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GOV/MIL Trump declares national emergency over threats against US technology amid campaign against Huawei
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  1. #1
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    May 2001

    Trump declares national emergency over threats against US technology amid campaign against Huawei

    Published 42 min agoUpdated Moments Ago
    Tucker Higgins

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared a national emergency over threats against American technology, the White House said.

    The move, done via executive order, is expected to precede a ban on U.S. firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, though the order does not refer to Huawei directly.

    The order authorizes the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in consultation with other top officials, to block transactions that involve information or communications technology that "poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States."

    The announcement comes as the U.S and China remain locked in a trade dispute and could escalate tensions between the world's two largest economies.

    In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote that the administration will "protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States."

    Trump has pushed allies around the world not to adopt the company's next generation 5G network technology, which American officials have warned could be used for spying by the Chinese.

    In January, the Department of Justice announced a slew of charges against the firm, including for stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile USA.

    The company has forcefully denied the allegations against it.

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai celebrated the order. In a statement, Pai said the move was a "significant step toward securing America's networks."

    This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

  2. #2
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    A Socialist State
    Thanks 1911 !! GOOD NEWS!!
    My Message to the Fake Stream Media......

  3. #3
    Hell ya! double down on the trade war, screw china sick of their crap for years and years, this is long past due!

  4. #4
    Wow. Heavy-duty. There are many things to consider here. This could really spin into a big crap storm.

    Continuing to pray against 5-G being installed here, and it is a concern for people globally, too. It is harmful to health, I am convinced.

    But the "security risk" that comes with it, not worth it. It really doesn't speed up internet, from what I read. A Safe Alternative to Harmful 5G Wireless

    Psalm 94:1 O Lord, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth! 2 Arise, O Judge of the earth. Give the proud what they deserve. 3 How long, O Lord? How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?

  5. #5
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    May 2001
    S.W. Mich. near South Bend, IN
    This is beginning to look really serious! And, yes, Tammy,, I have read many articles about how dangerous 5 G will be to us, once it is put in place, all over! MMJ

    If The Chinese Were Upset Before, Now They Are Going To Be Absolutely Furious After Trump’s Latest Move
    May 15, 2019 by Michael Snyder

    President Trump is doubling down on his tough approach with China, and apparently he has decided that now is the time to cripple their most important tech company. Huawei Technologies sells more telecommunications equipment than anyone else in the entire world, and it was anticipated that they would be one of the global leaders in the rollout of 5G networks all over the planet. The company ranks 72nd on the Fortune Global 500 list, and at this point they sell more phones than Apple does. Essentially, Huawei is China’s version of Apple, and the company is greatly loved by the communist government in China. So if President Trump really wanted to piss off China, taking a sledgehammer to Huawei would be a great way to do it, and that is precisely what he just did.

    On Wednesday, Trump’s Commerce Department officially added Huawei to their “Entity List”…

    The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it is adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its so-called “Entity List” – a move that bans the telecom giant from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

    U.S. officials told Reuters the decision would also make it difficult if not impossible for Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, to sell some products because of its reliance on U.S. suppliers.

    Basically, this is the equivalent of taking a baseball bat and slamming it into the company’s knees.

    There have been allegations that “Huawei’s infrastructure equipment contains backdoors that may enable surveillance by the Chinese government“, and those allegations are almost certainly true.

    But this sure is going to make the Chinese angry.

    The following is the full statement about this move from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross…

    Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will be adding Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its affiliates to the Bureau’s Entity List. This action stems from information available to the Department that provides a reasonable basis to conclude that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interest. This information includes the activities alleged in the Department of Justice’s public superseding indictment of Huawei, including alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), conspiracy to violate IEEPA by providing prohibited financial services to Iran, and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of those alleged violations of U.S. sanctions.

    The sale or transfer of American technology to a company or person on the Entity List requires a license issued by BIS, and a license may be denied if the sale or transfer would harm U.S. national security or foreign policy interests. The listing will be effective when published in the Federal Register.

    “This action by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, with the support of the President of the United States, places Huawei, a Chinese owned company that is the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, on the Entity List. This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “President Trump has directed the Commerce Department to be vigilant in its protection of national security activities. Since the beginning of the Administration, the Department has added 190 persons or organizations to the Entity List, as well as instituted five investigations of the effect of imports on national security under Section 232 of the Trade Act of 1962.” Additions to the Entity List are decided by the End-User Review Committee which is comprised of officials from the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, State Department, and Department of Energy. Under 744.11(b) of the Export Administration Regulations, persons or organizations for whom there is reasonable cause to believe that they are involved, were involved, or pose a significant risk of becoming involved in activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States, and those acting on behalf of such persons, may be added to the Entity List.

    The Bureau of Industry and Security’s mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. BIS is committed to preventing U.S.-origin items from supporting Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) projects, terrorism, or destabilizing military modernization programs.

    If the Chinese have been using Huawei equipment to spy on us, then this move is certainly justified.

    But timing is everything in life, and this comes at a time when negotiations on a new trade deal have just broken down.

    Trump may be thinking that tough moves like this could force China back to the negotiating table, but there is also the possibility that this extremely aggressive approach could completely destroy our relations with the Chinese.

    One hopeful sign is the fact that Huawei immediately released a statement after they were put on the “Entity List” which stated that they are willing to work with the U.S. government to “come up with effective measures to ensure product security”…

    “Huawei is the unparalleled leader in 5G. We are ready and willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security. Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers. In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues.”

    Huawei executives understand how crippling this move will be to their business, and so a little groveling is understandable.

    But overall, the Chinese public is going to be extremely angry when they hear this news.

    And let us not forget that there is still simmering anger over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou as she was changing planes in Canada. She was grabbed at the request of U.S. officials, and now they are trying to extradite her to the United States so that she can go on trial. Meng Wanzhou is a national hero in China, and the Chinese consider what we are doing to her to be a grave national insult.

    Relations with China will never return to “normal” until we release Meng Wanzhou, but U.S. officials don’t seem to understand this.

    Most Americans don’t spend too much time thinking about China, but right now anger toward the United States is rising to frightening levels among the Chinese. They are already talking about a “people’s war” against our country, but so far we don’t seem to be taking that very seriously.

    In the end, bullying China is not going to work. Instead, our relations with China are likely to get a lot worse, and that would be absolutely catastrophic for both countries.

    We will see what happens, but right now we sure seem to be headed down a very ominous path.

    And after this latest move, the Trump administration can pretty much forget about a trade deal with China any time in the foreseeable future.

  6. #6
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    May 2001
    A more detailed article.

    Trump signs order setting stage to ban Huawei from U.S.

    05/15/2019 07:05 PM EDT

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order laying the groundwork to block Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei from selling equipment in the U.S., a move aimed at neutralizing Beijing’s ability to compromise next-generation wireless networks and U.S. computer systems.

    The order prohibits the purchase or use of any communications technology produced by entities controlled by “a foreign adversary” and likely to create an “undue risk of sabotage” of U.S. communications systems or “catastrophic effects” to U.S. infrastructure.

    The Commerce Department has 150 days to produce rules that can identify “particular countries or persons” as foreign adversaries. Those rules are almost certain to name China, Huawei, or both.

    “Foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology and services,” Trump said in his executive order, “in order to commit malicious cyber-enabled actions, including economic and industrial espionage against the United States and its people.”

    The order is sure to raise Beijing’s ire at a time when the world’s two largest economies are struggling to resolve a market-shaking trade war. The directive also comes as the Justice Department seeks the extradition from Canada of a Huawei executive charged with violating sanctions on Iran.

    Trump’s long-awaited executive order invokes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and declares a national emergency to empower the government to block the purchase of technology linked to foreign adversaries.

    The order declares that “the unrestricted acquisition or use” of such technology “augments the ability of foreign adversaries to create and exploit vulnerabilities” in U.S. infrastructure “and thereby constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

    Commerce on Wednesday took a separate but related action that would effectively prohibit U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei by adding it to the so-called “entity list.” The administration took a similar action against ZTE, another Chinese telecom firm, for apparent violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, but Trump reversed the decision and slapped the company with a huge fine instead.

    As POLITICO reported in February, the White House initially planned for Trump to sign the order that month before a major wireless industry conference in Barcelona. The move would have buttressed the Trump administration’s argument that U.S. allies should not let Chinese firms build and operate the 5G networks that will soon power cellphones and the growing ecosystem of internet-connected devices.

    The order was delayed, however, after Trump indicated his displeasure with it and after he extended the deadline for trade negotiations with Beijing. Administration officials did not want the order to disrupt the trade talks, sources said.

    But the apparent breakdown of those talks this week opened the door for the executive order, according to a former Trump transition official who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

    “The Administration has no qualms about poking the Chinese this week compared to the weeks and months prior,” this person said.

    While the order comes amid warnings about Huawei enabling Chinese spying through 5G networks, it is written in a neutral way that is meant to give Commerce flexibility to name any adversaries it identifies — and to insulate the U.S. from Chinese criticisms.

    "The executive order is company and country-agnostic," a senior administration official told reporters during a briefing.

    Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    In addition to the Commerce-led process of identifying foreign adversaries and promulgating rules to block purchases, the order requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to assess threats from dangerous technology and produce an initial report on them within 40 days. It also requires DHS to produce annual reports on communications technology that presents security vulnerabilities, with the first report coming within 80 days.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the order was part of Trump's commitment to combating "foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States."

    Trump's allies in Congress cheered the order and urged Commerce to blacklist Chinese firms.

    "Chinese components remain a Trojan horse for telecommunications infrastructure around the globe," Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said in a statement, "and the Department of Commerce should deny their adoption entirely."

    The order authorizing a telecom ban is the latest salvo in a broad campaign to combat what U.S. officials call China’s unfair and disruptive practices. While Trump’s trade war has dominated the headlines, his administration has been pursuing a parallel campaign to disrupt Chinese cyber espionage, which since the early 2000s has led to staggering amounts of intellectual property theft and the most devastating counterintelligence breach in U.S. history, the hacking of more than 20 million people's highly sensitive background documents from the Office of Personnel Management.

    Most of the government’s law enforcement actions have focused on trade-secrets theft. In December, the Justice Department brought indictments against two Chinese hackers on charges of running a decadelong economic espionage campaign. Chinese operatives allegedly stole hundreds of gigabytes of data from U.S. businesses and government agencies during that campaign.

    But Wednesday’s executive order, which languished for months after passing an interagency review, responds to a different concern.

    The directive is part of a government-wide effort to grapple with the threats that foreign governments pose to the U.S. “supply chain,” the massive, convoluted and often opaque web of firms that produce goods and services for American companies and government agencies.

    As globalization transformed how and where companies made their products, it created new security risks as governments struggled to identify the sources of components used in sensitive technology. And the increasing awareness of these vulnerabilities has opened new fronts in how the government approaches cybersecurity.

    In the wake of embarrassing data breaches, government agencies have focused on simple solutions like multi-factor authentication — which requires a temporary code in addition to a standard password to access an account — and diligent patching of software flaws. But experts say that until the government can fully map out who is producing its hardware and software, there remains a more pernicious risk of stealthy technological tampering by advanced adversaries like China and Russia.

    As a result, securing the U.S. supply chain has become a top priority for the federal government in recent years. Complementary activities are underway at the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the telecom agency NTIA and the technical standards agency NIST. And a law signed in December created a multi-agency council to consider proposals to ban risky technology from government networks.
    Watch President Trump call trade war with China a 'little squabble'

    New procurement rules will apply tighter cybersecurity standards to contractors in an effort to close vulnerabilities in that part of the government’s acquisition process. Regulators are working on a rule to ban Huawei and ZTE products from government networks; a similar rule targeting the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab took effect in July. And a House panel is considering how best to prevent vulnerable telecom equipment from reaching rural communities, some of which host U.S. military bases.

    Lawmakers have introduced a steady stream of legislation to address telecommunications security, and committees have occasionally held hearings on the issue, including one on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The U.S. has also tried to kneecap Huawei and ZTE beyond its borders. Officials have urged allies to end contracts with the telecom firms and strip the companies’ technology from their networks. The campaign has accelerated in recent years as countries move closer to rolling out 5G technology, which is designed in such a way that infiltration poses greater risks than with current 4G infrastructure.

    American diplomats have played hardball on the issue, warning allies that using Huawei will jeopardize their intelligence-sharing partnerships.

    The strategy has yielded results in countries like Japan, Australia and New Zealand, but some of the U.S.’s closest allies, including Britain, Canada and Germany, remain unconvinced.

    Huawei and ZTE have consistently denied helping the Chinese government spy on their customers, and U.S. officials have offered no public evidence of such behavior, though they argue that doing so is unnecessary because the risks are clear-cut.

    The goal of Trump’s new executive order is to “move the needle” on countries’ purchasing choices, a source close to the administration told POLITICO in February.

    The U.S. delegation at the Barcelona wireless conference, led by officials like Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, emphasized this message to foreign counterparts and telecom executives.

    “Contracts are going out now,” said the source close to the administration. “Extra stigma could change the situation out in the countries on this major decision."

    Paul Triolo, who leads the Eurasia Group's geotechnology practice, said the order "is significant primarily as a signal to European allies that the U.S. is serious about putting in place a legal structure to formally exclude vendors from its 5G network."

    "Supporters of the U.S. position are clinking champagne glasses today in European capitals," he said, "as the EO will give them ammunition to continue to press governments and carriers to adopt a tougher line on Huawei in the coming months."


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