Justice for Sherry Chen – Econlib

In recent years, the US government has focused its attention on Chinese espionage. over here One example:

Chen was arrested in 2014 and charged with espionage by the FBI, who alleged that she illegally accessed a government database to share sensitive information about US dams with Chinese scientists. Further investigation revealed that what Chen actually did was use a shared password, widely known within her office, to access a database for her work. Insufficient evidence led the Department of Justice to drop the charges five months after they were filed. However, Chen was fired from her job—for the same now-discredited reasons that led to FBI charges.

In 2018, the US government announced the China Initiative, which targets Chinese espionage in the US. The program was the product of deep suspicions about the loyalty of ethnic Chinese living in the United States. over here Politico:

At one point during the dinner, Trump referred to an unnamed country that the attendee said was clearly China, “almost every student who comes to this country is a spy.”

(I wonder if that includes my wife?)

The FBI program targeted residents of Chinese descent, gradually moving away from its original goal of national security. It is difficult to obtain accurate information on the program, as the federal government appears to be involved in it cover up The fact that it targeted Chinese researchers for technical infractions is very slight, and several cases have been ruled out:

Two days after MIT Technology Review requested comment from the Justice Department on the initiative, the department made significant changes to its case list, adding some defendants and removing 39 defendants previously linked to the China initiative from its website. This included several cases in which the government announced trials with great fanfare, yet the cases failed—including one that was dismissed by a judge after a mistrial.

Instead of improving the national security of the United States, it has likely harmed our security by discouraging highly talented researchers from immigrating from China to the United States.

Fortunately, there are signs the government Maybe back off a bit:

The misinformation came from the Department of Commerce’s Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS), a homeland security unit a July 2021 Senate investigation found to have engaged in broad patterns of baseless and discriminatory investigations targeting Chinese, American and other employees — which has been named the Chen case. As an example of misconduct. ITMS was dissolved shortly after the report was published.

The Biden administration ended the program in February. And Sherry Chen finally gets justice:

Chen’s settlement — $550,000 up front, followed by $1.25 million over the next 10 years — is the culmination of those efforts. In addition to the monetary damages, Chen’s lawyers say the Commerce Department will also host a private meeting with the scientist and provide a letter acknowledging her record and accomplishments as a government hydrologist.

Unfortunately, anti-Chinese bigotry is still part of our political system. Top politicians routinely mock Chinese names in a way that would be unimaginable if they were aimed at other ethnic groups (over here And the over here And the over here And the over here). a Senate Committee It engages in a witch hunt intended to show that Covid-19 escaped from a Chinese lab, even going so far as to point using false evidence. Our best universities have it informal classes Limit admissions of Asian American students. If these quotas were applied to any other minority, there would be outrage.