A new report has vindicated President Trump’s warnings about the national security dangers posed by Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
According to none other than “Fake News” CNN, the FBI has concluded that Huawei technology can disrupt the U.S. military’s communications, including nuclear signals.
Military spying capability
The investigation reportedly began in the Obama administration but remained unknown to even high-ranking federal officials until 2019, when the Trump administration banned small telecoms companies from using Huawei equipment.
But many Huawei devices have yet to be removed from cell towers in mostly rural areas where many U.S. military bases are located.
The FBI has discovered that this equipment is capable of picking up Defense Department communications. That includes signals used by the U.S. Strategic Command, which controls America’s nuclear weapons.
“This gets into some of the most sensitive things we do,” one former FBI official with knowledge of the investigation said. “It would impact our ability for essentially command and control with the nuclear triad.”
“If it is possible for that to be disrupted, then that is a very bad day,” the person added.
What is China planning?
President Trump cracked down on Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese telecommunications firm, with sanctions citing the threat of Chinese surveillance.
Congress allocated $2 billion to “rip and replace” equipment from Huawei and ZTE, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still $3 billion short of the money it needs to reimburse the small telecommunications companies that service rural areas.
Federal investigators initially grew concerned when they observed that Huawei was making apparently unprofitable deals with rural providers in areas with military installations.
“It’s not technically hard to make a device that complies with the FCC that listens to nonpublic bands but then is quietly waiting for some activation trigger to listen to other bands,” said Eduardo Rojas, who leads the radio spectrum lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. “Technically, it’s feasible.”
China’s massive land acquisitions in the U.S. have also raised concern. Companies tied to the Chinese government own nearly $2 billion in U.S. farmland, including hundreds of recently bought acres in North Dakota located minutes from an Air Force base.