With George's permission, I've shortened his 1350-word article to the bare-bone facts that demonstrate America is stabbing itself.
The scientists being driven out of the US are:
1 & 2)Li Xiaojiang "and his co-director wife, Li Shihua, have contributedbreak-through research on Huntington's disease through genetic engineering. ..... When the Lis were dismissed by Emory U. (in 2019), a university in southern China where the couple regularly visited immediately extended an (extremely attractive) employment offer for them to continue their work."
He is a "longtime employee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and he was arrested and charged with accepting payment from China, apparently an expense reimbursement of about $2,000 that he failed or forgot to report."
By the time his case came to trial, Wang told his lawyer that he wanted to cop a plea to one felony charge & move on with his life." He was sentenced to jail for one night."Wang is now a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and leading a group doing climate research."
4) Cao Yuan may be American bureaucrats' next gift to China
"Cao discovered that he could achieve superconductivity at room temperature with twisted graphene sheets. In China for a home visit, the visa office at the US consulate is apparently holding up his visa that would enable his return to the US."
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-- George Santayana
"In the 1950s during the hysteria of McCarthyism, the US government hounded the brilliant rocket scientist Qian Xuesen, a Chinese-American co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab. (Pasadena, CA). His plan was always to stay in the US but the federal government basically gift-wrapped him and sent him to Beijing, where he went on to lead China's missile and rocket development. .... If the US now considers China a military threat, it has the late senator Joe McCarthy to thank."
Director Wray's "whole of society" advocacy may be at fault
How did we get into such self-stabbing acts for the 2nd time?
It started with the "Whole of society" approach, advocated by FBI Director Wray, to rid the US of "Chinese spies". As a slogan "Whole of society" sounds great. However, how will the FBI teach our 300 million compatriots to know the difference between "espionage" versus "pro-China behavior" or simply "being friendly to folks back in the old country" - all of which are legal in peace time?
Not thinking through the details, Director Wray's "whole of society" slogan
has stabbed America in the back in the 3 real-world instances:
(a) A patriotic visa officer at the American consulate in China may want to stop a seemingly very bright student, Cao Yuan, from getting back to MIT.
(b) A Dept. of Commerce bureaucrat, probably disliking Chunzai Wang's frequent visits to China, found that Wang accept $2,100 from China over 3 years for mentoring some Chinese students. Hurrah, caught a paid spy for China in action! Arrest and prosecute him!
(c) The case of the Lis didn't go through due procedure or the court,
although Li was tenured and claimed innocence. 80-20 EF tried to get in touch with them to see if they needed help. They never replied. The next thing I knew they were apparently headed for China.
CONGRATULATIONS, Director Wray. You are apparently more successful than China's many recruiting programs in getting our top scientists to move to China permanently. In addition, you encouraged 'untrained catch-a-Chinese-spy "want-to-bes"' to question the legitimate actions of Chinese Americans as possibly adversely affecting America's interests. An example is the recent Hoover Institute Report entitled "China's Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance" which met with unanimous disapproval from the Chinese Am. community.
Time to reflect on your broad brush "whole-of-society" approach, Director Wray*?