- The Washington Times - Friday, January 21, 2000

China and Libya

The Pentagon last month discovered a new customer for Chinese military technology. Sensitive intelligence revealed China plans to build a hypersonic wind tunnel in Libya as part of Tripoli's program to build missiles. The wind tunnel would be used to design rockets and simulate missile flight. In addition, Chinese officials also arranged for Libyan technicians to travel to China for missile-related training and education.
The intelligence report is unwelcome news for Clinton administration policy-makers (and will probably be suppressed within the government as in the past) because it further exposes China's continuing proliferation of missile technology to rogue states. The timing is also bad for the administration's plan to launch a major public relations campaign to win congressional approval of Beijing's entry into the World Trade Organization.
If the wind tunnel is sold later this year and the technicians are trained, the administration might be forced to impose economic sanctions on Beijing for violating U.S. missile sanctions law.
China was last sanctioned in 1993 for selling missile components to Pakistan. The sanctions were lifted after China promised to behave. The latest intelligence on Libyan missile assistance contradicts the promise. The White House in the past played down Chinese help to the Libyan missile program, arguing that the north African state is still years away from having a long-range missile capability.

Army powwow

The Pentagon is still drafting anti-harassment rules to guard against a repeat of the slaying of an Army soldier thought to be homosexual by his attackers at Fort Campbell, Ky.
But the Army is already sending out the message not to harass perceived homosexual or effeminate soldiers.
Sources say that at a two-day meeting last week of Army four-star generals, high on the agenda was the topic "dignity and respect."
The sources said Gen. Eric Shinseki, Army chief of staff, wants his top commanders to pass the anti-harassment word.
One source said the message moving down the chain of command is: "ensure that the installation climate is devoid of anything that refers to gays in a derogatory manner, such as cadence calls while running, and that there will be zero tolerance of those who harass gays or effeminates."
"We're getting horrible press on an issue we don't even really care about," this source said. "We need to take steps to ensure that America continues to think highly of its military as the No. 1 institution in America."
The Army top brass talked about other issues during the Pentagon meeting.
The main focus was on Gen. Shinseki's new vision: lighter Army forces able to invade hot spots in a matter of days, not weeks.
The nine four-stars also discussed suicide prevention, and the growing demand for Army honor guards at veterans' funerals.

CIA fooled

Its successes often remain secret, but CIA problems get lots of notice.
So it is with the case of Cheri Leberknight, who was arrested and expelled from Russia in November as a spy for the CIA. Russia's RENTV television network provided the first inside look at the case last week.
The network broadcast an interview with "Gennady," a man identified as having a criminal record from the Tula region whom the CIA tried to recruit as an agent. Gennady said he went to the American Embassy in Moscow seeking work in Alaska. Two State Department security officials questioned him about his political affiliations and whether he worked for Russian intelligence. Last, they asked about his views of the United States and whether he would be willing to work secretly as an agent.
Upon learning that he knew Russians who were of interest to the CIA, Gennady was turned over to Miss Leberknight, who was identified as "Liza."
"Liza introduced herself as a political adviser at the American Embassy," Gennady said. "She emphasized in every possible way that she has nothing to do with the special services. She told me 'We will help you with your problems if you do not mind helping us with these people. We are very interested in them, in what they know and their working ties and everything else.' I agreed, saying that I have nothing against helping them."
Gennady was then instructed not to come again to the embassy and to avoid meetings with Americans or Britons to avoid attracting the attention of Russian counterspies.
The television program ended by simply stating that "However, Gennady has not managed to become a CIA agent."
Intelligence sources tell us Gennady was a KGB "provocation" the term of art for an operation designed from the start to ensnare U.S. intelligence agents by dangling the prospect of a new recruit. CIA Director George Tenet has been pushing case officers to take more risks in signing up agents under a plan to improve the agency's weak human intelligence gathering.

Trust busters

The Congressional Commission on Training and Gender-Related Issues collected hundreds of sexual misconduct disciplinary reports. The commission, which went out of business last fall, then stashed them in the National Archives without even a mention in its lengthy public report.
We perused boxes of the write-ups and found a number of interesting cases.
For example, there were two Air Force chaplains who engaged in illicit affairs with women who had gone to them for counseling. After being caught, one chaplain retired; the other was convicted at court-martial, sentenced to six months in prison and dismissed.
A report said a chaplain holding the rank of captain seduced one of his parishioners, beginning a nine-month affair. It ended when he deployed to Cuba and the married woman began seeing another man. She subsequently divorced.
"When the captain became aware of [the woman] dating another man he became upset," the report said. "He said he was putting a curse on her and the man she was dating."
It was the chaplain's second affair. A year earlier, he befriended another married parishioner. They ended up having sex during a trip to New Orleans.
A second Air force chaplain seduced a woman parishioner who sought him out to save her marriage.
"Later, when their relationship began to deteriorate, the captain threatened [the woman] that he would make public nude photographs he had taken of [her] if she reported their relationship," a report said.
The chastened chaplains don't quite match the chutzpah of an Air Force psychiatrist.
The colonel had sex with at least two patients before a third woman he approached turned him in.
"[Colonel] would only ask her questions about her and her husband's sex life," his report said. "Colonel advised [the woman] she needed extramarital affairs and that he would be her sex partner."
The psychiatrist was court-martialed and sentenced to six months in prison.

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