that he was friends with Riady, and had known him since Riady had worked in Little Rock in the 1980s. In Beijing, Trie took many Commission members to a restaurant where Trie clearly had great influence, and where he was greeted by a group that came and seemingly "paid homage" to Trie. Another recalled that Trie traveled by chauffeur-driven limousine while in Beijing. By the end of the trip, the Commission members were "amazed by [Trie’s] ability to maneuver." http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
The CIA proved to the admin that China was getting the Pakistani to Falsify documents, so the US would not see the illegal nuclear equipment they were shipping. For more info see pg 150 in Betrayal. Freeper Jolly 5/28/99
Susan McDougal refuses to answer questions about Clinton's previous sworn testimony. She had been granted immunity to do so. Judge Susan Webber Wright holds her in contempt of court. She eventually spends two years in jail.
September. 4, 1996
Former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger testified that he strongly supports transferring responsibility for nuclear weapons research, development, testing, production, dismantlement and cleanup from the Department of Energy to the Department of Defense because of his "very considerable concern" over the "unilateral and wholesale declassifying of vital nuclear information by the current secretary, Hazel O'Leary. ("GOP senators resist bid to unplug Energy," Nation, Sept. 5).
The judge in the Whitewater grand jury proceedings held Susan McDougal in contempt of court for refusing to answer three questions from prosecutors, including one concerning whether President Clinton lied in his testimony during her trial earlier this year. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright threatened McDougal with up to 18 months in jail if she continued to defy the order to testify. McDougal's lawyer, Bobby McDaniel, told the judge earlier that he was concerned about possible perjury charges down the road for McDougal if she answered prosecutors' questions.
In a memo to Mack McLarty from Mark Middleton regarding Mr. James Riady, Mr. Middleton thanked Mr. McLarty for his expeditious assistance and indicated the meeting participant was staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, was going to be arriving in Washington, D.C., and he was trying to facilitate a Monday meeting with Mr. Riady. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4a_riadyhuang.htm
September 9, 1996
Clinton met with James Riady of the Lippo Group, who congratulated Clinton on his policy toward China, including his decision to separate China's trading privileges from human rights concerns, and urged Clinton to intensify his efforts in China. Bruce Lindsey and Mark Middleton also attended the meeting.
Mark Middleton and Nancy Hernreich arrange a meeting on behalf of Mr. James Riady with the President. The meeting was attended by Bruce Lindsey, Mark Middleton, James Riady and the President. James Riady congratulated Clinton on his policy toward China, including his decision to separate China's trading privileges from human rights concerns, and urged Clinton to intensify his efforts in China. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4a_riadyhuang.htm
Susan McDougal began an 18-month contempt of court sentence for refusing to answer special prosecutor Kenneth Starr's questions about Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Dole renewed his challenge for Clinton to release his medical history. "I gave them all of mine. I'm in great shape. My cholesterol's lower, my blood pressure is lower -- but I'm not going to make health an issue in this campaign." Nevertheless, Dole's insistence sparked reporters' questions on whether the president had anything to hide, including sexually transmitted diseases. White House Press Secretary McCurry called the question "astonishing" and denied it.
September 13, 1996
In a joint brief filed by the administration, White House employees forced to hire lawyers during congressional Whitewater and travel office investigations asked the Justice Department to cover their legal expenses. Requests of four of the 23 aides seeking reimbursement had already been approved. Among those still remaining are three of President Bill Clinton's senior advisers, Bruce Lindsey, George Stephanopoulos and former Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, as well as Hillary Clinton's former press secretary, Lisa Caputo. Hatch said that it was unfair for the Clinton Administration to pay the fees for its aides when it refused to do so for former travel office director Billy Dale, who was fired in 1993. "Now the White House has the nerve to request the payment of legal fees to its own people but not to those who they victimized," he said.
It is reported that the diaries of prostitute Sherry Rowlands have been subpoenaed by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who is investigating the FBI files matter. It has been reported that the diaries contain an excerpt in which Rowlands quotes her client, the former presidential political consultant Dick Morris, as saying the 700 improperly collected files were gathered at the behest of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Former White House Personnel Security Director Craig Livingstone failed to appear for another deposition before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, which is investigating both the FBI files matter and the travel office firings. Committee member Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who did show up for the deposition, says that since Livingstone was under subpoena, he would pursue a contempt-of-Congress citation.
September 15, 1996
September 17, 1996
A Presidential commission found that both the Pentagon and the on-site commander were responsible for placing U.S. troops at risk before the June 25 attack on a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
September 18, 1996
FBI agents searched the home of the former mistress of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry G. Cisneros and removed five boxes of material. During the nearly 13-hour search of Linda Medlar's property, agents also videotaped the interior of several storage sheds. An independent counsel is investigating whether Cisneros lied to Congress about payments to Medlar during the background check conducted before his confirmation hearings. President Bill Clinton unilaterally declared a new 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah. Many in Utah were angry, charging they weren't even consulted, and claimed it was simply a land grab by the federal government at the economic expense of the state. The area is rich with coal -- perhaps $1 trillion worth -- that was to be mined by a Dutch-owned firm.
A form letter from Don Fowler to James Riady was written, thanking Riady for his participation in a recent DNC dinner with the President although there is no record of a required monetary contribution by Riady to the event. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4a_riadyhuang.htm
September. 19, 1996
A draft copy of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee's Republican majority report on the FBI files fiasco is released to the media. The report called for chief FBI counsel Howard Shapiro's resignation because of what it calls "blatant interference" with the investigation into the FBI files matter. The report charged that on numerous occasions, Shapiro cooperated with the White House inappropriately to shield information from the committee. The committee also charged that Livingstone and Marceca's various depositions to the committee were "inconsistent both within and between their own statements."
September 20, 1996
President Clinton appointed KathleenWilley to the United Service Organization, Inc. [USO] Board of Governors.
September 24, 1996
In its report, the inspector general of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) charged that a real estate document drafted by Hillary Rodham Clinton was used by her Whitewater partner's savings and loan to evade regulations and pay $300,000 in questionable commissions. The document also raised other questions about her role in what regulators called a "sham" real estate transaction. The regulators said Mrs. Clinton drafted a May 1, 1986, real estate option that valued property owned by Ward at $400,000, more than twice its appraised value.
Johnny Chung made three contributions to the DNC totaling $35,000. http://www.tullahoma.net/burton/4c_chung.htm
September 27, 1996
September 28, 1996
Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie contributes $2,000 to the DNC. http://www.house.gov/reform/reports/fundraising/4b_trie.htm
For the first time in 22 years, the DNC announced it will not file an FEC pre-election finance report.
Johhny Chung arranged a meeting with Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary for head of China's state run petrochemical company, Sheng Huaren. Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
The Clinton/Gore campaign, the DNC and the Commerce Department began to coordinate a campaign to cover up the Democratic political fund-raising scandal.
The White House refused to release a memo by FBI Director Freeh and DEA Administrator Thomas Constantine that condemns Clinton's efforts against drug use.
In October 1996, Chung made his last appearance at a DNC fund-raiser with Ji's wife and son. At Universal Studios, Chung sought a photograph of Clinton with the Ji family. Chung said he agreed to pay $25,000 for such access. But campaign officials mistakenly escorted Chung's chauffeur and secretary to meet the president and then refused to make time for Chung and the Ji family. Chung barged to the front of the receiving line and introduced Clinton to "the wife of a very important Chinese official." No photo was taken. Chung then refused to donate the promised $25,000. Los Angeles Times 5/7/99 WILLIAM C. REMPEL and ALAN C. MILLER
Press reports John Huang gave illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee. Later that same day, Huang visits the White House for two and a half hours.
Reno refuses to release photos of drug trafficker Jose Cabrera with Al Gore and Hillary Clinton to ABC News citing the Privacy Act. They are finally released when Cabrera grants permission.
CIA sends "statement of fact" report to White House and State Department that detailed China's assistance in building a missile plant in Pakistan. The report is ignored.
* Chubais hailed the Yuri Dolgoruki as "a submarine for the next century." To spur the stalled project along, he announced that he had arranged for the Finance Ministry to free up funds in time for the official keel-laying ceremony at Shipyard No. 402 of the Russian State Center for Nuclear Shipbuilding in Severodvinsk. But the same day, the IMF announced it was postponing its monthly tranches of the $10.2 billion loan, citing Moscow's inadequate economic policies. The keel-laying ceremony was hastily postponed, supposedly due to inclement weather. Dr. J. Michael Waller, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, originally published as an op-ed in the Washington Times on January 23, 1998
* The director of the highly secretive Chelyabinsk-70 weapons laboratory committed suicide.Russia's Top Nuclear Energy Official Resigns By David Hoffman Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, March 3 1998; Page A12
October 3, 1996
* At General Staff headquarters, Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin personally oversees a complicated and expensive test involving the "nuclear briefcase" in which a Topol-M ICBM, a submarine-launched ballistic missile, and two air-launched cruise missiles aboard strategic bombers are launched.
October 4, 1996
In testimony to Senate investigators A former White House staffer, Mari Anderson, said she told the chief of White House personnel security that sensitive background summaries were being gathered on ex-presidential aides. The testimony contradicted Craig Livingstone's, who has said he didn't know about file-gathering on hundreds of former Republican appointees.
October 5, 1996
"It is imperative," said Liu Huaquing top Chinese military officer - in a speech, "to resolutely implement the military strategic policies of the new period, uphold the integration between the military and the civilian, develop and produce missile weapons systems which can meet the needs of modern war, launch high-quality, highly reliable, long-life application satellites.. "
October 6, 1996
* President Clinton says in a debate with Senator Bob Dole, "There are no nuclear missiles pointed at the children of the United States tonight and have not been in our administration for the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age."
October 7, 1996
A memorandum to President Clinton from White House aide Phil Caplan mentions that the Democratic National Committee would be allocating $1 million "for potential fines" incurred pursuant to the fund-raising process. Clinton's hand written notation "ugh" appears in the margin next to the warning. Micah Morrison, writing in the Wall Street Journal, comments that Clinton's scribbled notation "along with the accompanying stamp 'The President Has Seen,' it does suggest that Mr. Clinton knew that some DNC fund-raising was presumptively illegal."
October 10, 1996
In a conference call regarding campaign finance allegations between Bruce Lindsey, Harold Ickes, Joe Sandler, Amy Weiss-Tobe, and Joe Lockhardt, notes from the conversation indicate a discussion about a private meeting between the President and James Riady in a limousine somewhere around the time of the summer Olympics in Atlanta during which they discussed policy toward China It was also revealed that that Joe Sandler had told Jane Sherburne that John Huang had refused to tell him about one of the subjects that had been discussed in his September 1995 meeting with the President, Bruce and Riady.
October 11, 1996
DNC said it received $425,000 in contributions from Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata after the Indonesian couple met with DNC fundraiser John Huang. The Wiriadinatas lived in a modest townhouse in Virginia; Arief was a gardener. But Soraya's father is an investor in the Lippo Group. After the couple moved back to Jakarta, they gave the DNC the final $295,000 payment.
October 12, 1996
The New York Times: The Riadys and the Lippo Group had their U.S. banking practices repeatedly criticized by federal regulators for illegal activities--including money laundering.
October 13, 1996
Four days before details emerge on Al Gore's participation in the illegal fund-raiser at the Hsi Lai Buddhist monastery, Gore claims, "Number one, we have strictly abided by all of the campaign finance laws, strictly. There've been no violations."
"China's ageing leaders are backing a huge programme of sea and air military expansion that is aimed at making China the dominant naval power in the western Pacific within 20 years. They intend to dominate the waters off the country's coastline out to 1,000 nautical miles by the year 2010 - enveloping Japan, the Philippines and the South China Sea. A decade on, the Chinese intend to be in the blue waters of the "outer island chain" - or as far as Darwin, Australia. " Electronic Telegraph
October 14, 1996
The DNC acknowledges receiving another illegal $25,000 contribution from Indonesian landscape architect/gardener Arief Wiriadinata and his wife Soraya bringing their total to $450,000.
Articles Lippo Scandal Blows Ties to the White House and the DNC, White House Responds To Lippo Scandal Mike McCurry asked about East Timor, Webb Hubbell and the Lippo Group
October 15, 1996
President Clinton amends Executive Order 12981 to transfer Hot Section technology from Dept. of State to Dept. of Commerce.
Rep. William F. Clinger (R-Penn.), chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, asked Whitewater prosecutors to investigate possible perjury by six current or former White House aides and Hollywood producer Harry Thomason.
Bob Dole, who had avoided character issues during the campaign, launched a last minute attack on Clinton's ethics. "Public ethics is a public trust," Dole said, "and when it is violated, the damage is done to our nation, and our institutions, and our idealism." "This election will help determine the nature and integrity and dignity of the presidency itself"...
October 17, 1996
The Wall Street Journal reports that residents of various branches of the Hsi Lai Buddhist monastery donated $50,000 to the DNC.
October 18, 1996
The DNC confirms that John Huang has been fired.
The DNC announces that it will reimburse the Hsi Lai Buddhist monastery $15,000 to cover the April 29, 1996 illegal fund-raiser attended by Gore. A nun told reporters she had been given $5,000 in cash and was asked to launder the cash by an individual who asked her to write a check to the DNC.
October 19, 1996
John Huang vanishes from public view. Huang was targeted by national Republican newspaper ads asking "Have You Seen This Man?" after he failed to appear to answer questions in the case.
The DNC quietly returns a $20,000 contribution from convicted Miami drug-smuggler Jorge Cabrera, who had met Al Gore and Hillary Rodham Clinton at separate 1995 events.
October 20, 1996
DNC General Chairman Chris Dodd promises three times on national television that John Huang will be made available to reporters to answer questions about fund-raising.
October 21, 1996
In various statements, Clinton's reelection team brushes off inquiries about improper fund-raising activities by the DNC, claiming a lack of knowledge. Al Gore points the finger at the DNC for the Hsi Lai Buddhist temple fund-raiser and claims it was a community out-reach event with no money offered, collected or raised.
Sen.Christopher Dodd reneges on a commitment to allow fund-raiser John Huang to be interviewed about illegal foreign donations.
Articles: The Lippo Scandal Unfolds The Lippo connection provides the final pieces of the puzzle that connects Whitewater, Mena, Travelgate, Foster, and BCCI into the outline of one big criminal enterprise.
October 22, 1996
The DNC returns a $5,000 contribution made by Man Ya Shih, a member of the Hsi Lai Buddhist temple.
The vice president says he thought the Buddhist temple event was community outreach, not a fund-raiser. - AP Online 3/26/00
October 23, 1996
The Justice Department releases photographs showing convicted Miami drug dealer Jorge Cabrera, posing with Al Gore at a 1995 Miami political reception, and with Hillary Rodham Clinton at a December 1995 pre-Christmas event at the White House.
Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth orders U.S. marshals to find John Huang and force him to answer a subpoena for a civil suit brought by Judicial Watch concerning whether the Commerce Department used government-sponsored trade missions to raise funds for Democrats. – Judicial Watch
October 24, 1996
A U.S. marshal, attempting to serve a subpoena, reports John Huang as missing.
October 27, 1996
John Huang's lawyer accepts subpoena on his client's behalf. Huang is to be questioned
October 28, 1996
U.S. News & World Report uncovers that 27 donors and 10 corporations who gave almost $300,000 to the DNC, list the DNC as their "home" address.
Articles: The Selling of the Presidency The Roots of The Lippo Scandal Run Deep in the Clinton Adm. 1996 Jesse Jackson Acts As Clinton Surrogate On LippoGate FEC Records Tell The Rest Of The Story.
October 29, 1996
The DNC reverses its decision not to publicly release information about its contributions and expenditures and releases an incomplete list of donors.
John Huang reappears at the offices of the public-interest group Judicial Watch for a court- ordered deposition. – Judicial Watch
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes calls financial speculator William Meddoff to discuss an offer of contributing $5 million.
The Clinton Administration's top immigration official on rejected Republican allegations of government tampering with the naturalization process to allow immigrants with criminal records to win citizenship to benefit Democrats at the polls. The House Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee is examining FBI criminal background checks on more than 50,000 newly naturalized U.S. citizens to determine whether any were granted citizenship in a pre-election rush.
October 30, 1996
Ickes calls Meddoff from Air Force One and asks him if he could make $1.5 million available in the next day or so. http://cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1997/09/19/thompson/hearings.main/
October 31, 1996
Ickes faxes a memo from the White House to Meddoff suggesting donations to three non-profit organizations whose goals parallel those of the Clinton campaign. http://cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1997/09/19/thompson/hearings.main/
William Reinsch, head of the US Commerce Department - Bureau of Export Administration, wrote a memo questioning the technology transfers approved by President Clinton, including strong (no back door) ciphered radios for China asking "whether we should allow the current practice of licensing encryption hardware to safe end-users (e.g. foreign police departments and security services) to continue." The "safe end user" in this case is the People's Armed Police of China.
Glen Weiner left the Democratic National Committee to join James Carville's Education and Information Project.
Hubbell confiding to sister "They're putting all kinds of pressure on me . and now that they've paid me, I'm clamming up."
The DNC announces it is returning one of its largest 1996 campaign contributions, $325,000 to Yogesh K. Gandhi, because it could not verify that he was the source of the funds.
Deputy Secretary of Energy Charles Curtis orders a series of security improvements at the research labs, most of which are ignored or delayed. New York Times 3/17/99 Jeff Gerth
Sandia no longer allows foreign nationals to have unescorted after-hours access to controlled areas without the approval of is counterintelligence office; Los Alamos continues... Chapter Report, 09/25/97, GAO/RCED-97-229
Louis Freeh goes to Saudi Arabia to continue investigation into Dharan bombing.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher resigns. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Madeleine Albright is named as his replacement.
Reno rejects calls by Senator John McCain and public interest group Common Cause to investigate Democratic National Committee fundraising.
Reno says she'll investigate ethics complaint against independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Connecticut judge Francis Mandanici accused Starr of being political because he had previously worked for Republican administrations.
CIA agent Harold Nicholson arrested for selling secrets to Russia.
November 1, 1996
DNC Executive Director B. J. Thornberry admits that the DNC abandoned procedures set up years ago to detect contributions from donors with questionable backgrounds.
The White House released a statement indicating that a second John Huang -- not the Democratic fund-raiser -- made some of the visits to the executive mansion reported earlier.
"As would be necessary in any matter with potential independent counsel ramifications, your office should take no steps to investigate these matters at this time," Lee J. Radek, the chief of the public integrity section, wrote in a Nov. 1, 1996 letter to a top Federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. The letter was recently obtained by The New York Times…… Mr. Mansfield, the Los Angeles prosecutor who originally investigated the temple fund-raiser, said in a recent interview that he had prepared to investigate aggressively. "I wanted to move very quickly, to gather evidence by issuing subpoenas, interviewing witnesses and considering the execution of search warrants," said Mr. Mansfield, who had extensive experience prosecuting campaign finance fraud cases and who is now a partner at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. "But it got yanked off my desk and as far as I know, nothing happened for many, many months. The consequence of a strategy of sitting back and doing nothing means you effectively make the matter go away. It is so much harder to develop. Speed is everything in a highly publicized case." …..In the months that elapsed, several figures involved in the temple fund-raising fled the country. - NEW YORK TIMES 3/11/00 David Johnston Don Van Natta Jr
In a March 14 story NewsMax reported that [Radek[ he had told investigators probing alleged illegal fund raising by Al Gore to back off. In that story we reported that in a secret Nov. 1, 1996, cease-and-desist order Radek wrote that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles "should take no steps to investigate these matters at this time," - NewsMax.com 5/19/00
Election Eve, 1996
US Jets fire on Iraq radar sites
November 4, 1996
FBI Albuquerque queried HQ about the possibility of "searching" Lee's computer. – Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
November 5, 1996
The Clinton Administration publishes the regulations governing the March decision to transfer satellite export licensing to the Commerce Department. The regulations, which were due in April, arrived more than 200 days late. The New York Times, 5/17/98; The Washington Times, 5/22/98; http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_smith/19980721_xcsof_ron_brown_.shtml
November 7, 1996
Secretary of State Warren Christopher resigned.
November 8, 1996
Clinton calls for campaign finance reform and endorses McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation during his first post-election news conference.
November 9, 1996
A report in Washington claimed America's First Lady had orchestrated an appointment at the Commerce Department for John Huang, the controversial figure subsequently forced to resign his post as a senior Democratic fundraiser. " Washington Times.
November 10, 1996
It is reported that Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes planned to leave his job at the White House
November 11, 1996
Articles: Lippo Scandal Runs Deeper Than Revealed By U.S. Media Chinese Intelligence Infiltration of Clinton Administration
(Determination #97-2):$383,000,000 (for the Qinshan III nuclear power plant in Zhejiang Province).
November 12, 1996
DNC Co-Chairman Don Fowler holds press conference and claims there was never any desire, plan or intent to evade law.
In rare public comments, independent Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr said his ongoing probe has been thwarted because information was being withheld.
LANL advised the FBI that Lee had not registered his computer under a program that would have involved signing a privacy waiver. (It was learned in 1999, however, that Lee had signed some form of waiver in 1995.) – Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
November 13, 1996
The Justice Department rejected a request by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the appointment of an independent counsel to probe Democratic Party fund-raising. A Justice Department reply to McCain said the senator's request did not contain "specific, credible evidence that any individual covered by the Independent Counsel Act committed any federal crime." The letter, approved by Attorney General Janet Reno, was written by Mark Richard, acting head of the Justice Department's criminal division.
U.S. District Judge George Howard granted a three-month delay in the sentencing of former Clinton Whitewater partner Jim McDougal, at the request of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
November 14, 1996
Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary announced her resignation. In a prepared statement she recounted her successes in "helping stem the international spread of nuclear weapons materials" and "improve the position of the United States in the global economic marketplace by promoting clean energy and advanced technologies." Various Government 3/16/99 ohmlaw98
FBI HQ advised the Albuquerque field office that a FISA warrant was required if FBI wanted to search Lee's computer. – Thompson/Lieberman Report 8/99
November 15, 1996
The White House confirmed that Mark Middleton ate in the White House mess after he quit his job as a presidential aide and may have used the meals to drum up consulting business, the White House confirmed today. The restaurant is off-limits to the general public. "It does appear that on occasion [Middleton] would come to the White House after he left the White House service and occasionally would bring guests with him," White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry told reporters today. "Who the guests are we're having trouble learning."
November 16, 1996
Clinton admits discussing policy issues with Indonesian businessman James Riady but claims Riady never influenced Clinton's decisions. In an interview with The New York Times, the president also said the Democratic National Committee's decision to send John Huang to raise money in Taiwan for 1996 campaigns was a mistake.
November, 19 1996
White House aides confirm that White House Deputy Counsel Bruce Lindsey directed a deceitful campaign, contrary to the advice of the Whitewater spokesman, to characterize three Clinton-James Riady meetings as "social calls."
In a letter to the comptroller's senior aide for enforcement matters, Daniel Stipano, a senior Federal Reserve official, Herbert Biern, wrote that examiners suspected fraudulent activities at Far East National, but felt the bank's lack of cooperation had prevented a "thorough review." "There is a perception that there could be some sensitivity relating to this case within the OCC because of a personal relationship between Hwang and the comptroller," Biern continued, apparently echoing the allegations of the examiner, Philip Holt. "Although this may have absolutely no basis in fact, we thought you should be aware of it because under the circumstances, you may want to take steps to assure that even the appearance of preferential handling is avoided." ….Shortly after Biern's Nov. 19 letter, the comptroller's office gave final approval for a formal investigation of Far East National. - NY TIMES 5/12/99 TIM GOLDEN and JEFF GERTH
November 20, 1996
The DNC returns $253,500 in illegal contributions to Thai businesswoman Pauline Kanchanalak who withheld the true source of the money.
November 21, 1996
Charles B. Curtis Deputy Secretary of Energy summoned the directors of the weapons labs to a meeting with top Energy Department officials in Washington. At the meeting, he ordered a series of actions affecting both the labs and top Energy Department: creating a new tracking system for foreign visitors, revising guidelines to insure background checks for foreign visitors, increasing counterintelligence training for officials at the labs and the Energy Department, preparing annual security reviews and requiring labs to critique their own security programs. The measures were not taken, despite the warning in the department’s annual review for 1996 that it was "at greater risk of becoming a victim of espionage than at any time in its history." A few weeks after the meeting the Pentagon sponsored a visit by China's Defense Minister to one of the weapons labs without receiving proper clearances, officials said. Peña says he talked to Curtis and "he remembers telling me that I should get a general brief on the espionage matter and counterintelligence issues," but Peña said he does not remember any such conversation. New York Times 3/17/99 Jeff Gerth
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros announced that he will leave his post after President Bill Clinton's inauguration Jan. 20.
November 22, 1996
The DNC announces that it is returning $450,000 in illegal contributions to Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata because they failed to file U.S. income tax returns for 1995.
Former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell retuned to court to testifying before a Whitewater federal grand jury about payments he received from the Riady family. The Grand Jury also heard testimony from Don Denton, a witness in the trial of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Jim and Susan McDougal. Denton was fired from his job at an airport managed by five political appointees. A member of the commission, Les Hollingsworth, declined to reveal the reason Denton was fired but denied it was because of his testimony which contributed to guilty verdicts.
Ten Oregon-based crewman are killed when all four engines fail on an HC-130P cargo plane. The Air Force plane was on a training mission over the Pacific about 40 miles off the coast of Cape Mendocino, Calif. The Associated Press 4/9/00
November, 26 1996
The DNC announces that it has hired a law firm and accounting agency to review all fund-raising activities and will stop answering questions about contributions solicited by John Huang or anyone else.
A White House memo is forwarded to Leon Panetta and Erskine Bowles from Jane Sherburne detailing White House statements regarding Riady meetings.In the memo, Mrs. Sherburne reveals:"In early October 1996, Mark Fabiani reported to me that the Wall Street Journal was working on a story about the President's relationship with the Riady family, John Huang and the Lippo Group."
Janet Reno refusals to appoint an independent counsel in the campaign finance probe.
November 29, 1996
John Huang reappears in deposition to answer questions under oath in connection with a civil lawsuit filed against the Commerce Department by Judicial Watch.
9.58 am EST (1458 GMT)WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police were investigating the death of a woman whose body was found today in an office at the Commerce Department. Anne Luzzatto, press secretary for Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, said the woman's body was found this morning by a Commerce Department employee, who notified security personnel in the building. "It is my understanding that someone found the body in an office on the fourth floor,'' Luzzatto said. She said that District of Columbia police were conducting an investigation but that she had no details on a cause of death. The woman's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- President Clinton briefly interrupted his Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Camp David Friday with a quick trip to the White House to gather data he wants to study in planning his second inauguration and then returned to the mountain top retreat.
Schwartz (Loral) considered for Secretary of Defense William Norman Grigg 7/6/98?
Chung hired General Ji Shengde’s son, then a student at University of California at Los Angeles, to work at his fax business.
U.S. intelligence issues "Corruption Clouds Russia's Future," a detailed report that concluded corruption was so endemic that a nationalist backlash would develop. White House goes into damage control to claim President Clinton, Gore, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and others had spoken out about corruption all along. - INSIGHT J Michael Waller 10/16/99
Second Half, 1996
CIA reported that China was the single most important supplier of equipment and technology for weapons of mass destruction worldwide.
July to December, 1996
The DCI reports "tremendous variety" of technology and assistance for Pakistan's ballistic missile program. Violations of the MTCR, the AECA, the EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
The DCI reports "tremendous variety" of assistance for Iran's ballistic missile program. Violations: MTCR, IIANA, AECA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
The DCI reports, principal supplies of nuclear equipment, material and technology for Pakistan's nuclear weapons program. Violations: NPT, NPPA, EIBA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
The DCI reports key supplies for technology for large nuclear projects in Iran. Violations: NPT, IIANA, NPPA. EIBA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
The DCI reports, considerable chemical weapons-related transfers for production equipment and technology to Iran. Violations: IIANA, AECA, EAR - no sanctions. . - Congress
Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology senior engineer Liu Xinamin revealed a 5 year project during a Beijing Arms show: the LY-60 air defense missile, designed to "process up to 40 targets, track 12 and distinguish the three that present the highest threat".
General Chi HaoTian,Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China paid an official visit to the United States.
Reno rejects request for an independent counsel to investigate abnormal immigration surge just prior to elections.
FBI agent Earl Pitts arrested on charges of being a Russian spy.
Saudi officials refuse FBI requests to interview suspects being held for Dharan bombing.
The Pentagon, headed by newly appointed Defense Secretary Bill Cohen, sponsors a visit by Chinese Gen. Chi Haotion to Sandia National Laboratory. Energy Department officials are not told in advance of the scheduled visit and Gen. Chi does not receive a proper security clearance. Gen. Chi was in operational command of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Chinese immigrant Chang-Lin Tien leads Clinton short list to replace Hazel O'Leary as head of Energy Department.
A North Carolina soldier is found not guilty of passing secret passwords to a Chinese national living in U.S.
Jack Quinn resigns as White House Counsel. He is replaced in early January by Charles Ruff.
Commerce Department official and DNC fund-raiser Melinda Yee throws away government documents about U.S. trade missions after a judge ordered they be turned over as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.
* While at Commerce, Ira Sockowitz, a 1992 Clinton/Gore fundraiser, held a top-secret clearance and kept classified files in a safe. After being transferred to the SBA (without a debriefing) he came back to Commerce and removed 136 files containing top secret documents (from the Commerce Department) relating to satellite encryption and intelligence reports on China, Russia and India. These documents have since been impounded by court order. The documents include:
a top secret NSA study of the international market for encryption software;
internal Commerce Department and NSC memos on encryption and how it should be controlled (and decontrolled) for export;
a U.S. government analysis of industry proposals on how to decontrol encryption software;
classified Commerce Department internal working documents on export licenses involving encryption, supercomputers, and satellites;
classified information on Motorola's Iridium satellite project;
intelligence community analysis of Russian and Chinese space launch vehicles;
classified internal government memoranda on proposed purchases of weapons-grade uranium from Russia by Arkansas firms.
Sockowitz is now working as an international trade consultant, and his files would have been of immense value to clients interested in exporting super-computers, encryption software, or satellites to China and Russia -- as well as to those respective governments. A court order has sealed the SBA safe where Sockowitz deposited the files, pending a court order. Since November 1996, the CIA has limited access to the Sockowitz files to congressional investigators because of the highly sensitive information they contain.
"Loral Exams" by Kenneth Timmerman The American Spectator
December 2 1996
Article: Lippogate - A Modified Limited Hangout?
December 4, 1996
Loral chairman Bernard Schwartz was a candidate for Secretary of Defense William Norman Grigg 7/6/98?
December 5, 1996
Anthony Lake named acting director to replace Deutch, Tenet investigating Deutch – classified information on PC at home – Freeper Thanatos 2/1/00
Deutch announces his resignation as director of central intelligence. According to an internal CIA memo, Deutch summons an unnamed CIA official to his office and tells him to "look into ways in which he could keep his government computers." Some agency officials express reluctance at "government computers being used for personal use." UPI 2/23/00
December 7, 1996
Charlie Trie tells The Washington Post that one of his companies illegally donated $15,000 to the DNC in 1994.
December 9, 1996
John Huang's top secret clearance is removed (nearly a year after he left Commerce and joined DNC.)
A DOD directive was issued to all Energy Department Employees by the Defense Investigative Service (DIS) indicating that "foreign entities" "are increasingly utilizing unsolicited electronic correspondence via the Internet to elicit information from cleared US Government contractor companies and their employees". The directive further stated that "In some foreign countries, Internet access runs through a government-controlled host. As a result, any electronic contact through the Internet with these countries is subject to intelligence and security service monitoring." - Various Governmental Investigative ohmlaw98 4/9/99
A memo written by FBI director Louis Freeh warned that a top Justice Department official was under pressure to prevent a probe into the Democratic fund raising scandal to save Attorney general Janet Reno's job - NewsMax.com 5/19/00
memo from Mr. Freeh to FBI Deputy Director William Esposito, Mr. Freeh said he based his recommendation on earlier comments by Mr. Radek to Mr. Esposito. Mr. Radek heads the department's public integrity section, which, at the time, was organizing its campaign-finance task force to investigate fund-raising irregularities. According to the memo, Mr. Radek had told Mr. Esposito that he was "under a lot of pressure not to go forward with the investigation." In addition, Mr. Radek allegedly told Mr. Esposito that Miss Reno's job "might hang in the balance." Washington Times 5/23/00
December 10, 1996
A Dec.10, 1996, top-secret report from the National Air Intelligence Center, obtained by Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz, called the Chinese satellite dispenser a "technology bridge" that, with few modifications, would allow the Chinese to launch multiple nuclear warheads from their missiles. Despite these reservations, the Clinton administration allowed Motorola to pursue its cooperation with the Chinese. INSIGHT Magazine 12/29/99 Kenneth Timmerman
December 11, 1996
Clinton's legal defense fund decides to return $122,585 in new contributions received from 136 of the original donors.
Deutch tells an agency lawyer that he needs the government computers "because they have [his] personal financial data on them." The chief of the CIA's administrative law division suggests transferring the data to a personal computer. Deutch complains he doesn't own one. UPI 2/23/00
December 13, 1996
Clinton also knew about the Security risk of Deutch and Anthony Lake was not to be approved due to Justice investigation (security leaks) – Freeper Thanatos 2/1/00
Deutch signs the first of two no-fee consulting contracts designed by agency lawyers to allow him to retain his unclassified computers after he steps down. Around this time the agency has a farewell reception for Deutch at which the then-director's wife tells an agency lawyer she "can't believe you expect us to go out and buy another computer." UPI 2/23/00
December 16, 1996
Six months after the fact, Clinton's legal defense fund announces it had returned $640,000 in contributions delivered on March 21 and April 24, 1996 by Charlie Trie because of the questionable sources of some of the money. The fund never reported the $640,000 from Trie in its semi-annual report.
December 17, 1996
With Deutch's consent, a CIA information security officer checks the unclassified computer at Deutch's residence in Bethesda, Md., and finds classified information, including data on covert actions, top secret communications intelligence and the national Reconnaissance Program budget, stored on the hard drive. The computer, which has also been used to access the Department of Defense, is connected to the Internet via a modem and commercial Internet Service Provider. The computer security investigator then contacts an unnamed high-ranking CIA official, who in turn calls then-CIA General Counsel Michael O'Neil. O'Neil tells the high-ranking official to have the investigator "print off copies of the classified documents for his review." The official relays the message, and also requests that the investigator copy the classified files on Deutch's computer onto a disk and return to headquarters. Acting Director George Tenet is informed of the investigation the next day, and O'Neil informs Deutch of the discovery. Deutch asks if any "extraordinary measures" were used to retrieve the classified documents and is told they were opened using Microsoft Word. UPI 2/23/00
December 19, 1996
The Justice Department issues subpoenas to the White House and Clinton's legal defense fund seeking four years' worth of records containing details about the activities of many of the Democrats' most important fund-raisers and supporters.
December 20, 1996
The DNC releases thousands of pages of documents detailing the scope of fund-raising by John Huang which show that Huang raised $3.4 million more than party officials had previously claimed.
In a statement, Clinton admits that it was "clearly inappropriate" for him to have met with Wang Jun during a White House coffee back in February 1996.
December 23, 1996
Four data storage cards are retrieved from Deutch and given to O'Neil. Investigators find that Deutch erased more than 1,083 items on one card labeled 'Deutch's disk.' The last folder activity for this card occurred at 5:51 p.m., Dec. 20, 1996. UPI 2/23/00
December 24, 1996
White House and Democrat Party officials admit that, contrary to previous accounts by the Democrat Party, Clinton privately met with John K. H. Lee, the chairman of South Koran company Cheong Am America Inc., which made an illegal $250,000 campaign contribution to the DNC.
The DNC decides to release copies of John Huang's documents to the news media charging $600 for the costs of copying two boxes of records for each request.
Documents released by the DNC show the Democrats' National Asian Pacific American
Campaign Plan included a strategy to raise some $7 million from Asian Americans. Records show the plan involved John Huang, the DNC, the Clinton-Gore campaign and Doris Matsui, deputy assistant to the President.
December 27, 1996
Deutch's hard drives are retrieved by investigators from his residences in Bethesda and Massachusetts. UPI 2/23/00
December 28, 1996
Moscow is strengthening its ties with Peking, the New York Times notes. "In the face of NATO expansion, Russia is looking for allies, and that won't be Japan," comments a senior southeast Asian diplomat. China is one of Russia's four largest arms purchasers. - Russia Reform Monitor, No. 86. November 2, 1996
One high-ranking CIA official informs the agency's inspector general of what investigators found at Deutch's Bethesda residence. UPI 2/23/00
December 30, 1996
Deutch's hard drives are given to O'Neil. UPI 2/23/00
* U.S. intelligence issues "Corruption Clouds Russia's Future," a detailed report that concluded corruption was so endemic that a nationalist backlash would develop. White House goes into damage control to claim President Clinton, Gore, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and others had spoken out about corruption all along. Red Handed Lies, Michael J. Waller, Insight Magazine, Oct. 15, 1999
After December, 1996
CIA technicians found 31 secret files in the unsecured personal computer at the home of the former Director John Deutch shortly after he stepped down as the nation's top spy – AP 4/11/99